Tigard Oregon Real Estate: We got lucky yesterday, but the next person may not

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I was showing some property Friday when a construction worker came up to us warning us to be careful. What do you mean be careful? He said to follow the fence line and come toward him and he'd show us.

This is what he showed us.


Wasp Nest

Wow! I haven't seen a wasp's nest this large since I was a kid. I warned the listing agent and really hope he, or the sellers, put up signs or bring in an exterminator before someone really gets hurt.



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Dawn Workman
Veracity Real Estate Group, LLC - Camas, WA
Camas Real Estate Expert, MBA, 480-540-8100
Yikes, we have a ton of wasps hanging out daily at our pool.  We have been looking and looking for their nest, but I guess we should go check the trees!

Glad you guys didn't get stung!!
Sep 08, 2007 06:10 PM #1
Francisco Gonzalez
Century 21 Real Estate Alliance - Oakland, CA
Your Real Estate Consultant For Life
That looks very scary,  I think that construction worker was your guardian angel,  how did you feel after seeing such a huge nest?
Sep 08, 2007 06:22 PM #2
Mario Villagran
U.S. Spaces - Burbank, CA
MBA, Realtor
Wow. Here in the Los Angeles area I've only seen the beginning of one being made but the size doesn't compare.
Sep 08, 2007 06:26 PM #3
Chris Molina
Cooper & Associates Real Estate - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor, Elk Grove CA
That thing is huge!  What a coincidence, I saw one on an REO the other week that I thought was big but that one takes the cake!     
Sep 08, 2007 06:27 PM #4
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
Wasps usually build nests near a source of water. Since their nest is primarily mud, look for the water source and you will find the nest.
Sep 08, 2007 06:32 PM #5
Nancy Brenner
Referral Associates of Georgia, Inc. - Roswell, GA
Roswell Georgia Real Estate Agent

If it's high up in a tree and out of the way, it should not be a problem.  One of my neighbors had a wasps nest in a tree right at the sidewalk.  We we all concerned as there are several kids that live on that cul-de-sac and many of us walk our dogs past that area.  I emailed one of my favorite bug guys to ask him if it should be removed.  This is his response....  I'm including his PS which has his website in it - check it out.  This guy is a hoot.   and...  Sorry this is sooo long!


First of all.......why do you want to remove it?  It sounds like a Hornet's nest. Large, gray, upside down teardrop shape?  Yep.  That's what I thought. We get lots of calls this time of year.

Hornets are beneficial because they clean up a lot of rotten garbage for the protein. They also catch and eat flies.

The big question is this.  Is the nest down low and in an area where it could be encountered by humans, such as in a shrub?  If so, it could pose a threat because, if the nest is disturbed, the hornets will defend it. If it is up high in a tree or on the second level of a house, the odds of someone getting stung are mighty slim.

I like to encourage folks to just embrace the hornets as a conversation piece and watch them grow and work. They will all die this fall and the nest will be gone. Only the queen survives and she will start and new nest somewhere next spring.

If the decision is to get rid of them, we charge $150.00. That's about the average going rate. Doing it your self is tricky and you probably will get stung a few times (we usually do). 

Let me know if you need more information, or if you have more questions.

Thanks for referring me to your neighbors.

Have a great day,


P.S. You and all your friends go to http://www.yuckynastybugfacts.com/ and sign up. That's my video blog. You will learn a lot and it is very entertaining.(so I have been told) I might just do a new episode this week on hornets!

Sep 08, 2007 06:36 PM #6
Linda Scanlan
A Fan of AR - Burleson, TX
Todd - That could have been really scary. What if you or your clients were allergic to them?
Sep 08, 2007 09:41 PM #7
Linda Reynolds
Bradenton Real Estate - Linda Reynolds - Bradenton, FL
Bradenton Real Estate
Wow, let's hope they get that taken care of before someone gets hurt.
Sep 09, 2007 12:39 AM #8
Karen Rice
Davis R. Chant, REALTORS - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

As someone who has been stung in my own bed by hornets - who took it upon themselves to build their nests within the walls of my house - any signs of hornets or wasps nearby mean the exterminator is going to be called. Sure, in most cases if you leave them alone they'll leave you alone but there were over 10,000 bees in my house according to the exterminator - my house was acting like a huge bee hive, and they were not content to stay within the walls.  They invaded and stung us when we didn't even know they were there!

"They'll leave you alone" is a bunch of hooey in my experience!  I don't have garbage laying around that they need to clean up for me.  They can build their nests up on the woods somewhere and I promise to leave them alone.  LOL


Sep 09, 2007 03:24 AM #9
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital
Ouch!  Those guys can really sting!  I would leave the listing agent a pretty stinging voice mail message for not putting an alert, at least on MLS comments.
Sep 09, 2007 03:41 AM #10
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no thanks - Harlem, MT
Wow, my eyes must be REALLY bad because I thought that was a turtle in the tree! Yeah, I know, it doesn't make any sense, but that's what it looked like to me, ha ha. I'm glad no one got stung.
Sep 09, 2007 07:41 AM #11
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