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Monday, November 10, 2008

or what? you'll release the dogs? or the bees? or the dogs with bees in their mouths so when they bark they shoot bees at you?

So, awesome: we have a wasp infestation. Inside our house. Yes, you heard me, INSIDE. We never had wasps when we had crappy wood-framed windows! Outside, sure, all the time. They love to build their little hatenests in the awnings over our windows. But starting a couple of weeks ago we have to kill at least 5 wasps a day. Yesterday John went on a hunt, stamping out evil wherever he could find it, and killed probably about thirty of them.

So, tell me, how do you determine whether you have hornets or wasps or yellow jackets? Mud daubers we've ruled out already. But we can't tell what these beasties are. Wikipedia, our go-to information factotum, has given us only more confusion and misery. We can't tell if their bodies have little to no hair, or are fuzzy. We are suspicious that they are hibernating queens looking for a good place to build a nest in the spring.

I did find out that they are good predators of other insects, so my anger is appeased somewhat. But they are still a creature conceived in and hatched from Pandora's box.

6 comments:

Jenny said...

Uuuggh! I saw this show once where these people lived in an old house and had a bee "problem" and some bee experts had to come in and they found an infestation behind one of the walls- like 5,000 bees!! Maybe if you put a glass up to the wall you can hear them livin' it up! Anyone get stung yet?

Layne said...

SHUT UP. I will be so mad!

No stings yet, because the wasps are all sort of sleepy and huge, so they're easy to hit. Before long, though . . .

I seriously am grossed out. I like bees as much as the next guy, but not wasps, and not in the walls of my house.

Sarah said...

SO GROSS! I'm just not an insect person AT ALL. The other day, I was about to get in the shower when I noticed a FAT spider and some web/nest/trap thingy next to it. Thankfully Daniel was home, and I made him take care of it. Otherwise, I wouldn't have been showered. If there were ginormous wasps about, well, we'd probably be moving...or at least, purchasing bee-keeper attire.

Bamamoma said...

all I have to say is one word: ROACHES

THE WILKER CLAN said...

sorry to hear about the wasps...we are having a spider invasion two years here and never had a problem yuk i hate spiders and bugs...probably from all the trax construction...no place to go

Matt and Emily said...

We have a bunch of wasps in our attic- it's nice & warm up there for them when the heat rises. Maybe you have something similar. They don't come into our house if we keep certain windows closed so we haven't done anything about getting rid of them but somebody told us we'd need to get up in there and spray them when they were all sleepy. I can't remember when they were sleepy but it might have been when it's cold or early in the morning or sometime and then they wouldn't move very fast and be less likely to sting. Yuck, wherever they are I hope you find them soon and can get rid of them in one big punch instead a few every day. Good Luck.