Monday, July 27, 2009

The Neighborhood Supplier

I hate bees! and wasps, and hornets, and all manner of flying, stinging, buzzing things that bear a common resemblance.

I’ve been very diligent in making sure to kill all possible forms of wasp/hornet nests anywhere in my reach. I regularly check along the fence and all around the outside of the house, in all their usual places of living.

Somehow, I just can’t seem to get rid of them, even though I’ve eliminated all their nests.

It’s extremely frustrating.

I had come to the conclusion that the neighbors were the ones harboring these horribly annoying creatures; and I was somewhat in a state of annoyed acceptance.

Well, today, Tad happened to be standing in a place where he was able to see up on top of the roof.

Yikes!

Under the eaves of the roof we could see 3 GI-Gantic wasp nests!









And that was just on one side of the house. We went to check out the other side, and sure enough there was at least one more gigantic nest,



and one mini one that seems to be a work in progress.

I knew there was an old nest up there, and had suspicions that it may have been housing a few new wasps, but didn’t realize how enormous this colony had grown.

Anyway, I was happily prepared with 4 cans of wasp spray; ready to begin the Death of Many.

I’m not really a violent person, but sometimes I just can’t help myself.

With the fine-tuned navigation skills of a 9 year old boy, I managed to successfully empty all four cans onto the roof, while barely missing all of them!

We don’t have a tall enough latter to climb onto the roof, so I used a mini step latter and reached my arm as high as I could in that general direction. Tad stood on a chair a few yards back, with a perfect view of the nests. I relied on him to help guide the spray into the right place.

Well…enough said, I guess I’ll be on my way to buy some more wasp spray.

5 comments:

Angie said...

Yikes! We have ton too. They are building all over the broken down van now! Grrrr.

Jessica said...

I can just see you outside with a broom meticulously eying every possible nook & cranny for wasps nests--makes me laugh, but sympathize also. Hmmm well is the wasp spray working? All I know is that my Mom's Husband has to keep knocking them down with a broom or long metal pole at their house. And their next door neighbors have a "honey bee farm" in their back yard...so I'm sure the wasps think it's a cozy area to nest.

I like your list of things "gone right." I need to make one of those every now and then. Sleep would definitely be at the top of the list too.

Susie Bramble said...

We are having the same problem. Luckily Southgate Hardware has a lovely mint non-poison spray that works really well and sprays really far!

"The Beast Master" said...

"mint non-poison spray", that sounds interesting...i might have to try it, especially if it sprays far...we still don't have a latter!

"The Beast Master" said...

just an update:
so, i bought four more cans of spray. had a brilliant idea to climb onto the roof of the van, and sprayed them from there. it seemed to work! sadly, 2 days later they were all back in action rebuilding as though nothing had happened! must be some sort of mutated super-colony!...still not latter...