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“It probably could get worse.”

The other day, as I was once again on a mission to get my yard in Home and Garden condition, I decided to clear out a section at the end of our driveway and transplant a piece of a wispy mint plant to the area.  About one minute into the clearing process I felt a sting on the back of my left hand.

Using my ability for quick response I brushed a smallish bee-like insect off my hand and went running for the house like my butt was on fire with grace and agility.  I immediately put some raw onion on the affected area and went to my husband for sympathy.  He told me to sit down for a while.

After doing Internet research on the type of insect I was dealing with, and observing that the aforementioned area was swarming with these insects, I discovered that I was dealing with ground wasps.  I also learned that if I kill a wasp it’s body would release a chemical signal that would cause the rest of the nest, that’s up to 5000 wasps, to attack.

So how do you get these pests out of your life?  The number one suggestion is to sell your house and move to another county.  Just kidding.  Dousing the nest area with Sevin, a powdery poison, in the cool of the evening when the wasps are least active, is effective.  However, it’s advised to do this nonchalantly as these little killers can sense evil intent.

Other suggestions are bleach and vinegar and hairspray.  As I didn’t want them to smell bad or look well coiffed, I discarded all these ideas.  Finally, there’s always winter.  The wasps die but the queen wasp can survive unless she starves to death.

german-wasp-3216970__340Final decision has not been made except the decision to forget about the Home and Garden look for now.  Didn’t sit down but my hand is fine.  Thanks for asking.

Loveya – The Grandma

 

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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