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Monday, July 20, 2015

Always Carry a Big Stick

I got up this morning at the tip of dawn with an agenda on
my mind. Another wasp  nest in the greenhouse had to be
destroyed. I hate that. I'm really scared of those buzzy critters.

I tossed on a winter parka over my PJ's, tied the hood tight
around my face, zipped up and approached the greenhouse
with a big stick. DANG, the nest faced away from
the door, meaning I had to cross over the nest to get back to
the door once I poked down the nest.

My urge was to return to the house, mission UN-accompolished.
But what to do????? I can't use a poison in the greenhouse.
What if I tripped and fell during my escape? What if the sky is
falling on Henny Penny? Oh just do it, big CHICKEN.

POKE POKE. It was stuck tighter than I thought it would be.
I was using a walking stick. Who said, "Always carry a
big stick?" Was it Teddy Roosevelt? Who cares at this point.
I had to jump over that fallen nest as the wasps were beginning
to wake up and come zooming out. OMG....how could all
those wasps fit in that little nest? They were zooming all
over the greenhouse and I never realized how fast they
could fly. They were not happy with me, yet they were the
usurpers. Ain't fair.

Back in the house and nary a bite or a trip or a fall. Time
for my morning curds and whey. (I really do eat curds and
whey......it gives me wasp courage and makes me "Oh sooo
adorable."
ADIOS for now
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38 comments:

  1. Those wasps never knew what hit them

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    1. Holy Ghost
      I read they get really drowsy during the night and to strike while it's still dark. Trouble is, I get drowsy and can't see at night either. Haha

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  2. Wasp nests are deceptive, I know. How could the nest hold so many wasps?? Glad you survived, it could have been worse.
    Curds and whey?

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    1. Susan
      They'll be back, I'm sure. They seem to think the greenhouse belongs to them.

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  3. I got stung by a bought of the sobs a long time ago. I'd have gotten the hose and stuck it right in, watching it explode haha a big stick works too though

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    1. Pat
      They are dangerous. My sister-in-law's step-father died last summer because of wasp bites. He was in his 90's, knocked down a wasp nest same as I did .... only he stumbled and fell and I hear it was horrible the way they attacked him. They pumped so much venom into him that he lived only a few days.
      It's a terrible story.

      I thought about a hose but I have some veggies planted in the greenhouse and I was also trying to protect them.

      If you got stung by a lot of wasps, you must have been powerfully sick after it was over. I guess it keeps stinging until you get the stinger out. I don't remember ever getting stung by a wasp..... I've had a lot of bee bites.

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    2. Hmm maybe it was just hornets then, as I never got sick at my den

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  4. Ha, the wasps must have run for their dear lives.Greetings!

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    1. Blororatti
      Except they seem to have been running in my direction. lol

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  5. I'm afraid of wasps. They're also called yellow jackets.
    ~John M

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    1. John M.
      They can take their yellow jackets and find another home. I wouldn't feel very sad to see them go.

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  6. I hate wasps. I got stung a few times and it hurt like hell, not to mention that my arm swelled up and looked like a puffy marshmallow.

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    1. Murees
      A marshmallow arm will never do. The venom is terribly painful . A bee sting is bad enough but I hear this hurts more.

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  7. You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!!

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    1. Fishducky
      I eats my dates or what ever Gunga ate.

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  8. Wow, I am impressed. Thank goodness they were too disoriented to catch you. That could have been ugly.

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    1. Patti
      I am really frightened by them and I have to force myself to get rid of them. Why don't they stay in the woods where they belong.

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  9. I always have that fear too that I will fall and the wasps will be right on top of me. I sure like those cans of spray that shoot far to the eaves of the house but somehow I always seem to end of with a can that won't spray.

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    1. Paula
      You say to the wasps, "Halt, I got you covered" and the can won't spray. How discouraging. You know I've never used one. I bought one and it sits in the greenhouse uncapped. It's poison and I don't want that in the greenhouse because I have all organic plants growing in there. It's a real problem that they like the greenhouse so much.

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  10. joeh
    I do too. Like Tom Sawyer, I would have given anyone my apple core to do the job for me but unfortunately the people around my house are a little smarter than Huck. too bad.

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  11. I haven't been stung in awhile, I'd like to keep it that way

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    1. Adam
      High-five.....me too. Actually never stung by a wasp but lots of bee stings when I was little and played in the clover.

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  12. You are braver than I! I guess they thought the greenhouse was purty and they decided to move in and make it home. Little did they know, the owner had a stick. ;) Hope they hit the road and stay gone!

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    1. Rosey
      Hit the road, Jack and don't come back.... (know that song?)
      They really freak me out

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    2. I do know the song. I have the Ray Charles' version on my iPod. :)

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  13. Glad you weren't stung. The thing to do now is discourage them; watch out for the nest building and repeatedly knock it down each time before they even get properly started. They'll soon find somewhere else to build.

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    1. River
      I'll keep a watchful eye from now on. Thanks

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  14. Wowza, Manzi! You adorable tough broad!

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    1. Susie
      Not necessairly tough.... just can't find anyone else to do it. LOL

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  15. I could use that title as a double entendre.
    But, I'd be lying.

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    1. Al
      You could but I probably wouldn't even "get" it.

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  16. I'm glad you escaped that ordeal without any stingers sticking in you.

    I've been stung by all kinds of bees, wasps, yellow jackets, etc. and I don't like any of 'em. Yellow jacket build their nests underground, and it's unreal how many of them come flying out when provoked. (I encountered some when cutting the grass one day. Found out I could still run pretty darned fast!)

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  17. Susan
    I didn't know that about yellow jackets.
    I know I hate ants too. Last time I mowed the grass, I ran over a nest and they were on my body, biting, in a second. I thought one had to turn over rocks to find their nests. I guess not.

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  18. See, that's why I hire a bug service. Of course that's a necessity in Florida.

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    1. Crystal
      I lived in Florida 25 years and that's how I got seriously ill too. Be careful.

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  19. Oh gracious! I'm so relieved you didn't get stung. That would really freak me out.

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  20. Another beats nasty in your greenhouse. What is up with that?

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