It is finally too cold for wasps when we are out in the garden or on the patio. On a trip to the park with our granddaughters just a few weeks ago,
Sylvie was stung by a wasp which was attracted to her peanut buttery fingers as she sat in the wagon on our way home.
In an effort to discourage the persistent insects from their pesky pursuits on our patio, we bought paper wasp nests which act as deterrents to the yellow and black pests. Wasps will stay away from an area where there is another nest.
Sure they will!
When we last used the paper nest, wasps were drawn to it and looked as if they wanted to take up residence; they were moving into a bigger condo and telling their friends.
The only benefit to the paper nest was that the wasps were periodically occupied, leaving us alone for a few minutes. Numerous wasps were so persistent in their attack one day, we had to escape into the house. Finally, we surrendered the deck to them, declaring it off limits until the pests disappeared for another year. Then it was too cold to use the patio.
Years ago my father renovated our house in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland. My new bedroom had been the kitchen and the bed was against the back wall of the house. Morning after morning, I complained that I heard buzzing, from bees or wasps, late night and early morning. The buzzing was loud, though it did not sound like the creatures were in my room.
Several weeks into the buzzing nightmare, Dad discovered that the exterior wall of the house, near the area of my bed, had a wasp's nest in the old dryer vent which was still attached to the house. The wasps did not want to leave the protected nest either. Dad had quite a job to get rid of it, eventually smoking them out.
Now, the wasps are gone for another year. We lament the loss of the warm weather but not the pesky insects. Chances are new wasp adventures await us next year.