Yesterday I hosed down a wasp’s hive that they built in the corner of my garage door, with its attendant seven or eight nurse wasps. Last year, they’d built hives in the corners of the house windows. I started the hose slow, and after a few passes of knocking the nurse wasps off, I turned on the jet and knocked the hive down.
The “girls” spent the rest of the day recovering, rescuing the larvae they could – I could only presume they were pulling them out of the husk, with the intense, careful work they were doing – and then they installed a new hive in the same place, with fewer cells. They’re back to tending it and sealing the larvae in. I think the ants took care of the rest of the non-viable hive, plus at least one wasp that appeared she didn’t make the dowsing.
I felt bad about it afterward. They’ve been rather peaceful – no threatening buzzing around humans. With the reduced size of the brood, I’ll leave the new one alone. They put a lot of work into it.
eHow used to have a good article on how the wasps made their hives, and I used to link to it, but eHow has now been taken over by people who want to kill everything.
Everything has its place, and it’s up to you to tolerate the tolerable. You do NOT need to control all “risk.”
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