Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Sting operation

Well, the nest has been sprayed. Whether it will entirely alleviate our yellow jacket problem we don't know yet - only time will tell.

When Paul got home yesterday I told him that I was tired of killing the little buzzers and he needed to find the nest. This is what he found under the eaves on the east side of the house:




When he went out to spray it there weren't any on it, but the spray is supposed to be residual.

After he sprayed it, we walked all through the house trying to find where they're coming in. We're still baffled - there is no obvious entry point.

This is what the toyroom window and window seat look like:





We counted 28 dead yellow jackets in the sill and seat, not to mention the 4 that are in my office windowsill. AND the probably 10 that I've smacked on the front door screen just today.

The worst finally happened, though - Abby got stung just awhile ago. I told the kids to clean up the toyroom so that I could run the vacuum and get the dead ones out of the window. She knelt down to put something up and squashed one. She was so very brave, bless her heart. Only a few tears and I know yellow jacket stings HURT. I put a paste of baking soda and water on the sting and gave her a chocolate donut (ONLY because my mother got her on the phone and told her that was the best medicine for a sting. And now we all know why I'm fat - Mom always medicated with food when I was a kid, lol.) and she laid on the couch like the Queen of Sheba for 20 minutes reading a Junie B. Jones Halloween book and enjoying all the attention when the other kids wanted to look at it.

I'm ready for the reign of yellow jacket terror to be over. Now.

4 comments:

MamaKBear said...

Awwwww poor Abby! I want to cry just THINKING about getting stung!

Sounds like she was a lil trooper though!

No wonder my stings hurt for so long after I got them...I didn't get any chocolate donuts! LOL

Redneck Diva said...

MamaK-According to my mother, chocolate donuts help everything - broken hearts, chicken pox, yellow jacket stings and childbirth.

She is wise, my momma.

Babs said...

We are having a bout with hornets: big, ugly, nasty, evil red hornets! Do I need to say how much I hate them!?! Diva, we are not supposed to have 90 degree weather in the middle of October!

Maybe if I eat more chocolate they will all go away. Take care of little Abby those little demons do hurt.

ms.T said...

Yellow Jackets will leave their nest and crawl in between the siding and inner walls of a house. Check around the windows and spray pesticide in any cracks and seams of the window. Then caulk the openings. Good Luck!