Saturday, August 13, 2022

Saturday Lethargy and Wasps

 Saturday night, 7 pm. It seems I have been in bed most of the day. Of course, I slept my 4.5 hours, got up and onto the laptop. Then, I was sleepy, so crept back to bed without waking Tommy. I still could not sleep, so got up around 9 am. I took an hour nap in my chair. Later, I was so sleepy and ill that I went back to bed and rested, got up and finally went back and napped. Either this is sinus and chest or uti. Who knows? Still, I have been miserable all day. 

I suppose I only drove ten miles Friday, but last night and today, both hands feel like they have been beat up. What is this new development? Arthritis, I suppose. Yet, my hands don't look like the hands of friends with arthritis. Oh well. 

Today was a rain-free day, yet I have not so much as looked out of the house. I did put a pan of breaded, precooked chicken filets in the oven. That was my cooking for the day. That was my work for the day. I had that and coleslaw for dinner. Tommy had hotdogs, coleslaw, and the last dab of mashed potatoes. I think coleslaw is the last cooked/prepared vegetable in the refrigerator. There is still salad and all the fixings. Later, I will have apple, banana, and cherries. He will have cherries. 

All summer, I have been lucky to avoid the wasps that land on the ramp railing. It seems they land on the side of the round rail where I can barely see them. I will be so upset if I grab a wasp. I need someone to get down and see if there are wasp nests under the ramp. Plus, there is a wasp nest over the front of the carport. 

It needs to be dusk to deal with wasp nests, and Tommy needs to move his car back before I have the nerve to go spray the nest. Squeezing in between our cars will not give me enough room to move quickly if one comes toward me.  It is not like I can move very quickly, but I could try. He needs to examine the back and other side of the house so I can spray nests there. He cannot move fast enough to get away. Maybe I can move fast enough...lol. I was going to have the missionaries locate the nests, but since they are not here at dusk, I certainly would not expect the guys to spray. 

Have you had many wasps this year? How do you deal with wasps? How about hornets?






16 comments:

  1. We always have wasps trying to build somewhere in the yard. We do remove them when they are still really small though. We have had a lot of dirt daubers this year and I am sure once the weather gets cooler we will find yellow jackets somewhere in the ground. It happens every year.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anne,
      I always stand and watch the yard before dark and watch for yellow jackets spiraling down to their nest. But, here, I don't.

      Delete
  2. Wasp nests, hate them, hate hate hate. I just put my power sprayer on the hose and shoot the nest down from a far. Leave for a few hours, Go back and spray instectside on the area to discourage them from wanting to stay around or build nests there again. I have never worried about the time of day, if I see a nest , I take care of it right away.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Texas,
      The power washer is a good idea. Wasps come to the nest at dusk and have not left at dawn. That way, i get them all and there is not a stray one to come sting me because I am destroying their nest while they are away.

      Delete
  3. I have wasps nesting in my roof just next to the door that leads from my balcony into my bedroom. Previously I've had hornets building their nests there (on the concrete wall, not the roof) and I set fire to the buggers then ran like hell! But the wasps!!!! I'm now shutting all my windows, then run onto the balcony, a good spray and dash back in. So far so good, but do take care. Oh and if you don't think you can move fast enough maybe wear a coat with sleeves and long pants. You don't want to get stung!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Treaders,
      I assure you I cannot run like hell! I will make sure I am dressed to impress those wasps. I never thought of wearing sleeves. Most likely, I would have on pants. I hate hornets.

      Delete
  4. We have a few bees and wasps about, but mostly carpenter bees that constantly put holes in our wooden pavilion beams. It has been an endless endeavor to rid ourselves of them.

    Sassybear
    https://idleeyesandadormy.com/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Breenlantern,
      Those carpenter bees were my sworn enemy. People say they will not bore painted wood, but they will. I used a water hose to blast them away, sort of worrried them to death. And, then sprayed it with hornet spray. There is an insect repellent to put in paint.

      Delete
  5. I hate hornets. One year, years ago, when out daughter was just a little past toddler stage she had gone outside in the backyard with her dad. She was dressed in cute little puffy shorts and a little crop top that fluffed out away from her body. They had walked past the corner of the room that is built off of the ground and is an extension to our house. Just a couple of minutes went by and there was screaming and my husband hollering and the back door flew open and he had our daughter in his arms . Those damn hornets had gone after our little girl. she had just walked past the corner of the porch not touched a thing near the hornets which we had no were there.. The big nest was built behind one of the big timbers that holds up the room. My poor little girl was just stung all over her chubby little legs and up under her fluffy little top and on her arms. We got her out of those clothes and made sure the hornets were out of them. She had welts all over, but none on her face. or the area covered by her shorts. The hornets had flew up under her little top. I gave her childrens Benedryl in case she was allergic then I put wet meat tenderizer on the sting spots. I don't remember the welts still having the stingers in them. I also gave her some Children's tylenol. That night my husband went out and soaked the nest with wasp and hornet spray and took the nest away in a sealed black trash bag. We'd have burn't the house down if we would have used fire. My husband got stung a few times too. But he was ok. I watched over our daughter all day and night to be sure she didn't get a sudden horrible allergic reaction from it. Hornets are very hateful creatures. My daughter is terrified of bees, wasps, and hornets to this day and she is in her late 30's.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That story is every parent's nightmare. I expected a much worse end to her being stung by hornets. It is a good thing you did not try to burn them out! It is no wonder she is still afraid. I have had a lesser experience with hornets and wasps, and I am pretty much terrified, too.

      Delete
  6. Every few years a family of wasps (if that's the right word) resettles in the backyard and we call the same fellow who comes and does something to shoo them off few another few years.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Urspo,
      Just spray them and crush or burn their nests. Easy peasy!

      Delete
  7. If I see wasps I tell my husband. It's his greatest joy in life to destroy their nests, be they in the ground or in the air. He glories in wasp-destroying chemicals and sprays the bejeesus out of them. He'd set fire to them as well if I'd let him. He will sometimes go hunting at night for ant nests and spray them as well.
    My daughter got stung by a ground wasp at my folks house and she screamed her head off. Of course I tended to her kindly and lovingly, but I did wonder why she was being so dramatic about the sting. My brother tried to elminate the nest, but I got stung the next day by some hangers-on. Holy crap it hurt like hell! I have never before experienced that level of pain from any wasp! No wonder my girl was in such a state! And to this day, she too is very afraid of wasps and even bees.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sue,
      All stinging insects really hurt to me. I am glad your husband is so dedicated and pleased by his hunting and spraying. I am so glad you don't allow him to set fire to them! I am afraid because of a childhood experience, too.

      Delete

Obsessed or Not

Maybe not obsessed, but mighty interested in figuring out what I am doing with these succulents.  I have learned a lot about succulents in 2...