I have told the wasps and bees around here many many times not to make me mad. Well, what happened today? One of them stung me and made me mad. I had been looking inside and outside of my shed all summer, trying to figure out where the wasps had built their nest. We often see them flying in and out of the shed. But for the last three months, I had had no luck finding the nest. Well, this morning I found it. I started moving things out of the shed.
At first, everything was going great. I piled small things in some little buckets and got them out. Then I wanted my bigger buckets. That is when it happened. Those goofy bugs had made a nest in the top bucket! As soon as I moved the buckets off the shelf, one of them landed on my hand and stung me. I smashed that one and stomped off to the house. I got my thumb area wet where he stung me and dumped baking soda on it. As it dries it will draw out the poison and I will have very little swelling. The only thing is I know my thumb will itch bad for the next few days. But I am feeling better than what the wasps are now. As much as I hate doing it, I got the spray and sprayed the nest down. Now I am giving it time for the ones that were still flying around to land there also, before I move it again. Here are the bucket and nest.
I don’t know why the wasps thought that would be a good safe place for a nest. But they did. After I visit Mom and Dad, I should be able to go back to work in my shed. Normally, I don’t have too much trouble with wasps. It is bumble bees that I don’t get along with. But these were not happy when I moved them. I hate killing any of them, as we need them to help many plants grow. Thankfully, this does not seem to be a big nest of them. I know there are still some other items in there that could be hiding more nests. I will be more careful moving stuff now. One big white spot on my body is enough for today.
I am hoping that is the only bunch in my shed. I will find out in an hour or so. Wish me luck that I don’t have any others!
Photo is mine