Wasps and Hornets

  • badbug

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    Jul 05, 2016 12:45 AM GMT
    So for the past 4 summers, this will be the 5th, i've had either wasps or hornets living right above my front door. They're living in a space between the top of the door frame and the roof or whatever. First summer, it was hornets, the past 3 it was Wasps.

    This summer, it started out as wasps and still is wasps, but the past few days there has been hornets aswell living seemingly in the same space, just further to the side. Well hornet atleast. I have only seen the hornets one at a time, i have no idea if there is more than one but assume soon there will be. I am not sure how many wasps but seeing as how often they fly in and out, i would guess there is atleast 15-20 in their colony by now. By the end of the year, usually there is so many hardly a few seconds go by without one either coming or going.

    The cool thing about the wasps, is they almost always have one standing guard. One wasp stands there sniffing every wasp that comes in. If they try and avoid him, he'll run after them trying to sniff them before they go inside. It's funny to watch when the colony gets so large, 2-3 land at the same time, cause he'll run after one and then quickly turn to get the others and more come and he just ends up spinning around in a frenzy. One night i came home rather late and drunk, and stumbled around on the porch for a bit messing with my key. When i turned the light on, i saw one very very slow moving wasp peeking out at me, he then immediately went back inside. It was a very half hearted check on what the hell was going on. It was kind of funny to imagine a half asleep wasp being pissed it had to get up in the middle of its sleep or whatever the fuck they do at night. It was clearly half alive.

    Anyways, i am interested to see if the hornets and wasp colonies both thrive being side by side. They literally fly right by eachother heading to essentially the same spot. Oddly enough the wasps seem not to react to the hornet(s). Having dealt with hornets for a whole summer, it's not odd that the hornets give zero shits about the wasps. The hornets seem pretty relaxed.

    So summer is here and the wasps and apparently hornets are back. They're like pets at this point, or atleast temporary guests. I am fairly excited about the hornets especially, as the one(s) i have seen so far are fucking huge. I will have zero spiders this fall and winter for sure if both colonies stay. There won't be any spiders within a block of here lol.
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    Jul 05, 2016 5:40 PM GMT
    badbug said ... I will have zero spiders this fall and winter for sure if both colonies stay. There won't be any spiders within a block of here lol...
    i hope you meet up your boy friends at a local coffee shop before hand.
  • badbug

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    Jul 05, 2016 5:51 PM GMT

    Most people don't notice, it's actually amazing how oblivious some people are. It's also a good test, anyone scared of bugs or suggests that i should eradicate the bugs simply for being bugs is not going to be a good match.

    Yes, you are astonished i am single. icon_razz.gif

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    Jul 05, 2016 7:18 PM GMT
    badbug said... i am single.
    i dont really know if you are.
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    Jul 05, 2016 9:20 PM GMT
    I don't mind spiders since they help keep the bugs in check. Cockroaches I can do without.

    Remember, if you ever get a bee swarm in your walls or attic etc. don't try to eradicate them yourself; do a web search and find a local beekeeper or beekeeper's organization and call them and they can take care of it for you.
  • Apparition

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    Jul 05, 2016 10:41 PM GMT
    "she" (more than likely) women do all the work.
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    Jul 06, 2016 5:13 AM GMT
    Wasps and hornets serve no real purpose in nature, other than to give you a bad day if you happen to stumble upon their nest. At the very early sight of a nest being created, I blast them with pesticide.

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  • AMoonHawk

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    Jul 06, 2016 5:49 AM GMT
    xrichx saidWasps and hornets serve no real purpose in nature, other than to give you a bad day if you happen to stumble upon their nest. At the very early sight of a nest being created, I blast them with pesticide.

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    Yup! I concur
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    Jul 06, 2016 1:19 PM GMT
    no drama, just take the garden hose to the nest
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    Jul 09, 2016 12:58 AM GMT
    Won't they sting you?
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    Jul 09, 2016 2:16 AM GMT
    Several species of wasps are pretty ubiquitous around here. Any given object around the farm is sure to have a huge paper wasp nest underneath or within. They're not really aggressive unless you mess with the nest. Although I'm allergic, I usually get by with just brushing them off.

    The corner of the garage door has a wasp nest, a small hornet nest, and a praying mantis chrysalis within six inches of one another. I'm thinking they've killed the mantis... No signs of life.

    For a couple of years, I let a nice paper hornets nest live in the safari rack of Suburbasaurus. I'm sure I lost a few of them on the interstate, but there always seemed to be a few of them buzzing around. It was kind of like having my own private security detail when I parked at the shopping center. I guess they somehow knew to buzz back into the nest when I started up the engine?
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    Jul 09, 2016 5:36 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidFor a couple of years, I let a nice paper hornets nest live in the safari rack of Suburbasaurus. I'm sure I lost a few of them on the interstate, but there always seemed to be a few of them buzzing around. It was kind of like having my own private security detail when I parked at the shopping center. I guess they somehow knew to buzz back into the nest when I started up the engine?

    Or maybe there were some pupae in it that hatched later on.
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    Jul 09, 2016 3:57 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    mindgarden saidFor a couple of years, I let a nice paper hornets nest live in the safari rack of Suburbasaurus. I'm sure I lost a few of them on the interstate, but there always seemed to be a few of them buzzing around. It was kind of like having my own private security detail when I parked at the shopping center. I guess they somehow knew to buzz back into the nest when I started up the engine?

    Or maybe there were some pupae in it that hatched later on.




    This is funny you mentioned about your hornet nest on top of your truck , i had one of our little Australian non venomous spider leaving in my truck for years , it would at times go down the A pillar and stay down the corner for a few minutes then go back up . It uses to leave in the space between the roof liner and the roof .
    I have to say she was quite pretty and fearless of her environment ..