Found a queen wasp in the hall buzzing round the light this morning!
That's the third wasp in the last three weeks. Fortunately it flew out
when I opened the front door.
I have no idea where they are coming from. After the first one appeared
in mid-November, I removed the extract fan vent covers and fitted fine
metal mesh there before replacing the cover. There is no way a wasp
could get through. We haven't had a window open for ages, so they can
only be coming through the doors.
Anyone else noticed these unwelcome house visitors being more frequent
Well yes. Providing they nest in someone else's loft/soffit.
A down side to our new plastic windows is the rainwater drip which is
arranged to form a channel at the bottom of the opener.
Opening a window now leaves a row of would be hibernators on the sill. A
few wing flaps and they are in the room:-(
I dont think grouping them as "they" helps them interact with people.
I think it's important to call them by name.
It's bound to start a relationship off on the wrong foot if your
visitor is one of "them"
"Friendly" is an oxymoron when used in connection with wasps. I'm quite
happy to have bees around - they are far too busy to bother me. But
wasps are another matter. From
"Wasps are aggressive and sting to attack, whilst bees sting as a
They are a damn nuisance, and can be a dangerous one at that -
particularly in a house. This is from
"It is estimated that of all deaths from anaphylaxis between 1992 and
2001 in the UK, approximately 62% were a result of reactions to wasp
venom and approximately 9% were caused by reactions to bee venom.". Note
too that the incidence of anaphylaxis from stings is on the increase.
I've tolerated wasps building nests in our garden for the past four
years, but no longer if they are entering the house (grandchildren
playing). I seem to remember that you are in Oz, and with so many
apparently lethal creatures around, maybe you are getting a bit
forgetful of how many deaths wasp stings actually cause - far more than
Funnel Webs, Redbacks, Box Jellyfish, and more than a few snakes which
many are concerned about.
Yes I think there were fewer wasps around this year. It probably made a
difference that our present house doesn't have any fruit trees nearby,
whereas our old one had plum tree, raspberry bushes, red/blackcurrant bushes
Having said that, we did have a wasps' nest in the loft. Then we saw a lot
of wasps! But that was the exception. Virtually none before or after that.
My wife is allergic to wasp stings, so I got the council pest-control guy
out the following day and he squirted some fast-acting poison into the nest
which he said might make them angry for a little while but they'd all be
gone by the time my wife came home from work. And that's exactly how it
happened - a lot of angry buzzing, a lot of wasps milling around outside the
nest, and then nothing.
When I unintentionally parked the lawn mower over the wasps nest in the
ground, so I could talk to the guy who'd just landed his glider in the
field behind us (glider? WTF?), they seemed unbothered. I did however
go back and put some readymix powder in the whole, then some water - it
really cemented their friendship!
"That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without
My opinion too - despite my house wall cavity being invaded.
But not drowsy enough not to want to sting you.
I have an old coat I use for gardening hanging outside in a covered
alleyway - but because of the warm autumn, I haven't needed to put it on
for some time. A couple of weeks ago, I had just got my first arm in
when I felt a slight prick near my shoulder. Almost immediately I
thought "Wasp!" - and sure enough, after I had ripped the coat off, a
drowsy wasp fell to the ground. Of course, the wasp was only going what
wasps do, and I now regret doing what humans do - ie I stamped on it.
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