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close encounters of the ulgy kind

Ok for some of you it might not be a big deal, but for me there is nothing worse than a bee in the house. I freek out over them and run the other direction. I know bee's make honey and pollinate the flowers, the house is my territory, the outdoors is theirs. After getting home from work today, the other half insisted that I put my shoes on and follow. I did. Out to the side of the house. hanging under the eves was one of the largest hives I have scene in some time. Talk about getting the willies. We have had a couple of them in the house recently, now I know why. Off to the Home Depot I went and returned promptly with several cans of bug spray. Safely locked in the house with the puppy dogs I sent him out to reek havoc on the nest. It only figures, the neighbors wanted a piece of the action as well. It must be a guy thing! The nest is down and most of the yellow jackets have met their maker, so to speak.

As most of you know, my sewing room is a room in the garage. Here I was peacefully working on my quilt when I get that unmistakable buzzing sound and the ping on the window. One of the buggers had escaped the slaughter and found its way to my room! So much for peace in my room. Out I went slamming the door behind me and to the other end of the house. The other half must have known, or I screamed one or the other. Armed with fly swatter, in he goes. A few bangs later he strolls out and goes back to watching tv leaving the corpes for me to deal with. What a guy!!! Having located said intruder, I put in my two cents worth with his boot and tossed the bugger out the back door. I then closed all doors and windows to the sounds of the other half chuckling from the other end of the house.

Note to self: On payday invest in the RAID Corporation stock!

It seems that the warm weather has sent the bees out in force this year, beware....

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Comment by Marnie/NH on July 1, 2010 at 5:16pm
I have 2 bee catchers and one bee killer, We have had wasps this spring. If the cats don't catch them and eat them then my hubby goes ofter them with the fly swatter. Last summer DH found the nest in a tree nearby, said he was going to take it down this past winter...???? I don't think he did that. I better ask before they take over my eaves.
Comment by Ruthann on July 1, 2010 at 11:33am
this spring, heard a woodpecker pecking at the house by upstairs window, well DH said he was going to shoot the woodpecker if it was making holes, well later looked out on porch below the window, there was a wasp nest all scattered on the steps. so guess the woodpecker was ridding us of the nest before they came back for the summer as last summer had a few get inside, so none this year.. are nasty insects for sure..well the woodpecker is still alive and well..ha ha
Comment by quiltingmama on July 1, 2010 at 11:33am
We had a huge problem with the little devils a few years ago in our old house. They kept trying to build hives around our house and we could not locate the main hive for the longest time. Until one afternoon I was backing my van into the garage and noticed that the shrubs across the street seemed to shimmer. It was an old tree stump that they had hollowed out and made into an enormous hive. I think the neighbors had to call in pest control because as soon as it was gone, our problem disappeared too. It was ICKY!
Comment by Judith Cogswell on July 1, 2010 at 7:16am
That's why we keep our hubbies around! Oops I shouldn't say that. I like having mine around.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on July 1, 2010 at 6:45am
Not fun. Glad they seem to be gone now, inside and out.
Comment by Pam/NY on July 1, 2010 at 4:46am
We had the same problem last year with yellow jackets...you're right about men and backyard danger! It's like they can't wait for this situation, so they can try to end up in the ER!!!
Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on July 1, 2010 at 4:24am
Don't blame you a bit!
Comment by Terry F on July 1, 2010 at 3:08am
The last few times I've been stung it has hurt more than ever in the past, leaving me to conclude that I must be one sting away from being deathly allergic now. We have bees that sneak in our bedroom and that gets me up pretty quick. The cats (two of mine and one foster cat) have been on a search and destroy mission lately, for which I am extremely grateful. BTW, if you hang your laundry out, be careful. Bees like to get inside of the clothes and surprise you when you get dressed.
Comment by Gayle/La. on July 1, 2010 at 12:34am
Oh yeah studly men!!!! I had a nest in a hanging planter on the front porch and told DH about it, I'll get it as soon as it gets dark and they settle in for the night. Well, I heard that for a week and guess who got it done. No, I am highly allergic to the stings so our DGD came and took the planter down and cleared out the nest. Once again my DH has patted his self on the back.LOL

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