Really Dumb Thing I Did This Morning That Didn’t Work Out Bad (Wasps)

I did something really stupid this morning. However, through pure luck it did not work out particularly bad. That being said, I probably shouldn’t worry about wasps until I’ve woken up a little more.

You see, I was out on my back patio this morning just after I got up having my first cup of coffee of the day. I happened to notice a bit of a wasp nest sitting on the patio. Looking up to see where it might have come from, I noticed a nest in a vent on the side of my house that I don’t even think is connected to anything inside anymore.

Now, I haven’t really seen any wasps on my back patio so I assumed that this was a dead nest. Still, I thought I should get rid of it. Mind you, I had just woken up. I had coffee, but I hadn’t drunk any yet. Half asleep, I really shouldn’t have been attempting to deal with wasp nests.

Regardless, I noticed the vent was about the height of the snow shovel I had sitting on the patio. I took the shovel and scraped the nest out of the vent. As I lowered the shovel, I noticed wasps were coming out of the nest. Apparently the nest was not dead. Luckily, I reacted well and snapped the shovel to heave the nest over my fence into the alley. Then I got back from the fence and went back inside the house. Luckily as well, no one was in the alley.

I probably got luck on a number of counts, such as the fact that it was still relatively early in the morning and was kind of chilly. As such, the wasps were sleepy and didn’t react as appropriate to the dumb thing I did. Either way, I did not get stung. I probably deserved to for dealing with a wasp nest when I was half asleep, but either way I didn’t get stung. I’m grateful at least for that.

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About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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1 Response to Really Dumb Thing I Did This Morning That Didn’t Work Out Bad (Wasps)

  1. mercadee says:

    The nests of most species are suspended from a single, central stalk and have the shape of an upside-down umbrella. Some tropical species make nests that hang in a vertical sheet of cells. Plant and wood fibers are collected by the wasps, mixed with saliva, and chewed into a papier-mêch?-like material that is formed into the thin cells of the nest. The nests are constructed in protected places, such as under the eaves of buildings or in dense vegetation. Normally a colony of several to several dozen paper wasps inhabit the nest.

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