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Friday, August 14, 2009

Recap on Wasp Nest and More Home STUFF

Had a student friend by the house today. Made a half day of it buying and installing gutter covers. Got the whole shebang finished, and I'm happy about it.

You know I love before/after photos - bear with me.

Before, open gutter...

After... covered gutter!

Ok, calm down now there Skippy. Sit down. I know the raw excitement of the before/after gutter photos overstimulated you. Breathe deeply. There - that's better.

Now, recall yesterday's bit about the Yellow Jackets that took over my little bird house. After dark I popped the entire bird cage into a plastic bag and in to the freezer (-1 degree). I honestly thought there would not be an ending to that story for at least a month or two.

Johan, the guy who did the gutter covers was nice enough to open the frozen bird house this morning - end result? A half dozen frozen Yellow Jackets and one VERY small mud nest cell. It was only an inch long, with a single tunnel. I was correct in my thinking yesterday, that the wasps only started their nest yesterday, and I took it down before they got much of a nest going. *WHEW!* My final comment on the wasp nest - I couldn't - wouldn't - have opened the thing myself for months. So thanks Johan for keeping the wasp saga from dragging on for ages.

There are tons of Wasp nests under the eves of my house, and the one below is still hanging and there no wasps in it any longer - no idea why. It is NOT the ensy one in the bird house, and it is a paper wasp nest. Isn't it a beaut? Only about 4 inches across.

For whatever reason, these sorts of honey coned paper wasp nests creep me out!

Honestly, honeycombs have made me feel creepy since I was a tiny kid - I've no idea why. I recall my Aunt Verona asking me why I was squicked by such things and I told her 'the holes make me all squidgey'.

Well, fifty years later, word up - the damn things still do!


  1. i believe the word eebie geebies, might fit here and what bird eats wasps?

  2. HAHAHAHAHA! Yes, the eebie geebies, or the heebie jeebes sure as heck describe it! UGH! Hate the nests more than the wasps. : D

  3. That’s much better! It’ll keep the proper flow of rainwater in your gutters and downspouts and prevent any blockage. We just recently bought gutter cover too. We’re happy that we don’t need to frequently clean the gutters. ->Cody Charlebois

  4. Oh, it’s good to see that you also put gutter cover. Cleaning the gutter is such a daunting task, much more daunting if there are birds and creepy pests that nest in it. With the gutter cover, you don’t need to climb up there just to clean the gutter. ->North West Exteriors

  5. It's really efficient to install gutter guards. Their main purpose is to keep your gutter system clean and let the water run smoothly. Another benefit is that they lessen the number of times you need to clean your gutter, thus, saving you time and effort.

    Roscoe Dansby @ Gutter Helmet