Wait till I tell you about my past weekend. Friday night the kids and I arrived at the ROCK ready for a fun weekend. Right before dark I went into the shed to make sure the golf was charged. I was messing around on the golf cart - plugged it into the charger then cleaned out the front area. When I closed the shed I forget to turn off the light. We have two long fluorescent lights in the shed.
Saturday morning I went out to the shed to get the golf cart to head to the pool. We were meeting our friends at the pool at 10am.
When I got to the shed door..... I heard this odd loud noise. I had no idea what it was until I opened the door. There were 1000 of Paper Wasp swarming around the lights. There were so many swarming that was the noise I heard! 100's were dead laying on the floor and the golf cart. 1000's of Paper Wasp!!!! The shed is not large..big enough for me to pull the golf cart in..little room on both side. I looked at the wasp - and decided I needed to get the golf cart out to see what the heck was going on. I ran through the wasp jumped in the golf cart - threw the charger and put the golf cart in reverse and flew out of the shed. 100's of dead Paper Wasp were all over the golf cart! 100's!!!!
Once in the yard I kept looking for where the heck these Paper Wasp were coming from. My friend stopped by and said we have to find the hive!!! All of a sudden I noticed inside the shed a hive about 18 inches from side to side! It was HUGE!!! HUGE!!!!
Thank goodness her adult grandson was visiting her. She went to her camper got him and he came over. He said "OMG! What the heck have you gotten me into Grandma!" We were shocked - the hive was so big! He told me to stay away from the shed - keep the door open and he would be back when it got dark.
At about 9pm he tackled the Paper Wasp - armed with three cans of Raid Hornet spray. It took him about 45 minutes to get the hive down and burnt in the camp fire. He was only stung 2 times which I think is a miracle. We kept the shed open for the night.
When I got up Sunday morning - I checked on the shed! The Paper Wasp were coming back! WTH!!!
Our neighbor came over - caulked up the hole they were coming in - scarped the remaining hive and sprayed another can of Wasp Spray in the shed. It looked like the Paper Wasp were gone when I left.
We will see...I am going back up Thursday afternoon! Please Paper Wasp be gone!
I must say the Paper Wasp hive in the shed was maybe a little too much for me.
I was totally exhausted from dealing with the Paper Wasp! I keep thinking what would of happened if the Paper Wasp had attacked me Friday night while I was messing in the shed. I was alone with two small children. What would of happened? We are definitely making an Emergency Plan this weekend. It is so important for the kids to know what to do if anything were to happen to me while we are alone at the Rock.
Here is what I found out about Paper Wasp..............
Paper wasps are 0.7 to 1.0 inch (1.8 to 2.5 cm)-long wasps that gather fibers from dead wood and plant stems, which they mix with saliva, and use to construct water-resistant nests made of gray or brown papery material. Paper wasps are also sometimes called umbrella wasps, due to the distinctive design of their nests.
Unlike yellowjackets and hornets, which can be very aggressive, polistine paper wasps will generally only attack if they themselves or their nest are threatened. Since their territoriality can lead to attacks on people, and because their stings are quite painful and can produce a potentially fatal anaphylactic reaction in some individuals, nests in human-inhabited areas may present an unacceptable hazard. Info taken from Wikipedia.
PLEASE PAPER WASP BE GONE!