Saturday, September 27, 2008
This is one of close to 20 wasps -- about 2/3 alive and 1/3 dead -- we have found in our dining and living rooms in the past 24 hours. We can't find a wasp nest outside or (heaven forbid) inside, but they have been concentrated around the dining room windows, so we suspect they found their way in through a gap around a storm window and from there through the open window (now, of course, closed). We have been employing the drinking-glass-and-card catch-and-release method of removal, as I don't like insecticides and don't care to annoy wasps by whacking at them. We keep thinking we have found them all, but then an hour later another one or two will be on the inside of the windows. The University of Minnosota Extension has a good page on bees and wasps and points out that wasp nests can sometimes be underground or concealed inside a wall. I'll post an update if we solve the mystery.
Posted by Penelope Hillemann at 3:56 PM