Saturday, September 27, 2008

Wasp Invasion


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.
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2 comments:

MojoMan said...

Did you find the source? I once had to deal with wasps (yellow jackets) who entered a house through a small hole in the brick veneer and built a nest in the ceiling and were getting into the living room through a recessed light fixture.

Penelope said...

No, we never did figure it out, though I was keeping my eye on an AC vent in the ceiling of the room where they were showing up most consistently. For about a week we'd find another one or two inside every day or so; then the weather turned colder and we're down to about one every few days. I saw one hovering outside the window yesterday, but for now the interior insect life seems to be mostly limited to Asian beetles and boxelder bugs...