RISE OF THE YELLOWJACKETS

Hrm.  There are holes in the grass that look large enough for a small rodent's burrow. Must be Eastern Yellowjackets.  I'd suspected them for a while.  I finally had proof the other day.


Presenting Elvis - aka a male Vespula maculifrons.  He landed on the back porch.  The cooler temps had taken a toll on him that day.  All the better for me, as I'm allergic to venom and these little assholes are aggressive stinging menaces.

It didn't help that Truffle and Piper kept dicking around with him. Nobody appreciates a wet dog nose dabbing your body into a wooden board.  Though he didn't protest too much, I didn't want to take a chance. I used a garden glove to nudge him towards a gap in the boards.

V. maculifrons take nest defense to a whole new level. They won't nail you just once. Nope. They don't lose their stingers, and they are capable of delivering venom repeatedly until you abandon all hope and flee the area. 

However, away from their nests, they simply become pests. Don't flail around like a fool and they'll leave you alone. Check your soda can before sipping the contents. Don't leave garbage cans open, or allow food to tempt them into your outdoor space. In other words, don't provoke them.

I'm none to happy about the burrows. Though I dislike killing beneficial garden insects like these (they feast on other insects, thus the pest population is kept low), I'm afraid I'll need to take some drastic measures.

Correction. Better Half will need to wage the war.  I don't want to die.

It requires marking the burrow with a flag, then going out at night to spray pyrethrum aerosol into the opening.  Once that dries, he'll need to dust the area with an insecticide dust.  I'm wondering if Lowes carries Tempo Dust. It's really the best for things that fly.

Sorry, Elvis. You're a very pretty creature and I do realize your numbers in Ohio are dwindling thanks to the German variety.  Still, it's you or me, buddy. This queen is willing to send her soldier in to eradicate your existence.        

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