Thursday, September 8, 2016

Those Nasty Red Wasps

Day One
Tomorrow I am going to caulk up the facia board and flashing for my neighbor. The holes and cracks are not so large and it's for a run less than ten feet long. It's just that red wasps have nested behind the board. She has been spraying them for at least two weeks, but they have an operation in there that produces offspring by the dozen. These are the most aggressive wasps in our area. Sometimes they go berserk for a reason nobody can decipher. I recall an incident some years ago, when I was doing make readies at the apartments. I went on the patio and began sweeping the deck. It was mostly dirt and a few leaves, nothing major. No wasps were in sight. Suddenly they began pouring out of a crack in the siding, heading for me. I jumped inside and shut them out. They continued flying and attacking everything on that patio. Even spots of paint. The front door was within three feet of the patio, so, leaving to fetch back some poison was out of the question. After a long wait I called my work partner and got him to bring some cans of spray and rescue me. I don't anticipate such a reception tomorrow.

Day Two
I must have looked like King Kong getting buzzed by military biplanes this morning. I caulked the boards and metal among the crazy wasps and I also ran up and down the ladder to avoid getting stung. A few brushed my face and arm, but none stung me. My neighbor told me she could paint it later, but I kind of doubt she will. I told her I would not mind coming back if she needed me to do it for her.

Day Four
Red wasps are incredibly resourceful. Strong, too. They breached my line of caulk at one point and they had to push up the metal flashing a bit. I resealed the area and continued the line of caulk all the way to the end of the facia. I had initially wanted to do the entire crack, but the neighbor lady had instructed me to stop in line with a window's edge. Her roof material is standing seam and it is above my work, with no filler strips in the holes where the roofing passes over the wall. I am waiting now to see if they find a way through any of those holes.

Day Six
Today I saw the wasps go inside again, through the standing seam roofing. The neighbor says he is through fighting, at least temporarily. I wanted to buy the filler Lowe's sells for that. Or even use expanding foam.

Working at the same apartments, I once pissed off a bumblebee. Never knew how. It stung me and then hovered above me, signalling it was not yet done. It chased me from the retainer pond all the way out on the parking lot. Somewhere in there it stung me a second time. I went to the shop and got four cans of spray poison and set out to murder that thing. I figured where it possibly lived and used up a lot of poison, but never did find it. The sting was no worse than that delivered by a red wasp.

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