July 23, 2014

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Wasps and Hot Weather

It's that time again, when bees and wasps get plenty upset with higher temperatures that drive them from their nests.

It's not uncommon for wasps or bees to build their nests in  warm, dry locations.

Attics, eves, and storage sheds are just a few of the places where they like to build nests.

If you think about it, these areas typically have a warm, steady dry environment that could produce a steady supply of hot air for their nests.

But when the temperatures REALLY get to climbing, as in a heat wave or a day that spikes into the 90s, it seems that the wasps really like to come out on patrol.

We recently had a bout with a pesky little fellow who not only wanted to patrol, he seemed to be attracted to a co-workers' sweetness!

Now, we can't say for sure just why he chose that particular young lady to visit, but he sure got a reaction.

As it was only one, and his appearance was somewhat unexpected, I rose to the occasion to rescue the damsel from her distress.  With just a few strokes, he was knocked down to the floor and introduced to my boot heel. (Please, no comments about the plight of the honey bee... this was one lone sentry.)

Calm was restored.

But it reminds me to remind parents that they need to caution their kids about bees again this year.

The first wave is always the most unexpected, and yesterday (the first day of Summer) was one of the hottest days we've seen in a long, long time!

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

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