I made two Cibolo families homeless this morning before I even had my coffee.
I knocked down two wasps' nests with water from the hose first thing this morning because supposedly they can't see very well, although by the time I got into the back yard the sun was up. They had built two nests on the walls under the roof of the covered patio.
A wasp stung me a couple of months ago when I was innocently watering a plant, which was not pleasant; but I didn't retaliate. Now the nests are a lot larger and my handyman needs to finish caulking and resealing around the patio, so the nests had to go.
I sprayed the wasps with water from the hose, and my husband reached out the back door and knocked the nests down with a broom. We didn't want to kill the wasps, just force them to relocate. Paper wasps are predators of insects, including flies, and we are organic gardeners who don't like to use pesticides.
Here are some more things you might not have known about these wasps:
- Paper wasps feed on nectar, as well as insects, and are good pollinators
- They are not extremely aggressive, like hornets or yellow jackets are; just protective of their territory
- They are able to recognize each other's faces
- Their stings are especially toxic to cats and birds of prey
- They have queens and workers, similar to honeybees
- Only the females can sting; unlike honeybees, they don't die when they sting, but can sting repeatedly
There's one more nest in an uncaulked section next to the garage. Once things settle down on the patio, I'll be making another family of paper wasps homeless. But at least they're still alive and able to start over.