Wasp Invasion – Part I

Wasps have taken over.

I have a small storage container (that doubles as seating) on my balcony that has been claimed by paper wasps.  I noticed one flying over to the side of the container and then it seemed to disappear.  I waited and then carefully opened it and that’s when I saw the multiple nests.

There’s plenty inside the container, including seeds, empty 10” pots for plants, and, most ironically, wasp spray and a decoy nest, as this isn’t the first time I’ve had a problem with wasps. Clearly those items weren’t enough to deter them from making this container their new home.

Wasp's New Home
Wasp’s New Home

I quickly closed the container and mulled over my options. I don’t spend much time on the balcony, but my cats love being out there.  Rocky likes to catch insects and eat them so it’s way too dangerous to allow the wasps to stick around.  Paper wasps are fairly docile, unless they feel threatened, which is bound to happen when Rocky starts swiping at them.

Looking at the weather forecast, we were supposed to get rain 3 out of the next 4 days, with a couple strong storms on those days.  Using a broom handle, I carefully lifted the top of the container open, and left nature to run its course.

The first rainfall was supposed to happen overnight and should have been a thunderstorm.  I woke up in the morning, disappointed.  It ended up being just a light rain so it didn’t disturb the wasps one bit.  That’s fine, I thought, I’ll just wait for the next storm to move through.

The next storm finally did some damage.  The nest fell from the top of the unit but there were still wasps clinging to it.  They looked beat up so I figured it was just a matter of time before they’d either die out or find a more hospitable home. Wasp 2

There was a dry day and then another day with light rain. To my surprise, the wasps didn’t give up.  In fact, they were more resilient than ever.  So much for leaving this problem in the hands of Mother Nature.

Wasp 3

To be continued…..