Monday, April 19, 2010

The Battle Of The Wasps

I was having a leisurely Sunday afternoon. My daughter wanted to go outside and play on the front lawn, and I decided to watch her from the porch. I sat there with a cup of coffee and my netbook and tried to decide what I should write about next. I was out of ideas, and, in frustration, I looked up towards the heavens for inspiration.

It was then that I saw a wasp and a nest in the early stages of being built. I have been known to have severe reactions to bee stings and I wasn't in the mood to find out if I would have the same reaction to wasp venom. I could have run down to the hardware store to get a can of chemicals to destroy the nest, but I didn't think it would be a good idea to wait. I was thinking that this particular wasp was merely minding the fort while the others were chewing up wood somewhere else for more building material. I needed to get rid of this thing right away.

I told my daughter to go into the house via the backyard entrance. Once she was safely indoors, I got out the garden hose, stood as far back as possible and the water on. Waves of water bombarded the nest. It hung on until I turned the power up to full blast. The water spout pushed up part of the aluminum siding that the nest had been clinging to and, when it did, a half dozen more wasps, who had apparently been hiding under there, came pouring out.

Before they could take flight, I managed to waterlog most of them and force them to the ground. As my foot dealt final death blows to the yellow-jacketed vespinae, I couldn't help but recall that, last year, the guy who mowed my lawn was attacked by a nest of wasps near my property line. This must mean that the wasps are on the march. This might have only been a small battle in an ongoing war. Whatever happens, we will fight them.

We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in the aluminum siding.
We shall fight on the lawns and porches
We shall fight in the gardens 
We shall fight on the school grounds,
We shall fight in the fields and in the streets
We shall fight in the hills;
We shall never surrender!!!!!!

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