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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:02 am    Post subject: Wasps Reply with quote

A little word of warning: twice in the past week, I have unwittingly brought very large ( hibernating ) queen wasps into the house with the wood for our wood burner. The warmth of the house woke them and they started to crawl and fly around.
Last year, I was picking parsley outdoors from a large clump that had overwintered and was shocked to find a large queen wasp hibernating there.
I just mention these experiences as a warning....if you are about to use something that has been unused all winter......gardening gloves, an old jacket etc just shake things out and keep an eye out.
Two members of my family have serious reactions to wasp-stings and the problem gets worse, I think, the more often you are stung, so a little caution is a good thing for us all.
Soon, these hibernating wasps will wake naturally and fly off to breed this year's crop of wasps and we will have those to deal with.......!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Timely advice, thanks Sive.
Remember this problem thread from last summer......... My Poor Plums......... Wasps.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are wasps a pointless insect ? except for the sting of course Embarassed Bees are welcome in the garden pollinating and adding a buzz of excitement Wink But wasps go around scaring people and burrowing into fruit and being a general nuisance. Can anyone say if they have a useful purpose ?
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