The Jerusalem Christian Center (JCC) is helping us fix some moderate basement flooding and remove an awesome ground wasp nest with multiple sites near our home. A past homeowner had mistakenly put a lot of piled high mulch with a high border near our house. The wasps really love this stuff judging from the size of the nests. The mulch also collects water which eventually gets in the basement where I pump it out because our old house has no basement drain. Mr. B and Mr. C from the JCC are good friends of ours for many years and they are doing some heavy work while dodging swarms of wasps. I am connected to a portable Cancer Chemo pump with tubing and have a finicky new ostomy so I am not much help with this difficult project.
One wasp nest was under some old leftover shingles so it could not be easily poisoned from above ground. I tried to soak them with poison from above without removing the shingles but this was a hopeless task. At 2 AM I went outside with a ten foot hooked pole and ripped off the old shingles from the wasp nest. Guess what? Plenty of wasps swarmed up to get me. I did get one sting while retreating to the garage but now the nest was exposed. After waiting for the wasps to calm down, I repeated soaking that nest with poison for a more successful result. Unfortunately my good friends from the JCC discovered a second larger wasp nest in the bushes around our house while working on the endless mulch and Mr. C was stung once.
Looks like it’s time for another midnight wasp poisoning by Glenn. I actually get some perverse enjoyment out of contending with a nest of wasps. It kind of reminds me of going to some engineering classes at MSOE decades earlier.