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Sunday, August 23, 2009

They're All Out to Get You

This year has been the year of the wasp at our house. We have them swarming on everything! It's been very frustrating because they especially seem to love our back deck and the playset. Every time we go outside, there is always a wasp coming to check us out. I have had to keep the kids away from the playset for fear of them getting stung. Jeremy has sprayed all the hives he can find and has knocked them down, but they still are everywhere and seem to be constantly scoping for the next building spot.

I was outside in our front yard and noticed that the wasps are now swarming around our trees - the white birch and the maple. If any of you know a special trick that REALLY works to get rid of them, I'd love to hear it!

Well, all of this stupid swarming did actually claim a victim. Jeremy took Max out to go potty and he was sniffing around as usual. He got curious about something in the grass and then started whining after a minute. Jeremy brought him in and sure enough, he found a wasp and there was a little stinger hanging out of his lip! Jeremy removed the stinger while I held Max down. He was putting up quite a little fight. Once the stinger was out, Max just laid down and didn't want to move. I looked over and saw the damage. Notice the fat lip?

Here is a little better view. Sad as it was, it was kind of funny to watch Max because he just couldn't figure it out. He kept sticking out his tongue and licking his lips, then shaking his head.

I just hope he is the only victim and rest of us are spared. Dumb wasps.

8 comments:

Lori-ann said...

Poor, poor doggy! We have a ton of wasps too, and at least one person gets stung every year. We're up to two so far this year. So if anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears!

Megz said...

They are really bad right now--we've gone through several cans of spray and Leon even filled all the openings in the swingset and fence to discourage their nests.
Poor Max. He won't be doing much kissin' for awhile.

Piglet de' Erin said...

OH that is sad sad sad. Poor doggie! he is so sweet.

dena4kids said...

Poor little guy! I hate wasp! The boys ripped their screen on their window to shreds and wasp have built a nest there. It was kind cool to see the evolution of their nest. It is empty now so time for a new screen.

I am glad they havn't stung any of your kids. That would REALLY suck!

bobatharoo said...

that last picture of Max looks like the dog from Never-Ending Stories. That is REALLY funny!!! But on a more serious note, I hope he feels better quickly.

Amy Jo Madsen said...

OK, I commented on this before, but I guess it didn't "take." I don't really know how to get rid of wasps altogether is to fill squirt guns or spray bottles (set to "stream") with rubbing alcohol. It kills the wasps instantly, without being toxic to kids and pets. Wish I knew a better way to get rid of those stupid things--they're such a pain (literally!). Catherine got stung for the first time, at swimming lessons last month. :( Hope Max is back to normal soon, poor little guy!

Cynthia said...

Poor poochie! The fat lip is funny though.

Lisa said...

There's nothing like learning by experience. Poor little creature! He'll probably be a little less curious about wasps now. I also think his fat lip and his reaction to it humorous.

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