I was walking onto our berry patch the other day with my 4-year-old and my 2-year-old, when my 4-year-old (Shackleton) started screaming and pointing to the wasp on his arm that was stinging him. I took a moment and noticed that there were wasps everywhere and decided it was time to leave.
I got the gate open and told the boys to run. Micah (the 2-year-old) started screaming and I got stung on the leg. We all ran back to the house. It was like ‘base’. I evaluated the situation and Shack had been stung once on the wrist and I had been stung on the leg and Micah was just screaming because everyone else was. We got some baking soda and water and put that on the stings to ‘pull’ the stinging stuff out of the sting sites.
When everyone was cured (or at least the kids, my leg was swollen for a week), I went back out there to see what was going on. There was a hole in the ground and there were wasps flying in and out of it. I’m not the smartest cookie in the deck, but I know a hive when I see one.
I waited until after dark (when all the wasps would be home) and I boiled up a pot of water and dumped it on the hive. Psychologically, it felt really good, but I really wanted to take care of the situation, so I did a little searching on the internet.
I found that if you put something clear over the entrance hole to the hive, the bees would see daylight and try to get out, but they would not dig a new hole because they still had hope in the main entrance. So I put a peanut butter jar over the hole and left it.
The next morning I thought I had surely succeeded. I went out and saw a couple dozen wasps flying around in the jar, but none had gotten out. This, however, was short lived.
I went out again the next day and the wasps had found a way to climb under the edge of the jar. There were still a bunch flying in the jar (the dumb ones), but most had found a new entrance and were using it regularly.
I had to find a new approach. My top priority was to not get stung and generally I only think about the wasps when I’m out and about on the farm and that is a bad time to go after their hive. This morning, I remembered early and I went and looked and there were no wasps around. It was still too cold for the wasps to be flying. So I got the hose and I filled the hive with water. I just turned the hose on full blast and let it run in the hole until the hole was overflowing. Then I let it run for another minute or so just because it made me feel better.
I also sprayed down the area around the hole so I could hopefully get a better seal with the peanut butter jar when I replaced it. I filled the hole with water a second time, just for good measure and I replaced the peanut butter jar. Hopefully, that will work. Otherwise I’ll post again on how to get rid of wasps.