I said it was the Year of the Wasp last August, but this year seems to be going the same way if events up at my allotment are anything to go by. Whilst clearing some weeds at the top of the plot I was stung again: this time because I'd strayed too close to their nest which they've decided to set up in my manure heap. Apologies for the blurry picture - here they are flying into their nest entrance located under the flap of the black plastic I'm using to cover my heap.
Once again my woes didn't stop there as I reacted quite badly to the sting with my right hand swelling up like a balloon. I don't really want to repeat the experience again to see if I gradually become immune like my allotment neighbour says has happened to him because he's been stung so many times. I try not to use any chemicals on my garden or allotment wherever possible, but this time I've decided to make an exception. Besides, the nest is very close to the communal path and quite a few children wander along there when they're up the plot with their parents.
So off I set yesterday to get me some wasp killer. You'd think that would be an easy task, but it appears that Chippenham must be awash with them at the moment because all the shelves in the gardening section of the local DIY stores had a neat empty space where the wasp killer should be. I bumped into Mr Allotment Warden at Homebase, whose advice was to pour petrol down the hole, leave it overnight and then strike a match this morning. Knowing my luck I'd probably destroy myself rather than the wasps using that method, so I politely declined his advice and finally tracked down some killer at my local garden centre this morning.
The container says to dust the nest liberally in the evening when wasp activity is at its lowest and they're tucked up for the night, so I've just come back from the allotment having done the deed. Time will tell if I've been successful...
Do you have any pesky pests at the moment?