Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Vege Garden Drama

Wasps in the Garden.

I was in the vegetable garden last week trying to tame the plants after all the warm rain we have had lately.  I have been neglecting it a bit.  I heard a bit of buzzing but didn't work out what it was until I was stung twice on the leg.  I did what every sensible gardener should do and sent my husband out to investigate.


He found the source of my problem.  I had walked passed it and not noticed.  The wasps had made a nest underneath one of the walking boards, in between the potatoes and garlic.  As we have a lovely organic garden the usual poison that is recommended for wasp nests wasn't an option.

I went straight to the internet (as you do) and found an answer that seemed too simple to be true.  Dishwash liquid and a lot of water.  The soap breaks down the outer layer of the wasp and the water drowns them, quite quickly I was assured.  

That night the men went out and did the deed:    
1)  Mesh over hole
2)  Lots of dishwash liquid squirted into hole
3)  Water from the hose to fill the hole and drown everyone - Queen, larvae, and workers.

The next morning there were only half a dozen lost workers flying around who had been sleeping outside.  They disappeared by the end of the day.


This is what was being built.  Quite a work of art, but not in my garden thanks!


Garlic was safely harvested, plaited by my daughter and is drying out in the garage.  Hopefully we will have no more invasions.

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14 comments:

  1. I smiled when I red you sent your husband out to investigate. Smart gardener you are! And I love the solution to the wasp problem! Thanks for the tip.

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  2. That would give me the creepy chills if I found something like this in our yard!!!

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    1. Me too - that's why I sent my husband out to sort it :)

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  3. What an amazing nest, but I agree, not in my garden!

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  4. I'm glad none of the people were harmed, it is sad for the wasps, but I can understand not wanting them so near.

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    1. Thanks, wasps don't play nice when you get near their home.

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  5. Amazing! That garlic looks gorgeous! Thanks for joining The Maple Hill Hop today. ;0)

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  6. Glad you're going to be ok and that they are gone! That is quite an artful nest, I must say!

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    1. Their building skills are amazing.

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  7. I have also found wasp nests in the garden after getting stung.... I like the non- toxic solution. Michelle

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    1. I was so happy not to put poison near my garden.

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  8. The wasps nest are scary.. I am glad to hear about the dishwash liquid. A great tip! Have a happy day!

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    1. It's great when something simple works.

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