For a couple of months now, nearly weekly, there have been three or four dead wasps together in various places around the house, upstairs and down stairs. we have done searches to try and find where they are actually coming into the house, including the loft for possible nests. The only place we can think of is down the chimney in the central hallway, with stairs leading to the upstairs rooms. What is puzzling me is why are they dead and why have we not seen them flying about - they seem to appear overnight?
I think towards the autumn some wasps, that have been very active during the late spring and summer, die. We have found a few (about 10-15 over about six weeks) in our bedroom. We found there was a nest(or rather we seen wasps going in) under some guttering.
I think wasps are underrated, they are brilliant architects, the nests they make are strong yet light and warm, made from a variety of materials, there are 9 pictures of wasp faces in my book, Insects of Britain and Western Europe - Michael Chinery it covers a variety of insects, moths, bees, wasps, butterflies, Damselflies and Dragonflies and a host more, go on line to Amazon, you may be able to get a good second hand one for pennies plus £2.80p P&P
Ian is the brave one, not me. My experience of wasps might be untypical but I've only been stung once and that understandable - I pulled on a gardening glove that a wasp was using at the time. Left alone I have never had a problem with wasps.
How on earth did you manage to catch a bat without a net??
The most exotic thing I've ever been bitten by was a grass snake when I was about ten years old.
In our science class there were several snakes and lizards in terrariums, (the head of the dept. was keen on reptiles- there used to be two iguanas who were exceptional escape artists!) and one day for a dare I teased the smallest snake until it got fed up and bit me on the back of the hand.
I wanted to be able to say I'd been snake-bit but to be honest I've had much more painful nips from horses! (and dogs, for that matter.)
Sorry, Helen... we've completely derailed your thread! Have you figured out yet where your wasps are coming from?
No. Think it must be Chimney. Still on changed thread. I have been stung a couple of times by wasps, and far worse. However, Daughter and her cousin as youngsters were out paying in a field and found a large wasps nests on a tree, so they got a stick and prodded it, releasing the wasps, they came screaming back to the house, having dived into a pond, looking like they had full blown measles. Both had to be taken to hospital - very frightening all round. Both now in their 50s still have a paranoia about wasps, but have at least learnt to stay stock still and not wave their arms about.
They used to roost in holes in trees rowanberry so catch them as there about to jump out or stick your hand in I remember when I was 3 or 4 trying to catch birds with a stick a piece of string and a dustbin lid a little bread for bait don't recall ever being successful ian