Yellow Jackets And The Godzilla Bug

Today I had enough of watching the yellow jackets flying in and out of the corner of the house so I decided to investigate further.  The other day I caulked a block of wood covering the nest’s main entrance. Well now they’ve been going in and out of the back door entrance under the corner boards.  I borrowed the wife’s make up mirror and set it on the ground so I could see up into the corner.  Sure enough I could see a big hole and exposed blue foam plain as day.

You can see the metal termite shield was left short here allowing yellow jackets to come nest in our walls.

You can see the metal termite shield was left short here allowing yellow jackets to come nest in our walls.

I waited for the yellow jackets to return. In case you didn’t know, bees and yellow jackets come in and out of their hives or nests pretty regularly throughout the day when the sun is up.  I waited and saw yellow jacket land and crawl up the dark “hole” under the deck, then I saw another enter the little hole by the blue foam.

One amazing thing I discovered as I watched more and more yellow jackets return home, the mirror on the ground facing upwards totally confused them.  So much so that they wouldn’t or couldn’t re-enter their hive.  They would fly in circles and eventually tire themselves out and fall on the ground where I’d step on them.  One even exhausted itself to death, lying dead on the mirror when I came back later in the day.  I’d have to test the hypothesis out scientifically but a simple mirror may act as a way to get rid of yellow jackets without using chemicals.

After watching the yellow jackets for a while I used the mirror to guide me in my caulking chore. I spread caulk on a piece of wood then used my gloved hand to squish it in all the holes and cover the blue foam.  So far so good. If they keep going in there through another entry I’ll have to call an exterminator to consult and may have to rip the corner of the house off, investigate, remove yellow jackets, re-side it and paint it.

Here you can see caulk covering the entrance to the nest.

Here you can see caulk covering the entrance to the nest.

Here I've covered up the blue foam with caulk.

Here I’ve covered up the blue foam with caulk.

We did take advantage of a beautiful day to take a walk after dinner.  I snapped some more photos for you to enjoy.  Check out the “Godzilla” looking bug I found chillin’ on our wild purple flowers.  Pretty cool. It’s amazing what you see when you take the time to look closely at the world around you.  I can only how much I’ve missed over the years in my rush to get from one place to the next.

A beetle crawling on a plant.

A beetle crawling on a plant.

I have never seen a bug like this before.  Pretty cool. Probably something invasive, ha.

I have never seen a bug like this before. Bright green body, dark green “shell” and orange eyes. Pretty cool. Maybe it’s molting or probably something invasive, ha.

We have a grove of some remarkable trees off our driveway.  The knots in their trunks look like souls or tree spirits trapped in bark.  Very cool indeed.  Worth a look should you visit.

We have a grove of some remarkable trees off our driveway. The knots in their trunks look like souls or tree spirits trapped in bark. Very cool indeed. Worth a look should you visit.

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