It's been a fantastic year for the bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets in South Central Alaska. The past two years of mild winters helped them grow their populations. Add to that the fact that I planted flowers in our planters and put them on the front porch and...Eureka!...we have a nest under the deck that Mark has tried to remove repeatedly, but he can't see it so his efforts have been in vain. Earlier this week I moved all the flowers away from the front porch and Kara created a home-made hornet trap. Three hornets (or whatever) flew in. Viva created a hornet trap, too, and caught one. ARG!
Why is this a problem? Bentley has been stung twice while outside and says he's done with going outdoors this summer. I was stung while clearing out invasive vetch. The USPS, UPS, and FedEx people have been seen swatting away hornets (or whatever) when delivering packages to our front door. Kara would be very sad if our home went to "no delivery possible" status! We need to solve this problem even it means calling in outside help.