Farm Life: High in the Hive

P1070696We are half way through August.  I bet you are wondering about the Fog in August count.  So far, every day has brought fog, except the day that it was raining…  Winter is coming.  On top of that, at the time of year we should have hot-humid days, when you sweat while taking a shower, we are putting extra blankets on the bed, wearing sweaters, and coming in early from dinner on our deck because it is too cold to sit outside.  We are having days in the low 70F’s and mornings in the mid-40F’s.  Our neighbor mentioned seeing hundreds of geese migrating south already.  I noticed some of the deer are changing from their summer rust coats to their drab winter coats.  Speaking of turning colors, the dogwoods are turning red a month early.  Then, I noticed the yellow jacket nests…

P1070746Two have shown up so far.  Both are about as high up and sheltered as possible.  One is at top peak of our goat barn, under the eaves.  The other has an entrance on the outside of our garage, with the insects going into the small groove of T-111 board.  That put their nest protected inside.

I prefer to let nature follow its course, but there are limits as to where I want this to occur, especially with aggressive yellow jackets.  Add eliminating those two nests on my To-Do list.  At least we have the wood shed filled for the season.

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Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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5 Responses to Farm Life: High in the Hive

  1. KerryCan says:

    We’ve had very cool weather and Canada geese moving through, too. It’s too early . . .

  2. Mother Suzanna says:

    Yes, the hot days have been few out here on the West Coast…not that I’m complaining since we are coping with a “big time” drought and cool means the plants do better. Yellow jackets aren’t on my “political correct” list either.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      I’m working on the slow process of trapping them on huge fly-paper (the width of a paper towel roll), rather than using poison spray that would go all over the place. So far so good.

  3. Very upsetting but true about your fog days count and I too wondered why the geese seem to be migrating early but now you’ve confirmed that others have noticed it too. Sorry about the yellow jackets since they are supposed to be excellent pollinators but good for you for going to all the trouble of a non poisonous route…do they have a queen?…maybe when she notices so many of her workers missing she’ll move on voluntarily!!

    • hermitsdoor says:

      We do see yellow jackets, among the many native insects which pollenate our flowers and crops. We leave each other alone when on the plants. I only eliminate the nests of yellow jackets and hornet which are on or close to our cabin because they become aggressive when someone comes near their nest. If they are in the woods, I leave them be. Unfortunately, they are not like honey bees for which you can move the hive/colony to a new location. On the other hand, we have pleanty of mud-daubers and other small wasp nests under our eaves, and even next to our front door. But, they are not aggressive.

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