Back when I had my 25th anniversary at IBM, I got the figurative
gold watch — an item I got to pick out of a catalogue, which could have been an actual gold watch, or one of various other things: golf clubs, a grandfather clock, a television set... or, what I selected, a gas grill. I’ve always been happy with my selection, and I use the grill often.
The grill came with a tarp-like fabric cover, and over the last week or two a colony of wasps appears to have moved in under the cover. I know this because the other day, when I walked past it, I was stung on the top of my foot by one of the sentries, which perceived me as a threat.
And, well, actually, I am. I aim to evict them, that I might again use the grill. The trouble is that because the nest is under the cover, I can’t see it. I can see the wasps coming and going, and if I bash the operative corner of the cover with a broom, a dozen or so wasps come out to see what’s what, looking for the attacker (who has, by then, gone into the house and closed the sliding glass door).
Normally, when I find wasps I leave them alone and simply avoid them until winter, knowing that all but the queens die off, and in the spring the queens leave their nests and build others elsewhere. I can then brush away the old nest, and life is good for both me and the wasps.
That won’t work in this case, clearly, but neither do I know how to get rid of them. Bashing with the broom manages nothing but annoying them, and, satisfying though that might be, it’s not terribly productive. I figure that I might have to call in the pros and throw money at the problem.
But first, I thought I’d post something here, and see if anyone has an idea how to get rid of a wasp nest that I can neither see nor get to. The photo shows the corner of the grill where they appear to be, with the blur of a wasp circled in red (click to enlarge). If you have suggestions, please post them in the comments.
And thanks, readers, in advance for any help you can give.