Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pest Alert - The Sequel

I’m getting ready to stain the deck. Yesterday I power washed it. Today I thought, “Hey, why I have the power washer out I might as well clean the deck chairs and tables.” That’s when things turned ugly. Walking under the deck I noticed not one but two bee hives on the support beams.

I suppose a sane person would have stopped and gotten some wasp and hornet spray. But I had a bad experience with it last year. I put the power washer on a straight stream and blasted both the hives. Suddenly, bees were everywhere. The old adage, “Live and let live” was nowhere in my mind. I turned the power washer to a fan spray and even though I was seriously outnumbered, I held my ground.

Later I walked outside. Deck was power washed and ready to be stained, chairs and tables were spotless, and not a bee in sight. I love my Husky power washer.


Blogger Cliff said...

I would love to have been there watching from the kitchen. I maybe wouldn't have locked the door.
Water is more fun than chemicals.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Janell said...

Way to hold your ground, Ralph! I'm afraid I would have dropped the sprayer and retreated. Brings all sorts of images to mind of an abandoned power washer turned on and dancing wildly until deck, behives, doors, windows, etc. were all thoroughly clean... and in many. many. many. pieces.

9:35 PM  
Blogger Granny Annie said...

Undoubtedly this will go down in the family tales as an historic battle. Bravo!

5:53 AM  
Blogger Aravis said...

Don't get too comfy- they're just off plotting their revenge!

12:44 PM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

Bee's have their purpose but not in, on or around the house.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

NO!! you are a lucky power Glad you didn't get stung....

8:41 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Somehow I thought this story would have a different ending......but I'm glad you won over the bees!

8:51 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Ralph, people who do like are the reason our health insurance is going up. You got lucky this time.

Stick with the hornet and wasp spray. Mostly it works. I got to thinking that maybe your can was mislabeled last year. It should have said 'bug bomb.'
BTW, we will be out of pocket again for a bit. Seems we are always gone.

8:16 AM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Ralph ~ I could use a power wash on my deck too. I promise there are no bee hives around it so if you want to come help me out... just let me know! ~ jb///
P.S. I don't have a power washer either!

1:48 PM  
Blogger Jerry in Indiana said...

I hate bees, especially ones on the attack. They make me turn into Daffy Duck. Waack, waack, as I go fanning my hands over my head.

You're my hero!

5:46 AM  
Blogger possum said...

Mmmmm... just a question... do you know whre the hives went? Are they still under the deck? On the ground, perhaps? I am glad you did not kill them... but I have a feeling they are not far away.

7:52 AM  
Blogger nora said...

You cut those bees off right at the knees!

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Lanny said...

Funny, I just did a similar thing the other day when I went to put a pot of flowers on a fence post. Bees had made a home right where I wanted to put the pot, the only thing handy to "knock" them off, that was long enough for comfort, was my garden hose water stream. With all the time spent running and sneaking back and such, it would have been quicker for me to go find the bug spray. But what the heck. Good to hear you got your work done.

6:51 AM  

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