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  • My experience is now similar to the writer - but it is only from a change of attitude from me that this state of acceptance has happened.
    Someone passed on a notion that wasps go blind this time of year - has anyone else heard of this and might it explain why they seem to blunder about?
  • I read a letter many years ago from a lady who said she would say out loud "little wasp, little wasp, please fly away !" and this generally seems to work!
  • I leave rotting pears on the lawn and watch the bees and comma butterflies enjoying them.
  • An interesting post thank you very much!! I just found a queen nest hibernating at the weekend: it is in my dads cap in our garden shed. I want to move it somewhere more safe inside the shed cos if my dad finds it he wont be happy. Poor things!!
  • What a really good article...only problem is, I am now riddled with guilt over the amount I've killed over the past few weeks!
  • Many interesting comments about bees and wasps.
    I like them and I do not like to see them trying to exit my greenhouse through the glass. I take them in my hand and carry them to the door and allow them to fly away safely.
    At this time of the year they can often be seen crawling about on the ground. I know they are dying but again, I take them in my hand to a bush and let them die naturally.
    Please note, I never manhandle them, I place my hand in front of them and let them walk onto my hand.
  • Bees and Wasps fly into my garden when I water or put any food out on the garden table! But the trick to keep them away is burn Greek ground coffee ! Works like a charm and you are not killing them! All you do is put it into some tin foil shaped like a boat and light it and the fumes from it the bees don't like and disappear immediately ! If you can't get Greek coffee, then try any ground coffee that can burn !
  • Haven't anything against wasps except I have been stung and been rather unwell through the sting, and the fact that they insist on making their home in my roof, have been plagued with them for years. they don't seem to be under threat like bees, even though wasps are exterminated by so many people and we love bees. long live bees and the guerilla gardeners in London helping bees survive.
  • Reply to Angelstar and Preferbees
    Anaphylactic shock is, thankfully, an extremely rare reaction to bee or wasp stings and I can understand someone who has suffered this condition being very wary of stinging insects. However, I hope I can reassure Preferbees (and other blog readers) that just because you are allergic to penecillin (or any other substance) does not necessarily mean that you will react similarly to wasp venom. Anaphylaxis is an extreme allergic reaction caused by the human body's immune system mistakenly going into overdrive. Instead of reacting mildly and proportionately to an antigen, it unleashes a tremendous cascade of chemicals and it is this release which causes the life-threatening shock. It is usually caused by some earlier sensitization to the same stimulus — in the case of wasp reactions, an earlier sting that primes the immune response for sudden and massive action should another sting be detected. If you are at all concerned, you should talk to your GP about your allergic reaction and whether it might predispose you to any similar reactions to other chemicals. I hope your doctor can confirm that it is only penecilin and perhaps some other similar antibiotics that you need be worried about.
  • Reply to everyone
    Thanks for all the comments. I'm fascinated by the idea of whispering a removal plea to wasps, or even burning coffee to get rid of them. I usually don't have much time for wavers and flappers. The worst I ever saw was a woman on the hard shoulder of the M4; she was standing in the road, lowering the soft top of her convertible whilst wafting a rolled up newspaper about. I had no doubt what she was doing and still shudder at the possible consequences.
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