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Terrified and Frustrated...

Monday, November 18, 2013

This morning I woke up with tons of energy for meeting the day. I was excited about today's workout (it's treadmill day) and was just finishing up my breakfast. But I kept hearing something weird in the family room, like something small kept falling on the floor or hitting the window. So I armed myself with a broom and wasp spray and headed in to check it out.

There was something like a wasp or hornet or yellow jacket (I don't really know how to tell the difference) on the window of the back screen door. So I sprayed it, but had a feeling that wasn't it. I ended up finding one in a window in the same room. I sprayed that one too. Then I turn to get my dog off the couch so he won't have to breathe in the fumes, and see one fly out of the fireplace only to land on my Wii remote. So great, three stinging things in less than 10 minutes, tons of wasp spray all over the place, heavy fumes in the family room (where I use the Wii to work out), and now I can hear them...they're in the chimney! It must be a nest. We see them inside occasionally and I've always felt that they came from the fireplace, but I've never seen so many at a time. And seeing the one just blatantly fly out of the fireplace is proof enough. There's a nest in there somewhere, and it's probably a large one if they keep making their way in this easily. There's no cover for the fireplace, only a metal curtain. So there really isn't a way to keep them out right now. I was going to just empty a few cans of spray in and around the fireplace, but it's gas and I'd hate to be the cause of a major explosion all because I was trying to kill wasps.

Now I'm terrified. I'm allergic to wasp stings, and everything I use to work out is downstairs...Wii (which I use for fitness games as well as the work out videos I purchased on Amazon), treadmill...everything. I can only imagine what might have happened if they'd been flying in while I was jumping around doing my daily exercises. I probably would have received several stings. I had to calm my panic attack enough to grab the rest of my breakfast and my phone and take off for the upstairs where they don't seem to hang out. I'm now barricaded in my room with a towel stuffed under the door. I can see them outside of my window though, and I think I understand how they're getting into the chimney.

*sigh* I'm so frustrated now. I had planned for this to be a great day and to really enjoy my workouts. Instead I'm stuck upstairs in my room, scared to death and jumping at every little sound or every time I think I feel something on my skin. I've also made my poor little dog terrified. I don't think he's ever seen me like this. Dad went on a spraying spree downstairs after I nearly banged down his door. I don't know what the situation is though and now he's to help my aunt & uncle at a hospital appointment. So until he comes home and gives the all-clear, I'm stuck. :(

Oh well, guess I'll do some studying and reading for my first certification, and maybe do some reading for fun. Not like there's much else I can do at this point...


As a side note, I HATE living in Georgia sometimes. We're past the middle of November, and instead of chilly Fall weather it's sunny and nearly 80 degrees outside. Most insects should have gone into hibernation at this point, but not here. Except for the changing leaves (and many still haven't started to change yet), you'd think it were summer time. If the weather were like it's supposed to be the wasps would probably be dormant right now, but they're enjoying the rebirth of summer. I can't wait to move to a place where the seasons act more like they're supposed to!
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  • FRIDA11
    Wonder if you can take a wasp proff suit on and fire them out by liting the fire in the fireplace? emoticon

    You write well
    2383 days ago
    Thanks all. We're thinking it's a pretty big nest and as much as we really want to take care of it, money is a bit of an issue right now (or else we'd call an exterminator immediately). So for now we're doing the best we can and hoping the weather finally starts to get cold so that they calm down. I as I think I've found one of their points of entry from outside, we're thinking we'll take a few cans of wasp spray out on a fairly cold day and just drench that spot until we run out. It may not get as far as the nest, but as many as I've seen coming and going I'm sure it'll get quite a few of them. I'm just worried that if the nest is somewhere in the open part of the chimney it might eventually get heavy and fall. That would make them all come zooming out of the fireplace which would really suck! So I'm praying every night that that doesn't happen!

    They are unfortunately not gone. I was able to get through 15 minutes of yoga & balance games on the Wii this afternoon, then found 3 of the buggers in succession. So we sprayed them and I holed up in Dad's room. The good thing is that the treadmill is in there and his room doesn't seem to be affected by the problem so I was able to get in some of my workout today. Still wasn't able to do everything I would have liked (as my work out videos and most of my fitness games are all on the there...with what we now know are hornets. But it's an improvement over yesterday.

    The sucky part? The weather was in the mid 60's today but is supposed to warm back up to the mid 70's by the end of the week. So I'm expecting to have even more issues with these things before Thanksgiving. I hope they'll at least let me weigh in and do my body test tomorrow...
    2453 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2937064
    I want to live somewhere where the seasons act like they are supposed to, too!

    Hope the wasp situation cleared up. I would be having panic attacks!
    2454 days ago
    Ugh..that would make me nervous too. Hope you can get rid of them! emoticon
    2454 days ago
    OMG I would have had an industrial sized panic attack. I am *terrified* of things that fly and sting, probably to the point of it being a diagnosable phobia. I completely flip my nut if one gets anywhere near me. So, yeah, I'd be locked up in my bedroom too. I REALLY hope your dad was able to come home and take care of them so that you're safe to venture back out again.

    I don't like winter much, but I'd hate it being in the 80s in mid-Nov. That would seem very un-holidayish. But I'll be jealous of your weather in another month or two when it's butt freezing cold here and I can't go out without 39439475345 layers on!

    Hopin' 'dem monsters is gone!

    2454 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    yikes...wasps in the house....eeeeeeekkkkkk emoticon
    2454 days ago
    Sometimes we need to accept that the problem is a bit too much for us to handle and we have to call on a superhero (family member, friend or professional) to help out. With your allergic reaction to wasps, you really need to take this seriously and solve the problem, not just now but permanently.

    Please be careful; take control and win back your freedom over these invaders!

    Love and hugs to you!
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    2454 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2103219
    emoticon to hear about your predicament. Hope you get rid of them soon!

    2455 days ago
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