The Adventures of Fuzzy and Boomer on Friday — Insects

Just like all of you everywhere, we have insects…big ones, little ones, ones who stink, ones who just crawl on you and make your fur have icky feelings, some which bite…like spiders and some with stingers!

Where we live we don’t have scorpions, although they do have them in Peach Valley and I saw one once.  They sure are pretty creepy to look at….that tail thing that swings up, up, up….just as I was about to give it a good sniff Mom got there and pulled me away.  She tried to stamp on it but it scuttled real fast under a log.

For shear creepiness there are centipedes ….Boomer found a couple of those under a log in the canyon.  He even yelped and ran off a tad then barked at the log, making Mom think he got stung, but he didn’t he was just was letting Mom know some creepy critter was under the log.

There are some HUGE centipedes in the canyons around us, Mom says, but Boom and I haven’t seen any.

Which is real good!

There are black widow spiders and brown recluses here also.  A friend of ours, died from a brown recluse bite.  She was a real beauty of a German Shepard.  We still miss her.

There are the honey bees, of course, they have stingers.  But they pretty much leave Boomer and I alone, we aren’t sweet enough for their tastes.

But the ones I don’t like are the Yellow Jacket Wasps. I snap at them if they get too close to me and my sleeping spots…my dog house, for example.

Boomer usually just tucks tail and tries to run away from them.

Now Yellow jacket Wasps really like houses, they set up their house anywhere they can along the eves of our main house.  Mom is really steady about keeping them off eves and out of any holes and cracks she can find.  Sometimes those angry bugs even try to make a home in the ends of the pipe holding up the clothes lines…they don’t last long there either.

For the first part of summer and the second part of summer those yellow striped winged stinger bugs pretty much mind their own business. But come AUGUST they change.  They start getting pretty darn serious about figuring out where they want to spend the winter and they get MEAN about it.

This means — THEY STING!!

Mom sometimes put vinegar on our noses (or other places) or a paste of baking soda and water, but if I snap at one and I get stung in the mouth…well, there doesn’t seem to be much Mom can do for me.

Yellow jacket wasps are everywhere right now.  Mainly because they have to hurry as fall is coming on and coming on fast.  I don’t care if the calendar says it is still the third week in August and the heat is supposed to be sitting heavy on the land, the land itself is saying it’s fall…late September early October…somehow we missed August.

Maybe we had July and August all at once…it sure was hot enough for such a thing to happen in July.

Mom took the following photo yesterday so you can see how much fall is on the land.

LOTS!

Anyway, we all were over helping Dad get the header for the bean combine….and yep!  There they were….masses of them.

Building a nest on the edge of the lip of the header….Dad still hooked up the header to the combine and drove the whole thing back to the yard.

Boomer and I were real worried… Dad was bringing that whole roiling nasty mess back to yard where WE LIVE!!!!

I shouldn’t have worried.  As soon as we got back, Mom went and got the trusty can of WASP SPRAY and it was over.

No more wasps.

Now Dad could get to work on getting the combine ready for harvest.

You know something?   Life is real good.

Fuzzy

 

 

 

 

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21 thoughts on “The Adventures of Fuzzy and Boomer on Friday — Insects

  1. The bees are bad here too! I posted earlier in the week that the leaves are changing here and the hummingbirds are slowly leaving. We had around 30 in July and this morning there were only seven at the feeder when I left for work. We have the woodshed full and the last hay is being baled today and tomorrow. We need to get the calves to market but holding off because “pinkeye” has touched about 10 head and we want them well before they’re shipped out. The chicken molt is coming to a close and the katydids are screaming. We heard coyotes night before last and from the sound of it they had caught something for supper. Now we worry about the fall calves that will start coming in mid-September.

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  2. Ya boys life is pretty good. I’m happy you guys have the wasps but bet I have more spiders. The colors have not really started yet but soon. 53 this morning. Careful out there!

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  3. Gahhh the wasps are gearing up around here too. Darn things. Went out after dark and killing a whole bunch in the roof above the upper deck.
    They seem to love under the cover of the hot tub! darn things.

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  4. Every June some wasps try to build a nest at the same place in our yard. Every June we spray them. Every June they come back again. Not too bright, are they?

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  5. Hi Fuzzy (and Boomer), You all be careful out there… Some of those bugs and bees can really HURT if they sting you. We don’t have as many flying things here since the bats enjoy them!!!!! (That’s why I love bats.) BUT–we do wear insect repellent when we work outside and when we hike…

    Take care… Fall is coming!!!!!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  6. My God, you sure have a lot of creepy crawlers and stingers! Thank heavens for the fumigators!
    As for August 2012?????? – well it didn’t come to Brisbane either. Maybe August has fallen off the calendar!!!
    The bales of hay look great as the two dogs survey the scene. Certainly know how to travel
    in comfort, why exert when one can ride – ha ha!
    You may keep your bugs, we have enough of them here already but lately I haven’t seen too many. Just maybe the Indian Mynahs have killed them off also??? They have managed to kill off everything else. I actually saw a lone butterfly yesterday, once plentiful now just this one!!
    I think I would prefer the creepy crawlers and the stingers over the wretched Indian Mynahs.
    Interesting blog.
    Cheers
    Colin (Brisbane. Australia)
    Weather report: Perfect and the calendar does say AUGUST!!!!

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  7. Ugh, wasps! I hate them, tho, so far, I’ve not been stung by one. I also HATE flies!! I will stalk and chase them and then kill them! They just drive me crazy. But I don’t like the spay Mom puts on me, either, to keep the flies from biting me. We have big ole black flies that really bite! I don’t really pay much attention to the other creepy, crawly things as long as they leave me alone. You and Boomer have fun and be careful of the wasps.
    Mom wants me to tell you that she and her kids says a coyote go by not far from the front of the house this noon! Right in broad daylight, no less. I must tell the kitties to be on the lookout.
    Lucky

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  8. Perhaps my wasps have flown your way this year. I have had a wasp-sting-free summer. Not so the past few years. It was so hot here this summer that I even let the wasps drink from the swamp cooler–as long as they were peaceable–and they were.

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  9. Fuzzy, you be careful around those wasps. We’ve caught them trying to build nests around our house, but we also have a trusty can of wasp spray which comes out pretty quick. Mom sure was brave to get a picture of the wasps in the header. I don’t think I would have done that. We’re still trapped in summer heat here in Tennessee, so I hope you can send some of that cooler weather our way.

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  10. oo I have heard of those nasty things but i have not seen one yet.. No sign of autumn here yet, still hot summer.. I hope those fires are not getting too close to you, did the rain fix them? c

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  11. Hi Fuzzy & Boomer, Bug here – we have yellow jackets, too, and red wasps. The red wasps make nests under the metal yard chairs and in my dad’s charcoal grill. But you can bet they scatter pretty quick when he lights that thing up. My mom got stung 3 times on the back of the neck when she walked near a red wasp nest. She almost cried it hurt so bad!

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