Feel my Wasp-loathing Wrath

I thought we had a truce, an understanding, an appreciation for one another. Apparently, the wasps thought otherwise.

After the “Battle of the Retaining Wall” (my name for the stinging event that took place on our first day of work on the house), the wasps attempted to demoralize me and to bully me, but they never again sought to assault me. This behavior was all a ploy, a performance to disguise their true plot.

This morning, Alex took Newton out in the backyard for a potty break.

As Newton was going about his business, he stepped near the entrance to a yellow jacket nest.

Wasps swarmed out of the ground and bombarded him from all sides.

Alex coaxed Newton over to the pool, while Newton flailed about trying to bite the wasps that had latched on to him.  Once Newton made it to the edge of the pool, Alex pushed him in, which forced the wasps to call of their violent attack.

Let’s get something straight here, wasps: You can attack me, persecute me, and terrorize me. But the minute you turn your spiteful eyes toward an innocent puppy, you invoke the full fury of this furry friend lover.

Just look at this pathetic face.

The whole morning, he was limping and sulking around the house in confusion and pain. His ears were droopy, and he had a miserable look in his eyes.

Wasps don’t usually leave their stingers behind in the skin, and most of the sting sites on Newton were just bumps. However, they left one stinger behind as a message, signifying their animosity.

As I cradled Newton’s shaking body (if you’d seen the heartrending look on his face, you would’ve too), l told him I knew what he was going through, and I pulled out the stinger.

It measured at least one-quarter of an inch long.

Newton’s little nose must have been the most appealing spot to attack. There is evidence of three different locations, on his nose alone, where those demons rammed their spikes into him.

His nose swelled up, and he looked like the Wishbone version of Cyrano De Bergerac.

So I say to all the joy-stealing, unfeeling wasps, “Enjoy what few hours you have left, while I bide my time for the opportunity to break you. You’ll soon be punished for your transgressions.”

  1. GA

    August 1, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Poor Newton!!! Tell him papaga love him and hope he gets better soon!!!!

  2. Laura

    August 1, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Oh gosh, that is awful….I hope you spoiled him rotten today!

  3. Sarah Lewis

    August 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Awww, poor Newton, brings tears to my eyes. I would be very upset if the wasps in my backyard attack Gizmo!! Newton needs lots of TLC and a vet if the swelling doesn’t go down soon.

  4. Cindy

    August 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Oh gosh poor Newton! And during a potty break… 🙁 my heart goes out to him and those wasps are gonna get it! You called the terminator?

  5. Lauren

    August 2, 2011 at 11:20 am

    awww poor puppy! that horribly defeated look in his eyes – so sad! 🙁

    now you have some srs wasp-butt to kick!

  6. Janice Hunter

    August 2, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Poor Newton! Poor You! What a terrible thing to go through. I hope he is better today. I copied this from e-how website. I have no doubt that Alex will eradicate them soon!
    “Get a different type of spray for ground nests. Some types of wasps live in the ground, and a projectile spray will not work well to kill wasps underground. Look for a wasp spray that is specifically made for ground nests. It will probably be labeled for yellow jackets, which are one type of ground-dwelling wasp. You can also use kerosene in ground nests. Pour it directly into the nest to kill the wasps, but be sure to cover your skin thoroughly before doing so.”
    also this;
    “Kill the wasps with boric acid, available at most general retailers in the household and laundry department. Sprinkle a thin layer around the entrance of the wasp nest. The wasps will come in contact with the powder as they enter and leave the next. Though boric acid is relatively nontoxic to humans, it is highly lethal for insects.
    3 Use a powdered insecticide as a last resort if the soapy water and boric acid do not successfully kill all of the wasps. Insecticides that work effectively against most types of ground wasps include chlorpyrifos and carbaryl. Dust the outside of the sand nest with the powder.
    4 Insert a funnel into the entrance of the wasp nest and pour two to three teaspoons of the insecticide powder into the nest itself.
    5 Monitor the sand nest. The wasps will die over the course of several days. Cover the wasp nest with dirt or sand once no more wasps are observed entering or leaving the area.”

    Read more: How to Kill Wasps in Sand Nests | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_5610717_kill-wasps-sand-nests.html#ixzz1Tt0HMHRG

    Read more: How to Kill Wasps | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4468753_kill-wasps.html#ixzz1TszONCcB

  7. Becca

    August 4, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Thanks for your concern, everyone.

    Newton is doing just fine. In fact, he was back to his normal self by late afternoon. The swelling on his nose went down quickly too.

    Newton did get spoiled that day. He spent much of the day on my lap, or right next to me.

    Lauren- Yes, it was definitely a defeated look in his eyes. His face that day was one of the most depressing things I’ve ever seen. 🙁

    Thanks for the tips, Jan. Laura got us a yellow jacket trap, and we’re probably going to put a pile of smoldering debris over the nest the next time that we burn yard debris. We’ll wait until the fall to remove the nest and fill in the hole. I read several places that the late summer is the worst time to attempt eradicating yellow jacket nests. :0

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