The bees are back in town

Spring is here! There are so many trees blooming and animals and insects moving.

This blooming tree is on the right side of our house.

I can look out at it from my sewing room. It’s a treat to write, sip my coffee and look out the window at such a lovely sight.

There are many more trees and plants blooming, but I’ll add a separate post with spring photographs.

We had such a mild winter that it isn’t a surprise that lots of plants have bloomed early and quickly. The weather here has been really warm over the past few weeks, but this week has been a bit too warm. I would prefer that it stay in the 60s, and not climb into the high 70s. I want to have a least a month of that wonderful spring weather.

Although I’ve been thinking about how much I love spring over the past few days, I’ve also been paranoid about the return of the bugs. We’ve had the occasional ladybug, spider, moth and even one of the bugs pictured below, which I have dubbed “shield bugs” (there’s usually about one new shield bug in our house at least once a week in spring and summer).


I had one crawling on me just the other night while I was cooking. I didn’t realize it until I went to scratch what I thought was an itch and flicked the bug to the ground. Newton came running in and tried to eat it, but he spit it out and acted like the bug had expelled something into his mouth.

After researching them, I discovered that they are stink bugs. Eeewww! No wonder the house often smells like it did when we first moved in. It wasn’t just the old, stuffy house smell. It was these little buggers.

Occasionally, we get these green ones too.


Despite the influx of bugs however, to my everlasting thankfulness, there had been no wasps.

Friday morning that all changed.

I brought my husband some breakfast while he sat in the living room. As I was walking back toward the kitchen, I saw something in my peripheral vision moving along parallel to my face.  Then I heard the buzz as it inched closer to my face. I jumped and let out an involuntary scream (a sort of eeeeeoooowhoooowhoo), because I knew even before I had seen it head on that it was one of my sworn enemies.

I’ve been awaiting this moment for the past few weeks. Folks, we have officially had our first encounter. I imagine this wasp and all the others come out humming about my demise, keeping time with the buzz of their wings.

They’ve been taunting me. They’re constantly crawling around outside on the storm windows, feigning the inability to get inside.

For those of you who missed my blogging during the summer of last year and don’t know about my irrational fear of these arthropods, let me enlighten you. There may be a conspiracy against me that is being perpetrated by all bees and wasps. Each of the wasps in our house and every bee and wasp outside is armed and at the ready.

I began to make slow progress in conquering this fear last year, but I have regressed. The bees and wasps must be quite pleased to have woken up to this unexpected boon. Now they can have more fun tormenting me.

They’re probably singing their own song to the tune of “The Boys are Back in Town”:

Guess who just got back today

Them buzzin’ bees who’d been hidin’ away

Haven’t changed, haven’t time to play.

 And yeah, most think we arthropods are crazy.


We were asking if you was around

How you was, where you could be found

Learned you were hanging out uptown

Sewin’ away like crazy.


The bees are back in town…


You know that chick that used to be frightened a lot

Every night she’d be shaking over our evil plot.

Man when I tell you she was scared, she was distraught

I mean she was screamin’.


Then one time over in our space

Well this chick came up and raked leaves with a happy face

Man, we just flew about the place

Even if she don’t know we’ll get her.


The bees are back in town…

 Spread the buzz around

Guess who’s back in town.

 You spread the buzz around.


Friday night we’ll be prepped to kill

Down at that old car grill

The shrieks will flow and her terror spill

And if the bees want to fight you’d better let ‘em.


The crickets and frogs chirpin’ out our favorite song

The nights are getting warmer, it won’t be long

Won’t be long till summer comes

Now that the bees are here again


The bees are back in town…

Spread the buzz around

The bees are back in town.

The bees are back, the bees are back…


That’s, right. I actually spent time writing their theme song in my head while cleaning the other day.

I might be crazy.

  1. Mary

    March 20, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Probably not much I can say will help as I think you might be totally bugged by these wasps. But…they are pretty docile, especially at this time of the year. You can “walk” them into a cup and move them outside easily. If they really are a nuisance, have someone spray the nest and then remove it. I know, I know…poison. I don’t spray and I leave the big nests alone. If I see a small nest being built, I remove it (from the BBQ, the inside corner of the tool shed, inside my sewing room window…) I have not been stung since childhood.

  2. Rebekah Key

    March 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Bahahaha! That song was A-mazing. You’re so fun Becs. Ew, bugs give me the heebee jeebees!

    1. Becca

      April 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Haha! Thanks, girl! Bugs give me the heebee jeebees, too. Unfortunately, I moved to a place that is teeming with them. At least one of every bug in existence lives here.

  3. Korey

    March 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    This is an incredibly clever song and your wit is a good coping mechanism for the wasp menace. I never had much of a problem with bees/wasps until I was blitz attacked this past summer by a swarm of wasps. Now I have become much more aware of their devious antics. Our flowering tree was plagued with them today (no discernible nest, just lots of bugs flying around) and I am going to be watching the situation very closely and I will not hesitate to use overwhelming force to eliminate any problems.

    1. Becca

      April 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks! Yes, writing about wasp encounters is definitely a coping mechanism for me. I’m glad that someone else is aware of how brutal and evil they can be. You definitely shouldn’t hesitate to use force if any problems arise!

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