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Workin’ at the car wasp

I went to pick up groceries today, and when the guy came out to put my order in the trunk, he noticed that the milk was close to expiration, so with my permission, he went back in to get a fresher one. He left the trunk lid open, so I got out to shut it while I waited. I was rather shocked to discover there was a wasp’s nest built into the driver’s side rear corner of the trunk lid, with a bunch of wasps swarming around it! (At least I think they were wasps. Hornets are bigger, right?) Apparently the store guy missed it because the corner was up high away from the trunk while the lid was raised. Or maybe trunk wasps are common and he’s used to them. Anyway, I was tempted to ask the guy to move my groceries to the back seat when he returned, but I figured that was too much of an imposition — plus I was worried a wasp or two might get into the car along with the groceries.

So I determined that I’d do something about it once I got home. I decided to try using my long-handled ice scraper (still on the floor in front of the passenger seat, where I usually keep it) to knock the nest away. But when I went to get out my groceries and attempt to do that with the nest, there were just too many swarming wasps and I was afraid to try it. I just gathered up my grocery bags as quickly as I could and hurried inside. Although I did manage to get rid of a smaller, perhaps nascent nest on the opposite side of the trunk lid.

It occurred to me to find out if wasps were active at night, and I did enough web searching to confirm they’re relatively dormant then. So I waited until after sundown, then went out to the car with the long wooden bar that I use to reinforce my sliding balcony doors at night, which I figured would be long and sturdy enough to deal with the nest from a reasonably safe distance. I wore my jacket and gloves for protection just in case. The wasps weren’t completely dormant, but I was still able to knock the nest away with the bar, though not all in one piece, and I managed to avoid getting stung. Then I used my phone flashlight to check the crannies inside the doors and under the wheel wells to see if there were any more nests, not finding any (although I just realized I forgot to check inside the back doors).

In retrospect, I think that nest may have been there for a while, since I’ve had to contend with a few wasps flying around the trunk on my past several grocery trips. I figured they were just flying over from the trees on the edge of the lot, but it makes more sense if the nest was there.

And now I really need to stop writing about wasps, and hopefully get out of the state of mind where I fear that every little itch is a wasp crawling on me. I hope I don’t dream about it.

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  1. Byron Bailey
    July 30, 2021 at 8:06 am

    Forgive me for chuckling just a little, Christopher, while reading this. It’s the first time I’ve heard a nest being found in a vehicle that’s actually in use. In a normal year I usually have to contend with 1, sometimes 2, attached to the house. In those cases, though, I’ll buy the spray that I can attack it with from 10-15 feet away. Great job on getting it!
    Byron

    • July 30, 2021 at 8:12 am

      Funny — it’s at least the second time it’s happened with my car. A few years ago, there was a nest inside one of the front door wells, the hollow between the front edge of the door and the engine, or somewhere like that. I immediately drove to the garage and asked the guy there to get rid of it, but he was as afraid of the wasps as I was.

      I guess it’s a consequence of not using the car regularly.

    • Casey
      July 31, 2021 at 8:41 am

      I had an old car that had a hornet next jnside a back passenger door. I never used the door and the didn’t get in the car so I left them be, but I always pictured very confused hornets being scattered about the city, wondering how they got there.

      My house is in a bad area for them and some years I have to deal with as many as 20 nests. It’s to the point where I’m not even all that bothered when I get stung, since it has happened so many times when doing yard work. I’ve never been stung while removing a nest though. I do it exactly the way Christopher did, using an extremely long object to flick them away.

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