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Spring is the time of year when we look forward to opening up the summerhouse up and delight (??) in getting the garden tools, the lawnmower and other garden tools ready for the warmer days coming. As well as that the garden table and chairs are also given a once over ready for those lovely barbecues which hopefully won’t be far away. It’s the time of year for optimism, normally, as we have a long time before winter come around and your 10×10 summerhouse is left to its own devices again.
The joys of spring are the green shoots on the plants, the greenness coming to the lawn, although the water shortage and hose pipe ban won’t help this. What you can do is to utilise your garden building to help collect the little rain we do get. All you need is some gutters and downpipes and a few angles from your local B&Q, Wickes or Home base and then screw these to your summerhouse. With the addition of a water barrel, normally situated at the end or around the back of the summer building you can collect the rain and then use it for watering your plants or vegetables. A very practical and additional use for the wonderful well loved shed.
The downside of the warmer weather is the return of the flying nasty insects which can include flies, dragon flies, may bugs, ants, ladybirds, bees and wasps. Considering there are nearly a millions different species of insects we probably don’t do too bad. Out of these the ones I dislike the most is the wasp which reminds me of a bad tempered traffic warden, or me when Grimsby Town lose, and I can’t see their purpose in life. Normally insects are part of the food chain but I can’t imagine that anything would want to eat a wasp when they may get stung on the inside.
My 12 x 5 summerhouse does tend to be home to many nests for these insects so it makes sense to check yours out to ensure it’s free from them. If you do find any in there, normally under the eaves or in a dry corner, then I think it’s best to get an expert to tackle these nests and remove so your outhouse is clear for use again. Provided you don’t leave it too late in the Spring you can be lucky and have a wasp free sun room.
As I say we are reasonably lucky that the insect population is not too bad however over in New Zealand residents were being told to be wary about an explosion of wasps in their garden summer rooms and their gardens. Norman Kerr, a pest exterminator, said that his company was having trouble keeping up with the demand for buildings to be de-wasped as more and more people had been opening up and finding them infected with wasps. Garden compost heaps and leaf matter were also overrun with these insects. At one stage he was receiving 200 calls per day.
Even worse, Mr Kerr said, was a couple who found their bedroom had been taken over by hundreds of wasps after a large wasp nest in their roof cracked the ceiling. It’s bad enough in the garden or the shed but indoors – in your bedroom – that’s a truly horrific experience. The reason for this explosion was the mild winter, just like we have had, and that a large number of queen wasps have survived in the dry, cosy summerhouse, and this is one possible reason for this explosion of nasties.
The wasp is, by nature, more aggressive that the bee and has a multi sting capacity that allows it to sting its victim more than once. If stung then a cold compress should be applied to the stings or antihistamine cream or hydrocortisone cream applied to the affected areas and this will help to reduce the swelling and possible pain. Surely this is a good enough reason to ensure that these wasps are evicted from your garden buildings before they have an opportunity to expand their numbers. Hopefully, they won’t bother you too much in your 12ft x 5ft summer house.
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