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Do you have wasps in the chicken coop? If you have been following my blog for a while now, you’ll know that we have a duck and chicken coop. We have four ducks and four chickens that we keep for eggs and because they are cute and make me smile. For the most part, the ducks and chickens are fun to have.
Wasps in the Chicken Coop
Every morning, I (or my son) lets them out and brings them fresh water. Each night I (or my daughter) makes sure they have fresh food and throw down fresh hay if they need it. Once a month or so we (that would be I) clean the chicken coop.
In the warmer months, the ducks and chickens give us fresh eggs. When it’s cold in the winter, they use their energy to stay warm and don’t produce eggs. We keep the ducks and chickens penned in behind a six-foot fence to protect them from danger. Living in a rural area, we have catamounts, fox, coyotes and any number of other predators. It is safer to give them that added protection from danger.
Wasps in the Chicken Coop
This summer, I noticed that something was building nests all over the inside of our chicken and duck coop. I pointed it out to my husband who told me that he thought they were wasps. Now, I’m the first person to admit that I HATE bugs. HATE them. I’m not quite at the running, screaming from them point (OK maybe a few times), but I will definitely grab my husband to deal with them whenever possible. Did you know there is a name for people who are afraid of bugs in general? It’s Entomophobia. Spheksophobia is the name given to the fear of wasps.
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I spent the summer trying to figure out ways to deal with wasps in the chicken coop. I didn’t want anything toxic since it might hurt the ducks and chickens. I didn’t want to just leave them there since the nests seem to be growing and multiplying. I tried those traps where you put meat or fruit in the bottom of a bottle and they all head into the bottle and die (they didn’t). Once the cold weather arrives, the wasps die but the nests are left behind with the eggs in them. If left alone, all of those wasps are going to hatch this spring and our duck and chicken coop will be too dangerous.
We came to what we believe is a solution. After the snow is one the ground and we are certain that all the adult wasps are dead, we are going to scrape off each of the nests into a plastic bag, tie it tightly and throw it out with the trash. This will remove the danger in the spring. I’m not sure how to stop the wasps from building nests again the summer but at least the immediate danger will be gone.
If you have bug phobias like me, you’ll want to visit the Orkin Ecologist site. It is a fantastic educational resource (for both novice and experienced) science lovers (and bug haters). I was surprised to learn that there are lots of specific bug phobias out there besides mine. Follow Orkin on Facebook and check out the top 10 bug phobias. Have you had any #BugOut moments?
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Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.