Amy Foxx

BUZZ OFF!

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If you’ve been living under a rock, you might not have noticed how TERRIBLE the stinging insects are right now. I am usually a bee-friendly person. I know we need them for pollination, honey, and I love the big, fat bumblebees that stick their butts out of my flowers.

HOWEVER, wasps, hornets, and yellowjackets are another matter. A pest control expert who is a friend of mine said that the wasps, hornets and such are especially frantic at this time of year because they know their time is limited. Also, if you’ve seen any insects that look like bees or wasps but they are black and white striped instead of yellow – those are bald-faced hornets. I had some in my yard, and they can sting you over and over and over again! You’ll think you’re just minding your own business – and they’ll be mad at you, as if THEY make the payments on the house and mow the lawn.

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My daughter had friends over to play volleyball last weekend, and before anyone even arrived – she got stung. I asked her to warn her friends because I was really concerned that someone who was allergic might get stung. Plus, I just bought and hung these awesome hammock chairs for my porch, and I couldn’t use them! It was time to take back my domain.

I reluctantly removed my hummingbird feeders because I knew they were attracting these little buggers, too. And then, I made bee traps.

Get a 2-liter bottle, and fill just the bottom with sugar, a little water, dish soap, apple cider vinegar, and corn syrup. I took no measurements – I just winged it. It should work if you just have some of these on-hand. Then, I cut the top off of the 2-liter and inverted the top, leaving a gap between the mouth and the layer of liquid. They just can’t seem to resist the sweet smell or find their way back out. It didn’t take long for it to start filling up!

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Gross, but effective.