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Neighbour thinks im even for exterminating a wasps nest

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PinkBump2022 · 28/07/2022 15:14

My neighbour is elderly and lives alone. She said there was hundreds of baby wasps coming into her bathroom covered in white powder dying. She asked what the man was doing in my garden. I explained we had a wasps nest and the wasps were coming out of their nest an attacking us, I have a disabled 5 year old and the garden is his safe place and he spends most of his waking hours out there, so I couldn’t have these wasps ruining our whole summer holiday and not allowing my 5 year old son to play in his own garden. So I called someone to come and take care it.
now my neighbour thinks that’s evil that I killed hundreds of baby wasps instead of keeping my child indoors for the summer until the wasps had gone….

i honestly don’t see what I have done wrong!! If they were not bothering us then I would have left them but as soon as we came out of our back door they were flying up to us trying to sting.

was I “evil” to have a wasp nest removed from my garden ?

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Discovereads · 28/07/2022 15:16

YANBU to have the wasps exterminated, but you should have forewarned your neighbour so she could have closed her windows. It’s not nice to have to put up with hundreds of dying wasps covered in poison flying in your bathroom window.

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BlanketsBanned · 28/07/2022 15:17

No you are not we have just had a wasps nest removed I know they are good pollinators but they sting indescrimately and if she is so upset maybe she would lime to attract them into her own garden.

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Dominant · 28/07/2022 15:19

Did she actually say you are evil to do this?

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Chickychoccyegg · 28/07/2022 15:20

Definitely not evil to kills the wasps (wasps are pretty evil though 😁)

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Coughee · 28/07/2022 15:22

Well we have one in our garden but they're not bothering us so I'm going to leave them there. If they were stopping us going out in the garden I would have done the same as you.

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PinkBump2022 · 28/07/2022 15:43

@Dominant yes she did I just laughed. I’d be more evil to send my 5 year old child outside to be stung who has no sense of danger and wouldn’t understand what they are and most likely walk straight into the nest area

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flumposie · 28/07/2022 15:43

Yanbu I was stung by a wasp on Sunday. All I was doing was walking outside minding my own business and then I felt a sting on the inside of my arm😡

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gnilliwdog · 28/07/2022 15:44

We do need pollinators, otherwise we all die. I would be worried the poison would spread to bees, birds, butterflies etc too. I did hear wasps get grumpy in late summer as they are hungry and coming to the end of their lives. We put sugar water out which I think keeps them calm and allows them to die happy. I can see why you would want to move them on, wish you had some other option besides spreading poison, though.

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KeyboardWarriorsUnite · 28/07/2022 15:49

YANBU to get rid of the wasps
YABU not to forewarn your immediate neighbours, so that they could take measures not to get invaded by them

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FlorettaB · 28/07/2022 15:50

Why on earth didn’t you warn your neighbours first?

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rickandmorts · 28/07/2022 15:57

flumposie · 28/07/2022 15:43

Yanbu I was stung by a wasp on Sunday. All I was doing was walking outside minding my own business and then I felt a sting on the inside of my arm😡

Same!! I always thought if you left them alone they left you alone but one angry little fucker attacked me on Monday and my arm all swelled up. Horrible things

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ChiefWiggumsBoy · 28/07/2022 15:57

Why are you giving this a second thought. Of course it's not evil.

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Coffeeenema · 28/07/2022 16:12

Ignore the old bat.

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Meraas · 28/07/2022 16:15

you should have forewarned your neighbour so she could have closed her windows. It’s not nice to have to put up with hundreds of dying wasps covered in poison flying in your bathroom window.

Yea, why didn’t you warn her OP?

Fine to exterminate but should have told her.

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gatehouseoffleet · 28/07/2022 16:18

Around this time of year is ok to get rid of them because they start dying off anyway. This is when their job is done and they start harassing humans. You are probably a couple of weeks ahead of the curve, but they are going to die anyway.

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gnilliwdog · 28/07/2022 16:22

It is very unusual, but some people are really distressed by ant creature suffering. I have neuro divergent friends who really suffer when they see something hurt. She is alone, elderly and obviously upset. I think you should apologise to her, and try to explain how concerned you were for your son. Maybe in future she will have an idea of how to deal more humanely with this sort of thing, or at least you can stay on reasonably good terms.

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Silverfinch · 28/07/2022 16:25

Yanbu but if I wasn't warned as a neighbour so I could close my windows I'd be raging.

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PatchworkElmer · 28/07/2022 16:30

I think it’s pretty poor that you didn’t warn her so that she could shut her windows tbh.

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lemmein · 28/07/2022 16:54

It wouldn't even occur to me to warn my neighbours - I would now after reading this thread, but I don't think the OPs unusual for not mentioning it. How many neighbours would you warn, just next-door? (How far do poisoned wasps fly?)

It's not evil to kill wasps - they ruin summer, horrible things 😖

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StoneofDestiny · 28/07/2022 16:58

I've got rid of wasp nests in various houses, never warned my neighbours. Your neighbour clearly has 'issues' and it's nothing to do with wasps. Calling you evil is an indicator she is bonkers.
Are we evil for swatting flies too?

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shootfromthehip145 · 28/07/2022 17:17

gnilliwdog · 28/07/2022 15:44

We do need pollinators, otherwise we all die. I would be worried the poison would spread to bees, birds, butterflies etc too. I did hear wasps get grumpy in late summer as they are hungry and coming to the end of their lives. We put sugar water out which I think keeps them calm and allows them to die happy. I can see why you would want to move them on, wish you had some other option besides spreading poison, though.

Also just remember wasps only sting if they feel threatened or protecting their colony.

Adult wasps also cannot digest the food they catch because their gut is so constricted by their thin waists. Workers chew prey brought back by wasps and feed it to the larvae. In return, the larvae produce a sugar-rich spit that the workers can drink.

As the year goes on August/September the old queen stops laying and the wasps, no longer get fed by the colony. Instead, they need to try to survive on sugar produced by rotting fruit. Wasps can become intoxicated on the alcohol produced by rotting fruit and become a problem to humans.
But also they become bad tempered as they are slowly starving to death and don't have long to live any way.

Wasps also consume pest species that damage all our food crops they consume around 14,000 tons per year. That's a massive boost to our food industry for free.

They are not evil they are invaluable to our ecosystem and with out them you would have no food.

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gnilliwdog · 28/07/2022 17:35

@shootfromthehip145 Thank you, really interesting. Amazing little creatures that actually ensure our own survival.

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NeedMoreMilk · 28/07/2022 17:44

Also just remember wasps only sting if they feel threatened or protecting their colony.

I think wasps themselves have subtly spread this misinformation as

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NeedMoreMilk · 28/07/2022 17:46

Urgh. Posted too soon.

*as part of their master plan.

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BlanketsBanned · 28/07/2022 17:46

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