Hey Readers! I’m Bob Gordon, Realtor, Blogger. Thank you for visiting my site today. You can always search homes and find out the latest Boulder real estate news. Today’s post is about wasps and raccoons and the good humor shared by the pest control guy as he uttered the words, “I hope I do not see you again” in semi-jest after ridding our home of unwanted wasps.
Colorado Faces Bad Year For Wasps
Colorado Pest Control visited our house today. We have some pesky wasps this summer. Worse than last year, that’s for sure. Ad the tech showed me where he found nests, he explained, “We had an early Spring. And then it only warmed.
Most Colorado Springtime’s it warms, then a cold snap, then warms, then more cold.”
Apparently that back and forth of warming and cooling reduces the number of wasps and yellow jackets. Alas, the trade off for a wonderful growing season this year has been a boom for wasps too.
Our gardens our blooming all summer, because we mostly avoided those back and forth moments. Only our lilacs took a beating. Everything else has been loving the weather.
I Hope I Do Not See You Again
To deal with all the unwanted insects, the pest control officer did a thorough investigation of our property. He founds nests we didn’t even know we had. He joked as he departed, “I hope I do not see you again.” I get it.
A successful visit means our home will be free and clear of wasps.
Eliminating Wasps Takes A Few Days
It’s not an overnight fix though. Turns out wasps have a lifespan of 48 to 72 hours. I didn’t know that! The tech managed to spray every nest he spotted. And he found more than we knew were there. These included:
- nest of wasps burrowed into a retaining wall that gets full sun (wasps like lots of sunshine).
- two nests hidden along a bay window behind trim, just out of sight.
- the nests we knew about that were up in our “Holiday Lights” outlets.
So when the pest application is applied, the wasps flee. They want to live. Some of course fall victim immediately but many flight off and scatter. But they have nowhere to return to. The nest is physically removed in most cases. And regardless, there is lingering poison that prevents survivors from coming back to the nest.
Bottom line: expect to see more wasps than usual for a day or two following a visit of the pest control folks.
A Raccoon’s Tail
Or rather tale. As I’m chatting with the pest control guy – he’s a very personable fellow. He tells us about their home garden successes. And then mentions catching a wily raccoon earlier in the morning.
So this raccoon is in the back of his truck. And I ask if I can see it. After all, aside from a zoo or chasing off one in the middle of the night, not that frequent to see a raccoon up close.
This little guy is actually pretty big. He takes up most of the cage. Apparently he was bothering a home owner with a water feature – he likes to eat the fish buffet Koi Pond. I can relate – am a big fan of Las Vegas buffets! LOL.
The Colorado Pest control fellow has a soft spot for raccoons. He tells me when he captures a little one, he’ll raise it up so it can survive in the wild post relocation. Also that while you want to move this animal at least three miles away, he always puts them at least five miles off and into the wild. After all, anyone unlucky enough to have a raccoon problem probably never wants to see it again.
Compassionate Raccoon Relocation
And this part really touches my heart. The guy is going to hold onto the animal at home during the day and then will release at night. This way the animal’s natural instincts will take over. Raccoons can easily hide and adapt at night. The critter will have the best chance of survival being released at night!
Raccoons are cute but mischievous. Remember, don’t try to make this animals pets in Colorado. It’s illegal.
Have you ever had a close encounter with a raccoon? Tell me about it below and please … Leave a comment!