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    Squatters.

    It appears that some squatters took up residence in our morning stick shed last Summer.
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    Re: Squatters.

    Are there any signs of life?
    It's quite a big one

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    Re: Squatters.

    Quote Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
    Are there any signs of life?
    It's quite a big one
    Other than just looking at it I haven't investigated it - yet. It's just a bit larger than a rugger ball but I don't fancy trying a drop-kick. Anybody know if the queen will still be in there ?

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    Re: Squatters.

    ​I am assuming it is a wasps nest, in which case it will be empty and not used again.
    Wouldn't be surprised to find some over wintering queens hiding in the pile though.

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    Re: Squatters.

    There is enough morning sticks to last us 3 years in that shed and have two log sheds either side and one at the rear and they are all full so maybe I have provided lots of environmental benefits. I can feel the Stewardship payments hitting my bank account as I type.

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    Re: Squatters.

    Quote Originally Posted by zaza View Post
    There is enough morning sticks to last us 3 years in that shed and have two log sheds either side and one at the rear and they are all full so maybe I have provided lots of environmental benefits. I can feel the Stewardship payments hitting my bank account as I type.
    Should be loads of money in that, let us know how it works out as kindling too
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    Re: Squatters.

    Quote Originally Posted by foxbox View Post
    Should be loads of money in that, let us know how it works out as kindling too
    I did a bit of Googling and got a surprise and a shock. Firstly the nest is made by stripping timber, mixing it with saliva and making a papier mache <sp> sort of material. Fair enough. if it's timber and I burn it then all I am doing is recycling it.

    BUT. If you read the bottom piece of this : http://www.wasp-removal.com/wasp-nes...tification.php it appears that there is a "German" wasp that builds a nest like a football. I know mine is like a rugger ball but Mein Gott, they're not squatters, they're invaders. Angels one-five. Tally-ho chaps.

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    Re: Squatters.

    Zaza, I thought at first glance on the phone screen twas possibly your hairpiece......but that was on the small screen!!! 😉😉😉

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ulscots View Post
    Zaza, I thought at first glance on the phone screen twas possibly your hairpiece......but that was on the small screen!!! 😉😉😉
    Hey, you've just given me an idea Ulscots, I am going a bit thin on top. Do you reckon anyone would notice if I wore it on top of my head ? If it was inhabited then so much the better. It could be used as a deterrent. i.e. someone jumps the queue while I'm waiting to be served at the bar and I give a little twitch on my forehead and 1,000 wasps come flying out and attack the miscreant.

    Win win.

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    Re: Squatters.

    Quote Originally Posted by zaza View Post
    I did a bit of Googling and got a surprise and a shock. Firstly the nest is made by stripping timber, mixing it with saliva and making a papier mache <sp> sort of material. Fair enough. if it's timber and I burn it then all I am doing is recycling it.

    BUT. If you read the bottom piece of this : http://www.wasp-removal.com/wasp-nes...tification.php it appears that there is a "German" wasp that builds a nest like a football. I know mine is like a rugger ball but Mein Gott, they're not squatters, they're invaders. Angels one-five. Tally-ho chaps.
    Wasps. On a par with mosquitoes. Something the world could definitely do without.


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