Carrie’s Quick Crafts: Make hornets’ nests to scare wasps!

Wasp defense bags

This will be our 4th season of hanging paper bags stuffed with plastic grocery bags in an effort to cut down on our wasp population. The wasps actually think these bags are hornets’ nests. The bags don’t prevent wasps from flying around but they discourage them from building nests near bags. We hang a couple on our porch, lots in the garage, one by the back door and at attic vents.  We recommend you try this ASAP because the wasps have a head start. Please let us know if they make a difference for you too!

Insect wasp in catcherHere is a polistes wasp, also called a paper wasp. They are the most common wasp in North America and the inspiration for our hornets’ nest bags. Polistes are not aggressive but they do like to build nests around human habitations. Their nest is a lovely, delicate-looking paper structure that reminds me of a tiny slice of a bee hive.

 

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Carrie Staples

Author, illustrator of "The Yarn Animal Book", probably the only craft book with instructions for making such unique yarn animals as an orangutan, an ant eater, a llama and a star-nosed mole and "The Single Minded Prince, a fairy tale for all ages about a boy and a pirate captain who both misbehave. The books and a booklet series based on each different yarn craft topic covered in "The Yarn Animal Book" (pompoms and other really easy yarn crafts, knitting, crocheting, rya, needlepoint and embroidery), are available on Amazon and Kindle.

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