So, last fall I buried the blueberries in straw for the winter. I don’t know what caused me to do so, but considering how cold the winter got I’m glad I did.
This spring, I decided the blueberries needed new weed barrier around them. The original barrier was laid when I planted them, 3yrs ago, and never mulched over, and so its REALLY REALLY ragged. I laid new weed barrier right over the straw figuring the straw would deteriorate and provide an extra layer of nutrients for the plants.
Turns out that might not have been the best idea.
The plants aren’t producing this year, I suspect the cold winter was to much for them though they’re greening up nicely at least. So I’ve been mostly ignoring them, but the weeds poking through the gaps around the plants got to be to much for me finally and yesterday I went out to pull weeds and adjust the weed-barrier.
There’s ground burrowing Yellow Jackets under the weed-barrier around the plant furthest from the house.
Yes, I found them the hard way. Though I only got stung once. And no, I’m not allergic, it barely even swelled infact though it hurt like someone had stabbed me with a burning nail, this morning my whole lower arm aches like hell.
So, I don’t normally have a problem spraying stinging insect nests with wasp spray. My SIL is allergic and she does visit on occasion, so we try to keep down the number of nests on the property, however this is my first ground nest and with it being RIGHT NEXT TO the blueberries I’m reluctant to spray heavy duty pesticide on them. And I have no clue where the OTHER entrance to the nest is, and everything I’ve read on it says there probably IS one. Which makes me a bit nervous about mowing around there now though I’d expect its under the weed barrier too, probably next to one of the plants I didn’t get to….
I’m off to pick up a couple yellow jacket traps, but this time of year that won’t get the queen…..
I don’t suppose anyone has any ideas on how to handle this nest?