July 19, 2009


Friday evening a co-worker from the CDC (it’s Kate, but y’all wouldn’t know her since she never comments) told me that there was a swarm of bees/wasps on the playground. They were in a place easily walled off to keep the kids safe, but knowing how winged insects like to take off with small children, I decided that they needed to go.

SWARM!  It's from some Spiderman thing.

Enter Lloyd.

Lloyd, who is brave about all things fly-y, took a can of wasp killer and just sprayed those wasps until they were dead, dead, dead – and all their babies, too. The directions on the can said to ‘spray a few seconds, or until the area is moistened’, but he used the whole can (spray * spray * spray), which might have been overkill. (Time out for pun-induced laughter.)

(Are you done laughing yet? We’re on a schedule here.)

It's not a great shot, but I was afraid to get close.

No humans were harmed in the making of this post. Some wasps really got it, though.


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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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16 Responses to “SWARM”

  1. Brad Said on:

    That was a freaky-scary nest of yellow jackets. I got serious jibblies from getting even a little close to them. I am amazed at your guys’ jibblie-suppression abilities.


  2. Amy Said on:

    I have been stung before… but I’m the oldest so I have to be brave. My little sister is a chicken… even now.


  3. Peggy Said on:

    Lloyd, you are truly a brave warrior! You could advertise in your local paper…just think of the money you could make cleaning up your town!


  4. Beth Said on:

    Everytime I come check back here for additional comments, in my peripheral vision that first picture looks like Lloyd has giant orange boots on.

    It has made me double-take every time.


  5. Lauren's dad Said on:

    I get the jibblies just thinking about the price that is put on the cans of the wasp and hornet spray!


    • Lloyd Said on:

      It was an old can that had been in our basement for years. I wasn’t sure if this was one of those things that lost effectiveness with age or got dangerously more effective, so I used up what was left in the can.


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