The Front Yard Yellow Jacket nest finally bite the dust. Dang, I just realized this is the second post in a row that talks about killing pests in our house and yard...
I'm not proud of killing them.
I am, however, proud of the means by which I killed them.
No insecticides. No pesticides. No chemicals of any sort.
In the dead of night, I put a glass bowl over the hole and then ran.
The "glass bowl over the hole method" took a while (about a month) to finally get rid of them.
This method also burned or suffocated all the vegetation in a 2 foot diameter around the covered hole.
But, I know I didn't kill a whole bunch of other unsuspecting insects or damage our little ecosystem by nuking them.
In other LoveNest yard stuff:
Cardinal Flower! Native!
Cute Husband and I add a couple of Cardinal Flowers each year. The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds go completely nuts for this plant. Cardinal Flowers bloom into early fall in Maryland, so they are a great source of nectar for Hummers that are fueling up for migration.
Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) are also native and attract a wide variety of insects, butterflies and birds which munch on the seeds.
This Monarch was a treat, as we don't get many in the yard.
Probably because we need to plant more milkweed for them to feed on.