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Seems to be a good year for Horsefly. I have been bitten and so has all my family this year. Sore when they do!
A fireman in Devon actually died when he had an allergic reaction to a horsefly bite on his neck - so I think slaughtering them is totally justifiable.
Horseflies and mozzies are the 2 things that get instant death here
I hate wasps too. I don't kill them though, mainly because I'm allergic to the b... things and so I tend not to be near enough. I definitely murdered the two that have stung me in my lifetime, also the hornet that stung me in the middle of the very important telephone call I was making at work .... Apparently these things do have some use somewhere in a food chain, I just don't know what it is.
Its instant hospital for me if I get stung by a wasp but they do actually play quite an important role in the garden in that they will eat a lot of the garden pests that damage our plants. As long as I know where they are and I steer well clear we have an uneasy truce! Mind you I did take exception to them 'eating' my shed door whilst they were foraging for wood for their nest.
Wasps do have a aprt to play in our ecology: amongst other things they prey on Crane Flies (Daddy Longlegs) which emerge from the grub we know as 'leatherjackets' that live in our gardens (particularly lawns) and eat the roots of plants.
When our kids were little we used to like to sit in the garden to have tea on late summer sunny days but the wasps were a real nuisance at that time of year so we took to putting the table close to a Fennel that was in flower which solved the problem. The wasps would far rather have the nectar from fennel that our jam butties.
Am I one of the few people who like wasps! I do appreciate that some people have a bad reaction to their sting but I'm fortunate that it's not a problem for me. I have actually started making a little feeding station for them which also keeps them away from places I might want to sit and eat. Their nests are really beautiful and I like watching them harvesting wood for them.
Only problem is - I've put it in the bit where I'm currently working on the shed base and fence!
Let's hear it for wasps!
They devour aphids, flies and other creepy crawlies.
They are clean, handsome and methodical.
The worst thing you can do if a wasp comes near you is flap at it. All those compound eyes get worked up at seeing all those flapping things and they react accordingly.
I have a wasps' nest by the house and I watch it grow daily. Microscopic bits of trellis and garden table and deckchair have been scraped off and gone into its construction and the different colours of the different woods that have been gathered to make it are a wonder to behold.