Screaming like a little bitch!
On a hot & sunny day last week while hanging my laundry on the balcony of my new place, I notice from above something hovering. I look up to see the starts of a nest! Not just any nest, but a hornet’s nest! And not just any hornets, but the biggest they come — the Japanese hornet or (suzumebachi). I’ve never seen them before so I’m freaking out cause they are quite big for what they are.
Ignorantly I decided that I can try to get rid of them (with much reluctance) seeing there were only a few. I got one of those bathtub scrubbers on a stick and managed to kill one to later find out that this could set of all the hornets into attack mode. I go on Google to see what else I can do. I found this one method with the vacuum cleaner, which seemed safe enough where I could keep my distance. LOL it was a good idea at the time. So in my first and last attempt I try to vacuum the bitches… total fail! They got angry and flew off… I panicked, fell over the vacuum and in an attempt to escape busted a hole in the screen door while trying to close the glass door. ^^
I decided to get help from the people who take care of my place as the office is right down the street. In my broken Japanese I tried to explain the situation. The lady I always deal with is sooo funny; she starts yelling “We need suzume-busters!” Everyone is just laughing cause suzume on it’s own means sparrow. Then she starts telling my about some story about how she got stung by bees in Hawaii on her neck. She always has interesting stories and whenever I go over she has a bag of something to give me. Last time was a bag of oranges and this time around a bag of senbei.
Anyways we drive over to my place with some spray and spray the nest. For now they’re gone, but I fear they may come back. As for now, I’m nervous and hesitant to go on my balcony to hang laundry. :S