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Blog entry by KnickKnack posted 11-09-2008 08:03 PM 975 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s good to be watched while you work, maybe…

The snake is about 4 feet long and turns up on warm days.
I had to, alas, do for the wasps nest – it was OK while they just buzzed around watching, but then they started passing comments on my work by stinging me – I didn’t think it was going that badly but they obviously did. I hate to kill things but it got to the point where I couldn’t work – as it was the stings on my hands grounded me for about 5 days – so they had to go.


...rarely has anything good to say about my work – he has this “why do you bother” look on him most of the time he sits outside the garage – some days I suspect he could probably do better!

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 11-09-2008 08:21 PM

Snakes are like spiders. They serve a good purpose around the neighborhood; ridding it of pests.

Wasps and yellow jackets serve a good purpose too but not around the neighborhood. They are mean spirited.

Rocco never has anything good to say about my work either. He just wonders when the tennis ball or frisbee will come his way. His look is “why do you bother when there are flying objects to be chased and caught, sunshine to be enjoyed and grass to romp in”?

-- Scott - Chico California

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#2 posted 11-09-2008 08:25 PM

I don’t mind spiders and ladybugs and even the occasional frog in my space but you can keep the wasps (etc) because of their quick tempers and the snakes—they are definitely not conducive to me being in anyway productive!!! (or present)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 11-09-2008 10:42 PM

Surely she is not a good company.
I don’t mind being watched by anything, but not snake!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 11-09-2008 11:23 PM

I’m lucky; Moondog seldom comments on my work and to date we haven’t had a snake.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 11-09-2008 11:29 PM

My golden retrievers just whine with tennis balls, looking for someone to throw them. They are usually successful in their plights… lol.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#6 posted 11-15-2008 03:58 AM

Next time you get an insect bite or sting, try using something to pull the venom out like a glob of wet clay, wet baking soda or herbal poultice like that of a brown recluse kit purchased online. The wet glob of clay or baking soda will dry and pull out some of the poison. If you are extremely allergic, make sure you get a kit from the drugstore to keep around.

I had to remove a small wasp nest from an outdoor lamp fixture in my greenhouse that was occupied all summer. I had to wait for the weather to get cool to make sure any live ones still nesting were not alarmed of my presence. Good think I covered the lamp with a clear plastic bag and sprayed it with alchohol, as 7 live adults emerged instead of the suspected 2 I had seen earlier. If they were outside of the greenhouse I would have let them be, but I had to close it up for the winter and they would have hindered my progress.

If you have to kill a bee or wasp, you want to do it without smashing them, as they emmit a pheromone when endangered that alerts the others to come to their aide as they are in danger. (Bananas have this similar scent, so they are attracted to bananas.) Bury or submerge the corpse ASAP, or better, contain the nest in a plastic bag, then spray it and seal.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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