Sometimes it just seems like every plant, animal, reptile, bird and insect in Florida is out to bite you.
Well just so you know, they really are.
Behold the Florida Yellow Jacket Wasp. You may call him a bee or you may call him a bug.
After he has attacked you, you will call him 'Sir'.
Be particularily careful in the Spring when wasps typically colonize. Favorite locations are under diving boards, electric panels and any weather covers you may have placed over your pool equipment.
The unique thing about this wasp is that they attack in synchronized flights. You can be stung as many as twenty times before you even realize you've disturbed a hive.
Sir Wasp's two weaknesses are that he returns home every night and rarely flies after dark.
Locate the hive during the day and return at night. Use wasp spray, bug killer or gasoline and your flashlight when you're ready to wipe out this highly aggressive threat.
It's a coward's way of dealing with a fearsome opponent, but sometimes that's just the way it falls.
White blotches on your blue jeans might have once been a fashion statement but slopped chlorine never proved to be a shortcut to style for me.
Liquid Chlorine in it's most user-friendly form comes in these 2.5 gallon yellow jugs. They're generally fitted with a pour and vent spout. Pour chlorine in your pool and you'll end up with splashes on your legs and feet.
Placed in water, the jugs are practically weightless. Lift the jug slowly, making sure that the vent hole is above water and the pour vent isn't. When half the jug is above water, you've put a little over a gallon of chlorine in your pool. Job completed with no damage done.
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