Wasps in the compost bin
Or, in the case of Mr Green, stings you on the hand.
This weekend, Little Miss Green went to empty our kitchen scraps into the compost heap when she was confronted by a small swarm of wasps.
It’s a bit of an insult, as we haven’t really had a summer yet. But there they are swarming around as if we’re having a hot, balmy summer.
Mr Green put the lid on the bin, got stung in the process and decided that LMG shouldn’t be responsible for emptying the compost any more. He thought that if he got up early and put the goodies into the bin first thing, the wasps might not be around.
Evidentally, wasps aren’t really into lie ins, and they were up and about hungrily feeding from our offerings at silly o’clock this morning.
I looked up this problem in books and on the internet and learned that our compost might be too dry. Interestingly, Mr Green thought he might empty the contents of our fire in there this evening and I said ‘if we add water to it, we’ll get lye which might deter them.”
So, perhaps there was a little bit of sense in that. Who knows? This is unchartered territory for us.
We’re also going to start covering the kitchen scraps with a layer of grass as recommended by one website. The next time Mr Green cuts the grass, instead of putting the clippings straight into the compost bin he’s going to put it to one side. Every time we add fruit or vegetable peelings, we’re going to cover it with a layer of grass to see if this helps.
Wish us luck, and if anyone else has dealt with this problem and has some advice, then please leave us your comment. We’re not into killing the wasps, but as the compost bin is under Little Miss Green’s treehouse and next to her climbing frame, we’d like to prevent any nasty experiences.
As an aside note, we find the juice of a cut onion is one of the best things for soothing a wasp sting. It helps to get rid of the pain and reduce swelling.