How do I get rid of wasps and asps from a shade tree in my yard?
Probably at least 14 years ago, my husband planted an oak tree that my father gave us. He watered it in the summer and was very proud of it. I've been enthused as well, of how it shot up, and certainly welcome the shade in the Texas sun; but since then, it has become a scourge. Somehow, the tree has come to collect all of the following: paper wasps, red wasps, some type of very large yellow & black striped hornets, yellow jackets (in the ground), and I'm pretty sure I saw some of those church members who protest at people's funerals hanging out in there. One day, our house badly needed some airing out, but we don't have a screen door. When I walked to the living room, I saw what looked to be a living geometry problem, slithering down a single web. I'm pretty certain it threw an e=mc2 in there, which is the only way I can recognize Physics. I knew it was an asp, and I found one more alive, and one dead..that I came across. Everything that I've read about asps, says that where you see one, there are many others; and that if you try poisoning them, it causes an explosion in population. "Manual removal", they say, but I'm handicapped (also, a wimp), and asking my husband to go try and manually remove asps, is like asking him to peek his head into hell, and ask ol' scratch himself, to 'pretty please' turn down his Rob Zombie concert. Potentially disastrous. There *has* to be a way, other than burning the tree, or cutting it down..a sacrifice I'm willing to make.. But would come at a small cost of infuriating my family. Any assistance would be so welcome!
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