Bubba the Blue Doberman,  Home Improvements,  Rita the Doberman

But the sun rolling high through the sapphire sky

I’ve been heading out to the vegetable garden every evening around 4pm and pulling weeds.  The reason is two-pronged.  One, I get the weeds out of the garden and the real plants can get some sun and start to grow and two, Bubba will run non-stop while I’m outside.  Mr. OCD needs to burn off some of that energy so it works.  If he had opposable thumbs I would teach him how to vacuum.  Instead he runs a path in the yard.


He does the same thing in the morning when I go out to pick up dog crap.  He pretty much cries with glee that I’m going out into the yard with him.  Then he runs laps while I pick up his crap.  To be a dog and to find ectasy is such simple things.  Anywho, for the last couple of weeks I’ve been hearing bees when I was out there.  My property is pretty wooded so birds, trees, bees, it all made sense.  In this one area I noticed they divebombed me a little.  But it was always at sunrise and who really cares that much around sunrise?

About a month ago, amazingly before the 14 days and 10 inches of rain began I went out and trimmed one of the trees that was touching the roof of the house.  New roof, tree scraping off asphalt=bad.  My contractor was supposed to have built me a new gate back when I was in Laughlin, but he’s kind of a trainwreck so he finished it a couple of weeks ago.  The DAY the rain started.  During that period of time I couldn’t get from the front yard to the back without going through the house.  So the tree trimmings sat in a big stack.

1-31 sticks

(Yes that’s Bubba running in the background)  Yesterday it was dry enough to get the green bin from the front and start clipping up the branches.  I did the first stack no problem and then headed over to the major stack.  The previous owner’s brother built bird houses all over the property.  Birds may have used them at one time but I’ve never seen a bird in them in the last two years.  As a matter of fact, I was planning on pulling them all down to keep the rodents out of them.  As I approached the stack, Rita was under the tree watching something.  Then I looked up and noticed the bird house.  Something was inside it.  Not what I expected.


I think they are some sort of real bees, as opposed to wasps which means there are rules as to what I can do to get them out of there.  I assume once it gets hot honey will run out of the box and all over the ground and attract ants and I’ll have the freaking Circle of Life going on in my back yard.  I  just hope they aren’t Africanized.


  • The Brother

    In fact, didn’t we go through this with Dolphyngyrl last year? First, you probably won’t have honey running out the hive, they do a pretty good job of keep their hives together. Second, they will pollinate all your veggies, so do you want to get rid of them? Third, http://www.diablobees.org

  • OldTitleGuy

    I’m afraid this is more serious than you think. From the picture, these appear to be California Developer Hornets. At this time of year, they will be busy converting your Single Family Birdhouse into significantly smaller Wasp Condominiums which they will sell at wildly inflated prices to Mud Dauber wasps in the spring. Your city may well hit you with a parks and recreation fee based upon the significant impact of all the little Mud Daubers on the local school system, not to mention the possibility of a Community Facilities District (Mello-Roos)assessment which you will never get rid of.

  • OldTitleGuy


    My advise is to hook up with a local NIMBY group and get rid of these guys before it’s too late. Next thing you know, you’ll have a bunch of Luna Moths setting up San Francisco style TIC’s in your other birdhouses.

  • Wine Dog

    I don’t really want to get rid of them, I just want them away from my newly constructed deck. Maybe an eminent domain action is the way to go. Offer them some cash to move up the block.

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