James the Giant wrote:At my meditation centre there's a wasp nest very close by the path to the meditation hall.
There are about 6 or 7 wasps leaving or entering per second at the moment, but next year it will be bigger, and the year after that bigger still... etc etc.
How do we get rid of the nest without breaking the precepts? A friend of the centre mentioned putting a water hose in it at night, and slowly flooding the nest with a trickle of water, allowing them time to escape.
Are there any other non-lethal solutions that will encourage them to leave the nest?
It's in the middle of a flammable grassy and wooded area, so smoke from a small fire isn't an option.
Thanks for your thoughts!
Wait till winter, then cut it down and move it far, far away, but they will likely come back. Or get a bee keeper's suit and smoke thingie, smoke the nest at first light before they are active. (Do not shine a strong flashlight on the nest.) Cut it down put it in a sealed box and drive it far, far away.
Keep in mind that there are people who are allergic to the sting and that a single wasp can, unlike bees, sting multiple times. A full attack from a nest can be deadly to such people and serious even if one is not allergic.
The water business might help, but it likely would not drive them away. They would likely re- establish the nest in the same area.
I have had to deal with wasp nests on my house and garage over the 10 years that I have lived here. How did I deal with them? I followed Katagiri Roshi's advice:Katagiri, Roshi's first center in St Paul, MN was is funky part of town and there was a problem with cockroaches wandering around the meditation hall during meditation sessions (not to mention the kitchen), causing some degree of consternation. The students in charge of running the center (an old house) puzzled over what to do and could not come to an answer. They went to Katagiri, and asked them how to deal with the cockroaches without violating the precepts. He looked at them for a little bit and then said, "I'm not going to tell you."