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To Bee or Not to Bee?

January 21st, 2015 · No Brilliant Opinions · Hamptons, Random Things That Make Me Smile, Vacation rentals

Every winter, I question the wisdom of having a vacation. This winter is no different.  We “closed” down our cottage for winter renovations.

A leak in the AC line caused some minor water damage.

Water damage - Bridgehampton

Water damage – Bridgehampton

But the real kicker – we have a nest of yellow jackets in our bathroom. Ugh!  At one point, I thought I heard running water in the walls;  a closer inspection revealed a weak spot in the sheetrock over the tub.  (A pest control person taught me years ago to inspect ceilings and walls for soft spots and defects.)

Look at what Big P found!

Damaged Sheetrock removed

Damaged Sheetrock removed

Underneath sheetrock

Underneath sheetrock

yellowjacket nest



Yellow jackets are dormant in late fall and winter. Big P managed to  remove the hive without any stings.  We are closing up any possible points of entry and fumigating,  but with pests, you have to remain vigilant.

So far I’ve had one vacation ruined by pests.  I’m definitely going to make sure the folks who rent from us don’t face the same fate.

What’s the worst pest you’ve had to deal with on vacation or at home?


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