I put my blankets on the porch for the blanket lady. When I came home last night from my business trip 2 of the 4 were still there, one being flat out as though flung across the porch.
Today I tried to tidy them. Suddenly understood the reason for the remaining two on the porch. The yellow jackets (very aggressive, stinging striped things) are trying to build a nest in there.
Right now the sun is shining on the pile so they are active. I am thinking of waiting till midnight (dark and cool here, should be in 50's overnight) and stretching blankets out on lawn or driveway so there are no folds to be enjoyed.
Maybe put them in the shade under a tree that will not be appealing to them? Blanket lady does not want insecticide in the wash if we can help it.
I found a description of a yellow jacket trap (water/meat/suger in a jar with holes in lid) that can be made at home and that might also work - however my goal is really to move them away from the blankets more than killing them all.
Whatever you do, wear a ski mask, thick long pants, thick long sleeve, shoes, a hat, and thick gloves. Duck tape the pant and shirt cuffs. Getting a yellow jacket stuck inside your clothing is NOT FUN!
My thought is that they liked the Rambo in it's loosely folded state under the porch roof. So tonight, after dark and temps cooling down, I took 2 garden rakes and pulled it off the porch into the garden, and to some degree flattened it out. (I was fully covered from feet to wrists to hands and borrowed a fly mask for my head.... would be funny if I wasn't so concerned).
We have a thunderstorm right now and my hope is if it's no longer protected under the porch roof the Rambo will be determined to be unsuitable for Yellow Jacket abode.
There are pieces of their hive all over the porch - they look like beige pellets but they're bits of the Yellow Jacket house that came apart when blanket lady and (later) I pulled on the blanket to pick it up...I think they kept visiting the 'house' this afternoon 'cause those pieces were there. So I'm going to try to sweep them off the porch in the am before the sun gets to that side of the house.
I have *found* the Yellow Jackets in previous years when gardening. Meaning, I was weeding and bothered their hive. Had to take the afternoon *OFF* to lie down after their stings... I got an unpleasant 'buzz' from them ... so I really don't want to bother them, just want them to get off the Rambo and go elsewhere. Usually when I find their hive in the garden (it's been in various places on the bank by the road) I just avoid it for the season. Once when I tried to destroy it they just moved and it was worse 'cause I didn't know where they were...
For whatever reason the snow we had this year seems to have helped the bugs 'cause I've got a lot of them.