I’ve always liked the idea of shutters – they provide an opportunity to add color to the exterior of a house. However our shutters were faded brown and broken. They were also made of plastic so they couldn’t be easily repaired. But we thought we would keep them until we had the money to replace them.
That changed when we replaced the window in our living room this winter. As the new window was going in, we noticed that there was something stuck behind the slats of the shutters.
We pulled them off and found this:
Wasps nests. Lots and lots of nests.
Since we moved in to our home, we would find the occasional wasp inside. We would find them in the bedrooms or living room during the summer but had no idea that their homes surrounded our windows.
Once we saw that, we knew the rest of the shutters had to go. So while the weather is still cold enough to keep these creatures at bay, we removed the shutters. As the shutters came off, we found each full of dormant nests.
The vinyl behind the shutters is a bit darker than the rest of the house. I’m hoping that it’s just dirt and will be rectified with a power washer.
I’m also not completely opposed to getting new shutters. But if we do put up new shutters, they will be a solid piece (no slats) and we will silicon around them so that we no longer have a welcome mat for wasps.