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Me versus a wasp

  1. Apr 4, 2006 #1
    There's a large, sinister-looking wasp on a hard-to-reach window. What to do? I don't want to risk failure, or provoke an angry wasp. So far my plans are about as sensible as Rube Goldberg machines.

    Maybe I should have posted this in an engineering forum?
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  3. Apr 4, 2006 #2
    I think Rach3 is penguino, both have lost their balls.

    Maybe I should start a thread about how a squirrel looked at me funny and now Im afraid to go outside.

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  4. Apr 4, 2006 #3
    Huh. What do you know, it was already dead.
  5. Apr 4, 2006 #4
    Aaaaahhh! It's moving!!!

  6. Apr 4, 2006 #5
    Do either imiprothrin or cypermethrin kill wasps on contact (though they're not advertised to)? It's either that or some heavy objects. Maybe physics books.
  7. Apr 4, 2006 #6
    Okay, I've found me a 3kg reference. Meanwhile I turned the thermostat to 45F = 6C, maybe I can slow it down or give it hypothermia.
  8. Apr 4, 2006 #7
    Throw a glob of honey/golden treacle at it.
  9. Apr 4, 2006 #8
    It's very much alive, it was climbing down the wall. But now it's not moving again. Hmm. I hope it died.
  10. Apr 4, 2006 #9
    (i) How do you expect me to aim that?
    (ii) What will that accomplish?
  11. Apr 4, 2006 #10
    Does anyone know an easy, foolproof way to build an anti-insect flamethrower?
  12. Apr 4, 2006 #11
    1: I dunno, flick a spoon and hope for the best?

    2: What harm can it do if it's coverend in honey and can't move :biggrin:
  13. Apr 4, 2006 #12
    An aerosol can and a match?

    Or, if you have a lighter, place the lighter (lit) nearish the wasp, fill a water pistol with petrol or lighter fluid and squirt the fuel through the lighter at the wasp. Of course, you'd then have to deal with your house being on fire, but at least you wouldn't have to deal with the wasp.

    [edit]P.S. I wonder if you could suck it up with a vacuum cleaner[/edit]
  14. Apr 4, 2006 #13
    Plans backfiring. Organophosphate insecticides made floor slippery. Room stinks of petroleum products - opened window. I lost the wasp - it's somewhere, not sure where. Like in the Alien movies.
  15. Apr 4, 2006 #14
    It's behind books on the shelf. !!
  16. Apr 4, 2006 #15
    You should try to make friends with it. Maybe you could develop some sort of mutually beneficial relationship...maybe you could feed it, and it could guard your house. Personally, if I wanted to rob you blind and I saw a giant bloodthirsty death-wasp descending on me...I'd run. Run far away. And never come back.

    So if you think about it, neither of you really has to die. It's a win-win situation.
  17. Apr 4, 2006 #16
    I'm removing things one by one from the shelf. If I find it still alive and vicious, that'll be bad. If I don't find anything at all, that'll be much worse.
  18. Apr 4, 2006 #17
    Archon - Shame on you for making fun of a very serious incident!
  19. Apr 4, 2006 #18

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    And you have to sleep some time. It knows that. :devil:
  20. Apr 4, 2006 #19

    Three cheers for insecticides!

    How the story of my great military victory came about:
    So It wasn't on the shelf after all. I decided that looking for it in one place would leave me vulnerable to attack from the [elsewhere hidden] wasp, so I searched the whole rest of the house first, to eliminate that possibility. It was in fact on anoter windowsill. And apparently the cypermethrin had hit the mark. I officially declare this wasp incapacitated!
  21. Apr 4, 2006 #20
    I'm free from the wasp overlords! This calls for some sort of celebration.
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