Me versus a wasp

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Rach3
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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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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Rach3
Huh. What do you know, it was already dead.
 
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Rach3
Aaaaahhh! It's moving!!!

:eek:
 
  • #5
Rach3
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.
 
  • #6
Rach3
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.
 
  • #7
Throw a glob of honey/golden treacle at it.
 
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Rach3
It's very much alive, it was climbing down the wall. But now it's not moving again. Hmm. I hope it died.
 
  • #9
Rach3
Just some guy said:
Throw a glob of honey/golden treacle at it.
(i) How do you expect me to aim that?
(ii) What will that accomplish?
 
  • #10
Rach3
Does anyone know an easy, foolproof way to build an anti-insect flamethrower?
 
  • #11
Rach3 said:
(i) How do you expect me to aim that?
(ii) What will that accomplish?
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:
 
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Rach3 said:
Does anyone know an easy, foolproof way to build an anti-insect flamethrower?
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]
 
  • #13
Rach3
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.
 
  • #14
Rach3
It's behind books on the shelf. !!
 
  • #15
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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.
 
  • #16
Rach3
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.
 
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Archon - Shame on you for making fun of a very serious incident!
 
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Rach3 said:
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.
And you have to sleep some time. It knows that. :devil:
 
  • #19
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HURRAY!!! VICTORY IS MINE!!!

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!
 
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I'm free from the wasp overlords! This calls for some sort of celebration.
 
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I'm free from the wasp overlords! This calls for some sort of celebration.
His buddies saw what you did. This isn't over.
 
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I can feel the paranoia rising... muahahaha!
 
  • #23
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Well...now that the battle is over...I think I should come clean. I'm really just a swarm of wasps that has temporarily taken human form in order to type these messages. I (we) just wanted to save Joe over there, and maybe foster a nice spirit of cooperation between humans and wasp-kind...but you had to go and kill him, didn't you!? So now...history will remember you as the guy who doomed humanity. Wasps forever!
 
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Rach3 said:
It was in fact on anoter windowsill.
Are you sure that it's the same wasp? :devil:

Rach3 said:
Does anyone know an easy, foolproof way to build an anti-insect flamethrower?
While I certainly don't recommend this to other people, I use a can of WD-40 and a lighter. That definitely needs to be chosen only if the surroundings aren't terribly flammable. It only takes about 1/4 second of exposure to burn the wings off, which doesn't really cause any damage to woodwork or whatnot. You probably wouldn't want to use it in the bookcase scenario. :biggrin:
 
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Rach3 said:
Aaaaahhh! It's moving!!!

:eek:
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.
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.
A shotgun is the easiest way to solve this.
 

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