Captain Packrat (captpackrat) wrote,
Captain Packrat

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Wasp invasion

After letting the dogs out early this morning, I returned to find a wasp buzzing around my bedroom.  I managed to lure it out and into the living room, but it disappeared before I could get the vacuum cleaner.  I closed my door and went back to bed.  Sometime later that morning, before I got up,my SO found the wasp in the kitchen and killed it.

When I started to let the dogs out again later that afternoon, I found several wasps buzzing around the front porch.  I let the dogs out another door, then grabbed a can of wasp & hornet killer and started spraying.

I almost bit off more than I could chew, because there were a lot more wasps than I saw the first time.  I sprayed at least half a can of poison onto the porch to take them out.  I later counted 11 corpses, though I think a few fell out the window and some are probably behind stuff.  I went outside and sprayed the rest of the can taking out a few more wasps that were hanging around.

I didn't see a nest anywhere.  Hopefully I managed to kill enough of them to stave off a full-fledged invasion.  I need to buy more poison tomorrow, just in case.  I usually buy pyrethroid-based poison, which is harmless to birds and most mammals (except cats), but is extremely effective against insects. (Back in Vista, where I didn't have to worry about pets, I used my own concoction of diazinon, chlorpyrifos and malathion.  It's super effective!)

Tags: bugs

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