Tuesday, August 09, 2005

A New Enemy

Some of you may remember my death-struggle with the weeds. Having beat them down, Nature, red in tooth and claw, decides to throw a new foe at me. More wasps than a Daughters of The American Revolution meeting. Nothing says summer like getting a face full of wasp spray blown back at you by a sudden gust, and while you totter at the top of an 8 foot ladder to boot.


Blogger RTO Trainer said...

In your garden sprayer combine 12 ounces of dark beer (it must be dark) and 1/4 of a 25 oz bottle of Dawn dish soap (it must be Dawn).

Spray the nest and anyplace you see the wasps hanging out. Spray your whole lawn while you're at it.

This repells all kinds of undesireable insects. It has kept the fleas out of my house and off my pets.

11:48 PM  
Blogger Inner Prop said...

I say put 12 ounces of dark beer in your mouth. Repeat as often as necessary until you don't give a darn about the wasps.

Also this is a fun exercise on an 8 foot ladder.

12:59 AM  
Blogger Major John said...

The "VX for Small Flying Pests" I used did the job - followed up by a few healthy blasts from a garden hose.

I went inside, showered and had a strong gin martini.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Simon Peter said...

You can get Raid in a can with a twenty foot spray range. Who needs a ladder with 20' range? My favourite sort of chemical warfare! :-)

I just happend to have to use a can on Monday night, because I have a bees nest under some railroad ties that I'm wanting to rip out.

I gave up on beer over ten years ago after arriving and tasting what what passes for beer in this country. Ick!

9:36 AM  
Blogger Major John said...

I used a can of of 20' spray. the nest was at the very top of the second floor of the house, and it was windy.

Have you not had any New Glarus beer? Considering it has to practically be smuggled into Illinois to get it anymore...

9:48 AM  
Blogger Mighty Quinn said...

I say try the paintball gun solution.
1) Drink gin martini and dark beer.
2) Load semi-auto paintball gun and take position 20 yards upwind.
3) Repeat Step One.
4) Fire for effect. 20 or 30 rounds should neatly pulverize a fledgling nest.
5) Repeast Step One.
6) Clean off paint with hose.

Note: this 'may' aggitate the wasps.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Inner Prop said...

Mighty Quinn,

I like the slur on step 5. That may have been a typo, but it worked for me!

3:40 PM  

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