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Wasp !!!!!
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Jethro
2012-01-11 14:31:30 UTC
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Sitting down, minding my own business when a sodding big wasp buzzes in.
On the basis all doors and windows are shut, I suspect it's found a way
in from the loft - probably through the weird slatted wooden ceiling[1]
we inherited over the breakfast area. It's insulated above, but there is
a path to the loft through it.

So I take it any wasps in my loft haven't died off :(

[1]terribly 60s
Jim K
2012-01-11 14:35:43 UTC
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Post by Jethro
Sitting down, minding my own business when a sodding big wasp buzzes in.
On the basis all doors and windows are shut, I suspect it's found a way
in from the loft - probably through the weird slatted wooden ceiling[1]
we inherited over the breakfast area. It's insulated above, but there is
a path to the loft through it.
So I take it any wasps in my loft haven't died off :(
[1]terribly 60s
do you have a real fire and logs? I regularly get a dozy wasp or two
from firewood bucket, waking up from the warmth indoors.

Jim K
Jethro
2012-01-11 14:59:42 UTC
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Post by Jethro
Sitting down, minding my own business when a sodding big wasp buzzes
in. On the basis all doors and windows are shut, I suspect it's found a
way in from the loft - probably through the weird slatted wooden
ceiling[1] we inherited over the breakfast area. It's insulated above,
but there is a path to the loft through it.
So I take it any wasps in my loft haven't died off :(
[1]terribly 60s
do you have a real fire and logs? I regularly get a dozy wasp or two
from firewood bucket, waking up from the warmth indoors.
Jim K
No such luxury here :(
Tim Streater
2012-01-11 16:28:14 UTC
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Post by Jethro
Sitting down, minding my own business when a sodding big wasp buzzes in.
On the basis all doors and windows are shut, I suspect it's found a way
in from the loft - probably through the weird slatted wooden ceiling[1]
we inherited over the breakfast area. It's insulated above, but there is
a path to the loft through it.
So I take it any wasps in my loft haven't died off :(
[1]terribly 60s
do you have a real fire and logs? I regularly get a dozy wasp or two
from firewood bucket, waking up from the warmth indoors.
A 60Watt blub, and my body heat, was enough to wake up about four of
them in my SiL's loft a few years ago. They all got offed.
--
Tim

"That excessive bail ought not to be required, nor excessive fines imposed,
nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted" -- Bill of Rights 1689
Huge
2012-01-11 16:55:33 UTC
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Sitting down, minding my own business when a sodding big wasp buzzes in.
On the basis all doors and windows are shut, I suspect it's found a way
in from the loft - probably through the weird slatted wooden ceiling[1]
we inherited over the breakfast area. It's insulated above, but there is
a path to the loft through it.
So I take it any wasps in my loft haven't died off :(
[1]terribly 60s
do you have a real fire and logs? I regularly get a dozy wasp or two
from firewood bucket, waking up from the warmth indoors.
A 60Watt blub, and my body heat, was enough to wake up about four of
them in my SiL's loft a few years ago. They all got offed.
I have an insectocutor in my loft, for the benefit of the cluster flies.

There are usually a couple of wasp queens in it. And last year, a hornet
queen. Yuck.
--
Today is Sweetmorn, the 11th day of Chaos in the YOLD 3178
"Threatening an atheist with hellfire is no more effective than a
hippie threatening to punch him in his aura."
Tim Lamb
2012-01-11 21:03:14 UTC
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Sitting down, minding my own business when a sodding big wasp buzzes in.
On the basis all doors and windows are shut, I suspect it's found a way
in from the loft - probably through the weird slatted wooden ceiling[1]
we inherited over the breakfast area. It's insulated above, but there is
a path to the loft through it.
So I take it any wasps in my loft haven't died off :(
[1]terribly 60s
do you have a real fire and logs? I regularly get a dozy wasp or two
from firewood bucket, waking up from the warmth indoors.
A 60Watt blub, and my body heat, was enough to wake up about four of
them in my SiL's loft a few years ago. They all got offed.
I have an insectocutor in my loft, for the benefit of the cluster flies.
There are usually a couple of wasp queens in it. And last year, a hornet
queen. Yuck.
We suffer from Cluster Flies. Particularly bad last year.

I don't think exterior boarding and air gappy loft help.

They are said to follow the pheromones left by last years residents:-(

regards
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Tim Lamb
Tim Streater
2012-01-11 22:20:31 UTC
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Sitting down, minding my own business when a sodding big wasp buzzes in.
On the basis all doors and windows are shut, I suspect it's found a way
in from the loft - probably through the weird slatted wooden ceiling[1]
we inherited over the breakfast area. It's insulated above, but there is
a path to the loft through it.
So I take it any wasps in my loft haven't died off :(
[1]terribly 60s
do you have a real fire and logs? I regularly get a dozy wasp or two
from firewood bucket, waking up from the warmth indoors.
A 60Watt blub, and my body heat, was enough to wake up about four of
them in my SiL's loft a few years ago. They all got offed.
I have an insectocutor in my loft, for the benefit of the cluster flies.
There are usually a couple of wasp queens in it. And last year, a hornet
queen. Yuck.
We suffer from Cluster Flies. Particularly bad last year.
Are these the jobs where, when you stick your head in the loft and put
the light on, there's a huge black patch of inside-the-roof covered with
them? How d'ye get rid of them?
--
Tim

"That excessive bail ought not to be required, nor excessive fines imposed,
nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted" -- Bill of Rights 1689
Tim Lamb
2012-01-12 08:55:40 UTC
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Sitting down, minding my own business when a sodding big wasp buzzes in.
On the basis all doors and windows are shut, I suspect it's found a way
in from the loft - probably through the weird slatted wooden ceiling[1]
we inherited over the breakfast area. It's insulated above, but there is
a path to the loft through it.
So I take it any wasps in my loft haven't died off :(
[1]terribly 60s
do you have a real fire and logs? I regularly get a dozy wasp or two
from firewood bucket, waking up from the warmth indoors.
A 60Watt blub, and my body heat, was enough to wake up about four of
them in my SiL's loft a few years ago. They all got offed.
I have an insectocutor in my loft, for the benefit of the cluster flies.
There are usually a couple of wasp queens in it. And last year, a hornet
queen. Yuck.
We suffer from Cluster Flies. Particularly bad last year.
Are these the jobs where, when you stick your head in the loft and put
the light on, there's a huge black patch of inside-the-roof covered
with them? How d'ye get rid of them?
Kill? Cypermethrin based insecticide or *smoke* bomb. Get rid? Unknown!

Lots of information available on the web....

regards
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Tim Lamb
Huge
2012-01-12 18:29:05 UTC
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Sitting down, minding my own business when a sodding big wasp buzzes in.
On the basis all doors and windows are shut, I suspect it's found a way
in from the loft - probably through the weird slatted wooden ceiling[1]
we inherited over the breakfast area. It's insulated above, but there is
a path to the loft through it.
So I take it any wasps in my loft haven't died off :(
[1]terribly 60s
do you have a real fire and logs? I regularly get a dozy wasp or two
from firewood bucket, waking up from the warmth indoors.
A 60Watt blub, and my body heat, was enough to wake up about four of
them in my SiL's loft a few years ago. They all got offed.
I have an insectocutor in my loft, for the benefit of the cluster flies.
There are usually a couple of wasp queens in it. And last year, a hornet
queen. Yuck.
We suffer from Cluster Flies. Particularly bad last year.
Are these the jobs where, when you stick your head in the loft and put
the light on, there's a huge black patch of inside-the-roof covered with
them?
Yes.
Post by Tim Streater
How d'ye get rid of them?
You can't. As Tim said, they're attracted back by the smell of last
years crop. All you can do is poison or, in my case, electrocute the
little f*ck*rs. My insectocutor came with a "cluster fly bin", which is
about 5 times the size of the standard one...
--
Today is Boomtime, the 12th day of Chaos in the YOLD 3178
"Threatening an atheist with hellfire is no more effective than a
hippie threatening to punch him in his aura."
Huge
2012-01-12 18:27:13 UTC
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I have an insectocutor in my loft, for the benefit of the cluster flies.
There are usually a couple of wasp queens in it. And last year, a hornet
queen. Yuck.
We suffer from Cluster Flies.
My sympathies.
Post by Tim Lamb
Particularly bad last year.
Didn't notice last year being particularly bad. Things are much improved
here since we had uPVC windows installed. The first time I opened a
window in the spring and a pint of flies (and I kid you not) fell out
was pretty unpleasant.
Post by Tim Lamb
I don't think exterior boarding and air gappy loft help.
They are said to follow the pheromones left by last years residents:-(
So I have read.
--
Today is Boomtime, the 12th day of Chaos in the YOLD 3178
"Threatening an atheist with hellfire is no more effective than a
hippie threatening to punch him in his aura."
Tim Streater
2012-01-12 18:36:15 UTC
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Post by Tim Lamb
Post by Huge
I have an insectocutor in my loft, for the benefit of the cluster flies.
There are usually a couple of wasp queens in it. And last year, a hornet
queen. Yuck.
We suffer from Cluster Flies.
My sympathies.
Post by Tim Lamb
Particularly bad last year.
Didn't notice last year being particularly bad. Things are much improved
here since we had uPVC windows installed. The first time I opened a
window in the spring and a pint of flies (and I kid you not) fell out
was pretty unpleasant.
Yes, they get in round the side of the window. I remember opening a
window in our old house to shoo a couple of flies out, ended up with a
billyun inside the room instead.
--
Tim

"That excessive bail ought not to be required, nor excessive fines imposed,
nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted" -- Bill of Rights 1689
The Other Mike
2012-01-11 14:39:48 UTC
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Post by Jethro
Sitting down, minding my own business when a sodding big wasp buzzes in.
On the basis all doors and windows are shut, I suspect it's found a way
in from the loft - probably through the weird slatted wooden ceiling[1]
we inherited over the breakfast area. It's insulated above, but there is
a path to the loft through it.
So I take it any wasps in my loft haven't died off :(
[1]terribly 60s
It'll be a queen. I find them from time to time in really odd places.
two in the house this autumn, the previous year it was one in the
greenhouse, one in a stack of overturned plant pots and another under
a mat of ivy on a wall. Never seen a nest nearby for about three
years locally but they still pester the hell out of my honey bees.

One dead wasp queen now = a few thousand less wasps later this
year=more honey bees = more honey = more money :)

--
Huge
2012-01-11 16:54:01 UTC
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Post by Jethro
Sitting down, minding my own business when a sodding big wasp buzzes in.
On the basis all doors and windows are shut, I suspect it's found a way
in from the loft - probably through the weird slatted wooden ceiling[1]
we inherited over the breakfast area. It's insulated above, but there is
a path to the loft through it.
So I take it any wasps in my loft haven't died off :(
Hibernating queen woken up by the unseasonably warm weather. I killed
one a couple of weeks ago that came in with the firewood.
--
Today is Sweetmorn, the 11th day of Chaos in the YOLD 3178
"Threatening an atheist with hellfire is no more effective than a
hippie threatening to punch him in his aura."
Andy Champ
2012-01-11 21:02:33 UTC
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Post by Jethro
Sitting down, minding my own business when a sodding big wasp buzzes in.
Found one in my dinghy on Saturday. It's kept outdoors, unheated, and
was last used just before Xmas. So she was flying about sometime in the
last month. Ridiculously warm.

Andy
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