posted on Jun, 18 2012 @ 03:28 PM
With all the news about disappearing bees I thought some of you might appreciate my little tip for removing insects from the home humanely. At least I
hope it is.
I don't like using insecticides/pesticides inside or out. The hubby and I catch/release anything that ends up in the house. The large red centipedes
are pretty tough, they're fast and hard to contain. Although I haven't used my method on them yet, it just might work...can't wait to try
swear I feel like "Ripley" going after those suckers.
A black wasps was inside and he was getting pretty mad at my gentle attempts to catch him. I wasn't having much luck, he'd fly off or come right for
me. If I opened the door/window and just waited who knows what would come in. I'm in rural southern Colorado lots of bugs here.
I thought if I sprayed the wasp with water it might hamper his ability to fly long enough to get him outside. The only spray bottle I have is one I
keep in the fridge filled with distilled water for cooling off my terrarium. It had gotten pushed to the back and had a crust of ice on top so it was
I sprayed him a few times wetting him real good. He turned into a sleepy little baby. I hauled him outside and sat him on the porch. In just a second
or two he warmed enough to fly away. No stings, no smashed wasp and I only had a little water to clean up.
Well there you go. I'm not fond of bugs but I really don't like killing them. Wasps/centipedes usually like water, spraying a centipede with room
temperature water is only going to make him feel good. I believe the ice water is key.
Maybe some of you have really good tips for bug management that you'd be willing to share. We've gotten into the habit of taking our little insect
friends for granted. We think nothing of smashing them to bits or spraying them with chemicals. I know the Orkin Man is big business in suburbia but
frankly I prefer the bugs.