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By santeewelding ·
Moments ago, I saw a cockroach on the wall. It scurried downward, behind the monitor, too late for me to act.

Momentarily, it showed up with antennae twitching above the keyboard. I whacked it with my TR-recommended swatter. Not hard enough, or I missed. Scurried away, it did.

Absentmindedly, while reading some member dismissing us for talking about talking too much, I put the tumbler to my lips for another sip of sherry.

Lo!

It had fallen in. It struggled against my upper lip.

BLECH !

Do we talk about talking too much?

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Same here.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Me, I get all sorts of cr ...

As long as the spiders stay in the basement and leave me alone, I leave them alone. Unless they're small and tannish and nocturnal, in which case they're smooshed upon notice.

The occasional waterbug, mouse, mole. And skeeters all season.

Oh. And bald-faced hornets pummeling the picture window in mid-summer. That's pretty strange.

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Oh, vespidae.

by seanferd In reply to Same here.

We get all sorts of wasps and hornets which like to build under the second storey walkway. My job to deal with them. Sometimes I'm afforded cans of oily poisonous goodness with which I can strike from several meters. Mostly, I use my own mix of soap and bleach, after the sun goes down.

Cheapskate management. They still don't understand it is important to be rid of these things, particularly with several people living here prone to anaphylactic shock due to stings. The kind of people for whom epi-pens do no good.

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Only recently

by santeewelding In reply to Oh, vespidae.

Have I learned the distinction between "anaphylactic" and "prophylactic". Had to look the both of them up to get straight about it, and, to be ready to act with respect to either.

If the epi-pen does them no good, then nothing does. One of the downsides of knowing enough about it to say, of another or yourself, "You're fuc*ked".

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I sure don't leave the house

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Oh, vespidae.

through the front door when they're at it. And I sneak oh so smally and quietly around the front corner when I do go...

And inspect the **** out of the trees in front when they show up. I haven't figured out where they come from yet, or why it's only for a week or two in mid-summer. Or why they're trying to bust out my picture window. :0

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You, sir, are having me on. Aren't you?

by seanferd In reply to Oh, vespidae.

But the answer for these folks is tubes, much larger doses of epinephrine, and steroids. I think it was steroids. Whatever it was, it stood a chance of radically worsening glaucoma. Doctor: "Well, do you want to breathe, or do you want to see for a few more minutes?" That was in the case of a relatively "mild" reaction.

An epi will help, just not the kind an individual can legally carry about.

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The phlebotomy and the intravenous

by santeewelding In reply to Oh, vespidae.

And, whatnot, is also not what an individual carries about.

No. I do not have you on.

I carry about -- in contravention of federal law -- enough to take care of business, hoping never having to do it. Like the other contraventional side of the coin.

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OK, then a fun reference.

by seanferd In reply to Oh, vespidae.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_and_Latin_roots_in_English

I love this kind of stuff. I just found it, because you had gotten me thinking about it.

One of the reasons I find Ansu so terribly entertaining is his eye on language.

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Hornets

by NexS In reply to Oh, vespidae.

Are a breed I'd be glad to never come across. I may be exaggerating them in my mind, but I envisage them as monster wasps - which wouldn't be a problem if medieval methods of beast removal were available...

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You really don't want

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Oh, vespidae.

to bump into this guy...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_giant_hornet

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Boxy

by NexS In reply to Oh, vespidae.

You are correct.

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