Question of immediate import

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.


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


Do we talk about talking too much?

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I probably wouldn't be here today

by santeewelding In reply to Oh, vespidae.

If one of them things had fallen into my drinky-poo.

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Seven centimetre wing-span...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Oh, vespidae.

you'd need to be drinking out of a goldfish bowl for it to even fit in there...
But seriously... that's simply too freaky. I could try to picture what a hive of those would look like, or what their queen would look like... but I'd likely jump out the window in a panic if I did.

And it's -5 °C out there.

Which is comforting, as wasps don't do freezing.

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by Tink! In reply to Me, I get all sorts of cr ...

Frequently get lost in our office. We track them down by their incessant chirping and then kindly remove them back to the out of doors (far away from the door.)

Spiders - depends on the size, type and our mood. Sometimes they go outside, sometimes not.

Oh, and as far as talking about talking too much - at least you're all talking about something even if it IS about talking. LOL.

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Only had one this year.

by seanferd In reply to Crickets

Cricket was hiding behind my couch. Had a place in PA, though, where they would regularly get in under the bit of the house that had no excavation (there were even small tree stumps left under there). Those would drive me batty. You didn't expect them - they would start up later than the sea of crickets in the yard.

Birds in a warehouse is always fun, too. And snakes. They don't look too good once someone has run them over with lift equipment.

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by Tink! In reply to Only had one this year.

in a warehouse are an interesting situation. Usually leaving the dock door open allows them to leave at their leisure - (as soon as they figure out that's the way out instead of constantly going up into the rafters.)

Birds in a pool house were always a funny thing too. For some reason birds would sometimes end up inside our school's indoor pool building and it often took a while to get them back out the doors.

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Yep. 30-odd bay doors.

by seanferd In reply to Only had one this year.

Most of them open, most of the time. The birds, however, would insist on trying to get out the roof openings where the fans were. If the fans were on, the birds knew not to go that way.

I used to get one every other year in my childhood home. Passing out and falling down the chimney. Once I got them to come out, they would refuse my efforts to help get them out of the basement. There is something sad about a bird which is so frightened, or resigned to death, that it falls to the ground when released. They figure it out pretty quickly after that, though.

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Cave Crickets and Stink Bugs

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

We have lots of critters here too because we live next to a nature preserve. The Cave Crickets are the absolute worst. They come in with the firewood and they jump at you. It gives me the chills just thinking about them.

We have lots of stink bugs this year too. They don't bother you though. Just don't kill squash them or they do stink and attract more of their kind.

I don't mind little spiders, but the big ones get the vacuum. We sometimes have big nasty wood spiders. If they're in the house, they're dead meat.

I'm sure you don't miss the mosquitoes, but possibly they spray near you to get rid of them. They did that in NY and some parts of NJ because of West Nile Virus.


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I don't think they have sprayed for sefveral years.

by seanferd In reply to Cave Crickets and Stink B ...

I only recall two or three years that they have sprayed around here, but i certainly could be wrong.

<i>Dropping them into a jar with an inch of soapy water with a high enough concentration will dissolve the exoskeleton, and once enough are collected they can then be flushed down the toilet on occasion</i>


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by santeewelding In reply to I don't think they have s ...

I am told, will do the same.

Not speaking, mind you, of their bacterial gut contents, at which point, I think twice.

Better to rip off the legs of a cricket.

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Starchy exoskeleton?

by seanferd In reply to I don't think they have s ...

Cracker carapace.

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