I’ve just managed to step up the arms race between man and bug, today.
My apartment has wasps. They’ve colonized inside the walls, using an opening behind a power outlet on my porch as their access point. Somehow, they’ve found a way into my apartment, i’m guessing by way of the heating system, which connects to that same place. This wasn’t too much of an issue, as I’d talked to maintenance and they “took care of it” and seem to think that they won’t survive a NY winter. Lately, however, they’ve taken to seeking out the warmth of the inside of my house, and I’ve had to dispose of them. Can’t trust the peaceful intentions of a yellowjacket, y’know. Now, initially I used bug spray, which was unreliable and hard to aim, and that worked ok. It stained things, but it was fine. I’ve recently started using something else, however: my vacuum cleaner. Strap on the hose attachment, sneak up on 'em, and you can suck 'em down with a satisfying thwack before they even know what hit 'em. Quick, clean, and no undue flying around and stinging for spite/in self-defense.
Exterminator comes on Monday, and that’s fine. I’m just happy that I get to sleep in peace, now that I’ve gotten rid of the thirteen or so that were sleeping on the sliding glass door to me porch, this evening.
Here’s hoping they don’t counter with some innovation of their own…