@tweezak I just spent two weeks taking steps to kill a nest of yellow jackets that decided to make their home under my siding. A combo of Stryker 54 spray (highly recommend) and Delta dust finally did the trick. Last night I discovered they somehow made their way across the house on the inside and I’m finding lots of black and yellow corpses on the floor of my laundry room. It’s on the opposite of where they were entering the siding. They are truly assholes with wings.
@cinoclav@tweezak there was a mudwasp living in the pull chain of the deck fan. Naturally I saw the mud and needed to take a closer look and thought I saw a carapace reflecting light. So I went to get a flashlight and shined it in while peering into it… And was rewarded with a wasp flying right at my eyeball.
Idk what your response to a wasp flying at your eyeball from a couple inches away would be but I chose “hit the deck as fast as possible” I think I bounced.
As a former Florida resident, love bugs, also known as fuck bugs. They got all smashed up all over the front of your car, purportedly during the mating season, which seemed to be all the time. They are likely the reason the car bra was invented. Palmetto bugs were a close second.
@cinoclav thanks! This is one of the two products I am using. How long does it take to kick in? For the past two days I have seen ssooooo many I am guessing hundreds of them have ingested the poison at this point but they keep coming. Driving me crazy.
@tinamarie1974 It can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. If it’s a gigantic colony they’re going back to it definitely takes some time. For me, I usually saw results within less than a week. If definitely draws more of them at first.
But you are meant to mix it up in a sprayer and deploy it around the perimeter of the house in spring so the ones trying to get in die and don’t lead anymore in. Can still be used in fall to help. But once the ants have established a trail you might have to knock down the whole colony…
Last time a large group got in I put out the Terro, sprayed the perimeter, and the ant hill if I could find it.
And of course cleaned up the sugar the visiting kid has spread everywhere
This has been an odd summer in that there have been very few noxious bugs in this area. I don’t remember encountering a single mosquito, only a few flies or ants, almost no wasps. But plenty of honey bees and butterflies. Weird, but nice.
@tinamarie1974 They’re quite invasive. Yet another bug that found their way here from China. The nymphs are rather prolific jumpers and will jump right at you. The adults will both jump and fly. They tried to get them under control but it was a lost cause of course. Read about them. Odds are you’ll see them eventually.
Spider crickets, or cave crickets. They get in my basement and hop around harmlessly for a while before they die, but they’re just gross. At least the cat likes chasing them. I also had Eastern Cicada Killers this year for the first time. Mostly harmless to humans but they’re enormous bees that fly around the yard and kill a cicada every now and then (cicadas are also gross and annoying).
microsoft windows. No other bug has done as much damage to the world. To people and individuals, yes, actual biological bugs reign supreme, but not to the world.
Volkswagen beetles also caused great harm by normalizing one of the ugliest car bodies and worst wet fart exhaust sounds ever created. Fortunately you could put dune buggy kits on them with glasspacks.