Saturday, April 28, 2012

Wasp x1

I swear, I should get reduced rent or something.  Go out to get the mail and see a wasp flying around, no big deal, see them all the time.  It lands on the parcel lockers, ah, it's building a nest here.  Well, I know no one will take care of it until it's full blown and spread inside the parcel locker, which most also seem to lazy to ever get their mail out of (which is why I had a delivery at the door today).  So I head back up to the apartment.  Don't have any wasp spray, don't have any brake cleaner or engine degreaser (all three have the same effect on wasps and wasp nets, more or less they melt).

Ah, but I do have some WD-40.  If you know me, you know how I feel about WD-40.  It's a shitty lubricant that was never designed to be used as such.  It's good for quick and dirty repairs to potentiometers in things like Atari paddles, repels water and prevents corrosion but that's about it.  However, it will knock out wasps and cripple a wasp nest long enough to crush it.

So I go back out with the WD-40 in hand and there's a guy out there towing a pickup truck.  Don't know if it's just broken down or if the property manager is having it towed for being illegally parked.  Considering he had to pull it out of the space I'd say it's the latter.  Now he's moved the truck out into the middle of the lot to secure it for transport, which is right by the mail boxes.  I start spraying the nest, which the wasp is currently atop of and the two truck guy asks, "Wasps?"  Wow, someone else with a brain that actually gets their hands dirty and takes care of crap!  Anyway, after hosing it down for a couple seconds the wasp was incapacitated and the nest crippled I could knock it down with my foot and mash both objects on the ground.

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