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First one of the season......

Discussion in 'Personal' started by peakster, Apr 9, 2020.

  1. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Just nailed my first Wasp of the Summer

    Clean shot with a Tea Towel

  2. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Star commenter

    Had our first English strawberries last week. They were lovely.
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  3. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Damned fine shot sir!

    (Got my first one with the Raid!)
  4. HistoryEducator

    HistoryEducator Occasional commenter

    I captured a bee then set it free........

  5. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

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  6. Ezzie

    Ezzie Occasional commenter

    Yep; I’ve had to change the sticky flower fly catcher thingies in my windows today and very pleased to report already got a few of those pesky blue bottles. Die, you barstewards
  7. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Cor, I thought we were doing well to be having some proper mini-,mini strawberries forming, but it will be a while before they're ready to eat.
  8. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    Had my first seasonal pollen induced sneezing attack the other day when we had lots of windows open.
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  9. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    Two already; escorted out the open window. Window shut; turned fan on :D
  10. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Saw an English bluebell in flower today (well, it was a pale lilacky-pink, but definitely a bluebell....:confused:)
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  11. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    Boltardy beats Detroit Crimson Globe in race to the surface...
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  12. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Yes we have two sorts of traditional 'blue'Bluebells, the English and the Spanish and also a few 'pink' Bluebells.
  13. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter


    Is it time for my annual defence-of-wasps post?

    Pigeons attacking broad beans necessitates deployment of netting. Peculiar Japanese vegetable seeds germinating strongly.
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  14. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    Fingers crossed for my neighbour who had to go into hospital this afternoon after a wasp landed on her face. Luckily she wasn't stung; I was way too quick with the spade.
  15. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    Yesterday, we saw our first parakeet in a neighbour's tree.
  16. WB

    WB Senior commenter

    I use one of these: s-l300.jpg

    Way more fun than a tea towel!

    You feel a sense of an epic duel when you wield one of these.

    Man v Wasp - a one on one battle in the kitchen.

    The wasp usually wins, there are broken dishes everywhere and I've electrocuted my wife 6 or 7 times but that's beside the point.
  17. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    I use a pint glass and a postcard (or similar), place glass over wasp (or bee) and put the card on top, take outside, remove card, make a throwing motion with the glass and the trapped insect flies away from you. No fuss, no drama, no breakages, no stings.

    If it's a room not in use, close the curtains nearly all the way and open a window (window lines up with gap in the curtains) and close the door for a while, wasp or bee follows the light and leaves.

    They are as keen on leaving as you are to get them to leave. I've never been stung by anything while removing it from a room.
  18. WB

    WB Senior commenter


    ...no chaos... no drama... no fun!
  19. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Lead commenter

    I haven't seen wasps yet but do the same as mangle. No need to kill. I've been stung twice by recently deceased wasps, one of which was in my undewear( not whilst I was wearing them!). Even so, don't kill them

    However the crane fly in my living room last night that doesn't know it's far too early, was a different matter!
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  20. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    I am so lazy, I get them to come to me-you can make a wasp trap with a piece of apple in a tissue box. keep it on the other side of the room from the window, otherwise you get a street party of wasps in there. You just want to use it for those who have already strayed in. Unseal the base of the box first, which will be constructed with overlapping flaps, so when there is a wasp in there you cover the top, and invert the box outdoors. Open box and wave goodbye.
    It's easy to know as soon as you've caught a wasp as a tissue box amplifies sound from within by a factor of twenty two million. (I've learnt over the last few days how important it is to always follow the science)
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