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June 21, 2008

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Tony Zbaraschuk

Do not attempt flamethrower use without expert supervision.

Do not ask yourself "What Would Miles Vorkosigan Do?"

Noel Maurer

I get the terror. Bejeezus, I get the terror.

But why not call an exterminator? Or if that's too wimpy (and man I do understand fear of being wimpy) look up "kill wasp nest" on the Internet, and then buy and use whatever they tell you?

I asked Amma. "In the Caribbean, you don't mess with those things. You call an exterminator."

Me, I can't imagine leaving it. Not something I'd want to share /my/ family's house with, anyway.

Charlie Stross

Be freaked out, be very freaked out!

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060717/NEWS/607180308/1007/9112002

("MOBILE | To the bafflement of insect experts, gigantic yellow jacket nests have started turning up in old barns, unoccupied houses, cars and underground cavities across the southern two-thirds of Alabama. ...")

Michael

That's Alabama, Charlie. Nothing counts there, it's a different universe. Up in Indiana, we just burned the old nests and any small ones in the spring. I'd say it's too late in the year now.

Our paper wasps only build for a single year, Doug, so if you were in the Midwest you'd be safe to take that nest out. In Europe I don't know. Your best bet is exterminators. If they don't know what they're doing, at least they'll be the ones the wasps paralyze and feed to their young.

Claudia

Asking the people who live here?

Paper wasps here build for one year as well. That nest is empty, may have been for many years. Me, I don't mind it one bit. Doug wants it out of the house, so OK. But it's nothing creepy.

In general, neither flora nor fauna actively seek out to kill you in Germany. It's not like, you know, Australia.

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