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Architectus Assistantus
06-06-2011, 03:23 PM
It is once again summertime here in Norway :)
The only way to avoid cooking to death in my office is by having the window open (we donít have AC or venitlation). This is of course not risk free as there are now nothing between myself and the wasps which are cruising around outside.

The season officially opened today with the two bumblebees that flew into my small office, one flew out by itself while the other one has made camp on the lamp above my head.

As you may imagine work tends to stop while I try to herd them out from my small office (let me press the part about my office is a small and confined space). I am scared of wasps and bees, so I am unable to do any work until I have gotten them out (got stung many times as a kid). I always try to avoid killing them if I can avoid it.

Last year I got a total of 24 wasps and bees into my office. I wonder how many this year?

The season is officially open. It is going to be fun!


Current wasp/bee coount : 2

Teskeria
06-06-2011, 04:12 PM
Don't they use screens in Norway? Just get some nice screening, fine weave, and put it in a frame, put the frame in the outside ridge on the window and viola. no bees or wasps can enter.

Dasota
06-06-2011, 04:13 PM
Last week I got deemed with the title "Bee Herder." One was a wasp that camped itself out by the drive-thru window. The other was a HUGE bumblebee and it camped at the ceiling by the front counter registers. Both times I grabbed a coffee cup and paper bag and put them outside.

Geek King
06-06-2011, 05:11 PM
Also, you can try mosquito netting over doors and windows. Air can still flow, but the bugs cannot.

bainsidhe
06-08-2011, 03:44 AM
I used to know somebody that would use a vacuum to get rid of unwanted bugs. Won't save them, but easier to suck them up than herd them out.

Architectus Assistantus
06-08-2011, 03:28 PM
Due to how our windows work it is not possible to put any sort of netting over it.
I have never seen screens of any sort here in Norway. I don't think they even exist here. Maybe because we only have decent summer weather for about 4 months per year.

I normally catch them by putting a coffee cup over them and then shuffling a piece of cardboard under the cup so that they are trapped, I then throw them from the cup and out the window. It usually works very well.

Mikkel
06-08-2011, 06:01 PM
They do have mosquito nets in Sweden and we even have them in Denmark, but mainly in the country where there are more insects.
I have a frame with net in myself in the bedroom. It's not fun waking up in the middle of the night, itching and hearing lots of mosquitoes flying around.

bainsidhe
06-08-2011, 11:25 PM
Maybe a skeeter net around your desk then? :p Sorry, I got nothing.

Geek King
06-09-2011, 02:21 PM
Maybe a skeeter net around your desk then? :p Sorry, I got nothing.

Not entirely silly, actually. There is portable netting made to set up over cots with its own framing. It might not be too hard to modify for desk use.

Frantic Freddie
06-09-2011, 05:56 PM
You need some of this (http://www.killsbugsdead.com/fop_w_h_k.asp),like it says,it'll shoot 22 feet.I once had to clear a wasp nest out of my house,I had a can in each hand,when they came boiling out of the wall I felt like an AA gunner during the Battle of Midway :lol: :lol: :lol:

Marmalady
06-10-2011, 06:42 AM
If it's a bee, I open the window and say to it "Come on, out you go, there's nothing for you in here. Your place is outside" and they fly out of the window. (I'm NOT kidding)

I used to do the same for wasps, until one little stripy b***** stung me last year in an unprovoked attack in my dining room - they feel my wrath now.

Geek King
06-10-2011, 02:01 PM
Huh, got curious, took a look around, and found this (http://www.scs-mall.com/Decorative-Style-Nets/products/39/) and other sites. I figure if they make netting to cover king-sized four post beds, you could find something that would fit your desk, with the addition of a few posts to hold it off your head, of course.

Yay internet!

Architectus Assistantus
06-10-2011, 02:26 PM
Thanks for the suggestions everybody.

As to putting netting around my desk is for various reasons not practical, nor would I get permission from my boss.
But I think I shall try to locate some mosquito netting (there must be something here in Norway, though I have never seen anything).
With some creative thinking I might be able to seal of my window somehow.
I think I shall try this.

telecom_goddess
06-10-2011, 10:23 PM
I gotta wonder why you DON"T have air conditioning or ventilation? Or window screens for that matter...I can't escape them here.

Seshat
06-11-2011, 01:21 AM
If you can't get a proper window screen, use fabric. An old sheet, a pillowcase, whatever. And double-sided tape, or even masking tape.

wolfie
06-12-2011, 01:55 PM
Due to how our windows work it is not possible to put any sort of netting over it.

From this description, it sounds like your windows have a center (or off-center) pivot, so when it swings open, it sticks out both outside and inside.

A screen would still work, but you'd need to make a "box" that would clear the part of the window that swings inward instead of a flat screen like most windows use.

Seshat
06-12-2011, 06:42 PM
Or one section has a screen on the inside up to the pivot point, with a flexible 'contact' (like a door's weatherstrip) that brushes against the window when you open/close it.
And the other section has a screen on the outside up to the pivot point, again with a flexible contact.

MoonCat
06-17-2011, 12:00 AM
Would anyone object to you using citronella candles or incense? If it keeps mosquitos away, maybe it will work for bees and wasps, too.

fireheart
06-18-2011, 02:03 AM
For some reason I had this mental image of someone herding a group of wasps into a small mob with a miniature crook. I'm immature like that sometimes :p

pageantmama
06-18-2011, 01:23 PM
We have a problem with wasps at our house. Especially around the pool. I hate the things. Once when I was around 12 some of our chickens got loose and one ran into an old doghouse we had that we didn't use anymore. I decided to just flip the top off the doghouse so that I could grab the chicken and there was a huge wasp nest under it. And of course I pissed them off and got stung multiple times. The arms, legs, back, head, it was horrible. And my evil step dad thought it was funny and did not want to get stung so he did nothing to help me. The old man next door was over there with us helping and finally grabbed me and got some wasp spray from the building in his back yard and ran and sprayed the nest and around it

You need one these to hang outside the window. Works pretty decent. http://www.contech-inc.com/products/waspinator/

Also, cucumbers will repel a wasp. If you can cut one up and place the bits near the window. If they buzz toward the window and catch scent of the cucumber they will go away.

Don't kill one in the office. We had paper wasps in our wall and vent above the stove. They were eating through the wall and made a small hole by the stove and were getting in, 3 or more a day. With 3 small kids and being terrified of wasps myself this was NOT GOOD!!! I killed a couple and noticed that more had started coming in and would gravitate to the spot on the ceiling I killed the others. I read that if you kill them they release some sort of pheromones that attract other wasps:rolleyes: So I got a couple of cans of the foaming spray that shoots 20 feet or so and started spraying the vent from the outside. They come pouring out of the vent and almost immediately dropping dead. I got my childhood revenge, lol.

kpzra
06-20-2011, 07:16 AM
In a pinch I've used tulle fabric, it keeps out larger bugs. I put it up with duct tape, and can take it down at anytime with no marks.

Jay 2K Winger
06-20-2011, 05:14 PM
Don't kill one in the office. We had paper wasps in our wall and vent above the stove. They were eating through the wall and made a small hole by the stove and were getting in, 3 or more a day. With 3 small kids and being terrified of wasps myself this was NOT GOOD!!! I killed a couple and noticed that more had started coming in and would gravitate to the spot on the ceiling I killed the others. I read that if you kill them they release some sort of pheromones that attract other wasps:rolleyes: So I got a couple of cans of the foaming spray that shoots 20 feet or so and started spraying the vent from the outside. They come pouring out of the vent and almost immediately dropping dead. I got my childhood revenge, lol.

Not unlike stink-bugs, then. Stink-bugs release their stink when they get squashed, and it attracts more of them. When I learned this, I told my folks right away, as we'd started finding them in the house. So what we started doing was grabbing some Kleenex, nudging it under their feet until they crawled onto it, fold the tissue around them, then flush them straight down the toilet.

We still got the occasional wanderer, but now the weather's turned warmer, they've stopped coming inside.