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wasp help!

generally in my house, i'm the one who will take care of any bugs that get inside because 1) i'm usually the only one home, and 2) so they won't get killed, as i'm the only one who will take the time to capture it and release it outside.  i'm not really squeamish; i can handle spiders and mosquitoes and usually any other thing.  however, there is now a wasp in my house, and i'm too scared to go near it!  i'm torn between wanting to save it or to run as far as i can away from it.  i can't kill it, so i've shut the doors and it currently has control over half the house :-\.  any ideas? i know as soon as anyone else comes home they're going to want to go after it with a flip flop...

Sorry, but I'd have to kill it.  It's in the house, and it WILL sting you if you get near it.

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Maybe try to shut it in a room and open the windows in that room?  Remember, it's as scared as you are.

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Maybe try to shut it in a room and open the windows in that room?  Remember, it's as scared as you are.

I have to concur with Tkitty.  Kill it.  If you open the windows, you may get rid of the wasp but you'll likely get a lot more other bugs in the house.  Sorry.  It's time to put your big girl panties on and do what you gotta do!  What if it stings someone else before they realize it's still there?  I got stung once when I stepped on a yellow jacket wasp.  I'm allergic and my foot swelled up like a watermelon.  I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy.  This is one time when the humans definitely take priority over the animals. 

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Wasps are not out to 'attack' you.  Think back to times you've gotten stung...stepping on a bee, sitting on a bee, getting a bee stuck in your pants (yes that happened to me, and I really don't know how)...

Of course it is accidental on your part, but I seriously doubt the bee wanted to be stepped on.  I'm allergic to bees, too.  Swelling, throat closing, bruising, the whole nine yards and I still won't intentionally bring harm to any creature.  (I've been wearing a painter's mask in the yard to keep from sucking down a throatful of gnats!)

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I agree that they're not out to attack you.  But if you try to escort it out, it will probably get a little defensive, ya know.  And opening windows would make your problems worse, I imagine, so...

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In my classroom, when a bee or a bird flies in the room, we turn off all the lights and close the blinds so the only light is coming from the door.  Bees and birds fly toward the light.  They've always flown out after a few minutes.  I don't know if this would work in a home though.

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I agree that they're not out to attack you.  But if you try to escort it out, it will probably get a little defensive, ya know.  And opening windows would make your problems worse, I imagine, so...

Agreed that *a* wasp is not "out to attack you".  But if there was a hive, it could be.  When my brother was about 3 years old he was playing out in the alley (my parents back yard has a fence around about half of it and the other half is "alley") and all of a sudden, a swarm of wasps came out of a tree and started stinging him.  According to my mother who was watching him, he was just near the tree and wasn't bothering the hive at all.  He got stung about 40 times.  I don't know if one panicked angry wasp would consider someone a threat enough to sting them but I wouldn't take a chance.    I can only relate what I know.  Macie has to decide what to do and live with the consquences. 

Changing the subject, my gosh, that tofu turkey with stuffing in the pic to the left looks fantastic!  It wouldn't be too weird to serve that in June, would it?

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<snip>Swelling, throat closing, bruising, the whole nine yards and I still won't intentionally bring harm to any creature.  (I've been wearing a painter's mask in the yard to keep from sucking down a throatful of gnats!)

 I'm not trying to be argumentative here but I have to ask this question. Consider this scenario:

 You have saved money for years to buy yourself a pleasant little house where you can live peacefully. You work hard and pay your mortgage. You don't have a lot of extra money but you have enough to live comfortably in your humble abode.

 You discover that you have the beginnings of a termite infestation in the house. It isn't totally out of control but some damage has been done and you are informed by a professional that you have consulted that these destructive creatures can be easily exterminated before any more serious damage takes place. You do some research and find that there are no half-way measures that can be taken. The termites cannot be captured humanely and deported to a scrap lumber pile on the edge of town. Nor can their nature be changed so that they can be convinced to eat something other than your house. Either they die or your home gets destroyed.

 What then?

 I'm not trying to be sarcastic. My point is that I believe that if we are going to live in a way that is not completely primal, inhabiting caves and trees, there will be times when we have to compete with other life forms all the way to the point of their destruction in certain places where cohabitation is impossible. Or buy another house and hope the same thing doesn't happen there.

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you could try dropping a towel or tshirt on it, to capture it, bundle the fabric up CAREFULLY and put it outside.
if you can catch it on a table top, place a garbage bin/ pail, even a cup,  upside down, over it, slide a thin piece of cardboard or strong paper underneath it....so youve basically made a cage w/ the cardboard as the "floor".. hold the pail and the cardboard firmly and release it outside.

good luck and be careful

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well the wasp and i parted ways amicably.  i gave it the house for the car and stock option, and i don't have to payalimony.  no, after i posted i went back into the room and it was gone, or he's hiding, which is smart of him because i don't want to see him either.  either way, he let me off the hook, but thanks so much for all your suggestions (even if they weren't all what i wanted to hear)!

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well the wasp and i parted ways amicably.  i gave it the house for the car and stock option, and i don't have to payalimony.  no, after i posted i went back into the room and it was gone, or he's hiding, which is smart of him because i don't want to see him either.  either way, he let me off the hook, but thanks so much for all your suggestions (even if they weren't all what i wanted to hear)!

Hopefully, it's gone.  I'd warn my family that it might still be around so they can be careful in that room.  I'd hate for someone to pick something up and get stung because they disturbed its hiding place.  If they find it, it's their problem.  Then you're off the hook. 

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well the wasp and i parted ways amicably.  i gave it the house for the car and stock option, and i don't have to payalimony.  no, after i posted i went back into the room and it was gone, or he's hiding, which is smart of him because i don't want to see him either.  either way, he let me off the hook, but thanks so much for all your suggestions (even if they weren't all what i wanted to hear)!

Yes, you should warn any onle else that there *was* and *may still* be a wasp in the room.
Your last post reminded me of my relationship with Pastry.  I loved Pastry with all my heart, but Pastry was emotionally abusive.  To get back at it, I cheated on it with Cake and Cookie.  Every once in a while, though, I totally give Pastry a booty call.  Then I remember why I prefer Cake and Cookie.

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