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AIBU to try to kill this freaky waspy insect?! (warning: picture)

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StoatofDisarray Wed 25-Oct-17 14:58:02

Please help! I can't kill it, I've been hitting it with a copy of Time Out and the bastard thing won't die. What is it? My parrot is going nuts!

Phosphorus Wed 25-Oct-17 15:00:29

You've been hitting it with a copy of Time Out for how long!?

Maybe it's escaped from a robotics lab. grin

Can't you just chuck it out the window?

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 25-Oct-17 15:01:54

You've been hitting it with a copy of Time Out for how long!? grin

I think I've been watching too many old episodes of the X Files but it is a Demon Robot Bog From Hell clearly.

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 25-Oct-17 15:02:09

Bug <sigh>

StoatofDisarray Wed 25-Oct-17 15:02:11

Long enough to bust the magazine! I'm calming down the parrot now: he thought he was the only flying thing in the house, he's hiding under my arm.

LittleLights Wed 25-Oct-17 15:02:28

www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?identification=Banded-Horntail

mydrawstring Wed 25-Oct-17 15:03:17

Hoover it.

The MN bug protection league will be along shortly to tell us all how cruel we are.

StoatofDisarray Wed 25-Oct-17 15:04:28

Thanks, LittleLights!

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 25-Oct-17 15:05:02

Where are you Stoat because that list from Lights website is near me?

StoatofDisarray Wed 25-Oct-17 15:05:36

Hang on a minute, it can't be one of those, I'm in London.

ChelleDawg2020 Wed 25-Oct-17 15:07:03

Kill it, Raid or similar will probably work. Insects and arachnids come into the home uninvited, don't pay rent, and need to be killed to prevent them coming back.

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 25-Oct-17 15:07:34

Makes sense. Otherwise it would be repeatedly hit with a Canadian paper. Not Time Out!

Cornettoninja Wed 25-Oct-17 15:07:54

I agree with phosphorus, chuck it out the window.

You don't want the mother coming to find you grin

StoatofDisarray Wed 25-Oct-17 15:08:12

I'm on the 4th floor of a new building, and I NEVER get insects in here, not even spiders. I wonder where it came from? I'll go and get some insect killer. Thanks for giving me somewhere to flail!

LittleLights Wed 25-Oct-17 15:09:33

That's the only thing I could find that looked like it.

knowwhereyourheadis Wed 25-Oct-17 15:10:41

Does it have a stripy bottom - if so I think it might be an Asian Hornet.

If so - kill it!

They have been invading our British bee hives and killing our native honey bees. Apparently they rip out the thorax and leave the rest, because it's full of protein.

Jimbobjovi Wed 25-Oct-17 15:13:44

I think it's a mud dauber wasp - they're freaky but totally non-aggressive.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mud_dauber

StoatofDisarray Wed 25-Oct-17 15:17:44

Jim no, I don't think it's that, it doesn't have a narrow waist. It's not an Asian Hornet either, know.

It's about 2 inches long... I can't face killing it, I'm going to throw it out. In a few minutes...

~shudders~

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 25-Oct-17 15:21:09

Soapy water does the trick if you don't have anything else.

ohhereweareagain Wed 25-Oct-17 15:22:23

don't kill it, put a glass over it with a piece of card' underneath & put the poor bugger outside confused

icclemunchy Wed 25-Oct-17 15:22:39

If you contact killgerm they have an entomology team who will Id it fornyou. 2inches is huge!!

StoatofDisarray Wed 25-Oct-17 15:22:51

Thank you, MrsTerry. I might stun it first with soapy water then bung it.

StoatofDisarray Wed 25-Oct-17 15:26:16

Thanks for the killgerm link: I had no idea a Confused Flour Beetle was a thing! www.killgerm.com/project/confused-flour-beetle/

kali110 Wed 25-Oct-17 16:33:45

Dont hurt it, just chuck it outside.
It does look just like what we had in the house a few weeks ago!

stalkingfred Wed 25-Oct-17 17:32:28

Honestly, what is wrong with people just smashing and killing insects? Just put it outside. It's not a bloody velociraptor.

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