Mild Mannered Beaties, Usually.
I was one of those lucky individuals who had a colony form right by my foundation. Every once in while, I would see one in the house and just assumed it flew in when a door was opened, but alas, that was not the case. They were coming in the house somewhere along the sill plate or the foundation, and nobody could ever see where this entrance was. Flashlights would illuminate nothing but solid mortar and timbers. I tried to fill the whole area on the sill plate with insulating foam, but still no luck. Now only a couple a day would fly upstairs, and as it was late summer, their time to party, each one would fly immediately to the full view door, whereupon I would just open it and the little fellow would fly out. My husband thought it best to rid the premises of them so he sprayed poison down the hole which led to their lair. Now they were becoming a problem outside, and anyone who walked to the house was intimidated by these yellow jackets because we were all intruders being too close to the nest. Since his first brilliant plan of flushing them out with a garden hose only drove an army into the basement, he finally used bug spray, which drove them all into the basement where they expired. I took quite a while to remove all of the ex-insects and some were still in the process of dying. I hated this, as when in late summer I could sit outside in a lawn chair or lie on a blanket and they would land on me and I would ignore them, until one day I must have committed some horrid crime against them just walking back to the house, and I got nailed good , and it really hurt and swelled up. She got a good shot at me in the back. Right next to the front door I have large real wooden shutters which attract mud wasps and all manner of tiny wildlife. So it's a natural for the funnel web building fair-sized grass spider to build a home and hide, and it's always right by the front door side. I could open the door in the daytime and see his posterior as he slept the days away. He was there for so long, I had to fiddle with him. At the time, I had some sort of decor next to the door, probably a little wreath, yes, I'm embarrassed by that uncool act, but I hung a whole piece of baloney on it wondering if when night fell if the spider would have a taste. Within an hour of the baloney caper, about 3 yellow jackets discovered it and I watched those powerful jaws gnawing away so fast, I was amazed. The baloney trophy lasted 3 days as these striped sausage eaters finished the whole prize, the entire time the spider butt,excuse my crude language, was plainly visible. I never knew if the spider attempted a bite or two, but he did lose out to the waspish pirates. I had small house spider who lived in web eat an apple piece. Yes, it's true. He attacked it and sucked on it until it was just a hull. He must have been really hungry or thirsty, and I don't even know if spiders drink fluids other that those they extract from bugs. He also ate scrambled eggs. I should open a diner for spiders but I hear they aren't given bank accounts because they don't make ATM cards that small and spiders have poor memories and would forget their pin numbers right away.
- Trying to familiarize myself with the little beasts who frighten me, so I humanize them. Yes, I know the proper word, but Firefox tells me I'm wrong with my spelling, but there can only be one way to spell it. Anthro-blah,blah-ize them. Take that, Mozilla.