Killer On The Loose

I am a killer. And I make no apologies for that. At least this time I remembered to take a picture.
When vacationing in Europe a few years ago, I noted the absence of screens on the windows and wondered if perhaps Europe didn’t have the same issue with insects that we have in North America. Turns out they do. IMG_20180506_0921251

I have a new morning routine. When I get up, which is usually before my wife, I head to the kitchen where we keep the flyswatter. We keep a window open overnight to allow some fresh air into the apartment – but sometimes more than air comes through the screenless windows.

Three times in the past week I have killed early morning intruders in my home office. I’m normally a “live and let live” sort of person, even with insects, but these ones sounded upset and had stingers. I don’t know that they would have the same benign attitude to sharing the space that I do. With no desire to be stung, I decided to be proactive.

I remembered to take a picture of my most recent victim, which appears to be a small honeybee of sorts. My previous victims looked more like hornets, though I must admit I am not an expert when it comes to insect classification. IMG_20180506_0921332 (1)

Somewhere I think I read that it isn’t good to kill bees, that they are an important part of the ecosystem. I believe that, but I don’t feel guilty.

At 6 a.m. whether it is a bee, a wasp or a hornet, if it is buzzing around my office I’m going to take action. I’m not sure how you incapacitate a bee so that it can be safely removed from the premises. I think maybe there is something you can do with smoke that slows them down, but I don’t want visits from the fire department either.

All of this could be avoided if Europeans put screens on their windows. I still don’t understand why they won’t. So I will go on reducing the European insect population, one swat at a time.

One comment

  1. Maybe the bee had a blog it wanted to share! Darn!

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