Being swarmed by bees (or wasps or hornets) on the ground isn’t that much fun. But if you are painting exterior high up on a ladder, it can have tragic consequences. Maurice Benchetrit of Immaculate Painting and Decorating, Toronto, carries a can of bee-killing spray on his belt whenever he is working up under the eaves of buildings. He does a lot of painting at Trinity College, University of Toronto, where the Victorian style dormer windows attract bees, well…like honey.
“Every year, I encounter four to five hives” Benchetrit says, “and always make sure I bring a bee-killing spray, because if you are really high up, you have nowhere to go if you are attacked”. He uses a pressurized spray that allows him to direct a “nice, long stream” to pinpoint a nest from 10 to 12 feet away. Particularly nasty are wasps, especially in August, when they “act crazy” says Benchetrit. When he blasts the bothersome bugs with his lethal stream, “they drop like flies” – or in this case, euthanized wasps.
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