Man Sets His House On Fire Trying To Get Rid Of Wasps' Nest
Summer brings with it a whole host of joys. The weather is nice, you get to go on holiday to nice places, and there is a free pass to eat ice cream.
However, it's not all fun and games. It also brings with it some problems. I'm talking, of course, about wasps.
They get into your beer, they fly around your head for hours, and - if you're really unlucky - they might even sting you.
However, they are a necessary evil. If left ignored, they will usually go away. But what if they are in your house?
Well, I'll tell you what you shouldn't do, you shouldn't burn your house down trying to get rid of them.
Yes, one guy tried to smoke out a wasps' nest that was attached to his house and ended up starting a fire that nearly cost him his house.
Last Saturday, a man in Lancashire realised that a nest of wasps had decided that the perfect place for them to hang out - quite literally - would be just inside his porch. That's got to be a bit annoying, as you'd have to presume that is the main entrance to his house.
Not to be outdone by a load of winged invertebrates, he decided upon a course of action that he thought would get rid of the nest. Seriously, it's possible to overthink things sometimes.
He lit a citronella stick - you know, the ones that are supposed to be insect repellent - and stuck it into the wall near the nest in the hope that it would smoke them out.
Genius, you might think. You'd be wrong.
As the flames licked up from the hole in the wall and spread to under his roof cavity and into the ceiling joists of his house, he probably started to realise that he'd made a huge mistake.
Eventually, at about 7.50pm, the fire brigade was called out and found a man who was - you'd have to imagine - feeling more than a bit sheepish.
Thankfully, these fire fighters were as good at getting rid of wasp's nests as they are at putting out fires.
Darwen Fire Station Watch Manager Tony Keane explained: "After trying several different sprays and shop bought remedies his latest attempt to remove the wasps was by inserting a citronella stick into the cavity to smoke them out.
"It quickly spread up the cavity under the flat roof and into the ceiling joist area.
"A brick from the outside had to be removed and a section of plasterboard before the extent of the wasp nest was known - the entire nest was removed by crews.
"The owner said he was happy to be rid of the wasp nest, but he was also feeling a little embarrassed by the whole episode."
The moral of the story is, if you have a wasps' nest in your house, just call out a professional. Don't stick a lit flame in your wall and hope that it will sort out the problem.
FYI, fire fighters are not the kind of professionals that I'm talking about.
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