jeudi, février 04, 2010

chemical warfare

Today, the first step in the fixing Mrs. Kennedy's Room project was done. It was not an easy one: "First thing to do is to kill the furniture beetles that eat your house" said the worker and so he came with a big bottle of poison and treated all the wooden beams and timbers as well as the stairs,  both in my future room as in mom's room. This is why my mom has traveled to Basel this early: Nobody can live in that room for at least 3 days.
What concerned me, is that the worker didn't use any protection, such as special suits or at least some sort of breathing mask. I heard him coughing upstairs as if he was suffocating. "I am used to that"' he said. Well, being used to it doesn't mean it's harmless. :-/

Soon, the house began to stink as hell. The  Vapors crawled down the staircase and penetrated the kitchen. When the work was done, I closed the door of the staircase, leaving this hell of stink and poison do its lethal job on the little bastards that dwell in the timbers. I will not open it before a couple of days.

6 commentaires:

Weidenfrau a dit…

au weh..dann hoffe ich mal das ihr die nächsten Tage gesund übersteht. Das klingt wirklich schrecklich..
LG
Weidenfrau

Feronia a dit…

Hope the smell clears soon and that the poison gets rid of the bugs. I found a wasps' nest close to our house yesterday. I felt bad spraying it and seeing them all die but sometimes it has to be done :(

Diana Kennedy a dit…

@Weidenfrau Es ist absolut eklig, musste aber halt sein. naja, heute stinkt es schon weniger.

@Feronia Eew, wasps nest - we had one IN our house, years ago. We had to call the firefighters to kill them. Good luck with your nest. Hope they allow you to do away with it - some wasps are protected.

Geier a dit…

Damit sind Holzwürmer gemeint, oder? Viel Glück, die sind nämlich großflächig garnicht zu bekämpfen. Selbst das üble Gift wirkt nur eingeschränkt (nach deutschen Vorschriften dürfte da erstmal niemand im Haus sein). Am besten funktioniert Hitze, geht aber nur bei Kleinteilen wie Möbeln, ich hab mich vor kurzem mal kundig gemacht.

Diana Kennedy a dit…

Yep, Holzwürmer. Ja, ob die Viecher wirklich alle tot sind, wage ich auch zu bezweifeln und dass unser Arbeiter das Ding mit Sicherheit jenseits aller Sicherhetsvorschriften durchgezogen hat steht, auch fest. Mal sehen...

Feronia a dit…

I think European wasps are pretty much regarded as a menace here in Australia, so I think we're ok to kill them. Which is good - because the spray didn't work and they've come back! :(