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  • Glass Cleaner vs. Brake Cleaner as pesticide

    Was laying under the volvo in my shop, saw a black widow on the underside of the car. Grabbed a can of brake cleaner (the old kind, from about 10 years ago), blasted her, she dropped to the floor and scurried away, I had to hit her twice more before she stopped. Fortunately I had the tube on the can so distance aiming was easy.

    Then I was in the other garage, saw another one on the wall near the floor, no brake cleaner handy, but there was a can of Turtle Wax aerosol glass cleaner. One quick blast, she was a goner.

    I learned something today.
    squirrel
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    Last edited by squirrel; October 9, 2011, 06:21 PM.
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    does it have something to do with the propellant ?
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    • #3
      I like carb cleaner and a lighter ... kills 'em instantly. Works well on wasps too!
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      • #4
        long way to run to the house to get a lighter. The glass cleaner worked really well. I'm hooked.
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        • #5
          Thanks for the hint Heloise. LOL.I will remember this.Bamfstr never cleans his windows thats why he like brake cleaner.LOL.My mistake he doesnt wax his car.LOL

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          • #6
            I've always preferred carb cleaner. One time I sprayed a black widow with turquoise Krylon because that's all I had handy. I figured if it didn't kill it at least I could spot it easily if it came back.
            Just groovin' to my own tune.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Gary 351C View Post
              I've always preferred carb cleaner. One time I sprayed a black widow with turquoise Krylon because that's all I had handy. I figured if it didn't kill it at least I could spot it easily if it came back.
              LOL!
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              • #8
                window cleaner.. = amonia, it work well

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                • #9
                  that's what I was thinking
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                  • #10
                    my boss could never figure out why we used so much brake cleen during the spring/summer months . we had a huge glass window which covered the front of the shop above our work bench area and we kept getting bee's flying around and a couple of quick tactical strikes with some brake cleen brought those bee's down quickly ...LOL!!
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Gary 351C View Post
                      I've always preferred carb cleaner. One time I sprayed a black widow with turquoise Krylon because that's all I had handy. I figured if it didn't kill it at least I could spot it easily if it came back.

                      MMMM turquoise Krylon!
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                      • #12
                        there are a few downsides to brake clean.... especially if you're leading your target, a bumble bee, over the top of a freshly painted car. mind you, I wasn't doing the leading, I was simply the owner of the aforementioned, freshly painted car

                        as an aside, do you know that you can knock someone out with a hammer at 20' over the top of a (hypothetically speaking) freshly painted car and not damage the paint?
                        Doing it all wrong since 1966

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                        • #13
                          it's all in the arc, right?
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                          • #14
                            This California-imported illegal alien was pretty resillient against my Dutch brakecleaner aswell.
                            Dutch spiders usually turn mushy when blasted a couple of times, but this one was made out of Rambo-DNA I guess. Took quite a bit to get him to stop running off so I could grab something with some more mass.
                            A 2-pound hammer was what it took to make him stop and know he was not welcome in my garage.


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                            Last edited by BigBlockMopar; October 10, 2011, 02:24 PM.
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                            • #15
                              I had a hummingbird in the shop last week. I had never even seen one of the little guys never mind played host to one. He seemed to be attracted to the lights so I turned 'em off and left him overnight. Then I opened one of the big doors in the morning and left him alone so he wouldn't be frightened by the HUGE human (I'm guessing I looked pretty big to him). Anyhow, he did fly out by 1:00 or so when I went out to work on the handrails for the mezz. Never thought of glass cleaner - but I really didn't want him dead, just gone.

                              Dan

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