Some advice books and columns suggest using hairspray as a superior alternative to bug spray, at least for winged insects. Bug spray, they say, although it is a poison, is rarely a quick-acting one, and may very well annoy the insect that you were trying to kill (or at least avoid).

But why hairspray? Hairspray is a fixative, basically an aerosol glue of sorts, that works really fast. And since copious amounts of hairspray can hold beehive hairdos in place, one can easily see that a judicious amount will hold your chitinous enemy's wings firmly in place, ridding you of this particular nuisance.

This method is apparently favored for use on bees, since they seem to particularly hate bug spray.