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Re: Yellow jackets... HELP
« Reply #60 on: July 29, 2017, 09:49:07 pm »
Add KY bumblebees to Kbeitz's PA and pineywoods' LA bees -- they will get you if you mess with them. They're not stupid like the European hornets that moved in here a couple of decades ago. You can take multiple swings at those things with whatever makeshift bat you can grab. Try that with a bumblebee and they'll track the swing of the bat and go after *you*.

I had a head-on collision with one while running into an open equipment shed to get out of a sudden thunderstorm. In the time it took for it to bounce off my forehead, it stung me right between the eyes. Got a baking soda and water paste on it quickly, so it didn't hurt bad, but it still swelled up and made me look goofy for a while. They will blame you for accidents.

Bumblebees here don't always nest in the ground. Anyone who has ever housed tobacco can tell you they will happily make a nest in a stack of lumber or whatever else has been left undisturbed since the previous season. Having to vacate the top tier pole through a nearly full tobacco barn with angry bees after you will test your agility and ability to roll with a high jump.

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Re: Yellow jackets... HELP
« Reply #61 on: July 29, 2017, 09:49:41 pm »
IMHO, bees of any kind can prove that an old phart can still run!   ;D

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« Reply #62 on: July 29, 2017, 11:56:21 pm »
And yes, they can outrun a john deere tractor.
They can catch up to a Ford tractor, too.   :D :D
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« Reply #63 on: July 30, 2017, 09:26:11 am »
IMHO, bees of any kind can prove that an old phart can still run!   ;D

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Re: Yellow jackets... HELP
« Reply #64 on: July 30, 2017, 09:34:34 am »
Yellow jackets don't always nest in the ground, either. I have a cedar tree whose small numerous branches grow vertically trapping the foliage as it falls. Over the years it has accumulated so much it has started to decay fooling the yellow jackets into thinking that it is dirt so they built a nest in it one year. I saw them flying in and out 3' above ground. I would post a pic of the tree but the little boogers have selected other dwellings since.
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Re: Yellow jackets... HELP
« Reply #65 on: July 30, 2017, 10:04:18 am »
Them bumble bee's will in fact chase you down,, relentless they are,  got hit by one a few years ago just after my first back surgery,  while adjusting the pressure switch on my well, that rascal flat out ran me to the house, but not before he nailed me on the back of the neck, and they hurt,,
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« Reply #66 on: July 30, 2017, 12:07:07 pm »
There's a summer pear tree growing beside the road leading to my house. Early every fall, the yellow jackets get drunk on the rotting fruit. You can walk amongst 'em on the road and they don't even notice. Makes their flight path a bit unpredictable, though. Just dodge and give them time to straighten out.

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« Reply #67 on: July 30, 2017, 12:09:54 pm »
When working in the Christmas trees and the bees would chase us we would run real
fast in a strati line and grab a Christmas tree and male a sharp turn. The bees would attack
the shaking tree and loose track of the running person. It really worked well.
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« Reply #68 on: July 31, 2017, 02:59:19 pm »
My cousin had a interesting solution. He would put shop vac hose next to main entrace to nest, about 45 min or so and all the jackets are in the vac canister to be drowned if a wet/dry model, or just corked up to die in a day or two.
Seemed to work. Nest can be dug up once the live jackets are gone.
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Yup.  I've done this.  Had some nesting inside the brick wall with an entrance right at a window.  Apparently the vibration just drives them nuts and then the shop vac sucks em up.    Just make sure you aren't exposed when you turn it on.    I ended up with some of them dive bombing the window if they managed to sneak out past the suction of the hose.  It took a couple attempts to get the majority of them, but it sure worked.

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« Reply #69 on: July 31, 2017, 06:02:30 pm »
For the ones that are in the ground I locate the hole with a marker and come back after dark. I use a mixture of one gallon water and a small amount of liguid sevin. I'll pour the mixture in the hole and they will be done by morning. Works great and cheap.

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« Reply #70 on: July 31, 2017, 06:31:54 pm »
I sawed a log the other day that had a hollow spot with a bumble bee nest inside. When the slab fell off it looked like a black cloud. It was early AM and cool so Im guessing thats why i didnt notice any flying around beforehand. I didnt stick around to see if they stung. My dad doused them with canned bee spray kicked the log off the carriage and put it in the weed inventory pile.
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« Reply #71 on: July 31, 2017, 06:34:44 pm »
I can still recall my Dad saying that back when everyone used a team to do the farm work, plowing, raking, hauling, etc, that if there was a bee problem they would take a small 6-foot sapling, cut most of the limbs off of it and leave the top bushy  and attach it on the rear of the farming implement!

The bees would come up out of the ground and they would be all over the top of the sapling!

Probably would make for an exciting ride to be on an old dump rake when the bees are after the team!   :o
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« Reply #72 on: July 31, 2017, 09:08:10 pm »
Years ago I took an old pump up gas torch and sat it in front of a yellow jacket nest hole 
I think every bee lost it's wings but was alive cawing around on the ground.
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« Reply #73 on: July 31, 2017, 11:52:23 pm »
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« Reply #74 on: August 01, 2017, 10:51:22 am »
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I'd just as soon hire this guy to stomp 'em out; he needs long sleeves & a helmet, though, or he'll wind up like this guy
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« Reply #75 on: August 07, 2017, 10:41:56 am »
I am still having bad dreams from this.



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