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Old 07-20-2009, 01:27 AM   #1
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So I'm mowing the lawn today... dooh-do-do, la-la-la... AHH!, HOLY SH**!, AHH!!!!

Mowed right over a fresh new yellow jacket nest!

Arms flailing, legs akimbo, I run and dance screaming like a little girl into the house, only to realize they are still on me, stinging my arms, legs and chest (under my shirt!). When the dance is over, there are 5 dead bees on my kitchen floor, 6 stings on my body, and one pissed off mother-****er (me).

On top of this, the push-mower, which has an automatic handle-release shut-off that I conveniently disabled with a piece of string, is still running out in the yard 6 inches from the nest in the ground. So after the adrenaline slows down, I grab a 10-foot wooden pole, fasten a hook on the end, and gingerly step towards the lawn mower to hook the string and yank it to pull it off the mower handle, thereby shutting it off.

So the front lawn is half mowed at this point. Can't leave it like that. So, I send my 6-month pregnant wife out for some wasp spray, spray the sh** out of the hole in the ground while the bees are hovering around it, shove a wooden stake into the hole, don some long pants and a hooded sweatshirt (it's 85F outside) and finish mowing the lawn without getting stung again. My neighbor, unknowing as to what was going on, later told me he thought I stopped homebrewing and started growing something.

I've stepped in yellow jacket nests in my youth and saw a kid at summer camp go into shock and nearly die from being stung 40 or so times, so I hope to think I sensed the situation I was in before it got that far for me today. My homebrew this evening is quite soothing to the stinging lumps on my body!
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:35 AM   #2
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Damn I hate those mother****ing bees. Similar thing happened to me last fall. Just pushing the mower like I do every week... and suddenly wasps just start flying out of the ground by what seemed to be the thousands. You never realize how fast you can run until you encounter a wasp nest!

A gallon of gas and one match later and I never saw another wasp again.

 
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:38 AM   #3
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:38 AM   #4
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A gallon of gas and one match later and I never saw another wasp again.
We used to have to do that with red ant hills at my parents house. Except, we used diesel or kerosene.
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Old 07-20-2009, 02:27 AM   #5
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They are tough bastards too. I have a nest in the base of my bay window and gained entry where some caulk pulled away. I sprayed about 3 cans of kill'em into the hole over the course of a few days and I still see them going in and out. Napalm next.
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:40 PM   #6
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Did the same thing - had NO idea they nested in the ground. Came up behind me after I passed over their hole and nailed me.

I waited until dark, put a kitchen sieve over the hole and poured in some ammonia. Killed 'em all, and a little grass too.

 
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:53 PM   #7
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I was digging up a tree root three or four years ago. I got stung in the arm by a ground hornet. It killed a vein in my arm which hardened. I still have it. It's like I have a pencil buried just under my skin. Bastards!!!

 
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They are tough bastards too. I have a nest in the base of my bay window and gained entry where some caulk pulled away. I sprayed about 3 cans of kill'em into the hole over the course of a few days and I still see them going in and out. Napalm next.
There's a powder I've used (Drione dust). Squirt a bunch into the hole and watch them drop out dying over the next three or four days...

 
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For outside, these work great, (got mine from Lowe's). I've used them for a couple of years, and they fill up with the buggars.

 
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Old 07-20-2009, 02:06 PM   #10
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When we had a pear tree next to the house we had yellow jackets pretty bad. One time I counted the number I sucked into the vacuum and quit counting at 250. I woke up feelign a crawling across my wrist one night and got stung as I tried to shake him off. After that, it was all-out WAR!

They never really went away until that tree came down. now I never see any.
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