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Old 05-24-2009, 09:24 PM   post #16 of 30
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im dealing with those carpenter bees right now , they think they own my greenhouse.
I am kicking butt with the carpenter Bees !!! I found the best weapon is my "Chris Evert" yard sale bought tennis racket !!

I have fun taking them out ... I bet I have gotten well over 100 this season so far ... If you wait till they get close to each other .. u can even get 2 at a time, I have noticed a HUGE decline in those pesky pests.

I bet they would FEAR a Billy Gene King model !!!
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Old 05-24-2009, 10:26 PM   post #17 of 30
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Try Windex or any window cleaner. Kills em almost instantly. I learned that at work when they where flying around the office.
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Old 05-24-2009, 11:20 PM   post #18 of 30
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danbike, here's a related thread you may not have seen: Yellow Jacket War is On
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Old 05-24-2009, 11:25 PM   post #19 of 30
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I use carb cleaner or brake cleaner on the bald faced wasps and yellow jackets we get here,nothing else kills them quicker,you can nail one coming at you in mid air and it'll drop before it gets to you--I've been stung too many times after using "wasp killer" spray,that fails to kill them fast,they live up to 5 minutes after being sprayed often..only bummer is carb and brake claner is pricey(not much worse than "wasp spray" though)--and it can RUIN many things it gets on,like painted surfaces,plastic eyeglass lenses (DOAH!) and other things made of fiberglass or plastic too,like plexiglass windows!.

If ammonia and water works,I have gallons of Ammonia lurking about,also a w gallons of vinegar!..that'll make em sick at least!..I like the "Napalm" method with a lighter and a spray can,but its too easy to start wildfires ot burn the shed down killing them that way--more FUN though!..once their wings melt,its easy to squash them with your boots..I hate finding a nest when I'm on a ladder,especially when both hands are busy holding onto the ladder or a paint brush,etc..I also hated finding a nest in a junk car I was stripping at the junkyard,after squeezing into it,when cars were parked to close against the one I was taking parts from,it sucks when you cant make a hastyretreat,you always get stung!..
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Old 05-25-2009, 11:59 PM   post #20 of 30
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I wait until dark set up a big flash light there is usually a couple on patrol outside the nest ,Then I blast the nest with wasp spray I use the whole can. Then after the next couple days pass I knock down the nest.
Last year I was putting a lattice top on my fense they got me pretty good
I did not see the little buggers but they were watching . Carb cleaner or brake clcan works also
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Old 05-26-2009, 01:04 AM   post #21 of 30
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A few years ago,I noticed a football sized nest of wasps under a bay window in our parlor outside,and Iwaited till it got dark out,and it was a chilly night,it dropped into the 50's..I searched all over the house for something to spray them with,but were fresh out of wasp spray,and I had no carb or brake cleaner..

But I DID have a brand new can of that "Great Stuff" expanding foam!..so I used that,I shoved the nozzle into the nests hole,and let her rip!..the nest started vibrating like 1000 wasps were trying to fly away at once,then about 10 seconds later--silence!...the next morning I went out to look,the nest was about twice as big as it was before,and hard as a brick!..I scraped it off with a putty knife in one peice,and placed it in my metal wheelbarrow,and just to be safe,I doused it with some gas and tossed a match at it!..took 1/2 an hour for it to burn completely..

About 2 weeks later ,I saw another nest identical to that one they built,wrapped around two 150W floodlights ,way up on the eaves of the house!..so some escaped I guess,or their relatives moved in after the funeral!..I was able to soak that nest by hanging out of a bedroom window at 1 am the following night..couldn't reach it good enough to remove it all,some is still there ,and that was 5+ years ago!..that paper mache' must be pretty rugged stuff!..
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Old 05-26-2009, 07:07 AM   post #22 of 30
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A few years ago,I noticed a football sized nest of wasps under a bay window in our parlor outside,and Iwaited till it got dark out,and it was a chilly night,it dropped into the 50's..I searched all over the house for something to spray them with,but were fresh out of wasp spray,and I had no carb or brake cleaner..

But I DID have a brand new can of that "Great Stuff" expanding foam!..so I used that,I shoved the nozzle into the nests hole,and let her rip!..the nest started vibrating like 1000 wasps were trying to fly away at once,then about 10 seconds later--silence!...the next morning I went out to look,the nest was about twice as big as it was before,and hard as a brick!..I scraped it off with a putty knife in one peice,and placed it in my metal wheelbarrow,and just to be safe,I doused it with some gas and tossed a match at it!..took 1/2 an hour for it to burn completely..

About 2 weeks later ,I saw another nest identical to that one they built,wrapped around two 150W floodlights ,way up on the eaves of the house!..so some escaped I guess,or their relatives moved in after the funeral!..I was able to soak that nest by hanging out of a bedroom window at 1 am the following night..couldn't reach it good enough to remove it all,some is still there ,and that was 5+ years ago!..that paper mache' must be pretty rugged stuff!..
That would be a hornet's nest...
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Old 05-26-2009, 12:22 PM   post #23 of 30
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OK,they were yellow jackets!..Wasps,Bees,Hornets--if they STING,I lump them all together!..they all must DIE if they insist on building nests in places they shouldn't be,and stinging me!..

I devolped a real hatred for them when I worked at the junkyard,I should have got hazard pay for dealing with them!..

You haven't felt "fear" until you find youself in the back seat of a 40's automobile,trying to cut out the back window rubber to get the glass out for a customer,when you suddenly realize the entire underside of the front seat is nothing but a 2x6' hornets nest,and you have NO fast easy exit to GET OUT!..I got stung about 25 times that day!..and the guy had a long wait to get his back window..I bet there was 2000 hornets under that seat..

I had to toss about 3 gallons of old stale gas on the seat from 30 feet away,to get them to leave,and it took 2 days before they all finally moved to another nearby vehicle!..we couldn't walk near it for months after that,or they would fly right into your face and bounce off you,then attack!..many customers got stung too,it was entirely at their own risk,if they wanted to go look for or pull their own parts..we warned them to bring carb cleaner!..and if they were allergic,"no admittance"!..made the ones who wanted to roam the yard sign a waiver of responsibilty,so the owner wasn't liable if they got hurt or stung,etc..

We didn't like the hot summer weather,it meant hornets and baking in the hot sun,since junkyards dont have many shade trees usually!..pulling windshields sucked,100+ degrees inside a musty mildewed old car,that usually smelled like barf or a cespool!..you'd come out soaking wet and dehydrated,and stung, often..doing it in the middle of winter wasn't much better either!..
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Old 05-26-2009, 12:35 PM   post #24 of 30
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Soap and water mix works perfectly!! Do it all the time with no fear.
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Old 05-26-2009, 07:20 PM   post #25 of 30
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Havent any of yall ever heard of Dave?

I like his method. lol

http://www.youtube.com/watchv=ko8VWx...eature=related

Hes also the guy who made the redneck roller coaster.

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Old 05-26-2009, 07:32 PM   post #26 of 30
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Now for those of you ultra-safety sticker minded... "Please don't bee alarmed ladies and gentlemen! Certainly Dave has previously filled those truck fuel tanks up to the cap with soapy water and orange juice before applying the happy little flames to the filler necks! Eveyone just be calm but keep your children back behind the blast shields and see that they are wearing the shade 5 glasses provided by the management."

You know, I think I used to work with Dave's uncle!
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I am kicking butt with the carpenter Bees !!! I found the best weapon is my "Chris Evert" yard sale bought tennis racket !!

I have fun taking them out ... I bet I have gotten well over 100 this season so far ... If you wait till they get close to each other .. u can even get 2 at a time, I have noticed a HUGE decline in those pesky pests.

I bet they would FEAR a Billy Gene King model !!!
Ha! My wife is addicted to taking out the carpenter bees that are eating on my pole barn. Almost every evening she hangs out there with a brrom and fly swatter. I would say that she has killed a few hundred between last summer and this one. Hopefully they will get the hint to relocate. lol
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Old 06-30-2009, 03:31 PM   post #28 of 30
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I am kicking butt with the carpenter Bees !!! I found the best weapon is my "Chris Evert" yard sale bought tennis racket !!

I have fun taking them out ... I bet I have gotten well over 100 this season so far ... If you wait till they get close to each other .. u can even get 2 at a time, I have noticed a HUGE decline in those pesky pests.

I bet they would FEAR a Billy Gene King model !!!
You beat me to it! I totally agree with the use of a tennis racquet or even cheaper a badmitton racquet. When the swarm comes for you then quick action is what counts. Just start swinging the racquet back and forth over and around your head as you haul butt outta the danger zone.
We used to play "badmitton & bumblebees" as a kid. Get close to the nest and then throw a rock and get ready to rumble! You can hit just as many or more on the back swing as well. When that bores you then slim down to a yard stick!

PS. We didn't play that game very much. Only a couple times.
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Old 06-30-2009, 06:58 PM   post #29 of 30
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Well so much for the mystery of the disappearing bees then... Guess it's not "microwave emmisions" but more "macro waving" of tennis racquets.
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I just evicted a family of hornets from an overhead light fixture. Used some of the foamiing wasp and Hornet killer and it worked well. Got rid of the nest today. The rule here is if you arent a relative and you arent paying me then you must go. Too bad these things dont understand that rule.
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