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post #76 of 114 Old 06-18-2019, 10:10 AM
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Years ago, we had a pear tree that the squirrels loved. They'd climb up before the pears were even ripe, take one bite , throw it down and grab another. What a mess! These OPENED pears ripened on the ground, smelled sweet and wasps came from all over the country to feast on them. When I'd go to pick them up, invariably, there'd be a wasp on the down side I couldn't see! I hate stinging insects!!!
If it flies, and stings, it is NOT my friend, and I will expend a fair amount of effort find where they come from, and wipe them out wholesale.
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Sounds like a good time to make peach moonshine,just before the wasps show up!..


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If it flies, and stings, it is NOT my friend, and I will expend a fair amount of effort find where they come from, and wipe them out wholesale.


Drione or Delta dust is great stuff for killing bees. It does not kill on contact like spray, but you can puff it into cracks and holes where the spray will never reach. I killed
a huge Yellowjacket nest inside the exterior wall with it. The only entrance was a 1/4 hole under a shingle. It takes a few applications to get them for ever.


On another note, look what followed me home this morning. Still need some practice to get the technique down, but it seems really effective in a first trial.


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Drione or Delta dust is great stuff for killing bees. It does not kill on contact like spray, but you can puff it into cracks and holes where the spray will never reach. I killed
a huge Yellowjacket nest inside the exterior wall with it. The only entrance was a 1/4 hole under a shingle. It takes a few applications to get them for ever.


On another note, look what followed me home this morning. Still need some practice to get the technique down, but it seems really effective in a first trial.


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I've also used sevin dust. Reasonably effective, and I have the funky tube to apply it to enclosed spaces. (blows a nice cloud in. )
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Distasteful....Tractor Time with Tim on YouTube has a distasteful yard. It's all under water. I wonder if he knew that when he bought it.


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My top 3 distasteful aspects are:

- Cleaning up after the dogs prior to mowing.
- Cleaning up pine needles and pine cones year round.
- Weedwhacking!

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My top 3 distasteful aspects are:

- Cleaning up after the dogs prior to mowing.
- Cleaning up pine needles and pine cones year round.
- Weedwhacking!
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My dog poops in the bush and I don't have any pine trees but weedwhacking distasteful? Seriously? There is great pleasure whacking weeds.

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All my neighbors have a lawn service and they all have dogs that poop everywhere in their yards. They don't clean it up and just let it lay there. Just think the lawn companies that cut their grass, they get the dog poop on their mowers and carry it from lawn to lawn that they have to cut. They get it in their trailers and on there shoes and in their trucks. They all wonder why we fenced off our yard. Its to keep their pets out of our yard. We are the only ones with no pets.

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also having to push that dumb button to mow in reverse
I disconnected the reverse safety switch in my GT235 and it made my mowing experience considerably faster and more pleasant -- I too hated having to hold my PTO switch with one hand while turning the wheel with the other just to make a 3 point turn. You'll have to consider the safety ramifications for yourself before doing it, but for me and my property it was an easy decision followed by an easy modification.
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I disconnected the reverse safety switch in my GT235 and it made my mowing experience considerably faster and more pleasant -- I too hated having to hold my PTO switch with one hand while turning the wheel with the other just to make a 3 point turn. You'll have to consider the safety ramifications for yourself before doing it, but for me and my property it was an easy decision followed by an easy modification.
Just a note, that we at MTF do not condone idea of disconnecting of any safety switches. It may seem trivial to you, but it could have ramifications if someone else used the machine or even if you sold/traded in and forgot to reattach it...Sometimes safety is a pain in the rear......Just sayin'

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Just a note, that we at MTF do not condone idea of disconnecting of any safety switches. It may seem trivial to you, but it could have ramifications if someone else used the machine or even if you slde/traded in and forgot to reattach it...Sometimes safety is a pain in the rear......Just sayin'
ALSO, if you ever have the need to take your machine in for a repair that you cannot or don't want to do, the shop is mandated to re-install the safety features and CHARGE you for that process!

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ALSO, if you ever have the need to take your machine in for a repair that you cannot or don't want to do, the shop is mandated to re-install the safety features and CHARGE you for that process!

This is wrong

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This is wrong
Downright mean.........but left alone, they're condoning and might even be liable for injuries. This is the country today.....not the one I was brought up in.

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My 20 year old tractor doesn't have those safety features and I'm glad. The next safety feature they will come out with is if your sitting idle and not moving the motor will shut off. Just like your computer. The reason behind this is they think the operator hit something and passed out.

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