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Yellowjackets as entertainment

Discussion in 'Home Improvement & DIY Forum' started by Cyberjag, Sep 12, 2019 at 12:50 PM.

  1. Cyberjag

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    Welp, found a yellowjacket nest in the front under a nandina bush. I hate those fuckers, and didn't want to wait until tonight to kill them. Also, I don't want to kill the bush so my normal method of a little bit of gasoline down the hole is out.

    So, I went to Lowes and bought a bug zapper. Used a nylon tie to press the button, and then with some string and deft maneuvering I dragged it across their entrance. Now I'm working to the sweet music of yellowjackets getting zapped, and there's a rather good sized cloud of them surrounding it.

    I figure a few days of this will cause their queen to depart the hive and get zapped herself, or abandon it.

    I hate those things.

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    Got a pic of that, I'd love to see it.

    I hate those fuckers too. My youngest son is allergic to those things and near bout died from them a few years ago.

    You just never get stung once because they're like a cloud when they attack.
     
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    It didn't attach in the first try, for some reason. This is what is sitting across their entrance right now.

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    Makes a real satisfying ZAP sound when they land on it, too. There must already be close to 100 dead bees on it. Maybe more.
     
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    That's awesome. Thanks for the info! I would love to see it bite those fuckers.
     
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    I haven't heard a zap in a while, but I saw it kill one so it's still working. I think it's cooking their corpses.
     
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    After almost two hours

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    Check and see if they have another escape hole nearby. Also, is that thing zapping the ground it's touching?
     
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    It did initially but I think that it only audibly zaps if it gets a chance to build up a charge and it isn't getting that with all the bodies in there. However, as soon as a bee tries to crawl through it it dies, so it's working. The picture doesn't do it justice, but there are well over a hundred bees in there at this point.

    This is actually exceeding my expectations. I put a big-ass hurting on the colony, but will probably need to change the batteries tomorrow. I need those bastards gone this weekend, because I wanted to get the knotweed and wild strawberries out of there and plant some cushion mums for the fall.
     
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    If you can, get it off and replace the batteries and keep it ready to hit any. Boil a big pail of water and pour it into the hole. Do this a couple of times. Actually, I've taken a mesh football jersey and put it over a cowboy hat and tucked in into my collar, wearing a jump suit over some other clothes thick enough not to get stung through to do this.

    You can get some flying insect/wasp killer that is flower based (pyrethrin) to keep on hand and your plants will be ok.
     

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