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#1 backwoods OFFLINE  

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 05:31 PM

while weeding and filling the trailer with weeds i found a ground bee hole and they were fine till i hosed down the whole and i got stung twice. how do i get rid of them without getting stung more?

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 05:33 PM

Yellow jackets?

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 05:38 PM

yea or wasp the neighbor poured gas in the hole and lit it up but theres still a lot around

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 05:41 PM

Wasps drop dead quick from gasoline, but not sure about Yellow Jackets. Bumble Bees nest in the ground too, but they are resistant to gas and can be soaked & still fly & get ya!

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 05:43 PM

Here's some info: http://wiki.answers...._of_ground_bees

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 05:44 PM

there not bumbles there mean little buggers

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 05:55 PM

Had the same problem for about 3 years late summer, early fall.
We used the spray bombs made for these stinging bees, and they just came back the following year (or just stayed the winter). I poured gasoline down the hole, and slowed them down. Finally the last straw was to pour gasoline down the hole and "light it up!" I finally burned them out.
Be careful if you go the gasoline/fire route.
Disclaimer: I am a trained professional, and I know what I was doing! ( Volunteer firefighter for 31 years)

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 06:06 PM

Last time I mowed over at my neighbors I got stung. I mowed around a log/bench in the yard and rubbed it with the tire, a bunch flew out and I got stung twice. I went and finished another section then came back. Later that night I just sprayed it with killer. A few days later I went back and if you touched them they would move a little bit, but none flew out when I kicked the log. Or, you could just stick a cork in the hole...

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 06:10 PM

Just run the push mower over the hole. The bees will come out to see what all the noise/vibration is and the blade will get them. :laughingteeth:

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 06:13 PM

We have had a lot of hornets this year. Had a nest of them in under the siding of the house. I sprayed it several times and they were still hanging around. There was a small hole they were getting in through. I sprayed it one last time then sealed the hole and haven't had any more problems. I think this year is bad because of the dry hot weather. We picked up some of those fake nests that you hang out and that's supposed to work well according to what we are hearing. It moves them on to someone else's yard.

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 06:23 PM

There are almost always 2 entrances/exits from those nests. You want to determine where they all are.

Then take a quart coffee cans about half full of gas & turn it upside down, one over each hole. Give it a day & check on them. The fumes will eventually get them...

Daniel,
RE: bumble bees:
they're not immune to gas, only ethanol. :rofl2:

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 08:36 PM

i poured 20 gallons of water between 2 holes

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 08:40 PM

we have yellow jackets here that build nest in the ground around old tree stumps. They are about size of honey bee but ten times more sting power. I wait until dark and use the foaming wasp spray. Sometimes may take three sprayings to kill all those bad boys.

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 08:42 PM

I found 3 nests while mowing the grass last Saturday. I haven't decided how I'm going to deal with them yet though. One of them is in the roots around a tree, one is very near to my garden, and the third is near the kids' jungle gym.

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 08:43 PM

...... i found a ground bee hole and they were fine till i hosed down the whole and i got stung twice.


It seems like you were doing okay until you started teasing them with the hose. :poke:
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