Bee Nest

Re: Bee Nest

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed. Sep. 05, 2012 8:03 am

If you are going to do a night OPs--make sure you have a can of spray in each hand. I kicked up a ground nest years ago on a 450 crawler & they swarmed me--there was a pond close by which I submerged myself in & the lil *censored* still kept stinging. Rugged lil shits indeed. ;)
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Re: Bee Nest

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Wed. Sep. 05, 2012 12:34 pm

I hear fire works well. a super soaker full of gasoline with a lighter taped to the nozzle.

Or a few well placed M80's in/on the nest.

But I'd have to agree, wait til winter and then remove it. I've got a yellow jacket nest on the corner of my driveway in the ground where some dirt and bushes were piled up during my septic nightmare. My brother in law discovered it while trying to clear the brush. I went out there with a fogger and a jet spray of hornet/wasp and yellow jacket spray and sprayed as much as I could. I'm going to wait until it's colder out and just dig the nest up and kill it.
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Re: Bee Nest

PostBy: jrn8265 On: Wed. Sep. 05, 2012 12:44 pm

Let em live for another few months as they die off in the fall anyway then throw out the nest....that's what I did last year for the same exact hornet!
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Re: Bee Nest

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Wed. Sep. 05, 2012 4:53 pm

You guys are the biggest bunch of wusses that I've ever seen. Sac up man! Run up to it and kick it like a soccer ball. Then run like hell! Ain't you got any juice!!!!!!! :lol:
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Re: Bee Nest

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed. Sep. 05, 2012 5:02 pm

I know you're kidding, a least I think you're kidding. :) I'll say it again, If that's the same one I got bit by it's not a pleasant experience. Perhaps the best way I could describe it would be if someone took a glowing red ice pick and jammed it into your skin..... and then the son of bitch gets hotter. :lol:
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Re: Bee Nest

PostBy: theo On: Wed. Sep. 05, 2012 5:29 pm

Got Them,, Just like SMITTY said to do. Had a buddy over that night, we were drinking some brew's,,,, well you know what that lead up to :roll: It was one of those " Hold my beer,,, watch this " moments,,,one whole can of spray up the watzoo hole,,,never let loose till the can emptied,,, seemed to have got them all, just wonder how many may have been in that hive,, anyone guess? :drunk:
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Re: Bee Nest

PostBy: 009to090 On: Wed. Sep. 05, 2012 6:22 pm

theo wrote: just wonder how many may have been in that hive,, anyone guess? :drunk:

1,657. Are you going to count them tomorrow?
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Re: Bee Nest

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Wed. Sep. 05, 2012 6:30 pm

I found a moderate sized nest behind the fuel shed which was probably there a long time b4 I noticed it. On a tip from my log cutting neighbor and at about 10PM I went with a large can of triple expanding spray and placed the tube up the little hole and emptied the can. No more problems.
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Re: Bee Nest

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Wed. Sep. 05, 2012 7:50 pm

samhill wrote:As above if you can use another entry way for awhile they will be gone(I believe), I have had quite a few empty nest blown down in the winter & none showed any sign of hornets or wasps so I'm guessing they head out before winter. They do however seem to get more aggressive & easily aggravated toward the end of the season & that may be why you hadn't noticed them until now.

Actually, the cold weather kills them off. They don't cluster up and eat stored food like honey bees do. They are very active this time of year because of several factors. There are hundreds (thousands?) more of them per hive at this time of their life cycle than there was when the hive started to populate in the spring. There's more of them to to forage and therefore you see them more often. They're always aggressive, your chances are better (or worse :shock: ) of meeting up with one near their defensive zone - near their hive.

The hive at this time of the year is preparing for next year only none of them that are flyin now will make it thru the winter. Right, none of them. Deep in the hive are a couple of cells where a pupating queen and a few drones will wait until the spring weather rouses them. The large ones you see in the spring are these fellows. The mated queen starts out on her own. She has to build the start of the hive, lay the eggs, tend, forage and feed the larvae until they pupate and hatch. Now she has a few to help her. As cycle times repeat, the queen can become an egg laying machine with a few hundred (and then a few thousand more ?) to tend the larvae. Compound that cycle out to the end of summer, namely now, and you'll see the big hives and larger numbers of foragers making round trips.

I try to leave them alone if they don't build somewhere that makes it unsafe for people. They eat a tremendous amount of insects. They'll be dying off soon after the first frost. At least the ones that are flying now :) It will start all over again in the spring.
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Re: Bee Nest

PostBy: Dann757 On: Wed. Sep. 05, 2012 10:08 pm

Did what you had to do Theo :!:

I remember my first bee sting, I must have been 5, went up a set of back stairs and put my hand on the top railing. WTF was that I thought :lol:

I got hit by about 2 dozen ground yellow jackets once. I was power washing a doctor's house in Princeton, stepped into a mulch bed and right onto the nest. Wearing shorts :D I can only describe it as a pain orgasm :lol: I had to squat down in the driveway man it hurt but it went away pretty quickly.

I walked into the kitchen this summer and saw a big hornet just sitting on the floor. I made a noise like the Skipper from Gilligan's Island-- DOOP! I vacuumed it up with a dustbuster and let it go. I don't kill em if I don't have to.

Burned out a lot of ground nests in the past, gasoline.

I've heard of people with arthritis getting massive stings, and then their arthritis goes away!

Re: Bee Nest

PostBy: jpete On: Wed. Sep. 05, 2012 10:14 pm

I got swarmed when I was about 18mo old. My mother had me in one arm, a bag of groceries in the other and swung the door open with her elbow...right into the hornets nest over the door.

Glad I wasn't old enough to remember but those damn white face hornets made a nest in my oldest boys swingset/tree house and got him when he was 2 or 3. It was just at dusk and I could see little black dots flying around his head while he stood there and screamed. I had to charge in and drag him out.

I will kill any and all of those SOB's every chance I get.
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Re: Bee Nest

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed. Sep. 05, 2012 10:17 pm

Just get 'em at night, and hit the hole - VERY easy. I'm tellin' ya!
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Re: Bee Nest

PostBy: mooseman100 On: Thu. Sep. 06, 2012 6:34 am

I have had these rascals over the years. I wait til night, then I pour some gasolene in a pie pan, bowl, something with a large opening. Simply set it on the ground under the nest. The fumes will quickly begin to melt the wax and bees will just start dropping. By morning you will have an empty nest. Works for me every time. The bush they are under may make it a bit more difficult to get under.
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Re: Bee Nest

PostBy: freetown fred On: Thu. Sep. 06, 2012 6:57 am

Guys---read the posts---WELL DONE theo :notworthy: :up:
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Re: Bee Nest

PostBy: gaw On: Thu. Sep. 06, 2012 7:30 am

theo wrote:we were drinking some brew's,,,, well you know what that lead up to

Courage in a bottle :?:
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