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    Default Yellow Jackets

    Well, it finally happened to me. I mowed over a yellow jacket nest this morning. They were on me in no time. I was cutting around some roots at the base of a tree & did not have a lot of operating room. I knew immediately what happened, not that that means I was thinking clearly. I was running a pretty high rpm, & of course I stomped the peddle to get away, trying to steer with one hand & knock them off with the other. Almost ran into my barn. I was waving & swatting without much success. I managed to knock off my hat & my Worktunes & I spilled my mug of coffee. Luckily, I was only about 150 feet of the pasture gate to the yard, so I did not have far to go. When I got to the gate, I found that, yes, I was wearing the seatbelt. Almost never got it off, as they are still knawing at me. Altogether hey got me about 10-12 times, including on my bald head. Itís strange, - - I see all these red whelps all over, but only 4 or 5 of them bother me, & they really hurt. Those feel like Iíve been hit with something hard, like Iíd been on the losing end of a rock fight. The worst was the sting on my lip- - my whole lower lip & jowl puffed up, although they are almost back to normal now.
    While the stings are still bothering me quite a bit, the by product of all this was I somehow hurt my back swatting at the nasty critters, or maybe it happened when I tried to dismount. Whatever, Iím out of action for the next few days. Got a lot more mowing to do too. Guess it can wait.

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    Default Re: Yellow Jackets

    tdog: it's now NIGHT TIME and time to get even!!!!

    I just finished FRYING two hornets nests, one IN my barn, and one in my WOOD PILE> these were small satilite nests built on the ground one in the barn was under an pile of OLD drywall, and the wood pile ones were under an old morter pan. I took my 20 lb propane tank and brush burner, works the best, had my brother and his son helping me, move drywall was scarry part as these are drops form a building job. scrap siizes, had to move them by hand, and the buzzing was getting louder and louder! lol worst thing was verry little light in there! lol. playing in the dark with bzzing hornets don't make a lot of since, I was spraying with wasp spray, (made them madded is all.) didn't want to use the propane in the barn too much flammables next to wood wall.

    anyhow the propane worked really well in the wood pile/morter pan one only 1 tried to excape! was a little fire ball in about 1/100 of a second! [img]/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] [img]/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

    Mark

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    Default Re: Yellow Jackets

    You hit it on the head, Spiker. I went out to take care of business right after posting. For yellow jackets all you need to do is find the opening to their hole & pour some gas in there. The fumes do the rest. You do not need to light it, although I was tempted. Just like with wasps, you should wait till it is dark & they are all at home.

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    Default Re: Yellow Jackets

    I use sevin dust . Put some in a can and sprinkle around and in the entrance hole. They walk through it , carry it into the nest . In a day or 2 they are all gone. I even used this in the soffits of the house. Made a little "gun" out of 3/4" pvc and an old sand blast gun . Pour power in the end like a muzzle loader and hook to the portable air tank. Poof..... No chemicals running down the side of the house . Rinses off when it rains . Bees all gone.

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    Default Re: Yellow Jackets

    Tdog if you want to use something a bit safer than propane or gasoline use a dry chemical called Apicide. It comes in a small plastic squeeze bottle. You just shake it up to aerate the powder invert the bottle and stick the tip of it in the hole after dark and squeeeeeze. The powder saturates the whole underground nest and they are kaput!

    This stuff is available at most hardware stores and also takes care of Bees, wasps, hornets, carpenter bees, as well as yellow jackets. I like it because its safe (non-flammable) won't explode or burn your home down and it doesn't stain if it hits the house.

    I leave the gasoline in my push-mower. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Yellow Jackets

    For whatever reason, the hornets have been terrible this year. I've gotten into two nests so far, and have the welts to show for it. Most of the wasp sprays don't work very well at all - but the Ortho foaming stuff seems to really do a good job. You can spray a mound of foam over the nest hole in the ground, and they're gone the next day. My neighbor pours gas down the nests, but that only works if you can see the hole. Most of mine are under about a foot of brush, and the foaming stuff works great in that case. The spray also lets you hit them from about twenty feet away.

    Since you have some stings that are really painful and some that are not, you probably got a few stings where the stinger stayed in you for a while. They keep pumping venom until you get the stinger out, and with more than ten stings at one time, it's likely that a few of them got a good piece of you.

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    Tdog
    Benadryl spray works great on them (the welts ) not the bees!
    Ernie

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    Default Re: Yellow Jackets

    Congratulations. I ran over one just last week while mowing. It's been about my 5th one now in 3 years. I am always aware that such an event can take place. I looked behind and saw the flurry of yellow jackets buzzing around my head. My first instinct is to take my hat off and flail it behind my head, the other was to stop (remove left foot from hydro pedal) and jump off running. The whole tractor shuts down when the seat is empty and PTO engaged. I found the hole they were flying out of, got my fire extinguisher that is filled with liquid sevin in it (I fill it my self and pressurize it myself) In 5 seconds or so from 25', out comes about 2.5 gallons into their hole. It's one thing I don't mess with anymore, I get them in the middle of the day or any other time. This was the first time I did not get bit or stung. I have two traps up, one has been emptied already. We usually don't see them this active until about August. They are mean little bastards.

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    Default Re: Yellow Jackets

    When I was 12, I was standing in the woods with a bunch of teens with my hand over my heart swearing a powerful oath never to reveal the location of their top-secret fort and illegal stash of Playboy magazines [img]/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]. When the ceremony was over I took a step and released a horde of evil demons (yellow jackets) who chased us for @ 1/8 mile and gave us each at least 20 stings for being so dumb. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]
    Baking soda, wetted to make a paste, glopped onto a sting and left to dry, will extract some of the venom and relieve much of the pain. Mud made with spit works in a pinch. In either case it should be applied asap.


    Charley

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    Default Re: Yellow Jackets

    I got nailed just above the right eyebrow this weekend! [img]/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
    Why do they go for the face anyway? [img]/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

    I couldn't find the baking soda and the meat tenderizer was all gone, so I did a quick web search and found that aluminum-based antiperspirant will help neutralize the venom as well. I just felt kinda dumb rubbing deoderant over my eye, but it helped. Also loaded up on some motrin and benadryl and then sought my revenge! [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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