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Old 09-10-12, 10:28 PM
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I've been ignoring them for the last month as they've buzzed around the shrubs. Well now they've made their way indoors. I vacuumed 60+ dead ones upon getting home from work. They're getting between the siding and block. Haven't seen where they're coming thru on the inside. A hard frost would knock their socks off but I don't see that happening for a good month.

I did a bit of online searching and the point was made that some of the sprays are quite flammable. So spraying them behind siding where it might make contact with electrical junk could be a recipe for disaster.
Got any solutions before I go all chemical on their arses? They've been getting more aggressive lately. My smaller dog occasionally bites one, then pays the price.
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Old 09-10-12, 10:35 PM
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Sevin dust (carbaryl) is pretty toxic to bees. It's not flammable.
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Sevin dust (carbaryl) is pretty toxic to bees. It's not flammable.
How/where would you apply it?
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You can get it in liquid or powder. I would use the liquid in one of those pressurized spray packs. Spray under all the drip edges of the siding and in all the corners of the area where you think they are getting in.
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Thank you sir. I'll try applying it early before they've had their first cup of coffee.
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http://www.walmart.com/search/search...uid+Sevin+Dust
^^^
That stuff,
http://www.walmart.com/ip/D.B.-Smith...rayer/14282636
^^^
dispensed through one of those things.

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Thank you sir. I'll try applying it early before they've had their first cup of coffee.
Anytime.
I can't stand those things.

If you know where they are coming in spray that area a few days. It's toxic but not one of the super toxic posions. 5% is flea powder IIRC.

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Sevin is powder, that sometimes does not mix well with water, even when bought as a flowable powder. Try using warm water and mix it before you put it in your tank sprayer to make sure it is not clumping.
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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
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Old 09-11-12, 05:56 AM
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Pyrethrum... Comes from dried chrysanthemum flowers, so it's relatively safe. Locate their nest and apply at night when they are all in there.
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Explosives. There are very few problems that can't be solved with the properly applied explosive.
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we had a similar problem at our condo home. we called a pest control guy who found the nest/hive. he sprayed it and removed it and warned us about straggler bees who may have been out while was working who would return looking for it. we no longer have a problem. somethings are best dealt with by experts in their field.
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Watch out, yellow jackets get more aggressive as their food supply dwindles.
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Watch out, yellow jackets get more aggressive as their food supply dwindles.
and their sting hurts like hell.
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Explosives. There are very few problems that can't be solved with the properly applied explosive.
I like the way you think. Gasoline and a match knocks down just about any ant hill. The napalm effect is awsome.
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Our bug guy just removed one from our holly bush. He comes every quarter to spray and doesn't charge extra for any other stuff like this.
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You would have a bug guy
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Yesterday, I wondered over to talk to my neighbour and as we were chatting she asked what was that and pointed up into the Japanese cherry. Great big wasp nest right over the sidewalk where the kiddies walk to and fro to school. Went home, got the wasp spray and prepared for attack, spray lasted about ten seconds. Off the the hardware store and re-arm with more. Back at it and next door neighbour came out to investigate, said he had an idea post spray, came back with metal garbage can, two gallon can of gas and bar-b-que lighter Kids walked home safely. Ended up being a nest of bald faced wasps.
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They're eating all my raspberries ..... Any ideas on how to get rid of them there, without poisoning me ?
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Had a nest of Blad faced wasps in a pine tree, about a s big as a soccer ball. 1 stung my dog, and we couldn't walk by the tree with out getting attacked. It took two full can to get them all. They are tough, nasty buggers. The nest was saturated, and falling apart, and they where still crawling around.
Last week I stepped on a yellow jacket nest. They didn't like that very much at all. I got about a dozen stings, my wife about half that. Since they are in the ground, it was harder to kill them. First you have to get close enough to find the entrance hole. Then a can and a half, after the scorched earth didn't work, and that was then end of them. We also have a honey bee nest in a dead tree next to our house. Last year they swarmed, in to the house. There where hundreds of bees in our bed room. Used the shop-vac on those guys. Some of them lived.
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Ok, they're buzzing like mad from floor to ceiling behind some wood framework by the stairs (an outboard wall/corner). They're coming in from between the frame and drywall. I don't see a sprayer with Sevin or somesuch doing a thorough job. Time to call in the pros. Besides, I'm renting this house. It's not on my dime and I won't get a hundred new nipples
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When we lived in Alaska, wasps would be really aggressive after food so eating on the deck could be a continuing battle with the insects. A friend showed me a technique of hanging a food source, in this case a strip of salmon skin with some meat attached, over a bowl of water. The wasps would eat themselves silly then, unable to fly, fall into the water and drown. Add some beer, some betting, some bored guys, and you have entertainment.
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When we lived in Alaska, wasps would be really aggressive after food so eating on the deck could be a continuing battle with the insects. A friend showed me a technique of hanging a food source, in this case a strip of salmon skin with some meat attached, over a bowl of water. The wasps would eat themselves silly then, unable to fly, fall into the water and drown. Add some beer, some betting, some bored guys, and you have entertainment.
So wasps and military aviators have a lot in common it appears.
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Originally Posted by Will G View Post
When we lived in Alaska, wasps would be really aggressive after food so eating on the deck could be a continuing battle with the insects. A friend showed me a technique of hanging a food source, in this case a strip of salmon skin with some meat attached, over a bowl of water. The wasps would eat themselves silly then, unable to fly, fall into the water and drown. Add some beer, some betting, some bored guys, and you have entertainment.
Is 'Alaska' a code word for 'Alabama'?
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