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RE: Yellowjackets

There had been a yellow jacket nest under the doghouse while I was growing
up.  I believe Dad drenched them thoroughly then set about squashing (with
very heavy soled shoes) those that tried to walk over and sting him.  (They
can't fly when their wings are wet.)  When he was done, I had the best "show
and tell" project to take to school...the actual nest with eggs and larvae.

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of james singer
Sent: Monday, June 28, 2004 5:35 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Yellowjackets

When we lived in a highrise, we had a blueberry in a big pot on the 
balcony. Yellow jackets build a nest in the pot--and stung both of us 
for no apparent reason. I fixed the situation with a drench of diazanon 
[sp?] in the middle of the night when they were all in the nest.

Down here where we regularly poison our ground for fire ants and 
termites, we don't have a problem with them.

On Sunday, June 27, 2004, at 11:15 PM, cathy carpenter wrote:

> Actually of all of the Hymenoptera, yellow jackets are the most 
> aggressive. They nest in the ground, and even the vibration produced 
> by foot traffic going by the nest can prompt an attack. I have never 
> had a problem with any other bees or wasps, frequently working right 
> next to them as they go about their business and I mine...but yellow 
> jackets are a different story.
> Cathy
> On Sunday, June 27, 2004, at 09:07 PM, Donna wrote:
>> Why are they stinging you? Are you attacking their nest?
>> Most times, if you leave them alone, they leave you alone. I have tons
>> of bees, wasps and hornets that live here and only get stung when I
>> actually grab one of them... Ouch!
>> Donna
>>> Has anyone found a way to discourage yellow jackets. I needed to mow
>> the
>>> back area of my property this afternoon and got stung again. This 
>>> will
>>> be the third nest I will have to kill this summer on an acre and 3/4.
>> I
>>> put up the traps and seemed to have gotten some pretty large ones so
>>> thought I caught several queens. Right now the traps are not
>> collecting
>>> much although they have fairly new attractants.
>>> Do any of you know if the bee equipment might be strong enough to use
>> to
>>> protect me? I don't know if their stingers are longer, etc.
>>> Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN
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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
Zone 10
27.0 N, 82.4 W

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