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2012-06-29 01:22:08 PM  

20/20: My friend mom has a huge infestation of box elder bugs. What the best way to get rid of them?


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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-06-29 01:30:27 PM  
I love my paper wasps, but yellow jackets must die.

Ironically, paper wasps and yellowjackets are closely related.
 
2012-06-29 01:32:47 PM  
Back yard bugs thread? I took most of these in my back yard:

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That butterfly bit me in the face.
 
2012-06-29 01:40:12 PM  
'~Bad bug bad bug, whatcha gonna do? ~~Whatcha gonna do when daddy squishes you?'
 
2012-06-29 01:47:27 PM  
I have more than my fair share of black widow spiders around my place, if any of you are short changed on bugs with a bite, feel free to come over and take as many as you want.
 
2012-06-29 01:50:19 PM  

Mandapants: Austria, being at the bottom of the world, has a 90% bad terrifying bug-10% good bug distribution.


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2012-06-29 02:18:56 PM  
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Bugs are bad, mmmmmmkaaaaaaaa.
 
2012-06-29 02:21:57 PM  

ZAZ: I wouldn't have called yellowjackets bad. They are predators of caterpillars. We could use a few more bugs eating invasive moths.


Yeah, but they're also aggressive, territorial and numerous since they live in large hives. And those hives are hidden underground, so you might not even realize you've disturbed them until there are 50 after you.

I'm all for live and let live (little organic herb patch and garden in the yard, don't spay any pesticides or fertilizer on the lawn) but I go after them because they're too dangerous, especially with young kids around. Had infestations two years running, two nests one year and three nests the next before I went after them.

Sprays were useless and I tried Ortho Sevin powder but that just killed a bunch around the entrance without eliminating the nest. So I soaked the Sevin into the ground nests at night with the garden hose. That wiped them out. Then dug up the watermelon-sized nests and contaminated soil, bagged, and threw away.
 
2012-06-29 02:22:11 PM  
This is why I refuse to let hubby use a general pesticide like Backyard Bug Begone or some such crap. The first and last time I ever let him convince me to use that stuff, the silence that feel on our yard was deafening. It was like the birds knew we were committing mass murder.

Never again.
 
2012-06-29 02:30:35 PM  
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Some yellow jackets are definitely dangerous and can even carry diseases
 
2012-06-29 02:32:39 PM  
Bug thread! (Nice pics, Eeek!)

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For those interested in and doing insect macrophotography (and really, who isn't?), check out The Backyard Arthropod Project. Bug geek porn, yet SFW.
 
2012-06-29 02:47:39 PM  
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Fark those farking farkers. I found a nest of yellow jackets last weekend when I was mowing. Apparently they don't like mowers. (Then why the fark are you living under where I mow??). I got off extremely light, as I only got zapped once on the ankle. But that shiat was swollen for 4 farking days. And one of those bastards got me in the top of the ear once. That farking hurt.

I unleashed a jihadist's wrath of holy chemical warfare on those assholes, in the form of 3/4th of a can of raid down their hole. And I grabbed a chair and sat and watched as their bodies spasmed and stuggled to fly, not knowing why their little bodies wouldn't respond, only knowing fear and agony. The next day I found a group of dead yellowjackets (presumably women and children) who had tried retreating to the safety of the read of their burrow, but after finding only death and despair, had, with their last remaining strength, clawed their way to the exit, only to die just within sight of a beautiful field of clover.

Then I poured gasoline down the hole and set it on fire, so the conflagration would char the bodies long past the recognition of any surviving loved ones.
 
2012-06-29 02:49:29 PM  
Your yard comes with yellow jackets.
-thats bad.
The yellow jackets come with unlimited free stings
-thats good!
The stinger poison contains sodium benzoate.
-thats bad.
 
2012-06-29 03:20:10 PM  
I farking hate yellow jackets with the fire of a thousand suns, but I've been stung by worse.

www.duke.edu

Cow Ant. Stung on the back of the leg while fishing. I always assumed they were harmless because as a kid I'd play with them and never got bit once. They're impossible to squash with your foot without employing the "stomp and twist" method...else they'll just spring back up off the ground and scurry off. The sting was worse than a hornet, swear to jeebus. Leg was swollen for days and I couldn't sit in a chair without being constantly reminded of it. But it paled in comparison to being hit by one of these...

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These, ladies and gentlemen, are called Tarantula Hawks. And they're called that for a reason, they're goddamned tarantula assassins. They literally swoop down out of the sky like an Apache helicopter on a strafe run, touch down right next to the big spider, and do battle with it on the ground like a couple of arthropod gladiators, and let me tell you I've never seen the wasp lose. They paralyze the tarantula, drag it back to its den, then lay its egg on the helpless victim which basically serves as a buffet for the larva when it hatches. As a dude with a mild allergic reaction to insect bites and stings this is the single most painful sting I have ever encountered from an animal, and it put my ass right in the emergency room suffering from anaphylactic shock. Like heating a 2" paddle drill to a white hot temperature and grinding it into my back while using boiling sulfuric acid as cutting fluid. Seriously, this buzzing bastard almost killed me and I can't possibly imagine anything more painful from a damned bug.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-06-29 03:46:08 PM  
Cow Ant

Aka Cow Killer.
 
2012-06-29 03:59:51 PM  

MythDragon: [www.mnn.com image 530x300]

Fark those farking farkers. I found a nest of yellow jackets last weekend when I was mowing. Apparently they don't like mowers. (Then why the fark are you living under where I mow??). I got off extremely light, as I only got zapped once on the ankle. But that shiat was swollen for 4 farking days. And one of those bastards got me in the top of the ear once. That farking hurt.

I unleashed a jihadist's wrath of holy chemical warfare on those assholes, in the form of 3/4th of a can of raid down their hole. And I grabbed a chair and sat and watched as their bodies spasmed and stuggled to fly, not knowing why their little bodies wouldn't respond, only knowing fear and agony. The next day I found a group of dead yellowjackets (presumably women and children) who had tried retreating to the safety of the read of their burrow, but after finding only death and despair, had, with their last remaining strength, clawed their way to the exit, only to die just within sight of a beautiful field of clover.

Then I poured gasoline down the hole and set it on fire, so the conflagration would char the bodies long past the recognition of any surviving loved ones.


You are my hero!!! They must be made an example to the rest of the insect world!!
 
2012-06-29 04:31:09 PM  

ZAZ: I wouldn't have called yellowjackets bad. They are predators of caterpillars. We could use a few more bugs eating invasive moths.


Yeah...they call it a bad bug simply because it has a bad sting...

Really? Okay, cats claws hurt, too, let's make sure to put them down immediately when found in gardens.

Dog bites hurt, too, and you could lose a finger or so. Yeah, let's get rid of them, too.

Oh, and this one time a guy hit me and made my nose bleed so let's get humans, too.

How about "leave it the fark alone" and it suddenly becomes a good bug?
 
2012-06-29 06:03:48 PM  

Walker: I have an easier system:

Does it bite, sting, or suck blood from humans? It's a bad bug.
Does it leave humans alone? It's a good bug.


Better still: If it has 20% more legs than a housecat, it's a bad bug.
 
2012-06-29 06:18:27 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Walker: I have an easier system:

Does it bite, sting, or suck blood from humans? It's a bad bug.
Does it leave humans alone? It's a good bug.

Better still: If it has 20% more legs than a housecat, it's a bad bug.


I have never seen a bug with 4.8 legs!
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-06-29 06:21:10 PM  
Oh, and this one time a guy hit me and made my nose bleed so let's get humans, too.

In college in the 1980s we had a game called hack or rogue on the unix systems. You wandered dungeous slaying things and collecting loot. It used ASCII characters to draw the map. Dashes and bars were walls, humans were @, dots were floors with nothing on them, monsters were other symbols (different code for each kind), etc. There were stores. The contents were worth stealing but shopkeepers were especially tough foes. I acquired a potion of slaying that would commit genocide (kill all of one type of monster). I had the bright idea to kill all the shopkeepers. Shopkeepers were human. When prompted to specify what monster type to kill I typed '@'. The game promptly reported I was dead, killed by a potion of slaying.
 
2012-06-29 06:36:04 PM  

AJace: I farking hate yellow jackets with the fire of a thousand suns, but I've been stung by worse.



Cow Ant. Stung on the back of the leg while fishing. I always assumed they were harmless because as a kid I'd play with them and never got bit once. They're impossible to squash with your foot without employing the "stomp and twist" method...else they'll just spring back up off the ground and scurry off. The sting was worse than a hornet, swear to jeebus. Leg was swollen for days and I couldn't sit in a chair without being constantly reminded of it. But it paled in comparison to being hit by one of these...



These, ladies and gentlemen, are called Tarantula Hawks. And they're called that for a reason, they're goddamned tarantula assassins. They literally swoop down out of the sky like an Apache helicopter on a strafe run, touch down right next to the big spider, and do battle with it on the ground like a couple of arthropod gladiators, and let me tell you I've never seen the wasp lose. They paralyze the tarantula, drag it back to its den, then lay its egg on the helpless victim which basically serves as a buffet for the larva when it hatches. As a dude with a mild allergic reaction to insect bites and stings this is the single most painful sting I have ever encountered from an animal, and it put my ass right in the emergency room suffering from anaphylactic shock. Like heating a 2" paddle drill to a white hot temperature and grinding it into my back while using boiling sulfuric acid as cutting fluid. Seriously, this buzzing bastard almost killed me and I can't possibly imagine anything more painful from a damned bug.


Those are always quite peaceful ime.
 
2012-06-29 06:51:07 PM  
Yellow jackets must die. If they'd stick to eating bugs and leaving people the fark alone, they'd be awesome. But, those evil bastards simply cannot resist the temptation to chase, sting and bite anything that moves. And for that, I hope the one day go extinct at the hands of man.

Wheel bugs / assassin bugs, same deal. They may not be hyper aggressive flying farks, but they are hyper aggressive none the less. They also have a very painful bite. I'd rather be stung by 20 yellow jackets than be bitten by an assassin bug. And the worst part is, they have a nasty habit of falling (perhaps jumping?) out of tress, landing on me, then plunging their sucking mouth parts deep into my veins.
 
2012-06-29 07:37:39 PM  

MythDragon: [www.mnn.com image 530x300]

Fark those farking farkers. I found a nest of yellow jackets last weekend when I was mowing. Apparently they don't like mowers. (Then why the fark are you living under where I mow??). I got off extremely light, as I only got zapped once on the ankle. But that shiat was swollen for 4 farking days. And one of those bastards got me in the top of the ear once. That farking hurt.

I unleashed a jihadist's wrath of holy chemical warfare on those assholes, in the form of 3/4th of a can of raid down their hole. And I grabbed a chair and sat and watched as their bodies spasmed and stuggled to fly, not knowing why their little bodies wouldn't respond, only knowing fear and agony. The next day I found a group of dead yellowjackets (presumably women and children) who had tried retreating to the safety of the read of their burrow, but after finding only death and despair, had, with their last remaining strength, clawed their way to the exit, only to die just within sight of a beautiful field of clover.

Then I poured gasoline down the hole and set it on fire, so the conflagration would char the bodies long past the recognition of any surviving loved ones.


That was beautiful. Peotry even! Really, brought a tear to my eye.

/newsletter subscription requested
 
2012-06-29 07:38:27 PM  
Although I have been stung a few times, I am pretty much live and let live with yellow jackets, at least until late September when they get nuts.

My Rottweiler, however hates them. She was stung as a puppy, and will bark and growl at their nests, and even dig them up. They will sting her, but unless they really mount an attack, she will go after the nest.
 
2012-06-29 07:53:36 PM  

ZAZ:

In college in the 1980s we had a game called hack or rogue on the unix systems. You wandered dungeous slaying things and collecting loot. It used ASCII characters to draw the map. Dashes and bars were walls, humans were @, dots were floors with nothing on them, monsters were other symbols (different code for each kind), etc. There were stores. The contents were worth stealing but shopkeepers were especially tough foes. I acquired a potion of slaying that would commit genocide (kill all of one type of monster). I had the bright idea to kill all the shopkeepers. Shopkeepers were human. When prompted to specify what monster type to kill I typed '@'. The game promptly reported I was dead, killed by a potion of slaying.


I love rogue-type games! I'm currently playing (badly) a tiled version called Nethack. Liked Zork, too.

/hate water nymphs
 
2012-06-29 08:11:28 PM  
Teach people to tell yellowjackets from paper wasps on sight, and you will have worked magic.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-06-29 08:24:48 PM  
Teach people to tell yellowjackets from paper wasps on sight, and you will have worked magic.

The only common native paper wasp in New England is normally black and dark red. The Europan paper wasp has yellow bars and stripes and could easily be mistaken for a yellowjacket. It's a semi-invasive species so feel free to swat.

There are other native paper wasps besides Polistes fuscatus. They must be rare. I have never seen one.

Another tip for paper wasps and yellowjackets: if the tips of the antennae are curved into a hook, it's a male and will not sting you.
 
2012-06-29 09:45:05 PM  
This is a nasty bug:
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Scarlet lily beetle

As larvae, they use their own frass (excrement) to make a protective shield,
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2012-06-29 10:58:37 PM  
like many american families ours had too many kids and not enough of everything else. the 'rents wouldn't dream of summer camp during school vacation, much less springing for a gottdamm pass to the local swimming hole.
so i made do finding ways to pass the time.

one summer of my youth was dedicated to eradicating the insect population of the back yard. i started with the long grass strip alongside the driveway. day after day i used a light duty ball & peen hammer and a fly swatter. i went at it all day every day. it was a massacre of unparalleled proportions.

on the very last day of summer vacation dad took me and my sister to JC Penney's to replace the broken black & white TV set that helped inspire my insect madness. new portable TV set on the last day of vacation. what a prick my dad was.
 
2012-06-29 11:53:43 PM  
Good. Bad. I'm the guy with the gun.

I recently found several gallons of concentrated diazanon (~25%) under my parents house. It's been banned for about a decade now so it must be good shiat. I am fully planning on spraying it on every lawn and garden surface which does not contain edible fruits or vegetables.

And I'm not going to feel the least bit bad about it.
 
2012-06-30 03:08:26 AM  
"~Here's how to identify the other 10%"


By the NSA lot number?
 
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