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2013-06-22 10:38:52 PM  
phamwaa:
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And just what the hell is that?
It looks to be a rat sized fireant?
But if that were true I'd already be crying on the floor.
 
2013-06-22 10:39:35 PM  

jaytkay: BeerLion: The Tarantula Hawk

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Military-grade flamethrower. Or a small tactical nuke.
 
2013-06-22 10:42:51 PM  

MurphyMurphy: phamwaa:


And just what the hell is that?
It looks to be a rat sized fireant?
But if that were true I'd already be crying on the floor.


Mole cricket?
 
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2013-06-22 10:43:02 PM  

Repo Man: When the regular yellow jackets were getting a drink, these guys would sometimes come cruising over. Carefully choosing a target, they would pounce on a yellow jacket, often resulting in a pretty good fight, which the yellow jacket would lose (these things are about twice the size). I did once see a yellow jacket fight one to a draw by nearly tearing its attacker's leg off, but every other time the yellow jacket would get bitten just behind its head, and get carried away to feed the bald hornet's larvae.


Ever been stung by a bald faced hornet?  They're horribly painful.  I'm a beekeeper and I would take 30 honeybee stings before I'd take a single bald face hornet sting.  Even then I'd probably take more.

Ever watched a European Hornet take on a yellow jacket?  They literally rip them to shreds.  You can hear the body parts being torn away.  I've seen them hanging around apple orchards.  They fly down snatch up a yellow jacket and shred them.

www.whatsthatbug.com
 
2013-06-22 10:43:18 PM  
img.fark.net
RIP Yellow Hat
 
2013-06-22 10:44:47 PM  

spidermilk: (not even by a sweat bee?)


Nope. The only time I've been stung by anything was when I crushed a yellow jacket leaning back against the seat in my dad's truck when I was nine. Stung me right dead center of the back.

/totally forgives the wasp though, I would have too. :(

Good idea on the Benadryl. That might give me an asthma attack, but that's better than not being able to breathe at all.

FrancoFile: off-white as in beige.


Noted.

TY both of you.
 
2013-06-22 10:46:04 PM  
Take off and nuke yellowjackets from orbit.

It's the only way to be sure...
 
2013-06-22 10:47:03 PM  
"Simpkins used a secret approach to take care of the nest.  "

1. Electrical generator
2. Extension chord
3. Industrial grade bug zapper on tripod.

Place zapper as close as you can to nest. When one bug gets zapped it will trigger off  swarming frenzy to avenge their fallen, only to end up adding to the body count.

Next day, come back and cackle like a Kommandant at Dachau.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkjVb9D_PqM
 
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2013-06-22 10:48:34 PM  
www.naturenet.net
 
2013-06-22 10:49:21 PM  

Repo Man: As a junior entomologist, I used to watch out for these:


Bald-faced hornet

When the regular yellow jackets were getting a drink, these guys would sometimes come cruising over. Carefully choosing a target, they would pounce on a yellow jacket, often resulting in a pretty good fight, which the yellow jacket would lose (these things are about twice the size). I did once see a yellow jacket fight one to a draw by nearly tearing its attacker's leg off, but every other time the yellow jacket would get bitten just behind its head, and get carried away to feed the bald hornet's larvae.


I have never met a more aggressive, generally angry species. They are truly horrible.
 
2013-06-22 10:49:47 PM  

NFA: Repo Man: When the regular yellow jackets were getting a drink, these guys would sometimes come cruising over. Carefully choosing a target, they would pounce on a yellow jacket, often resulting in a pretty good fight, which the yellow jacket would lose (these things are about twice the size). I did once see a yellow jacket fight one to a draw by nearly tearing its attacker's leg off, but every other time the yellow jacket would get bitten just behind its head, and get carried away to feed the bald hornet's larvae.

Ever been stung by a bald faced hornet?  They're horribly painful.  I'm a beekeeper and I would take 30 honeybee stings before I'd take a single bald face hornet sting.  Even then I'd probably take more.

Ever watched a European Hornet take on a yellow jacket?  They literally rip them to shreds.  You can hear the body parts being torn away.  I've seen them hanging around apple orchards.  They fly down snatch up a yellow jacket and shred them.

[www.whatsthatbug.com image 703x550]




No, never been stung by a bald hornet. I have been stung by yellow jackets a few times, and that was bad enough. Honey bee stings don't faze me in the slightest. I did get stung by a honey bee on my inner thigh a few years ago. As the sting heals (I think this is a pretty common reaction) it begins to itch. Having to restrain the urge to scratch my inner thigh pretty close to my crotch when in public was a problem. People might get the wrong idea; yes, it was caused by an insect, but not what you're thinking.
 
2013-06-22 10:52:51 PM  

Peki: spidermilk: (not even by a sweat bee?)

Nope. The only time I've been stung by anything was when I crushed a yellow jacket leaning back against the seat in my dad's truck when I was nine. Stung me right dead center of the back.

/totally forgives the wasp though, I would have too. :(

Good idea on the Benadryl. That might give me an asthma attack, but that's better than not being able to breathe at all.


I give my dog Benadryl when he is stung by a wasp and ice the sting for about 15 minutes- swelling goes down fast.  Better than letting him itch at it and look completely pathetic. (he isn't allergic or we'd be at the vet for every sting...)
 
2013-06-22 10:53:24 PM  

Rhino_man: tenpoundsofcheese: Subby, a yellow jacket is a description for a type of bee.
He didn't train bees to attack a yellow jacket.  It seems you meant to say he trained them to attack a yellow jacket NEST.

A yellow jacket is NOT the same as a yellow jacket NEST which is the object that was destroyed.

That would be great, except that he clearly killed all the bees.  At the end of the video, the nest was still in tact, with millions of dead bees around.



Don't mind him.  Being wrong is sort of his "thing".
 
2013-06-22 10:53:51 PM  
I got stung by two bald-faced hornets when I was a child. My friend had enough time to say "don't go over there, there's a hornet's nest" when ZAP! I got drilled twice on the arm. It indeed feels like having a nail-gun drive a flaming spike straight into the bone. In fact it hurts so bad you sort of go beyond screaming and are just mute for about 10 seconds. Oh yeah then the screaming starts.

Bee stings are like being tickled with a feather compared to that shiat. It was 30 years ago and I still live in fear of it occurring ever again. Ugh.
 
2013-06-22 10:57:49 PM  

Z1P2: A yellow jacket is not a type of bee, it is a type of hornet. Yellow jackets kill bees easily. What this guy did was he likely sprayed the yellow jacket nest with a chemical he's using off-label hence the secrecy since when it comes to pesticides the label is the law.


Knowing they are different the headline promised something far more interesting. Like setting the red ants to fight the black ants. Instead he just probably hit them with DDT or something ;) (don't know if DDT kills yellow jackets or not, just for humor sake)
 
2013-06-22 10:58:12 PM  

August11: Repo Man: As a junior entomologist, I used to watch out for these:


Bald-faced hornet

When the regular yellow jackets were getting a drink, these guys would sometimes come cruising over. Carefully choosing a target, they would pounce on a yellow jacket, often resulting in a pretty good fight, which the yellow jacket would lose (these things are about twice the size). I did once see a yellow jacket fight one to a draw by nearly tearing its attacker's leg off, but every other time the yellow jacket would get bitten just behind its head, and get carried away to feed the bald hornet's larvae.

I have never met a more aggressive, generally angry species. They are truly horrible.


I had a bald-faced hornet's nest next to my front door living in a semi-rural area. I had to use the back door but the hornets not only made it so I had the only yard in the area you could have a picnic in without a yellow jacket convention joining, but also did wonderful job repelling Jehovah's Witnesses.
 
2013-06-22 11:01:50 PM  

Z1P2: A yellow jacket is not a type of bee, it is a type of hornet. Yellow jackets kill bees easily. What this guy did was he likely sprayed the yellow jacket nest with a chemical he's using off-label hence the secrecy since when it comes to pesticides the label is the law.


I have used food grade spray silicone to kill hornets. Hit them with a little bit of the mist out of the can and it seems like they drop and are dead before hitting the ground.
 
2013-06-22 11:02:02 PM  

spidermilk: I need someone to pollinate my melons


That's what she said!
 
2013-06-22 11:02:57 PM  
phhh

Come back at night with a 50lb can of liquid CO2 and a four foot pipe to stick it inside.

I once nicked a 70,000 hornet hive of yellow jackets with my standard preventative mix of Bifen XTS.  25% concentrate mixed down to 0.1oz per 5g and applied as a spray.
They pulled 60,000 dead hornets out the next day, I didn't even spray more than a couple feet inside the hive - they spread that stuff around fast.

The story about the target with 88 trees is accurate, it takes soooo little pesticide of the neonic type to kill bees that the yearly preventative dose in the soil killed 30,000 from contact with the pollen.
 
2013-06-22 11:06:44 PM  
I maintain hives by the doors of my house.
Keeps people away.

They know me.
They don't know you.
 
2013-06-22 11:09:20 PM  

hlehmann: When did local TV stations start doing infomercials as part of their newscast?


Decades ago. At least this guy had to hustle a bit to make the entire bit about JOE SHMOE and JOE SHMOE'S PEST CONTROL with its SECRET METHODS KNOWN ONLY TO JOE SHMOE, with the interview portion conducted so that the truck stenciled with the JOE SHMOE PEST CONTROL logo was perfectly in frame.

This was actually at least partially the result of a reporter going somewhere and reporting something, which means it'll probably win a local Emmy. Most of the "news" items on local news programs, including and especially the stuff that sounds like anything you might care about, are  VNRs. You know you've got a real  high quality local news program when they bother to have a member of the actual Channel Five Action News Team Squad Crew dub in the "reporter" narration in their own voice, instead of just playing the tape as it came to them.
 
2013-06-22 11:19:35 PM  

tenpoundsofcheese: Subby, a yellow jacket is a description for a type of bee.
He didn't train bees to attack a yellow jacket.  It seems you meant to say he trained them to attack a yellow jacket NEST.

A yellow jacket is NOT the same as a yellow jacket NEST which is the object that was destroyed.


I have to say, I'm not exactly shocked to find out that you're wrong about more than just politics.

"Yellow jacket is the common name in North America for predatory wasps of the genera Vespula and Dolichovespula."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowjacket
 
2013-06-22 11:29:35 PM  

Z1P2: A yellow jacket is not a type of bee, it is a type of hornet. Yellow jackets kill bees easily. What this guy did was he likely sprayed the yellow jacket nest with a chemical he's using off-label hence the secrecy since when it comes to pesticides the label is the law.


img.fark.net

The best-kept secret method in town.
 
2013-06-22 11:29:57 PM  

Lsherm: Is his trade secret gasoline?  I bet it's gasoline.


If it is, he missed the critical second part of the extermination.

img.fark.net

Though admittedly that nest would be a pretty neat display at his place of business.
 
2013-06-22 11:35:40 PM  

phamwaa: Frantic Freddie: Shiat like that makes me glad to live in the high desert, not many bugs.

Yeah. About that:
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In 18 years of living in this area (most of my life in the southwest) I've never seen a scorpion. Being at 7000 feet might be the reason.

A Child of the Earth, a large bug, but very rarely seen & completely harmless to humans.

Now centipedes.....I've found they disintegrate quite nicely with a CCI shotshell from a 10/22 at close range.
 
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2013-06-22 11:40:48 PM  

Repo Man: Honey bee stings don't faze me in the slightest.


From my experience, sting pain is related to bee race.  Italian bees seem to be the most mild.  Carniolans and Russians seem to be the worst, although not that bad.  I've been stung by Italians and wasn't sure I was stung.  If you're stung by a Carniolan there is no doubt you've been stung.  Carniolans can also be very nasty at times.  Occasionally, when the hive produces a new queen the hive can be come very aggressive.  I had one hive that was so bad I was afraid to go near it with a full body bee suit.  They stung the crap out of me.  Especially around the angles.  They would detect the CO2 from my breath and just blast at my face.
 
2013-06-22 11:46:31 PM  

MurphyMurphy: phamwaa:
[25.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]

And just what the hell is that?
It looks to be a rat sized fireant?
But if that were true I'd already be crying on the floor.


Jerusalem cricket, sometimes called a potato bug.

(Neither a cricket nor a bug.)

Nasty looking but non-venomous. Native to Southwest US.
 
2013-06-22 11:46:35 PM  
img.fark.net

/because the article mentioned bees that nobody knew were there, get it?
 
2013-06-22 11:47:45 PM  

Repo Man: NFA: Repo Man: When the regular yellow jackets were getting a drink, these guys would sometimes come cruising over. Carefully choosing a target, they would pounce on a yellow jacket, often resulting in a pretty good fight, which the yellow jacket would lose (these things are about twice the size). I did once see a yellow jacket fight one to a draw by nearly tearing its attacker's leg off, but every other time the yellow jacket would get bitten just behind its head, and get carried away to feed the bald hornet's larvae.

Ever been stung by a bald faced hornet?  They're horribly painful.  I'm a beekeeper and I would take 30 honeybee stings before I'd take a single bald face hornet sting.  Even then I'd probably take more.

Ever watched a European Hornet take on a yellow jacket?  They literally rip them to shreds.  You can hear the body parts being torn away.  I've seen them hanging around apple orchards.  They fly down snatch up a yellow jacket and shred them.

[www.whatsthatbug.com image 703x550]

No, never been stung by a bald hornet. I have been stung by yellow jackets a few times, and that was bad enough. Honey bee stings don't faze me in the slightest. I did get stung by a honey bee on my inner thigh a few years ago. As the sting heals (I think this is a pretty common reaction) it begins to itch. Having to restrain the urge to scratch my inner thigh pretty close to my crotch when in public was a problem. People might get the wrong idea; yes, it was caused by an insect, but not what you're thinking.


A few years back we had a big old nest of bald faced hornets up in a tree right next to our driveway.  We ignored them, they ignored us, and by winter they were dead.  I'll bet if I had poked the nest with a broom handle it would have been a different story, but I didn't.  As long as the nest isn't in a bad location I say live and let live.
 
2013-06-22 11:47:51 PM  

NFA: Repo Man: Honey bee stings don't faze me in the slightest.

From my experience, sting pain is related to bee race.  Italian bees seem to be the most mild.  Carniolans and Russians seem to be the worst, although not that bad.  I've been stung by Italians and wasn't sure I was stung.  If you're stung by a Carniolan there is no doubt you've been stung.  Carniolans can also be very nasty at times.  Occasionally, when the hive produces a new queen the hive can be come very aggressive.  I had one hive that was so bad I was afraid to go near it with a full body bee suit.  They stung the crap out of me.  Especially around the angles.  They would detect the CO2 from my breath and just blast at my face.


You need a new hobby.
 
2013-06-22 11:56:39 PM  

Macinfarker: [userserve-ak.last.fm image 500x401]

Oh noes.


And their hit song, "I Wanna Be Millions Of Somebodies".
 
2013-06-22 11:57:24 PM  
jeez, why did I read this thread before going to bed.

/the nightmares, the horror
 
2013-06-23 12:00:12 AM  

TV's Vinnie: "Simpkins used a secret approach to take care of the nest.  "

1. Electrical generator
2. Extension chord
3. Industrial grade bug zapper on tripod.

Place zapper as close as you can to nest. When one bug gets zapped it will trigger off  swarming frenzy to avenge their fallen, only to end up adding to the body count.

Next day, come back and cackle like a Kommandant at Dachau.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkjVb9D_PqM


Do you also rub your hands together and hunch your shoulders under your opera cape?
 
2013-06-23 12:06:13 AM  

MrHappyRotter: Yellow Jackets are naturally, aggressively attracted to me.

When I was a kid, I was outside playing while my dad was mowing the lawn.  He hit a nest of yellow jackets.  Not a single one stung him, but many, many of them flew to the other side of the yard, where I was, and stung me.  I can be sitting in a bench, minding my own business, and BAM!  One of those bastards will land on me and sting me.  I can be out in the woods, hiking down a trail with 8 other people, no bugs in sight, and BAM! one of those bastards will chase me (and only me).  One time, I was in a friend's sunroom, reached into my pocket for my keys and phone and BAM! a farking Yellow Jacket had climbed down into my pocket and stung me.

So, I got a lot of satisfaction out of seeing a pile of those farkers laying dead on the ground in that video.


I got swarmed as a kid. Stung over 50 times. Wasn't allergic, thank goodness. I was like 4 or 5, so I only remember the swarming part, and the neighbor lady who rescued me and threw me in a shower to get them off me. They were even under my clothing.

Shocking I don't have a farking phobia of them after that.

/got swarmed because she was farking with their shiatty ground nest
/some bigger kids told her to
/learned not to listen to the mob
 
2013-06-23 12:27:44 AM  
10% Sevin dust kills em right smart
 
2013-06-23 12:30:31 AM  
Mind you, moose bites can be pretty nasty...

Shovel, lighter fluid, video cam
 
2013-06-23 12:31:46 AM  

Repo Man: It's likely that people seeing European hornets (which are up to two inches in length) are mistaking them for the Asian giant hornet.


Nope, I had an asian giant hornet land on my hand, doesn't look much like the european hornet and it's MUCH bigger. We were going to a haunted house and everyone started making fun of me for freaking out over a bug before we even got started but then when they saw the giant thing on the ground the teasing stopped. I have no idea where it came from in NE Ohio, perhaps it came in on the materials they used for the haunted house?
 
2013-06-23 12:47:36 AM  

Frantic Freddie: Shiat like that makes me glad to live in the high desert, not many bugs.


I really enjoyed bug-free life in LA.

I grew up in the Midwest with mosquitoes and worms and flies and whatnot. I spent some time in New Orleans with cockroaches and mosquitoes and hand-sized spiders.

In Los Angeles? No bugs!

Back in the Midwest now. Looking forward to a trip to the Michigan UP for black fly season.
 
2013-06-23 12:55:02 AM  
www.amagpiesnest.com
 
2013-06-23 12:58:09 AM  

jaytkay: WippitGuud: Came here for Nic Cage, leaving...

Gawd that was possibly the worst movie I have ever seen.


I was pretty happy that I didn't recognize it.

=]
 
2013-06-23 01:17:48 AM  

Soulcatcher: jaytkay: WippitGuud: Came here for Nic Cage, leaving...

Gawd that was possibly the worst movie I have ever seen.

I was pretty happy that I didn't recognize it.

=]


The Wicker Man.

You're welcome.
 
2013-06-23 01:24:07 AM  

Rhino_man: The Wicker Man.

You're welcome.


Rifftrax addendum
 
2013-06-23 01:30:56 AM  

buzzcut73: Z1P2: A yellow jacket is not a type of bee, it is a type of hornet. Yellow jackets kill bees easily. What this guy did was he likely sprayed the yellow jacket nest with a chemical he's using off-label hence the secrecy since when it comes to pesticides the label is the law.

This was my hunch as well. He wants publicity for his business, but doesn't want trouble with the feds.

/Holds Category 2,6,7d and 10 Restricted Use Pesticide Applicator cards
//About to expire, probably won't renew as they haven't been used in a few years
///Don't fark with the label restrictions, they'll fry your ass


hellogiggles.com

/ hot
 
2013-06-23 01:33:02 AM  
Another Dumb Redneck at Work - Hoooray!
 
2013-06-23 01:45:10 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2013-06-23 02:49:19 AM  

jaytkay: Frantic Freddie: Shiat like that makes me glad to live in the high desert, not many bugs.

I really enjoyed bug-free life in LA.

I grew up in the Midwest with mosquitoes and worms and flies and whatnot. I spent some time in New Orleans with cockroaches and mosquitoes and hand-sized spiders.

In Los Angeles? No bugs!

Back in the Midwest now. Looking forward to a trip to the Michigan UP for black fly season.


cockroaches don't count?
 
2013-06-23 03:07:21 AM  

sirbissel: tenpoundsofcheese: Subby, a yellow jacket is a description for a type of bee.
He didn't train bees to attack a yellow jacket.  It seems you meant to say he trained them to attack a yellow jacket NEST.

A yellow jacket is NOT the same as a yellow jacket NEST which is the object that was destroyed.

Pretty sure they're wasps.  Bastard wasps.


Winner.

Mean little farkers can. will, and do sting repeatedly. And their stings hurt worse than bee stings (subjectively speaking).
 
2013-06-23 03:14:40 AM  

MrHappyRotter: Yellow Jackets are naturally, aggressively attracted to me.

When I was a kid, I was outside playing while my dad was mowing the lawn.  He hit a nest of yellow jackets.  Not a single one stung him, but many, many of them flew to the other side of the yard, where I was, and stung me.  I can be sitting in a bench, minding my own business, and BAM!  One of those bastards will land on me and sting me.  I can be out in the woods, hiking down a trail with 8 other people, no bugs in sight, and BAM! one of those bastards will chase me (and only me).  One time, I was in a friend's sunroom, reached into my pocket for my keys and phone and BAM! a farking Yellow Jacket had climbed down into my pocket and stung me.

So, I got a lot of satisfaction out of seeing a pile of those farkers laying dead on the ground in that video.


Same. Interestingly, I have stood barefoot on a fire ant hill (accidentally, of course) and looked down after being yelled at to move--quickly--to see the fire ants running away as fast as their little legs would carry them. My niece, who also acts as a yellowjacket attractor, has had the same experience with fire ants. Not especially willing to test the theory, but I do sometimes wonder if something in the chemical makeup that draws the stingy things to us repels the bitey ones?
 
2013-06-23 03:45:57 AM  

jaytkay: I really enjoyed bug-free life in LA.

I grew up in the Midwest with mosquitoes and worms and flies and whatnot. I spent some time in New Orleans with cockroaches and mosquitoes and hand-sized spiders.

In Los Angeles? No bugs!


In the city maybe but I use to get black widow spiders in my garage all the time in Agoura. In general I'm not worried by spiders but there is something hardwired in my brain that makes the sight of a black widow make me jump.
 
2013-06-23 06:30:29 AM  

Repo Man: Oldiron_79: Repo Man: Japanese honey bees have evolved a fascinating defense against Asian giant wasps. I'm very glad that we do not have these in the US. In another documentary I watched about them, the entomologist said that he was stung by one when he was a boy. He said it felt like a white hot nail being driven into his leg.

Actually I have seen the giant asian hornets in US.

I hope you are mistaken, because they would be a nasty exotic species to have here in the US. But if true, it would be an old story too often repeated.


Definitely have them in Florida. I find them all the time. Hard to miss a 2-3 inch long hornet drowned in your pool.
 
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