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2013-06-22 08:44:35 PM
This is how they handle Yellow Jackets in Georgia:

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2013-06-22 08:46:26 PM
Murderer.
 
msP
2013-06-22 08:46:29 PM
HAH. i see what you did there.
 
2013-06-22 08:47:58 PM
Wipe them out....all of them.

/yellowjackets are pure evil
 
2013-06-22 08:48:05 PM
ALERT: Five fun things to do this summer.

Also: Article was a farticle.
 
2013-06-22 08:48:27 PM
Bees???
 
2013-06-22 08:49:03 PM

suckerpunch: This is how they handle Yellow Jackets in Georgia:

[img.fark.net image 850x566]


Ugh...only if it weren't true.
 
2013-06-22 08:50:15 PM
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.
 
2013-06-22 08:52:23 PM

what_now: Bees???


My god.
 
2013-06-22 08:52:25 PM
The greentooths around here call them "meat bees".
 
2013-06-22 08:52:42 PM
"We cant tell you where it is or how he killed the nest." Ok...
 
2013-06-22 08:53:05 PM
Did he turn on a cell phone next to the nest?
 
2013-06-22 08:55:06 PM
Man. I'm disappointed. I wanted a story of a guy who trained millions of bees to kill the wasps. Instead we got an article confusing wasps and bees that's anti climatic. "He killed them. We can't tell you how nor where."
 
2013-06-22 08:56:01 PM
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.
 
2013-06-22 08:58:22 PM

ramblinwreck: suckerpunch: This is how they handle Yellow Jackets in Georgia:

[img.fark.net image 850x566]

Ugh...only if it weren't true.



The nice thing about moving to Georgia, I don't piss anyone off over the local sports rivalries.  I can just sit back, chill, and hope an asteroid hits Clemson.
 
2013-06-22 08:58:43 PM
It's easy to have millions of trained bees.  The hard part is training the dogs to shoot the bees out of their mouths.
 
2013-06-22 08:58:44 PM
I remember finding a yellow jacket's nest that was a hole in the ground in a vacant lot when I was a kid. People used to dump junk in this lot, so there was an old roll of carpet nearby. probably between one and two feet in diameter. Just to mess with them, I drug it over the entrance to the nest and left it there. A few days later I had a look, and they had eaten a hole straight through the roll of carpet.
 
2013-06-22 08:59:04 PM

what_now: Bees???


Beads!
 
2013-06-22 08:59:15 PM
img.fark.net

YOU WERE SAYING?????
 
2013-06-22 08:59:19 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.


Pretty sure they're wasps.  Bastard wasps.
 
2013-06-22 08:59:23 PM
Jonathan Simpkins is an insect, according to the article's first sentence.  That's how he was able to train them.
 
2013-06-22 09:01:02 PM
Don't touch your lips to it!

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2013-06-22 09:02:15 PM
userserve-ak.last.fm

Oh noes.
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2013-06-22 09:02:57 PM
I spent 2 minutes watching the video, hoping to hear how he destroyed the nest with bees.

Then I realized how dumb I was.

Then I realized how much I wanna kick the headline writer in the face.
 
2013-06-22 09:03:03 PM
This explains why I've never heard of such a large nest here (from Wikipedia): Yellow jacket nests usually last for only one season, dying off in winter. The nest is started by a single queen, called the "foundress". Typically, a nest can reach the size of a basketball by the end of a season. In parts of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, and southwestern coastal areas of the United States, the winters are mild enough to allow nest overwintering. Nests that survive multiple seasons become massive and often possess multiple egg-laying queens.[3][4]
 
2013-06-22 09:04:21 PM

Walker: Wipe them out....all of them.

/yellowjackets are pure evil


Yellow jackets and red wasps are at the top of the list for "terminate with extreme prejudice". Even things like black widows get relocated if I can do it safely.
 
2013-06-22 09:05:52 PM

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

Oh noes.


Blackie Lawless was not available for comment.
 
2013-06-22 09:06:24 PM
 
2013-06-22 09:08:43 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.


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
 
2013-06-22 09:09:11 PM
img.fark.net
 
2013-06-22 09:09:11 PM
TFA: "Insect Jonathan Simpkins is from Tampa..."

Somebody has been reading Franz Kafka.
 
2013-06-22 09:12:53 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com

/oblig
 
2013-06-22 09:13:12 PM

DarthBart: Even things like black widows get relocated if I can do it safely.


Glass and a piece of paper.  Although I usually kill black widows, because I'm just not crazy about having them around, spiders in general are cool with me.

Wasps as a whole can go to hell in a hurry, though, and yeah, I'm happy to send them on their way.

(Not wasps as in much of my extended family.)
 
2013-06-22 09:13:20 PM

Z1P2: 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.


Either that, or he probably doesn't want his customers to know he just used dish soap.
 
2013-06-22 09:13:37 PM

Ecliptic: what_now: Bees???

Beads!


Ol' Bear! He likes the honey!
 
2013-06-22 09:15:10 PM
As a junior entomologist, I used to watch out for these:
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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.
 
2013-06-22 09:17:31 PM
Bees are cool.

Wasps can (and should) all die.

I do, in fact, see what you did there, subby.
 
2013-06-22 09:17:58 PM
RIP Yellow Jackets

www.collegefashion.net
 
2013-06-22 09:18:12 PM

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


Naked Lunch?
 
2013-06-22 09:19:48 PM
27.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-06-22 09:20:49 PM
Carpenter Bees did some major damage to our rental house this year. We got up, shot them with bee spray, I laddered up to the second story where they were and patched in poisons, filled in with putty, everything. Nothing. It took a pro to come out and nuke them. In just a few days time, it looked like WWIII on this one particular piece of front trim on the house they went after.
 
2013-06-22 09:21:14 PM
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.
 
2013-06-22 09:22:05 PM

ROFLSAUCE: "We cant tell you where it is or how he killed the nest." Ok...


OK, wait, did he kill the bees or did he kill the nest?

(Also, wasp nests totally creep me out)
 
2013-06-22 09:22:37 PM
Giant Asian Hornets are teh hotness.
 
2013-06-22 09:25:15 PM

Flying Code Monkey: Bees are cool.

Wasps can (and should) all die.

I do, in fact, see what you did there, subby.


cool fact:  Wasps are related to ants.
 
2013-06-22 09:25:36 PM

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.
 
2013-06-22 09:25:43 PM
Tis the season for beefighting. Yellowjackets aren't quite as scary as carpenter bees in my area. Those fuzzy bastards can kiss my ass. I'm sure he dumped some chemical on the yellowjackets- not creative, but effective.
 
2013-06-22 09:29:01 PM

Acharne: Man. I'm disappointed. I wanted a story of a guy who trained millions of bees to kill the wasps. Instead we got an article confusing wasps and bees that's anti climatic. "He killed them. We can't tell you how nor where."


I was hoping for the same thing and although thats not what happened, there are videos on youtube of people who do kill bees with bees. Ive seen a video where this guy releases like 30 killer bees on a hive of thousands of yellow jackets and the 100 bees completely dominates the hive, just cutting the smaller bees in half. In fact... heres the video....  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ1eAM8CChc">https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=EZ1eAM8CChc
 
2013-06-22 09:31:23 PM

DarthBart: Walker: Wipe them out....all of them.

/yellowjackets are pure evil

Yellow jackets and red wasps are at the top of the list for "terminate with extreme prejudice". Even things like black widows get relocated if I can do it safely.


The Western Yellow Jacket, common here, is quite docile. I've accidentally sat for an hour on a stump with a nest in it and was never stung. I wondered why there were so many crawling on me (a couple at a time), but as I said they are very calm. I have a nest in my vegetable garden, they are a pollinator.
 
2013-06-22 09:36:16 PM

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.
 
2013-06-22 09:36:35 PM

Repo Man: Japanese honey bees have evolved a fascinating defense against Asian giant wasps. I


That is intense!

Flying Code Monkey: Bees are cool.


A honey co-op has a table at my local farmer's market. Random bees (not a swarm) fly around the table and walk on the products. I said, "Wow, you bring your own bees!"

"Nope. They find us here. They just like to hang out with the honey."

/ CSB
 
2013-06-22 09:37:07 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.


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.
 
2013-06-22 09:38:36 PM

forbes01: Acharne: Man. I'm disappointed. I wanted a story of a guy who trained millions of bees to kill the wasps. Instead we got an article confusing wasps and bees that's anti climatic. "He killed them. We can't tell you how nor where."

I was hoping for the same thing and although thats not what happened, there are videos on youtube of people who do kill bees with bees. Ive seen a video where this guy releases like 30 killer bees on a hive of thousands of yellow jackets and the 100 bees completely dominates the hive, just cutting the smaller bees in half. In fact... heres the video....  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ1eAM8CChc">https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=EZ1eAM8CChc


Those are Asian giant wasps killing honey bees, not bees killing bees. And people had nothing to do with it, other than recording the attack.
 
2013-06-22 09:38:56 PM
oh look a pineapple

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2013-06-22 09:39:34 PM
Good.  Bees rule. Yellow jackets suck. So do hornets and wasps.  F*ck the lot of 'em.
 
2013-06-22 09:41:01 PM

forbes01: Acharne: Man. I'm disappointed. I wanted a story of a guy who trained millions of bees to kill the wasps. Instead we got an article confusing wasps and bees that's anti climatic. "He killed them. We can't tell you how nor where."

I was hoping for the same thing and although thats not what happened, there are videos on youtube of people who do kill bees with bees. Ive seen a video where this guy releases like 30 killer bees on a hive of thousands of yellow jackets and the 100 bees completely dominates the hive, just cutting the smaller bees in half. In fact... heres the video....  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ1eAM8CChc">https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=EZ1eAM8CChc


No killer bees or yellowjackets to be found in that video. Those are Asian hornets attacking honey bees. Completely different species.
 
2013-06-22 09:41:52 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.


I assume you're familiar with his work, and are therefore not surprised.
 
2013-06-22 09:42:16 PM
He should have tried sticking his dick in it.
 
2013-06-22 09:46:12 PM
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2013-06-22 09:46:39 PM
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.
 
2013-06-22 09:47:00 PM

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.


I wish I was wrong, but notmal hornets aint like 4" long.
 
2013-06-22 09:48:46 PM

buzzcut73: ///Don't fark with the label restrictions, they'll fry your ass


So is that the reason for the federal misuse label on stuff that can't get you high? So you don't spray a tree with lysol?
 
2013-06-22 09:48:59 PM
Came here for Nic Cage, leaving...

... no....


Not the bees!

Not the bees!

Ah, there in my eyes! my eyes! Aaaaaaahhhhh!
 
2013-06-22 09:51:32 PM

Zarquon's Flat Tire: ramblinwreck: suckerpunch: This is how they handle Yellow Jackets in Georgia:

[img.fark.net image 850x566]

Ugh...only if it weren't true.


The nice thing about moving to Georgia, I don't piss anyone off over the local sports rivalries.  I can just sit back, chill, and hope an asteroid hits Clemson.


DamnRight
 
2013-06-22 09:51:54 PM
The desk reporter in the video is looking above the camera. She keeps on glancing up, then down to the camera. Is the teleprompter mirror out of alignment?
 
2013-06-22 09:53:40 PM
I wish I was wrong, but notmal hornets aint like 4" long.

The Tarantula Hawk (Pepsis Wasp) is, they grow up to 4" long and the sting is excruciating


img.fark.net
 
2013-06-22 09:54:49 PM
Is his trade secret gasoline?  I bet it's gasoline.
 
2013-06-22 09:55:00 PM
Actually yellow jackets are also regarded as beneficial predator insects in the gardening world.  I don't kill them, I just grant them the space they are in.
 
2013-06-22 09:55:40 PM
Isn't the giant Asian hornet really known as the green hornet??
 
2013-06-22 09:56:27 PM
Hank Pym unavailable for comment.
 
2013-06-22 09:56:36 PM

SweetDickens: Isn't the giant Asian hornet really known as the green hornet??


They call him The Dragon.
 
2013-06-22 09:57:51 PM

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


In the video it sounds like his secret is Meth.
 
2013-06-22 09:58:37 PM

SweetDickens: Isn't the giant Asian hornet really known as the green hornet??


Actually... it's apparently known as the yak-killer hornet.
 
2013-06-22 10:00:07 PM
I watched a show on killing bees or hornets and the guy used soapy water. Killed them all.
 
2013-06-22 10:00:32 PM
Eradicating Yellow Jackets and hornets is best done with an upside down Frisbee and 1 part grenadine/1 part Vodak.

They love it and then they fall in and can't get out.

/MWHAHAHA
 
2013-06-22 10:00:46 PM

UsikFark: buzzcut73: ///Don't fark with the label restrictions, they'll fry your ass

So is that the reason for the federal misuse label on stuff that can't get you high? So you don't spray a tree with lysol?


Exactly. That blanket statement on any pesticide label (and disinfectants fall under the 'pesticide' umbrella, same with herbicides) is what they'll use to make your life hell if you do something off-label and stupid, or overapply something and kill a bunch of stuff you don't want to. It has nothing to do with whether you might try using it to get high (notice that statement does not appear on spray paint, canned air, or whipped cream, which can actually get you high)

Like the post I was responding to said, the label really is the law when it comes to pesticides. If you don't follow the directions and use it in a manner inconsistent with the labeling, you're in violation of the law.
 
2013-06-22 10:01:44 PM
Trade secret? I don't think so.

img.fark.net
 
2013-06-22 10:04:03 PM
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Bees?
 
2013-06-22 10:04:22 PM
Shiat like that makes me glad to live in the high desert, not many bugs.
 
2013-06-22 10:07:55 PM

ThisIsntMe: Eradicating Yellow Jackets and hornets is best done with an upside down Frisbee and 1 part grenadine/1 part Vodak.


Why the hell would you waste good liquor on...oh, vodka?  Well, yeah then.  Carry on.

/I can feel the face-slap from here.
 
2013-06-22 10:07:56 PM

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


Gawd that was possibly the worst movie I have ever seen.
 
2013-06-22 10:09:56 PM

BeerLion: I wish I was wrong, but notmal hornets aint like 4" long.

The Tarantula Hawk (Pepsis Wasp) is, they grow up to 4" long and the sting is excruciating


They are pretty passive thankfully, because an open hand slapping against my bald head only dazed one. I hit myself hard too.

Wasp flew around me a couple times and left.
 
2013-06-22 10:11:44 PM
Z1P2: A yellow jacket is not a type of bee, it is a type of hornet  wasp. 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.

FIFA. Hornets are wasps, as are the Southern Yellow Jackets.
 
2013-06-22 10:11:53 PM

BeerLion: The Tarantula Hawk


lh3.googleusercontent.com
 
2013-06-22 10:12:53 PM

buzzcut73: UsikFark: buzzcut73: ///Don't fark with the label restrictions, they'll fry your ass

So is that the reason for the federal misuse label on stuff that can't get you high? So you don't spray a tree with lysol?

Exactly. That blanket statement on any pesticide label (and disinfectants fall under the 'pesticide' umbrella, same with herbicides) is what they'll use to make your life hell if you do something off-label and stupid, or overapply something and kill a bunch of stuff you don't want to. It has nothing to do with whether you might try using it to get high (notice that statement does not appear on spray paint, canned air, or whipped cream, which can actually get you high)

Like the post I was responding to said, the label really is the law when it comes to pesticides. If you don't follow the directions and use it in a manner inconsistent with the labeling, you're in violation of the law.


I am now smarter... I figured it was so they could bust your ass for something, but all I could think of was drug manufacturing or whatever. I wonder if this overlaps with the people who were selling a chlorine pool cleaner as a body detox that cured cancer and MS. It's on the internet as "miracle mineral."
 
2013-06-22 10:16:54 PM
FTFA:

TAMPA, Fla. - Insect Jonathan Simpkins is from Tampa.

How Kafkaesque.
 
2013-06-22 10:17:40 PM
Bees are fine. Most wasps I'm cool with. Yellowjackets are basically tiny Nazis as far as I'm concerned.
 
2013-06-22 10:18:01 PM

BeerLion: I wish I was wrong, but notmal hornets aint like 4" long.

The Tarantula Hawk (Pepsis Wasp) is, they grow up to 4" long and the sting is excruciating

[img.fark.net image 550x420]


Dude, when you can see the stinger. . .

Jon iz teh kewl: oh look a pineapple

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Or, as my bro says, a very bad day.

snarketyfarker: Actually yellow jackets are also regarded as beneficial predator insects in the gardening world.  I don't kill them, I just grant them the space they are in.


Question from a newbie gardening farker. I happen to have an amazing phobia for flying insects (fricking dragonflies scare me, so it's not the fear of getting stung that bugs me, I think it's actually a problem with the sound). Yes, I know, I put up with the torture because gardening keeps the big bad PTSD boogey monster away (except for being all ZOMG BUG!), so I've stopped asking questions. What's the realistic chance of me getting stung by a bee or wasp? I have both in my garden, no idea on species. I've never in my life gotten stung by a bee, so I don't know if I'm allergic, so the fear isn't totally baseless, but ffs, I'd like to be able to water in relative peace. Any tips on how to avoid getting stung?

/knows the deodorant trick, but has managed to find a scent they aren't interested in
//tried to warn her college anthro class about that once before a trip to the zoo. Only a handful of people listened, everyone else got stung at least three times trying to throw stuff out (the wasps like the trash cans).
 
2013-06-22 10:22:46 PM

Peki: BeerLion: I wish I was wrong, but notmal hornets aint like 4" long.

The Tarantula Hawk (Pepsis Wasp) is, they grow up to 4" long and the sting is excruciating

[img.fark.net image 550x420]

Dude, when you can see the stinger. . .

Jon iz teh kewl: oh look a pineapple

[encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 194x260]

Or, as my bro says, a very bad day.

snarketyfarker: Actually yellow jackets are also regarded as beneficial predator insects in the gardening world.  I don't kill them, I just grant them the space they are in.

Question from a newbie gardening farker. I happen to have an amazing phobia for flying insects (fricking dragonflies scare me, so it's not the fear of getting stung that bugs me, I think it's actually a problem with the sound). Yes, I know, I put up with the torture because gardening keeps the big bad PTSD boogey monster away (except for being all ZOMG BUG!), so I've stopped asking questions. What's the realistic chance of me getting stung by a bee or wasp? I have both in my garden, no idea on species. I've never in my life gotten stung by a bee, so I don't know if I'm allergic, so the fear isn't totally baseless, but ffs, I'd like to be able to water in relative peace. Any tips on how to avoid getting stung?

/knows the deodorant trick, but has managed to find a scent they aren't interested in
//tried to warn her college anthro class about that once before a trip to the zoo. Only a handful of people listened, everyone else got stung at least three times trying to throw stuff out (the wasps like the trash cans).


Work early in the morning or after dusk in the evening, when they aren't as active.
No sudden moves.
Wear plain off-white clothing.
Wear gloves
Don't disturb nests

If you're just watering, you should be fine.  It's when you start reaching into dense plants and disturbing them as they feed that you run the risk of pissing one off.
 
2013-06-22 10:24:49 PM
When did local TV stations start doing infomercials as part of their newscast?
 
2013-06-22 10:26:07 PM
While I get why you might want to destroy a nest as large as this one is, I don't get why some people are so extremely crazy about killing all bugs. (unless you or a kid/neighbor has a life threatening allergy)

I am always seeing shiat like 'how to make trap for all bugs' or 'how to kill wasps'. I remove wasps nests that are in areas that I have to walk right by (like my fence gate or my front door), but otherwise I let them go. The wasps (not talking about yellow jackets) we have around our home are only aggressive if you get *way* too close to their nest. Otherwise, they do a good job of keeping other insects in check.

The only bugs I kill are tomato worms and grubs I find when I'm digging in my garden.
/stop killing bees people- I need someone to pollinate my melons :(
 
2013-06-22 10:28:47 PM
It's likely that people seeing European hornets (which are up to two inches in length) are mistaking them for the Asian giant hornet.
 
2013-06-22 10:32:07 PM

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


Yeah. About that:
photographyheat.com
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-06-22 10:32:50 PM

spidermilk: While I get why you might want to destroy a nest as large as this one is, I don't get why some people are so extremely crazy about killing all bugs. (unless you or a kid/neighbor has a life threatening allergy)

I am always seeing shiat like 'how to make trap for all bugs' or 'how to kill wasps'. I remove wasps nests that are in areas that I have to walk right by (like my fence gate or my front door), but otherwise I let them go. The wasps (not talking about yellow jackets) we have around our home are only aggressive if you get *way* too close to their nest. Otherwise, they do a good job of keeping other insects in check.

The only bugs I kill are tomato worms and grubs I find when I'm digging in my garden.
/stop killing bees people- I need someone to pollinate my melons :(


Ditto.
 
2013-06-22 10:33:10 PM

FrancoFile: If you're just watering, you should be fine.  It's when you start reaching into dense plants and disturbing them as they feed that you run the risk of pissing one off.


Yeah, I've been surprised a couple of times while training my cucumber vines. One of the flowers had a (thankfully dead) bee in it, and I jumped about three feet back.

Oddly enough, those are things I do anyway, simply because 1) I'm in L.A., so it's too damn hot to water any other time than early in the morning, 2) early morning water is better for evap anyway, and 3) the fricking pumpkins draw blood regularly, so I've gotten in the habit of gloves. Thanks for the off-white (do you mean dark colors like black or bright colors like red or off-white like cream?) and sudden moves suggestion. PTSD makes you freeze anyway, so that's easy.

spidermilk: The only bugs I kill are tomato worms and grubs I find when I'm digging in my garden./stop killing bees people- I need someone to pollinate my melons :(


And ants! The pumpkins need the ants!!!

And yeah, like you, I only kill major stuff. I lost a few bean plants to a mosaic disease aphids brought, but I've seen a lot of ladybugs around, so I don't think that's a problem anymore. I try to get after the baby grasshoppers though, and they startle me about as badly as the flying stuff does.

/would love to make friends with an entomologist to find out all the species she has visiting. Some of the butterflies are just stunning.
 
2013-06-22 10:33:44 PM

ten foiled hats: 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.

I assume you're familiar with his work, and are therefore not surprised.


I'm surprised to see him outside of the politics tab, and so obviously wrong about the basic facts that are covered in the article.  This is a new low for him.
 
2013-06-22 10:35:33 PM
img.fark.net
You could say that nest GRU to enormous size
 
2013-06-22 10:37:07 PM

Peki: FrancoFile: If you're just watering, you should be fine.  It's when you start reaching into dense plants and disturbing them as they feed that you run the risk of pissing one off.

Yeah, I've been surprised a couple of times while training my cucumber vines. One of the flowers had a (thankfully dead) bee in it, and I jumped about three feet back.

Oddly enough, those are things I do anyway, simply because 1) I'm in L.A., so it's too damn hot to water any other time than early in the morning, 2) early morning water is better for evap anyway, and 3) the fricking pumpkins draw blood regularly, so I've gotten in the habit of gloves. Thanks for the off-white (do you mean dark colors like black or bright colors like red or off-white like cream?) and sudden moves suggestion. PTSD makes you freeze anyway, so that's easy.

spidermilk: The only bugs I kill are tomato worms and grubs I find when I'm digging in my garden./stop killing bees people- I need someone to pollinate my melons :(

And ants! The pumpkins need the ants!!!

And yeah, like you, I only kill major stuff. I lost a few bean plants to a mosaic disease aphids brought, but I've seen a lot of ladybugs around, so I don't think that's a problem anymore. I try to get after the baby grasshoppers though, and they startle me about as badly as the flying stuff does.

/would love to make friends with an entomologist to find out all the species she has visiting. Some of the butterflies are just stunning.


off-white as in beige.
Definitely do NOT wear bright colors.
 
2013-06-22 10:37:27 PM
 
2013-06-22 10:37:40 PM
Peki:

Question from a newbie gardening farker. I happen to have an amazing phobia for flying insects (fricking dragonflies scare me, so it's not the fear of getting stung that bugs me, I think it's actually a problem with the sound). Yes, I know, I put up with the torture because gardening keeps the big bad PTSD boogey monster away (except for being all ZOMG BUG!), so I've stopped asking questions. What's the realistic chance of me getting stung by a bee or wasp? I have both in my garden, no idea on species. I've never in my life gotten stung by a bee, so I don't know if I'm allergic, so the fear isn't totally baseless, but ffs, I'd like to be able to water in relative peace. Any tips on how to avoid getting stung?

/knows the deodorant trick, but has managed to find a scent they aren't interested in
//tried to warn her college anthro class about that once before a trip to the zoo. Only a handful of people listened, everyone else got stung at least three times trying to throw stuff out (the wasps like the trash cans).


In my experience, unless you step on them or otherwise are smashing them- bees and wasps don't sting unless you are by their nest (and that means 2' away). Sometimes at my house they will have a nest on the other side of the nest and you'll lean right up on the fence (1' away from the nest) and they'll start flying out but if you just run away they won't bother you. As a bit of a backwater, bare-foot type person, I have been stung by wasps and bees (of all kinds) more than I can count. Since you have never been stung (not even by a sweat bee?) I would just take a Benadryl if you are ever stung, and I guess have a phone on hand in case you needed to call 911. That said, I understand your phobia (kinda), but bees and wasps are not aggressive.

Took this guy's photo and he hardly even moved- unless you attack them (or get too close to the nest) they're not going to attack you:
i37.photobucket.com
 
2013-06-22 10:38:52 PM
phamwaa:
25.media.tumblr.com

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

[lh3.googleusercontent.com image 364x123]


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?
 
NFA [TotalFark]
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
 
NFA [TotalFark]
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:
[photographyheat.com image 650x433]
[25.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]


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.
 
2013-06-23 06:46:06 AM

aseras: 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.


The ones I seen are well north of FL
 
2013-06-23 09:08:40 AM

Frantic Freddie: 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.


I lived at 4500 feet. The scorpion was a common sight. I had one on the patio, so I hit it with an ax. It just made him mad.

Potato bugs are harmless, but the yuck factor is off the scale.
 
2013-06-23 09:14:46 AM
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"Well played, Johnathan.....well played."
 
2013-06-23 09:25:10 AM

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.


Back in the olden times we used toxiphene on them. Nothing drops yellow jackets faster (excepting fire), it's like magic. Maybe he's got some vintage toxiphene or equivalent.
 
2013-06-23 10:31:57 AM

aseras: 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.




Have you considered taking a specimen to an entomologist? If these things are in the US, it ought to be made official, so people could be warned.
 
2013-06-23 12:20:26 PM

dave2198: 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


Is it possible that this cheese guy is playing a long troll and he's wrong/misinformed about everything?
 
2013-06-23 01:18:39 PM

Repo Man: Have you considered taking a specimen to an entomologist? If these things are in the US, it ought to be made official, so people could be warned.


Yeah, invasive species can cause billions in economic damage, so if you're seeing Asian giant hornets here, it's officially a Big Deal.  We know for a fact that they can literally annihilate honeybee colonies and kill people, so this is not an exaggeration.   Grab a specimen -- it can be dead -- and take it to the nearest accredited college with an entomology department and get the damn thing IDed.  If it's a false alarm, you can sleep easier.  If it's real, it's kind of your civic duty to make sure the right people know.
 
2013-06-23 01:21:33 PM
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2013-06-23 01:54:29 PM
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I'm covered in beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees....
 
2013-06-23 04:48:26 PM
These little buggers are found where I live.  They're so cute running around doing cute bug things.  It is a lie.  This is a female velvet ant which is not an ant but a wingless wasp.  They are also known as cow killers due to their extremely painful sting.  Stay out of their path, or stomp them with extreme prejudice depending on your disposition.

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2013-06-23 05:24:41 PM

Psycoholic_Slag: cow killers


I've pummeled those things 3" into the ground with a hammer just to see them dig out and squeak at me.
 
2013-06-23 07:28:27 PM

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.


Wiki says Asian giant hornets kill 30-40 Japanese humans per year. Eek.
 
2013-06-23 09:49:39 PM

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He didn't want to deal with Janet today anyhow.
 
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