On Sunday, June 15, 1997 14:51 PM, Paul Ash[SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org] wrote:
>I was getting ready to climb my tower today when I noticed 1/2 doz
>large Hornets buzzing around one of the lower sections. I was feeling
>lucky this morning so I decided to climb anyway. I got abt 30ft off the
>ground when they began to swarm around me. None of them actually stung
>me but they made it plain that my presence was not wanted. I concluded
>that discretion is the better part of valor and made a hasty decent.
>I've been thinking about a easy way to get rid of these uninvited guests
>but hav'nt had any luck. Anyone out there in antenna land have any good
Paul never mentioned locating or identifying the source of
the hornets. He simply said they were buzzing arouund
the tower and, later, him. It's tough to get rid of their nest
if you haven't located it first.
But, to business.....No matter what I do to minimize
wasp/hornet nests' presence on and around the house,
the insects still seem to congregate around my tower.
There's something about a tower (at least, my tower)
that seems to attract them enough for them to fly around
but not make a home--I have never ever found a nest on
the tower, under the rotor plate, under the pointy tower
section thrust bearing, or anywhere on the tower or
antennas. They just seem to be attracted to the tower.
While I can appreciate Paul's hesitancy and concern
because I, too, fear them and their sting, I just climb on
through them and have never ever been stung by one.
They don't seem interested in me, just in flying around
Also, when using the wasp/hornet sprays (and shooting
upwards), I would recommend surgical mask and safety
goggles or face shield. If that stuff can drop a wasp/hornet
in mid-flight, it's gotta be toxic to us.
Keep the wind at your back!
Dale Martin, KG5U
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