I will be implementing this tip in all the places I will have that will be
like this. My plan is to put a utility box (I have 13 of the utility
company-type light green ones) at the base of each tower as a junction for
coax coming down the tower and the coax to the shack -- for ground, etc.
Just sitting around, these boxes clearly are an attractive nest site for
wasps. I hope the moth balls will keep them all out.
On lady bugs, I suppose half of them are "gentleman bugs." And maybe
they're not "gentlemen." We have a lot of ladybugs here, in the house. I
think they are coming in through the bathroom vents. I didn't realize that
they "over-winter," but apparently they do, seeking cozy hideaways, with 10,
20 or more huddled together in corners of the ceiling. Since they are
apparently harmless and, in fact, are beneficial in the growing season
because they eat aphids, which in turn eat roses, and are more charming than
most insects, I'm not too worried about them.
73 - Rich, KE3Q
----- Original Message -----
From: "ABowenN4OO" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, January 14, 2005 7:05 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Moth Balls
> I was about to publish a note similar to K3ND's, regarding insects and
> bolls. I opened my relay box out on the tower and found stacks of lady
> doing unlady like things inside the box. In addition, there were a number
> of wasp clusters and spider webs.
> I put 5 moth balls in a small diameter glass jar and taped it inside the
> relay box (12 X 18"). No more insects. I have done the same for my remote
> Beverage boxes which are loved by spiders, but a single ball will do for
> I am not sure about the composition but think the major ingredient is
> naptha. I put the moth balls in a glass jar because I was not sure of the
> effect of naptha on the various plastics. Plastic pill containers should
> also work for a time also per K3ND. I suspect the balls will evaporate
> time and require replacement.
> I also intend on dropping one or 2 on fire ant hills and see if I can get
> them to move.
> INK N4OO
> At 05:42 AM 1/13/2005 -0800, GALE STEWARD wrote:
> >Years ago one of the OTs mentioned that fact the he
> >used moth balls to keep insects out of outdoor
> >enclosures. I have a matching network for my 80/160
> >vertical. See:
> See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless
> Weather Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with
> any questions and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather
Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions
and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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