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Re: [TowerTalk] Yellow Jackets

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Yellow Jackets
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2010 21:45:07 -0400
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Yellow Jackets are brightly-colored pieces of wearing apparel.

Yellowjackets are flying insects.

I wish people would stop putting an unnecessary and incorrect space in  
that name.

One of the local High Schools has done exactly the same thing.


Quoting Jim Nail <>:

> Yellow jackets will win the ACC this year! Go Yellow Jackets!
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> Subject: [TowerTalk] Yellow Jackets
> A day or so ago I responded in a private e-mail about having the bees
> and Yellow Jackets related to the "Adolph's"  and "flying critters thread(s)
> I thought this part might be pertinent along with some caveats I didn't
> put in the other reply.
> Yellow jackets are something else.  They managed to get under the floor
> in our garage.  For some strange reason I could walk right through where
> they were coming in and going out without them bothering me, but I saw
> them chase several people right down the driveway.
> took several cans of the soft, expandable foam and really filled up the
> cracks, so that even if they did get into the cracks there was nothing
> but foam on the other side. We didn't have a single one this year. I
> pushed the tube on the can as far back in as I could and just let the
> foam go in until it started coming back out.  In one place where the
> small hole opened into a cavity under the garage floor, I stuck a small
> piece of Tygon Tubing about 2' to 3' long over the tube on the can of
> foam. I then slide the tube back in as far as I could get it and put in
> a full can of foam. I filled every crack in the concrete floor and
> between the concrete blocks in the foundation.
> THE REASON for not doing this in warm weather when they are active is
> thus:  I waited until dark when the Yellow Jackets were no longer active
> and then sealed up the holes.  The next morning, my wife woke  around
> 8:00 to ask me to take a look in the garage.   Each of the lights was a
> MASS of Yellow Jackets, The North garage window was covered with
> them...So I carefully eased my self into the garage and slowly walked
> over to the East man door which I slowly opened and then went back into
> the kitchen. None of those very unhappy Yellow Jackets paid any
> attention to me, or it appeared that way.   A half hour later the only
> ones left in the garage were the ones hanging on the NW light fixture
> and the North window, which I dispatched with one of those cans of "bee
> killer" that shoots a solid stream close to 20'. I opened up the one
> hole to the outside that night and did no further sealing until fall!
> <:-))  The moral of the story is that if you miss a way out they won't
> and it may not be in a place to your liking. I began to worry they'd
> show up in the basement!
> BTW when shooting bees with that "bee killer" ALWAYS have a way out if
> you miss some. A second can for backup can sometimes be handy too.  I
> found that out when I tried to get all the ones in the range vent on the
> roof. I used almost two full cans and ended up with a pile of Wasps
> about a foot and a half across and several inches deep. I was getting
> worried toward the end of that second can, but fortunately I ran out of
> bees before I ran out of spray....but it was close! <:-)) Close enough
> to be exciting as I was standing near the top of a tall step ladder at
> the time.
> 5 or 6 years ago we had Wasps, boy did we have wasps.  I've forgotten
> how many nests I removed but it was well into several digits.  They were
> behind the shutters, behind the siding, in the trees, over garage doors.
> While I was in the shop they built one in the top corner of the man door
> on the hinge side and it was already the size of a lemon.  When I opened
> the door, the nest went into the space between the door and door jam.
> When I closed the door (not knowing the nest was there) the door
> squashed it.  Two of them got me right between the shoulders. It felt
> like I'd been hit with a hammer. Fortunately I had gotten over my
> allergy to them by then. Unfortunately I could not reach between my
> shoulder blades so all I could do with those was let them hurt, but
> there was very little swelling, probably less than normal and it quit
> hurting within an hour or so.
> In one day they built one nest bigger than a football over the 16' wide
> garage door on the shop. They also built one behind the siding on the
> South end of the house that was large enough to pop the siding off up by
> the peak. The darn things were even building nests in the doors and side
> view mirrors on the cars. Working on the tower would find them buzzing
> around my head but they didn't go after me.  I think they did have a
> home inside the mast above the rotator though.  This time all the
> masting has caps welded on to seal them. That way I don't have to *try*
> to paint the inside  to prevent rust.
> 73
> Roger (K8RI)
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