On 8/21/2010 9:45 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> 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.
Tell that to my spell checker. I add them as soon as I catch them, but
sometimes after updates it goes right back to the way it was.
> One of the local High Schools has done exactly the same thing.
> Quoting Jim Nail<email@example.com>:
>> Yellow jackets will win the ACC this year! Go Yellow Jackets!
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>> From: "Roger (K8RI)"<K8RI-on-TowerTalk@tm.net>
>> Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2010 19:20:18
>> To: TOWERTALK@contesting.com<TOWERTALK@contesting.com>
>> 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.
>> Last fall, (DO NOT DO THIS IN WARM WEATHER WHEN THEY ARE ACTIVE! ) I
>> 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 thus: I waited until dark when the Yellow Jackets were no longer active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.
>> Roger (K8RI)
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