Wasps

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Gabob, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. The Duke

    The Duke New Member

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    Just today I had a red wasp in the dining room...Looking around for something to dispatch the critter with, I finally settled on a heavy duty paper plate...I gave him a good whack while he was perched on the curtain. Unfortunatly it didnt kill him but sure pissed him off!!! He flew right into my face and I got to flapping that plate around with much gusto..He didnt sting me, but in my flailing around, I knocked over a very heavy wrought iron chair that landed right on the top of my bare foot. :dance: Now THAT hurt. Score one for the wasp.
  2. Maximilian II

    Maximilian II New Member

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    Many years ago I observed Dad in the back yard blasting away with our old Ithaca side by side. Curious, I went to see what the problem was. He had been mowing and found a BIG hornet nest about twice the size of a basketball. His idea had been to shoot the limb it was attached to so it would fall and they would leave. His marksmanship had deteriorated by that time, so I took the gun and blasted the limb in two, letting the nest hit the ground. We retreated.
    Next spring Dad cranked the old Ford tractor and started to plow the garden. Just a few minutes later he ran into the house and slammed the door. The hornets hadn't left the nest, and he plowed it!
    "Dad?"
    "What?"
    "The tractor is still running."

    His expression was priceless.
  3. HunterAlpha1

    HunterAlpha1 Former Guest

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    something some of you might not have considered: most wasps, hornets, and bees are only active during the daytime, so if you have a nest that needs taken care of you can wait til nighttime, douse the nest in gasoline, and light it up. almost zero risk to you and you get to burn something:devilish:
  4. whirley

    whirley New Member

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    I call government waste when we pay all those dead heads that are in Washington. That in my opinion is a real waste of money.
  5. Maximilian II

    Maximilian II New Member

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    Another hornet story:
    Our well house is made of concrete blocks. It has a few holes in the outer wall, and a hornet colony made its home in one of these holes.
    Bored one afternoon, I loaded up the Red Rider. Yes, same one I got as a kid, it still works great!
    Hornets leave a "sentry," one hornet always will have a head poked out of the nest's entry. I sniped this sentry, cocked, reacquired, and was just in time to squeeze the trigger as the next hornet showed her head.
    Over and over, it was just enough challenge at 15 feet with round BB's through a smooth barrel. The timing was critical as it took the bug just about the same time as it did me to get into position.
    Dad saw what I was doing, and asked, "What are you going to do when you run out of ammunition?"
    Hadn't thought of that. Bless him for not asking what would happen if I missed.
    So I missed, and the hornet hit my t shirt. I separated myself from said shirt as well as abandoning Red Ryder to the bugs.
    Still never been stung by a hornet.