Carpenter Bee War

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  1. Gabob

    Gabob Well-Known Member

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    I have declared war on the carpenter bees. Took the smooth bore .22 Humdinger and shot several with .22 shot cartridges. They make shooting doves look like child's play. Carpenter bees rarely stay still and can accelerate rapidly. In addition I have to watch what is behind them to avoid shooting hot tub or windows. Range is only about 12 feet max. Beyond that I have never brought one down. From six to ten feet they just disappear. I am running out of targets on the deck, Now I am planning to go to deer camp cook shed. That is a target rich environment. (Do I have too much time on my hands?)
     
  2. jacksonco

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    My wife likes to swat them with a badmitton racket.
     

  3. For carpenter bees, I would definitely recommend a more powerful weapon, Bob. Perhaps a .600 Nitro Express double rifle would be more appropriate. It would indeed be well to miss the hot tub though. :D;):p
     
  4. kutaho

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    Sounds a whole lot funner then shooting cockroaches off the wall with a pellet rifle. (got stuck in Ca. for a few months, once)
     
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    Been there, done that. I've used kitchen (strike anywhere) matches. It's kinda like an HEI round for pellet guns. ;) :D

    Warning: Not For Home Use :eek: :D



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    I had a hive on my back porch earlier in the week. Got rid of it with borax powder. Took over 24 hours, but it worked.
     
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    I used to catch bees when I was a kid. Store them in canning jars. We caught one once that had like 6 legs on one side and 3 on the other. It was a monster.
     
  8. Gabob

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    Just came back from the deer camp. They are boring holes in the cooking shed. I shot three full boxes of 20 and a partial box until I ran out of ammo. Probably 75% hits.
     
  9. doug66

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    +1 on badmitton racket, jacksonco. Great fun. You can really send them sailing.
     
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    Those carpenter bees are something else. Back when I 1st moved down to TN I was amazed at their body size, maybe between a peach pit and a crab apple :eek: Does their sting pack a wallop as big as their size??? Please say no.... please :D
     
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    Not sure, but I was always told they won't sting.
     
  12. jacksonco

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    The males dont sting but the females will. Most of the carpenter beees you see are male. I think they are the ones witha shiny body and face. Check wikipedia for more accurate info.
     
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    Tell them that!! :D

    They're pretty hard to get mad, but when they do, look out.
    I've ran over their nest a couple of times with a bushhog and felt their rath. ;) :D


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    Ya Hear that, Started a small fire shooting kitchen matches when I was eight once, took my gun away for a week.
     
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    I use a shop-vac with extra extension tubes. Suck 'em right out of the air.
     
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