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Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Brendan Smith, Jun 1, 2006.

  1. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,196

    i was string trimming the other evening and was swarmed by what appeared to be bumble bees, or possibly carpenter bees when i ran over their hole with the trimmer. i know gas will get rid of them, but the problem is that the hole is directly below a huge propane tank. my logical side says i could light it and probably be ok, but i REALLY don't want to blow her house down, not to mention myself. i thought about spraying brake cleaner down the hole because i've knocked wasps out of the air with it before, but never tried it on these guys. any ideas?

    i really want revenge after getting stung on the foot, leg, butt, back, neck, and head.

    also, the homeowner is allergic and wants them gone too.
  2. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,071

    Bee and was killer! Or have the client call an exterminator.
  3. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,613

    You dont have to light the gas for the bees to die. Just drown them out.
  4. Remsen1

    Remsen1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020


    I can't believe anybody would consider doing that.

    Use bee and wasp killer. I've also used bleach. These are both safer for the health of the soil.
  5. hmartin

    hmartin LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 590

    If you got stung, you have the right to use gas IMO.:)
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Never light it, not even if it's way out in the open, it could explode in your face.
    Just straight fuel is good, not a lot, 4 ounces or so is good, mix fuel works and starter fluid works as well but it evaporates too fast.

    You bet your foot I use gas when I get stung, but just so you know, that which nests in the ground is usually yellow jackets. They're black with yellow stripes and not very big but the pain from the sting is out of this world.
  7. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707

    when u said gas it reminded me about a american chopper episode when the bees were near there garage. paul sr. got a 5 gall gas tank and pured like a gallon and threw a match and boom man was that funny.

    well i would call a exterminater to ask him what he would use.
  8. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Posts: 721

    lmao thats exactly what came to my mind.

    Bee and wasp killer will do. The only thing to do with fire in this would be putting a smoke bomb down the hole to quiet the wasps before spraying them IMO

    Why would you use gas? thats real professional blowing up gas tanks...
  9. The Kiwi Lawn Ranger

    The Kiwi Lawn Ranger LawnSite Member
    Posts: 34

    Use powdered borax just pour it down the hole till no more will fit and put a brick or paver over it.
    Works a treat on the angry angry german wasps here. Nests the size of a telephone booth.

    The Lawn Ranger
    Taupo New Zealand
  10. 4curbappeal

    4curbappeal LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 761

    Are we talking about bee's? Quit swatting at them and they will not bother you! If it's a hole in the ground hive, then pour a bit of bleach or gas into it! For your own sake DO NOT IGNITE! Good Luck!

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