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Discussion in 'Network: North' started by 93Chevy, Feb 18, 2011.

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  1. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Yeah, I seem to get nailed a few times per season by those sneaky buggers with nests in the ground.
    The initial sting is nothing compared to the "soreness" of the sting site afterward.
    I swear it feels like I was hit with a bat.

    I'm from the high-class area called Penn Hills. :laugh:
     
  2. DoubleClutch

    DoubleClutch LawnSite Member
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    I just put 2 new cans of Bee spray in the truck and going to carry one on the z just for that reason.
     
  3. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Yeah, I carry some as well.
    It doesn't do much for preventing stings, but it helps to "get even". :D
     
  4. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't bother with cans of spray. By the time they have stung me, it is too late. I know the location, so can steer around it next visit. I try to inform the homeowner of the nest's existence, and leave it to them for a decision regarding action. I make clear that I intend to do nothing. I don't want to attempt to eradicate, fail, and then be blamed for their survival. Most homeowner remedies do fail. Burning the nest out is pretty sure, but spray usually does not do the job. People are different. Some call an exterminator immediately. Others say, "Ho hum, who cares ...?"

    I have one widow who has nests in the walls of her house. I have seen bees in/out for the past five years, at least. On hot days, they are really active. They have a hole in a corner. I imagine the walls are filled with combs. The only solution is to start tearing off siding to get to the studs. Since it has gone on for so long, there must be many cavities that are filled with combs. These walls are to the garage, which is not used. I don't know how many penetrate the walls and get into the garage -- never been inside. The location is not near living quarters. The bee entrance is about five feet off the lawn, so I make a quick pass, and hustle on my way. I've never been stung.

    Her response: "Should I care?"

    Lot of other things around her property are neglected, so neglecting this problem is merely one more entry on the list. I've seen news reports from time to time where a beekeeper is called to a house, a carpenter starts to remove boards, and finds massive combs inside. I imagine this inside wall is similar.
     
  5. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall LawnSite Senior Member
    from NW PA
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    When she does something about it, I'll take the honey!
     
  6. DoubleClutch

    DoubleClutch LawnSite Member
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    Well another day in the shop going over the equipment cause of rain!! Also got my 4 wheeler fixed:) Now I got to get the wife to get me a case of Beer:drinkup:
     
  7. Roger

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  8. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Can't afford to upgrade? 1900 hours is A LOT of hours in my opinion.
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  9. Roger

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  10. DoubleClutch

    DoubleClutch LawnSite Member
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    Sounds like to me it had a fuel leak. Gas tank on the mower just keep feeding the fire.
     

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