what is your forecast for stinging insects...?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by geogunn, Jul 9, 2006.

  1. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    my forecast suddenly sucks. I got nailed today...luckily only once.

    and that is because I am a pretty fast guy when I need to go.

    I pulled up today and before I could unload the unit, it was covered in yellow jackets.

    my theory is it was the smell of sweet mowed grass that drew them...which is a result of them being near by in the first place.

    I scoped the situation for about 10 minutes before I unloaded the unit and they seemed to dissipate....

    and all went OK until the trimming...then whammo. only one sting and it has hurt now for over seven hours. my experience is it will hurt for about three days.

    the homeowner stated they have been real bad for about three days...which would correspond with a nice rainfall we had. I thanked her for calling.

    so what is the stinging insect forecast in your area?

    GEO :hammerhead:
  2. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    We trimmed a bunch of palms last week that were covered with bees and wasps. My employee got stung but thankfully I didnt.
  3. K.Carothers

    K.Carothers LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    I have yet to be stung by any flying insect this year (besides mosquitoes)

  4. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,938

    The yeller-jacket season is just beginning here in my area, which happens to close to yours. I found two underground nests last week, and I'll probably find more this week. I've been fortunate in past years, I usually only get one sting per nest, though I was able to spot these ones and escape sting-free. I'm always scanning the ground for those little round holes. As you know, they like places where there used to be a tree, and the old roots have rotted, leaving an easily excavated area for their nest. The best way to find them is to wear shorts when you mow, they'll get you on the back of the leg. :blob2:
    My prediction? There's gonna be a bunch of them this year.

    Be careful out there.
  5. tinman

    tinman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ga
    Messages: 1,346

    worst I have seen them here in Georgia ever. Been so dry they are everywhere lookin for water. They love wet grass on trimmers & mowers. Parked this morning and when I was done there were 10 sitting on my hood where it had rained a little and some tree sap junk was also on the hood. I hate yellow jackets
  6. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,439

    my suggestion is to carry an extra can of gas and when you find a nest, pour some gas down it and charge the customer a couple of dollars extra to cover the gas. next time you cut there wont be any yellow jackets.. done this to 6 holes in the ground so far this year. seems like theyre worse this year.
  7. grass-scapes

    grass-scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,552

    Doesn't that break some kind of EPA regulation or environmental hazard law? LOL. I know it works, but it also works at drawing a fine or a complaint from the homeowner. Get some cans of wasp and hornet killer.
  8. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,821

    The wasps, yellow jacket are over populated here this year, At least on my property they are lol.
  9. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,064

    I don't even think I got a misqueto bite this year, its been so dry.
  10. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    havn't gotten stung yet this year but ive run away from quite a few close encounters!

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