(N/A) Yellow jackets (N/A)

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  1. wrbix

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    .....I had no idea they built like this: BB59B78C-9604-4B9D-90B7-5829927DE8F9.jpeg

    Photo posted on a HOA newsletter from NC...resident had gotten stung and noticed yellow jackets in and out of her grill. When it got good and cold she opened it.:eek:

    be careful out there
     
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    A very similar occurrence happened in our grill a few years back, except not nearly as extreme. Dad went to open it one day to throw some burgers down and it had a small wasps nest inside. Ended up lighting it and turning the burners on high for a minute or two with the lid closed and then cleaned it out. This happened even after using it frequently. We’ve relocated the grill to a different place and haven’t had the issue, but have discovered wasps nests around the house a couple different times.
     
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    I thought this was going to be about Ga. Tech Football.

    I'm a Tech fan/graduate and I was almost afraid to open this after our season this year.
     
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    Kill it. Kill it with fire!
     
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    That’s how real southerners make honey bbq. (Ducking, running!)
     
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    That's not N/A. Yellow jackets fly, AND they like a certain plane that I fly about every two weeks. They definitely have their place, but I hate trying to preflight the tail with them buzzing around.
     
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    Amateurs. Nuke it from space.

    might want to move it away from the house first...
     
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    Tape the grill openings shut and wait till they starve to death?

    Hang some chicken from a board over a tub of water and drown them?

    Light the grill?

    CO2 fire extinguisher and suffocate them?

    Definitely need a video of it.
     
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    Well, given the way GT got bbq'd this year, ...........

    Hoping for better in 2020, but I'm afraid it's going to take a while to climb back. It's challenging to build a good team out of guys who can all pass differential equations....
     
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    By far the largest one on youtube I've seen

    The nest is under the floor of the trailer AND dug into the ground
     
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    That there was one mad bunch of yella jackets, I tell ya whut....
     
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    Wow, that was a lot of yellow jackets. And they were mad! That many could easily kill a person who was not protected.

    Edit: I hate those things. Growing up on a farm, I have plowed those up before, not knowing it until the next pass around the field. Then it's too late after you've been popped four or five times. Quite a few times I have thrown the tractor into neutral, thrown the throttle to idle, and jumped off and run. I would give them quite a few minutes to settle down before getting back on the tractor.
     
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    That takes a L O N G time.
    I had a nest in the wall of the house once so I sprayed and caulked up the opening. A few kept finding their way into the house, and after a couple weeks you could tell they were not up to speed, but they were still alive. Finally I pulled down some duct work and was able to spray the nest directly.
     
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    That there is a big bucket of nope.
     
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    That is BBQ abuse, not using it every weekend.

    Here, we have some wasps.....but you don't want to dig up or plough a killer bee hive; we lost a guy a few years ago on an open cab motorgrader. Horrible way to die, vomiting bees and thousands crawling through your mouth & nose, your head swells up grotesquely, can't get away from them. They will go over 1/2 mi to chase you.
     
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    Amateurs bbq every weekend. I use either my gas grill or Green Egg at least 4 or 5 times a week. I have a turkey breast and a couple of turkey thighs on the egg right now.
     
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    I chortled.
     
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    I expected that. But only snobs laugh at gas grills.
    When I get home at night in the winter and it is pitch black outside and I want to cook a steak, the gas grill comes in real handy.

    And I do cook outside all winter. Even when it gets down to 35 degrees.
     
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    We had a couple bad infestations here over the years. A few years back they had entered around a very small gap between the roof and the chimney, unknown to us. The kids kept saying they heard a buzzing in the ceiling above their room, but we could never hear it.. until it got louder over a period of weeks. Then we saw a few buzzing around the roof right above there, put two and two together... and decided enough was enough. Got out on the roof and dumped about four cans of big ol' nasty bug-be-gone through that crack, waited a day or two, then pulled down a 4' x 6' section of the drywall. They had built a nest in between the 2x12 rafters that was 12" thick, 2' wide, and almost 4' long.

    Fast forward another couple years... found a nest about half again as big as the one pictured in the grill in the OP in an empty wood half-barrel that I had tossed some Christmas tree branch trimmings the winter before. Couldn't see the next below the boughs in the barrel, but noticed a lot of hornet activity. AWFUL. Made an ersatz bee suit out of raingear, snorkeling gear, mosquito netting, and big oven mitts and went to town. Same year... was mowing the back 40 (ok, the back yard, but it's big and surround by woods) with a push mower and got stung in one spot of the lawn. Thought nothing of it...figured just an isolated event.. went around the lawn one more time, and this time when I got to the same spot I got swarmed. Ground bees. Ran as fast as I could towards the creek in the back and was ready to jump in, but they had stayed by their nest... and swarmed the mower. Fortunately, I had 100 feet of garden hose. Kept a strong spray up, retook the hill (I mean mower), finished the rest of the lawn but stayed away from their burrows (they had found a groundhog den). Took THREE different applications, over three days, of serious bug spray to get rid of them.

    Last summer was hornet and wasp free, relatively. WIsh me luck this summer.
     
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    I get those ground dwelling ****ers every other season. While not as emotionally pleasing as casting them in liquid aluminum, I found that a white bucket sprayed with wasp spray on the inside put upside down over the nest tends to take care of it in a few days. Leaves an impressive pile of dead wasps.
     
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    Oh, and you put the bucket on the nest at night when they are least active.
     
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    I have gas grill myself, and firmly entrenched in the amateur category. :D

    It just takes too damn long to get coals ready to go.
     
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    Sticking your hand in a nest the little bastards built into a trailer hitch when attempting to move the trailer by hand, hurts. Ask me how I know. Little pricks started chawing on fingers immediately.
     
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    Wimp! When I was land surveying and found one in the ground I would cut a cedar limb and wack them several times, then run. They never got me when I did that and co-workers thought I was a little nuts. I thought of it as payback for when a nest of YJs got me 19 times and I had to Sprint through a briar patch to get away.
     
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    Hymenoptera
    includes wasps, bees
    apoidea = includes bees (one of which is the honeybee - important, appreciated bees - unless the are africanized, imo) Can sting only once then they self-eviscerate.
    vespidae = wasps (one of which is the yellowjacket, also hornets) I might begrudgingly admit they play some role in a healthy ecology. Can sting repeatedly. I think they are evil bastards. Same with AFBs above.

    I have seen research suggest 500 honeybee stings or 1500 wasp stings can kill the average person. Of course if you are allergic, only one sting can do it.
     
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    Right, but that doesn't fix my problem. I have to mow that corner of the yard next week again. I dont want to disturb them, I want to kill them.
     
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    I had taken off from a fuel stop at Burns, Oregon, and had just leveled at 11,500' when I discovered I had a passenger.

    [​IMG]

    For a time I was wondering how I would land the airplane without touching the throttle, which was next to his perch on the ADF indicator knob. Then I opened both cabin windows (despite the subfreezing OAT), and with some enthusiastic sideslipping helped him find the exit.


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    When I flew the T-38 I was in the back seat on an instructional flight in Spokane. Canopies go down, onto runway, HUGE hornet in my back cockpit as we released brakes. Flew behind the ejection seat as the burners lit.

    On climbout, began buzzing around in front of me. Took a few checklist swipes… now the hornet was mad.

    We leveled at FL 230. Ahhh a plan. Told the guy in the front seat to hit the ramp dump switch when I told him to… hornet in front of me… NOW… hornet's wings began buzzing as fast as they could… to no avail. The service ceiling of a hornet (not Navy Hornet) is way below FL 230.

    When it hit the deck, my flight boot took care of the rest. Repressurize and on with the mission.

    Not a checklist item but that’s how to improvise.

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    I would put that grill out on the end of the driveway and let the pickers take it.
     
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    I am highly allergic to these little ba$tards and I have two Epipens in my flight bag. Last time I was stung it was a 4 hour gig in the ER and then several weeks of steroids. Actually had one in the cockpit last summer. Fortunately my wife was with me and she dispatched him right away. It is probably my biggest fear flying in the summer - getting stung at altitude, hitting myself with the Epipens and then passing out.
     
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    Yes, these were just random nests found in the woods or someone else's yard.
     
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    Thought the exact same thing. Were you a member of the flying club here?
    -Current GT student
     
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