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Postby shafnutz05 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:28 pm

Apparently the yellow jacket nest is back... I was out back with my daughter playing with water balloons. All of a sudden I see our goldendoodle freaking out, and immediately saw them swarming around her, along the wall outside our garage.

I immediately screamed to my daughter to run to the three season room, our goldendoodle following. We got to safety, except for the four or five jackets that came in on her fur. She's still freaking out, I'm trying to kill them while also keeping my daughter safe. Eventually, I killed them all as they went to the windows.

I think she got stung 2 or 3 times on the paw... Honestly, it is by the grace of God that this wasn't a lot worse. Benadryl took care of her reaction although she was not happy. I'm going out there tonight with three cans of wasp spray and ending this sht....

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Postby blackjack68 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:07 pm

Not sure if I mentioned it previously, but my dad lost a dog when he was a kid. Yellow jackets swarmed his dog and got into the dog’s nose and throat.

Kill those things!

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Postby AuthorTony » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:30 pm

I had an underground yellow jacket nest a couple years ago. Found out when my dog got stung. I sprayed wasp killer into the hole one night (an entire can) then covered it with a clear pyrex baking dish which I pushed into the ground so they couldn't escape. For the next several days I'd still see those f'ers flying around under that dish. I bet it took 10 days until I didn't see any alive. I kept it there for the best part of a month, but no problems since then.

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Postby NTP66 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:55 am

I had an underground yellow jacket nest a couple years ago. Found out when my dog got stung. I sprayed wasp killer into the hole one night (an entire can) then covered it with a clear pyrex baking dish which I pushed into the ground so they couldn't escape. For the next several days I'd still see those f'ers flying around under that dish. I bet it took 10 days until I didn't see any alive. I kept it there for the best part of a month, but no problems since then.
I did the same, but what I bet happened with you was that there was a second hole somewhere near by where a portion of them escaped. There was only one entrance in my yard, and emptying the entire can of wasp killer into the hole at like 9:30pm did the trick.

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Postby shafnutz05 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:57 pm

Not sure if I mentioned it previously, but my dad lost a dog when he was a kid. Yellow jackets swarmed his dog and got into the dog’s nose and throat.

Kill those things!
Just watched the nest for 15 minutes... Didn't see any activity. Got closer, saw about a dozen carcasses on the ground. Good riddance

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Postby NTP66 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:01 pm

Tomorrow’s post: “Some of the yellow jackets were alive and hiding amongst the dead. I was stung multiple times.”

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Postby shafnutz05 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:33 pm

Tomorrow’s post: “Some of the yellow jackets were alive and hiding amongst the dead. I was stung multiple times.”
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Postby mac5155 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:47 pm

Someone ran over my mailbox Saturday night. Irks me just having to remount it. The poles a little loose now but otherwise they knocked the "shelf" part off which still had the mailbox attached. So reinforced with some screws and it's no worse for wear. The 2013-17 ram that hit it, and subsequently left a nice piece of their chrome grill behind, probably didn't fare so well.

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Postby Shyster » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:45 pm

Maybe 20 years ago, people kept blowing up or smashing my mother's mailbox, and it also got whacked by a snow plows at least once in the winter. I replaced something like three or four boxes over a couple years. I eventually got fed up and installed her a Heavybilt mailbox mounted on a mailswing (https://www.mailswing.com) swing-away post that I mounted about 5 feet in the ground using something like four sacks of concrete. The box has acquired a couple of teeny, tiny, shallow dents in the last couple decades, but you have to look hard to see them. I guarantee that anyone might have ever tried to whack it had a Very Bad Time even despite the swing-away mount because the mailbox itself weighs something like 30 lbs, and it doesn't swing too easily.

I just checked, and I don't think the Heavybilt is currently in production. Bummer. That thing is an absolute beast. I ran across the name on a homeowner's forum where people were discussing ways to break the arms of mailbox vandals, and "buy a Heavybilt and mount it in concrete" was common advice.

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