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Old 10-30-2013, 06:46 AM
 
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Agreed NRG, I'm in n. Raleigh too and have noticed almost no yellow jackets on my property compared to several nests in years past. Maybe they're moving away.....?
Wakefield here. PLENTY of bees this year - tons and tons. We don't mind and actually like them, but yellow jackets, while I'm sure they have their place in the environment, scare me a little bit mostly for my daughter's sake. I don't want her getting eaten.
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Garner, NC
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So they kill every insect in your entire yard..That sounds horrible for the ecosystem..
Sorry, when I say they spray the yard... I meant they search for and spray where needed... they literally don't cover my whole yard with spray
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Finally in NC
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two of my kids got stung within the past week-one was totally unprovoked-Now with my little guy: I didnt see what happened, so unsure, but they are bad!
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Cary NC
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Yes they have been bad at our house, husband was stung 4 times while aerating the yard it was difficult to locate the hole because it was torn up from the aerator eventually found it sprayed it then covered a day after with soil per directions. Still see a few flying around afraid there may be another nest hope noone gets stung trick or treating tomorrow night.
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:10 PM
 
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Sorry, when I say they spray the yard... I meant they search for and spray where needed... they literally don't cover my whole yard with spray
Good to know, I was worried about the mass killing
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:44 PM
 
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Agreed NRG, I'm in n. Raleigh too and have noticed almost no yellow jackets on my property compared to several nests in years past. Maybe they're moving away.....?

Yellow jackets aren't bees, they're wasps. Bees make their combs out of wax while wasps chew up wood to make their combs out of a paper like substance. The workers can die over the winter, but the queen can live to lay more eggs next season.

Lots of bees have been dying in recent years due to something they call CCD. Bees are very important to our food supply and they're people out there that think the die off may be linked to use of pesticides. Bees are good!
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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Question You mentioned Carpenter Bees...

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I have recently destroyed two nests. The first time I used the long range spray without any luck. The second time I used the new (to me) foaming wasp spray. It is excellent. It is also good for Spring carpenter bees.
So, this spray has worked for you when dealing with those bees? What was your plan of attack?

The tennis racket just isn't cutting it anymore
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Carolina Shores NC
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So, this spray has worked for you when dealing with those bees? What was your plan of attack?

The tennis racket just isn't cutting it anymore
You don't want to kill the carpenter bees. They are excellent pollinators, plus they don't sting...well only the female maybe but rarely. Just paint over or varnish whatever they are trying to tunnel in. Caulk the hole for a temporary fix.

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Old 11-03-2013, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Apex NC, the Peak of Good Loving.
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... after killing most of the inhabitants of the nest, I dug out the nest. Both were HUGE combs buried just below the surface ...
I've used spray cans to "nuke" yellowjacket nests many times. It always works. To my surprise, some creature of the night (possum?) digs out the nest. I suppose the digger eats the combs.

Daniel B. Martin
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