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Old 11-01-2010, 01:06 PM   #1
Wayne Meuir
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We built a new tower box bow blind and put it on a feeder back in July. It is about 10.5' to the floor. It is made out of metal R Panel and we put the black fiberboard from Home Depot on the walls to keep it dark inside and quieter than the bare metal, and maybe insulate it against the cold a little.

We had not hunted it since opening weekend of bow season. Went over on Wed AM to pull the pics off the trail cam and I climbed up the ladder and slid the door open. The entire South and West walls were covered solid in yellow jackets. Each wall is 6' X 7'. About 3/10's of a second later they were all headed right at my face. I jumped off the ladder backward and hit the ground rolling to get away from the blind. Did not get a single sting. We went back the next day with 4 cans of wasp spray. Most of them were gone, but we killed about a thousand or so. The floor of the blind is covered with them.

We opened all the doors and windows and left. Hopefully they will leave since it is not as warm in there, and maybe the stink from the spray will dissipate. Never seen anything like this before, but could be very deadly if a bunch of them got you all at once.

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Old 11-01-2010, 01:34 PM   #2
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Pretty scary stuff.
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Old 11-01-2010, 01:44 PM   #3
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Happens every year, I have left the windows open and owls and buzzard move in and have babies, and you thought wasp were bad.
Seal the small opening as best as you can and hang a no pest strip inside, it will last about 6 months
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Old 11-01-2010, 01:46 PM   #4
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man I hate the yellow jackets. Got stung twice recently...once in the head. Hurt like hell!
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Old 11-01-2010, 02:00 PM   #5
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Old 11-01-2010, 02:39 PM   #6
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Call Billy the Exterminator.
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Old 11-01-2010, 03:15 PM   #7
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My dad went down to our place this weekend and said our camper(s) look yellow becuase there are so many on the outside. Also said they are going in and out of our new shed we built last weekend for the Ranger. He said they were so bad he couldn't even hook up his camper due to them being overly aggressive. Any ideas how I can get rid of them? We are going down Friday night to hunt Saturday morning but other than buying 20 bombs for inside of camper and spraying outsides I don't know what to do. 2 people on our lease are HIGHLY allergic to make it worse.
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Old 11-01-2010, 03:15 PM   #8
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A thermacell works wonders on Wasp in the blind!
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Old 11-01-2010, 03:18 PM   #9
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sounds like the bees i had at my place. one of our stands had a hive underneath it and bees were constantly swarming around it by the hundreds. they hate smoke. not a bad way to get rid of them. then destroying the nest so they dont come back
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Old 11-01-2010, 03:21 PM   #10
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WD 40 works great when in a pinch
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Old 11-01-2010, 03:28 PM   #11
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we get em in our blinds almost every year. The blinds seal up tight, but they get slept in when the illegals come in. when they do, they leave windos and doors open, and poof...instant hornet home.

I just crack the door and toss in a bug fogger (grenade style) and listen to them die.

Sweep it out in the morning.
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Old 11-01-2010, 03:41 PM   #12
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Is there anything you can buy to keep them off exterior of camper? The Pest Control company I use at home pressure washes my house with a chemical and have never seen a nest since...but also realize they are using stuff you buy with a license.
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Old 11-01-2010, 03:46 PM   #13
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i used to work at sherwin williams and they sell a product called bug juice that you mix into paint. its supposed to keep bugs from nesting and stuff like that. its kinda pricey but something you may want to look at
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Old 11-01-2010, 06:17 PM   #14
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WD 40 works great when in a pinch
Yep and a bic lighter. Instant flame thrower
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Old 11-01-2010, 06:54 PM   #15
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One of my huntin buddies blinds was full of wasps, he bombed it and a week later they were back.

Wasps seem to be bad this year.
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Old 11-01-2010, 07:28 PM   #16
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im going to give you guys a tip of the pros on this one. silica dust. it dries out their exoskeleton and kills em dead. spray it in every nook and cranny you can find, pile some on the windows and doorways of your blinds. its non-toxic, but it can mess up your lungs if you breath it so safety first, wear a dust mask when spraying it. you can buy the silica gel bb-s in bulk (the little things in shoes, beef jerky bags, etc) and crush em up, put em in a duster and you're good to go.
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Old 11-01-2010, 07:36 PM   #17
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im going to give you guys a tip of the pros on this one. silica dust. it dries out their exoskeleton and kills em dead. spray it in every nook and cranny you can find, pile some on the windows and doorways of your blinds. its non-toxic, but it can mess up your lungs if you breath it so safety first, wear a dust mask when spraying it. you can buy the silica gel bb-s in bulk (the little things in shoes, beef jerky bags, etc) and crush em up, put em in a duster and you're good to go.
just be careful with this...breathe it in too much and it can seriously jack with your health.

Diatomaceous earth does the same thing...tears em up. Feels like flour to us, but is like razor blades to them. used it in my garden for crawly bugs. also....non toxic

get it in the garden section at Lowes/Home Depot
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Old 11-01-2010, 07:37 PM   #18
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They are everywhere this time of year, I don't know if this is when they hatch or what?....I went through 4 cans this weekend,just keeping them out of my feeder legs and ground blinds. I just climbed in and hunted with them on Sunday morning. As soon as they started flying (was about 10 AM) I got out of there.
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Old 11-01-2010, 08:37 PM   #19
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One of my huntin buddies blinds was full of wasps, he bombed it and a week later they were back.

Wasps seem to be bad this year.
X2 put a hotshot mini bomb in it and you can forget about the wasp untill next year. We bomb ours once a year and your good. Keeps killing well past hunting season.
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Old 11-02-2010, 09:53 AM   #20
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I think I am going to try a can of everything everyone has said! lol...I hear dish soap kills them...would a super soaker full of dawn work?
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:22 PM   #21
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I just hope we don't have to deal with this every time we go down there. If so, we will have to modify the windows to make them air tight. I usually don't open the side windows anyway because I want it dark inside, so we COULD just seal those two off permanently.

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Old 11-02-2010, 01:24 PM   #22
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I have been reading up on them today...my boss who is on my lease is allergic bad! So i have been reading and it sounds like they are leaving the queen right now for the year and going to find new homes...they should be gone soon. It says they fertilized the queen and the workers will mostly all die this winter and she will hatch new ones next spring. IT does say also they are very short tempered right now too!
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:38 PM   #23
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Seal the small opening as best as you can and hang a no pest strip inside, it will last about 6 months
This!

We used to put these in every blind we had, even the ones which were 100% tight, the wasps never touched the blinds, even if we left windows cracked, doors crackted, etc, no wasp/bee/hornet ever came in, they were scent free (at least to me).

There was nothing more nerve wracking than try and put the hammer down on a deer than having wasps fly around your head, and/or fall from the roof during the cold days.
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