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Old 04-27-2022, 02:12 PM   #1
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Default Warning gas eating bug fire hazard!!!

Ok, everyone please read. Last week I started out in my airboat and smelled gas. I killed it only to discover the intake had a half inch of gas on it. The headers soaked as well as the distributer. There were perfect round holes in a fuel line.

The next day dad called me and said all the 35 gallons of gas he had stored had Ieaked out and there were beetles all in the gas. I also had cans of gas and sure enough my cans were covered in beetles as well. They bored perfect round holes in the cans and fuel lines but the liquid gas doesn't phase them!

After a little research, they are an exotic camphor bore after ethanol. Huge fire hazard ruining any plastic fuel tank and fuel lines!!!

Beware. Houston Co. East tx.
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:14 PM   #2
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Dang! That’s not good at all.






On another note. I want to bow fish for another big gar with ya.
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:14 PM   #3
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:15 PM   #4
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What the hell ? Is this courtesy of the Chinese too ?

My lawnmower gas cans all sit outside under a canopy on my shop, but I buy nothing but ethanol free gas for that so I guess I’m good. At least I hope so.

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Old 04-27-2022, 02:15 PM   #5
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Thanks. Need to check all my containers in Leon County
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:18 PM   #6
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Time to sell metal gas cans again.
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:19 PM   #7
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That's a new one.
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:20 PM   #8
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Wow. That’s shocking Steve. Who would have thought this could happen. Glad your boat didn’t blow up.
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:21 PM   #9
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Good grief! Little bastages!
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:21 PM   #10
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Oh wow............probably DNA altered little critters!

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Old 04-27-2022, 02:23 PM   #11
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No way! Thanks for taking the time to share.
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:25 PM   #12
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Just looked these things up hoping they don't become too widespread could wreak havoc!
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:29 PM   #13
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Wow. That's wild. Learn something new every day!
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:33 PM   #14
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Thanks for the heads up, Steve. I'll go check mine.
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:33 PM   #15
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  1. Bat soup
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At what point do we just press the button and bring it all down?
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:35 PM   #16
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Holy chit makes me not want to eat corn..... That beetle scene in Mummy or whichever movie it was comes to mind...
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:37 PM   #17
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Whats gunna happen to the plastic tanks on everyones cars and trucks?
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:38 PM   #18
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I'm glad I saw this.
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:40 PM   #19
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That’s Crazy
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:41 PM   #20
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I've never heard of such. That's crazy! I wonder if ethanol-free gas is safe from them??

https://www.lsuagcenter.com/profiles...e1608073218339
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:41 PM   #21
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It’s definitely time to go back to true gasoline, F ethanol
I wonder if the epa gives me a pass when they bore into some and we have a leak or spill
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:43 PM   #22
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Sum beech, that is not good. I kept waiting for the punch line, but I guess it isnt coming. Gonna check all my jugs this afternoon.
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:47 PM   #23
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I contacted the county extension agent. They plan to get the word out via news media.
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:48 PM   #24
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This world gets crazier every day. You would think the gas would kill them.
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:48 PM   #25
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I've never heard of such. That's crazy! I wonder if ethanol-free gas is safe from them??

https://www.lsuagcenter.com/profiles...e1608073218339
I dunno... they ate mom's welcome matt and a bottle of bar and chain oil. Pretty sure no ethanol in those.

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Old 04-27-2022, 02:51 PM   #26
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Whats gunna happen to the plastic tanks on everyones cars and trucks?
And lawn mowers, and boats, etc
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:51 PM   #27
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I dunno... they at mom's welcome Matt and a bottle of bar and chain oil. Pretty sure no ethanol in those.
Wow. I was hoping to learn that they couldn't survive very far north, but what I just read says they've been found as far north as Pennsylvania. They'll be at my house too before long, I guess.
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:51 PM   #28
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Almost beyond belief! How in the hell does gas not kill these things? Crazy
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:53 PM   #29
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Steve this may need to be ordered

https://bugspray.com/camphor-shoot-borer-spray.html
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Old 04-27-2022, 02:58 PM   #30
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Yet another consequence of the ethanol boondoggle!

They are strongly attracted to vapors given off by gasoline, because of the high ethanol content of modern formulations. Ethanol is commonly released by stressed and dying trees and serves as a powerful attractant for insects, such as the camphor shot borer, that attack stressed trees. This has resulted in an alternative common name for the species, gasoline beetles, for their habit of boring into gasoline tanks and hoses by mistake. Mysterious, BB-sized holes began appearing in plastic gasoline containers and fuel lines of small engines shortly after the discovery of camphor shot borers in Louisiana. Close inspection revealed that many of these holes were plugged by the dead bodies of the female beetles. Such incidents create fire and environmental hazards because of leakage of fuel, often only discovered during fuel transfers. At least one case of near stranding in the Gulf of Mexico was reported from Florida after beetles bored holes through marine fuel lines
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Old 04-27-2022, 03:00 PM   #31
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Thanks for the heads up. That is crazy.
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Old 04-27-2022, 03:02 PM   #32
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Just when I thought I'd seen and heard just about everything there was to see and hear!
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Old 04-27-2022, 03:04 PM   #33
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Not to distract, but when asked what were the signs of end times, Jesus named pestilence as just one sign. I think we can see that in our everyday lives and in the last few years more than ever.
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Old 04-27-2022, 03:16 PM   #34
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This is an awesome biological control at numerous levels and will need a response in kind.

Lets see:
1) how cold tolerant they are
2) what pesticides to which they are already resistant

Any pics of these beetles feeding on the fuel itself?

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Old 04-27-2022, 03:16 PM   #35
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Some green weeny anti petroleum environmental terrorist probably imported them
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Old 04-27-2022, 03:18 PM   #36
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Not to distract, but when asked what were the signs of end times, Jesus named pestilence as just one sign. I think we can see that in our everyday lives and in the last few years more than ever.

Bingo. Only going to get worse until it gets way better.
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Old 04-27-2022, 03:19 PM   #37
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Old 04-27-2022, 03:21 PM   #38
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pics.....https://extension.psu.edu/camphor-sh...stus-mutilatus
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Old 04-27-2022, 03:43 PM   #39
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They have been in the state quite a while. First I have heard of them...

https://extension.psu.edu/camphor-sh...stus-mutilatus
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Old 04-27-2022, 03:46 PM   #40
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Time to sell metal gas cans again.
That is all I buy. Those nice Eagle cans.
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Old 04-27-2022, 03:58 PM   #41
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https://citybugs.tamu.edu/2017/04/27...r-shoot-borer/
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Old 04-27-2022, 04:04 PM   #42
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No way I would have believed this was real. Crazy.
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Old 04-27-2022, 04:10 PM   #43
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AOC had the Wuhan lab create these to make us all buy electric lawn mowers
FJB
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Old 04-27-2022, 04:12 PM   #44
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AOC had the Wuhan lab create these to make us all buy electric lawn mowers
FJB
You got my vote on F JB & AOC
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Old 04-27-2022, 04:14 PM   #45
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Whatever you do don’t tick them off!
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Old 04-27-2022, 04:48 PM   #46
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That’s crazy
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Old 04-27-2022, 04:51 PM   #47
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They have been in the state quite a while. First I have heard of them...

https://extension.psu.edu/camphor-sh...stus-mutilatus
"Permethrin may be effective" Dang, permethrin kills just about everything but "may" be effective against these bugs???


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"The efficacy of pesticides for control of camphor shoot borer has not been tested. Systemic neonicotinoids and pyrethroids (e.g., imidacloprid and bifenthrin) have been effective in reducing the attacks of some ambrosia beetle species but not others, so they may or may not be effective against camphor shoot borer. A surface spray of permethrin can reduce the number of attacks by other problem ambrosia beetles, so may also be effective for camphor shoot borer. If a surface insecticide is used, it should be applied to the plant above 0.5 meters when beetle activity peaks (April and May in the southern U.S. and probably May and early June in Pennsylvania)."
Time to get rid of ethanol in fuel!
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Old 04-27-2022, 04:52 PM   #48
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FJB
This was my first thought….Creepy Joe and the goons came to mind.
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Old 04-27-2022, 05:06 PM   #49
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My thought too!!


Here’s a really crazy thing. Most new vehicles have plastic fuel tanks!!! This could get REALLY bad!!
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Old 04-27-2022, 05:11 PM   #50
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Looks like a good reason to get ethanol out of our gas supply!
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