Weekly Off Topic Thread (WOTT) #241

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Speaking of stinging insects... I saw one of these very large black and white wasps go into the end of a piece of the bamboo trellis I made and was working on. Not sure I've seen them before around here before. Looked them up and they're called a Mason Wasp, but it looked pretty intimidating. And this wasp shouldn't be confused with the black/white Bald Faced Hornets and there's plenty of them around here.

 

Mason Wasp

You'll just have to imagine what it looks like because the word filter found some profane abbreviation in the HTML code for the photo. Smiley Mad And wonder why I hardly post around this forum anymore??

 

Bald-faced Hornet

Another obscene photo I had to delete!

 

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I'd like to see the photos so I can be on the lookout!  Pls. send via email. Smiley Wink

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We get those bald faced hornets around here on occaision. You'll find a volleyball-sized nest (or bigger) on the house or in a nearby bush or tree that sure seemed like it wasn't there two days before. I also see, every so often, what I beleive are either red wasps, or cicada killer wasps. Those thing are freakin huge, usually atleast an inch and a quarter.

 

 

Hey Phil, let me check my OEM newsletters, I beleive that WIN 8 upgrade is supposed to be free.

 

 




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I HATE CICADA KILLERS for what they kill!  Cicadas are nice, friendly bugs. Smiley Happy

 

I like how that article tells you to take note of what they look like, which is a little difficult unless they're dead!  We had a wasp that would dive bomb us over the back door.  Finally figured out it had a nest behind a strip of faux floral above the door!  They had built it over the hook that was hanging the floral and it had to be knocked down to get the hook off!

 

It didn't look black, but more of a red wasp.  And it was mean, the typical kind.  Now for the mason ones, I wasn't thinking, mason = brick!  There are about 3 mud nests on side of house, but haven't seen any activity, so they must be finished with them and can be knocked down?

 

I've only been stung once by a wasp and once by a bee, and that was only a few years ago! 

 

Another bug in the garden to be wary of is the Puss Caterpillar/Asp (as we call them in Houston).  They can fall out of trees on you, but my encounter was while watering a hanging basket.  My hand touched foilage that it was on and pain was unreal!  I ended up in the ER because of pain and swelling!

 

IF you ever encounter one, get some tape and put it over the bites/stings to pull the tiny spines out of your skin. They're more of a white color, though the link says pea-green.  Ouch!!!!!

 

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I was trimming my red tip hedges this weekend since they were about 6 ft. tall and I was using a gas powered hedge trimmer.  As I was doing my thing I guess a nest had been built inside the hedges and I was lucky enough to come across it.  Pretty bad when you have gass powered trimmers darn near over your head and come across something like this.  They started coming out from everywhere so I just dropped the hedge trimmer (and ran!!) which ended up sitting on top of the hedge still running.  Couldn't get back to it to turn it off.  Finally went and got a rake out of the shed and was able to click the shut off switch.

 

Had to wait about an hour and a half for the wasp to calm down and go back to the nest.  Didn't have any wasp killer so I used some WD-40 and squirted that on the nest thru the straw and it worked.  Knocked it down with the rake handle and threw it away.  You can bet I will be checking for those type things before the next trim!! 

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Hey Phil, let me check my OEM newsletters, I beleive that WIN 8 upgrade is supposed to be free.

 
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I was just going by the local ads that came in the Sunday paper and that I've received on-line.   The ones I've seen are all the same......purchase a Win 7 PC now and for $14.95 you can upgrade to Win 8 when it's available.  If they get desperate enough to prop up sagging PC sales I imagine they might start offering the upgrade for free.

 

Right now these problems with E-mail service are driving me insane.  Wish I knew what I was doing.  I got gMail going and importing my mail from Yahoo/AT&T mail but it did not leave copies behind so now my wife's iPad can't access the E-mail.  I'm on the verge of selling all our computers and going back to pen and paper plus snail mail.

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Speaking of Cicada Killer Wasps - ours should be hatching in the next few weeks., Smiley Mad  About five years we saw our first.  we learned about them,  We were fascinated by their lifting power.  We accepted the 4-5 nests in our back yard.  Now, we disdain them.  Last year they built appx. 75 nests and simply decimated our back and side yard.

 

The wife and I spoke to agronomists, pest experts and so on and they offered no solution.  We studied the web and I think that we have a solution.  When a nest appears, jab three plastic knives to mark the nest., in the middle of the day  Then, about two hours after sunset, pour ammonia down the now marked nests.  It kills the live ones and the eggs.  Unfortunately "cicada killer waps will be harmed in the making of this ...".  well you know.......

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A cicada flew out of the garage door wreath right into my face this AM!  Didn't see him and couldn't find where he went.  One of our anoles had a bug in his mouth yesterday and let us watch him digest it.  Natural pest control.

 

Cicada Killers are scary-looking!

 

Glad you weren't hurt, BB!  I've learned now to even look in hanging baskets before watering as we had a tiny bird nest in one a few years ago!

 

A few flying roach wings on the back porch last night, guess the raccoons had a late lunch of ones we've killed with spray? 

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spd2demun wrote:

A cicada flew out of the garage door wreath right into my face this AM!  Didn't see him and couldn't find where he went.  One of our anoles had a bug in his mouth yesterday and let us watch him digest it.  Natural pest control.

 

Cicada Killers are scary-looking!

 

Glad you weren't hurt, BB!  I've learned now to even look in hanging baskets before watering as we had a tiny bird nest in one a few years ago!

 

A few flying roach wings on the back porch last night, guess the raccoons had a late lunch of ones we've killed with spray? 


Just walking around is pretty dangerous, huh Spd.?  This past spring my son-in-law said that a maple tree seed pod (helicopter / whirlygig thing) hit him right in the eye.  About a week later, one helicopter thumped me right in the nose.  It actually left a mark. Seriously, lol.

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Yeah, a lot of days, just walking is hazardous for me, LOL!

 

Gardening and the outdoors, not for sissies!  Smiley Very Happy  It's a (suburban/urban) jungle out there!

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OK you Nancys.Smiley LOL

 

 

 




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