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millie girl 04-28-2009 08:35 PM

getting rid of bees, beware of skunks
 
while living in a former house we had a ground nest of bees right outside our front porch, we sprayed with bee killer at night and got rid of the bees but then found a new problem, a skunk came to eat the dead bees and our neighbors dogs killed it, our back yards were only seperated by a wooden fence and our bedroom window was next to the fence.:laughing:

jaros bros. 04-28-2009 08:37 PM

Yeah, skunks are a natural predator of bees. It's a little known fact. The skunks will usually show up at night and swish their paws around the entrance to entice the bees to come out. When one comes out they will roll it around in the dirt until it's dead and then eat it.

Scuba_Dave 04-28-2009 09:10 PM

I don't use spray on ground nests
A little gas & a match
Then the skunk gets a BBQ meal

DangerMouse 07-31-2009 07:56 AM

i've tried gas and fire, but it don't work. the little buggers are too far down and just vent the fumes/smoke back out...
best way is to wait till next year, they won't be back. they won't reuse the same nesting place.

DM

Red Squirrel 07-31-2009 08:10 AM

Hose at high pressure would work well in this case. Stand at least 50 feet from spray area. In fact if you can place the hose ahead of time then just go turn it on and go for an ice cream cone or something then when you get back they should be mostly all dead or gone. Ensure the hose is in a position to spray everywhere on and around the nest.

DangerMouse 07-31-2009 08:22 AM

are we talking about the same bees? underground? if you stick a hose down there and leave, you'll have a heck of a good start on the next Grand Canyon when you return! i tried putting a hose down one, it didn't work..... i even put bleach , then ammonia down it... (mustard gas)
still there the next day.....

DM

794613 07-31-2009 10:48 AM

I've heard that boiling water works great for getting rid of bees and such. It's also not harmful to the ground/people/etc.

DangerMouse 07-31-2009 12:14 PM

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Originally Posted by 794613 (Post 308974)
I've heard that boiling water works great for getting rid of bees and such. It's also not harmful to the ground/people/etc.

in-ground bees? hmmm, didn't try that, but i don't see how it gets to the queen?

DM

794613 07-31-2009 12:39 PM

Yeah, I know the queen has to die to kill the hive, I'd imagine enough boiling water would eventually get down deep into the hive. Maybe repeated applications at night?

gma2rjc 07-31-2009 12:55 PM

I guess you'd find out real quick if you're allergic to bees, huh?


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