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Old 03-11-2014, 08:26 PM   #1
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Yep. Just a little over a week away. A lot of the trees are blooming and the daffodils have been doing their thing for around 2 weeks. Usually before the end of March I will see the first hummingbirds to show up. But this time of year also has a dark side. Its called Carpenter Bees. I live in a log house and those sucker really do love drilling holes in the porch rails and eves of the house and porch ceilings. I have a couple of Carpenter Bee traps that work pretty well (pictures included) but my main defense is hand to bee combat. In the pass I have kept a tennis racket on each of the porches and its not unusual for me to launch 25 or 30 bees a day. This year I'm going to try a racket ball racket. Its a little shorter and should reduce my lock time. I think I will keep my eyes pealed at the flea markets for a couple of badminton rackets too. Light should be faster and better and they have a tighter weave so the bee heads shouldn't get stuck as much. I have tried shot cartriges in my Ruger Single Six but thats pretty iffy. Oh and if I catch one going in a hole I stick a golf tee up his butt and caulks over it. Wish me luck and if your in the area in the next two months, stop by and grab a racket. Remember, black faced bumble bee.... good. White faced bumble bee.... bad. Ok I got to go to the front porch.


Ok the battle is joined and I just scored my first kill of the year.



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Getting 6 inches of snow tomorrow, what about spring ?



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I've done the " Carpenter Bee tennis racquet" thing a time

or two, before.

They don't take well to pyrethyrine, either.

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Getting 6 inches of snow tomorrow, what about spring ?
Same here if I'm lucky!
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78 degrees outside right now. Been thinking about putting on the A/C. Supposed to cool down to 71 tomorrow with 50% chance of rain.
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I don't get it. I was riding the motorcycle last night. And it was snowing a few minutes ago when I came out of the gym!

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I don't get it. I was riding the motorcycle last night. And it was snowing a few minutes ago when I came out of the gym!
Its that global warming thing. When I was stationed at Denver we had 6" in may.
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About 20 years ago it snowed here on the 4th of July.

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8 inches of snow forecast for tonight, spring, what is spring?? (LOL)

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THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS...
NORTHEAST ILLINOIS AND NORTHWEST INDIANA.

.DAY ONE...TONIGHT.

RAIN WILL TRANSITION TO SNOW AND BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES ACROSS
MUCH OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS AND ALL OF NORTHWEST INDIANA LATER THIS
EVENING INTO OVERNIGHT. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL AMOUNTS ARE
EXPECTED TO BE MAINLY SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 88. IN
ADDITION...INCREASING WIND SPEEDS WILL LEAD TO AREAS OF BLOWING
SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITIES OVERNIGHT
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Drove convertible all weekend, but it rained today.




What about some small-caliber flame-throwing for the bees? It might be fun...of course, your house is made of wood.



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