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Yellow Jackets dont like saws

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Got Wood, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. Battenkiller

    Battenkiller Minister of Fire

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    My little setter got stung by a yellow jacket about this time last year. It was on her ear one minute, and she dropped like a stone the next minute. Crapped herself and everything. We all thought she was dying, and I started trying to pour liquid Benedryl down her throat. She was out for a good five minutes, convulsing all the time. When she came to she was like a dishrag and I had to carry her into the house and lay down with her.

    You know, she started acting real squirrely after that. Never put the two together until just a few months ago when we had to put her down. We just thought it was her age. I told the vet about it and she said there was likely some neurological damage that occurred. She got so she didn't even know her own name (just like her owner) and started to get aggressive. It was very sad, but we did the right thing and let her go.

    Hope your dog is fine.

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  2. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    She' s fine. Vet came over last night.

    Possible strained back.
    She wants to wait 72 hours for x-rays.
    Dog is acting like it's arthritis , so I'm hoping it's just a really minor back strain.
    Already spent bazillions on cruciate ligamint surgeries on the knees.
    No more big dogs for me.
    I think a pony would be cheaper.
  3. Battenkiller

    Battenkiller Minister of Fire

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    :lol:

    Pony would be cheaper. They do fine on a few flakes of hay per day.

    Yeah, a good friend's in-laws used to breed mastiffs. I had no idea about what went on behind the scenes. Even birthing can a problem, so I'm told. The pups are sometimes so big they won't fit down the birth canal, so they need to be born by C-section.

    Glad your pooch is OK.
  4. gregp553

    gregp553 New Member

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    I read recently that in the fall they are also more aggressively protecting the queen to protect the next generation for the hive. When my dog gets stung we need to give him Benadryl because he gets really lethargic pretty quickly. Kinda like me on winter Sunday afternoons.
  5. HeatsTwice

    HeatsTwice Minister of Fire

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    20 years ago, I found a yellow jacket hive in the ground under a pile of wood. I found it by moving some of it. Ran like hell to get away from the swarm chasing me - into the house -without a sting on me.

    For weeks I removed the lumber just a peice at a time - not to bother them. Then when down to the last board, got a can of bee spray, waited for a very rainy night (pouring), moved the last board and blew the whole can into the bee hole. Even in the racket of pouring rain I could hear the roar of thousands of furious bees 6 inches below the ground as I blasted away. I almost chickend out from the sound of them but kept at it till can empty. I then threw a shovel of dirt on the hole and left. 4 days later no yellow jackets. No stings. Only a little soaked from the rain.

    Nowadays, when I find a hive in the ground, I mix up a slurry of dirt and water in a 5 gal paint bucket and slam it top side down on to the hole. The mud dries like cement intombing the ones still in the ground and makeing it impossible for the ones landing later to dig out the hive.
  6. Bubbavh

    Bubbavh Feeling the Heat

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    They got me... Was clearing a lot with a skid loader and got out to move an old wheel barrow... got stung about 15 times while running away. About a week later I was hooking up my trailer... got two more stings. They sure do itch!!!
    They seem extra nasty this year I was told it was due to the drought. Not sure if that is true or not but I know I get angry when I'm thirsty!!
    Beer Time!!!! :)

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