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What Do You Do About: Carpenter Bees?
For about the last week the yearly infestation has been coming to a peak. Wood bees. Carpenter bees. Those Buzzing B@st^rds are back with a vengeance this year! Used to be I would try to spray them with wasp spray, but their erratic flight patterns cause most of that to land on pavement, gravel or siding. Then for a few years I tried various chemicals made for problem critters stuffed into their nests and dusted around the decks, all with little effect. I'm told if the neighbors have them and do nothing to be rid of them, or if you live near a wooded area with a lot of deadfall, they will always be a problem. Bingo! on both items! Well, any of you that know ole Roe know he always has a solution, even if it ain't right. For every sporting utensil out there, be it bowling pins, golf balls, or whatever, ole Roe can find an alternative use for it. While rummaging through the furnace room (or junk room as we tend to call it, the only room in the house where the Mrs rules aren't enforced as heavily) I found some old badminton rackets from when the younguns still occupied the premises. In the infinite wisdom of a former truck driver,( cough), I deducted that if the kids still wanted them they would have them in THEIR junk rooms! Last week I started swinging like a madman at those erratic flying little beasts, knocking eight of them outa the sky in four days. This I considered practice, watching flying patterns and figuring strategy. Yesterday the swarm musta hatched out full force, they were everywhere! Toward evening, when they seemed to be slowing down, I grabbed my trusty badminton racket and moved in! Eighteen of the evil drones lay in the grass and on the deck in less than half an hour! Pure decimation, death to the multitude! If you see me walking down your street carrying my racket, I'm not a danger to anyone. Unless you are a carpenter bee.
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