Got to LOVE skunks!

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    We get invasions of them in the spring .When I mow the grass they seem to always try to bite me and they leave welts .I had them getting in the house and in my car .
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Yes they love digging them up, eat the brood.
     
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    Yeah, that's very false. All sorts of bees, all sorts of wasps.



    Most wasps aren't aggressive and are too busy living their lives. Same with bees, plus their stings are less painful and most don't live in colonies so they have no reason to defend anything.

    Hornets and Yellow Jackets are considerably more aggressive. They can be very dangerous if they feel their colony is under attack.
     
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    Over the years, skunks have cleaned out at least thirty yellowjacket nests on our property. Love 'em!! I never spray the remains of a nest.....the little stinkers will come back the next night and finish what they started. Wouldn't want to poison them.
    John
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    I waited two weeks they did not come back, darn them. So I finally sprayed the nest.
     
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    HARO Pondcrastinator

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    Well in THAT case, I would too!
    John
     
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    I've been using a solution of dish soap and water to kill paper wasps. I have a spray bottle that shoots about 6 feet. It works really great. The soap breaks the electrostatic charge that repels water, or something like that, and they drown.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    I didn't know a human had that ability @addy1 ...........................you little stinker upload_2017-8-24_7-56-28.gif :smuggrin:
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    I leave paper wasps alone. If they are somewhere we don't need to interact. They eat beetles, grubs, garden pests, tend to be non aggressive if you don't bother their nest. I have more than once gotten close to a nest, they just fly out and if I move away they fly back to their nest.
    There are two nests where I store my tractor, I pulled it out they totally ignored me.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    lol wellllllllllll it was time to mow again, grass was tall, so I had to zap them. Kept hoping the skunks would come back. Now I want to dig up the nest and check it out, it is neat looking.
     
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    I think a skunk ate my cabbages down to little nubs, so I'm not so sure I share your love of them right now @addy1 ! Between them and the rabbits, my life is ruled by small furry creatures... oh, and that includes the mouse that has taken up residence in my pantry!
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    lol sure that was not ground hogs? They are my furry companions.....................munch hounds
     
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