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Oak tree question
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Dave Smith    Posted 03-24-2003 at 09:00:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have about 2,000 oak seedlings planted in tree tubes. Last summer and fall we had high winds that broke off the wooden steaks holding the tree tubes upright. I tried to work on them and change the steaks but every tube has a wasp nest in it. Those darned little buggers would not let me. If I spray the wasp nests with Wasp and Bee killer will it affect the trees? If I put moth balls in there to keep them out will they affect the trees? If I don't put tubes around the trees the deer eat them off.
It's amazing that a little bug weighing less than a ounce can drive off a 205 pound man.
Dave <*)))><


Ludwig    Posted 03-24-2003 at 09:52:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
The most exellent wasp and hornet killer I've ever seen is carb cleaner and your average carb cleaner bottle will shoot a long way, longer if you use the little tube.
I don't know if it'll kill your trees, try it on one, if that one dies its no good...


Dave Smith    Posted 03-24-2003 at 09:57:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The Wasp and Bee sprayers will shoot a stream 20 feet.
I have about $15 into each tree plus labor and hate to experiment.
Dave


Ludwig    Posted 03-24-2003 at 10:16:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeeesh! I see why you wouldn't want to experiment.
I'd start with the soapy water thing, use bio-degradable soap to be sure.


Maggie/TX    Posted 03-24-2003 at 09:40:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know if the Wasp and Bee Killer will affect the trees or not, but you can kill the wasps with something safer -- soapy water. In the southern states where there is an invasion of Killer Bees the pros use soapy water to kill them and it works just great on wasps, too. Get a nice big spray bottle or a Hudson sprayer and put some dish washing liquid in with water and to get 'em. Make sure you have a sprayer that sprays a good distance for your safety.

We told my father-in-law about this trick and he had the most fun attacking a wasp nest in his carport. That nest was over 1 foot in diameter and just FULL of wasps. He got it and didn't get stung once.

After you get the wasps killed, just water the plants to wash off excess soap. The soap in the soil SHOULD help keep other insect pests to a minimum and not hurt the trees. I've been advised by a plant nursery person to use soapy water to combat aphids on roses and not buy the expensive commercial stuff, so I don't see where it could hurt oak tree seedlings. If I am wrong, somebody please tell me! :)


Dave Smith, I wonder    Posted 03-24-2003 at 10:09:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If Basic H, will work. It is good for most plants. I will have to try it on one to see if it takes care of the wasps.
Dave


Dave Smith, Thanks    Posted 03-24-2003 at 09:53:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That sounds good and a lot cheaper than the wasp spray. They can be fiesty little buggers. I know the wasp spray works good. Once it touches them they are done. But you have to be on the watch for the ones that were away from the nest when you sprayed. They must have some sort of a communication system. They come back mad.
Dave


Maggie/TX    Posted 03-24-2003 at 11:24:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Best to do this at dusk, when all the wasps are back to the nest for the night, then you are sure to get them all. The soapy water suffocates them, but does not kill as quick as the store bought wasp killers. It WILL knock them down on the ground right away though, and gives you time to stomp on them to finish them off.


Ed Gerstenkorn    Posted 08-22-2003 at 18:24:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a new pin oak tree that is attracting bees and wasps of 5 or 6 different varieties. What is causing this? Can anyone give me an idea where to look for infomation?


Maggie/TX -- PS    Posted 03-24-2003 at 11:27:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
This stuff works great on carpenter bees too! Used to give the kids a Hudson sprayer full of soapy water and they would entertain themselves for hours getting the carpenter bees out of the eaves of the house. You can just shoot the stuff right in the hole and they fall out and you stomp them.


Larry 8N75381    Posted 03-25-2003 at 18:35:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maggie,

I bought a pair of badmitten rackets - in sad shape, for cheap - at the local flea market. Had a contest with my son to see who could swat the most bees. I had a lean-to shed on an old wood corn crib that I keep my tractor in. The wood was FULL of bee nests. They would hover out in front chasing other bees/insects away. It was a chalenge to hit one since just as you thought they were still they would see something to chase and dart off. I won - got something like 20. They are still around but not as many. My son has gone and I don't have the time it takes to "stalk" one. I REALLY like the soapy water spray idea! THANKS!!!

Regards,
Larry


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