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I have some ground bees that are in a high traffic area where I keep one of my tractors and lawn mower. One got me the other night and they pack a wallop. My hand was swollen for 2 days and very painful. My question is how would you get rid of them? My idea was to at night put a window screen over the hole and pour diesel into the hole and light it. I sure don’t need to get stung again. So any ideas would be helpful
 

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You don't even have to light it. The diesel will kill them. So will vinegar and boiling water.
 

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Once I walked by a ground hornet nest at the base of a cedar tree. Damn things went after my dog. I pulled him out and got the hornets off him. Then early in the cool of the morning, just as the sun was breaking the sky open, I emptied 1/2 can hornet spray on that hole. A couple of days later I went back to check and they were all dead.
 

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probably not bees but some kind of ground hornet. Wait till night time, pour gas or diesel down the hole and set an empty 5 gal bucket over the hole to keep the fumes in.

We used to run into them in hayfields occasionally. Our method was one man with a shovel and another one with a pump-up sprayer with diesel. That would definitely get the heart rate up. I like your method better.
 

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When I was a teen, we were building a 5 strand barbed wire fence and I droped a staple into some underbrush. As my luck would have it, I stuck my bare hand right into a yellow jacket nest. All I can remember is that it felt like I had put my hand into boiling oil.
 
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When I was a teen, we were building a 5 strand barbed wire fence and I droped a staple into some underbrush. As my luck would have it, I stuck my bare hand right into a yellow jacket nest. All I can remember is that it felt like I had put my hand into boiling oil.
They are wickedly painful
 

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probably not bees but some kind of ground hornet. Wait till night time, pour gas or diesel down the hole and set an empty 5 gal bucket over the hole to keep the fumes in.

I agree sounds like ground hornets. Google ground hornets. They look like bees. Most definitely swell you up and than it will itch. I feel for you.
 
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No they were not that big more like a little bigger than a quarter of a inch. But yellow and black, if I didn't know any better I would say it was a yellow jacket. Don't think they are in the ground though
 

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What we call ground hornets here, can sometimes be a misnomer as they don't always build underground. They can build anywhere, including in shrubs and tree limbs as well as in the ground.
I have a 6 decades old hatred of them.
 
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So you folks really think pouring gas in the hole and covering it up, that the fumes will kill them? I’d hate to be wrong and pick up the bucket in a day or two and it be full of a bunch of super mad bees!
 

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Yellow jackets burrow in the ground. Bald hornets live above ground and build paper nests.
Both can get pissy. Yellow Jackets tend to react individually . Any one with the time to pick up a bucket full
of bees has too much idle time on their hands!
 

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