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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 8:53 pm    Post subject: Help Nu with a bug problem? (please, I'm begging) Reply with quote

Well, really with identifying the things. They've been hanging around out porch lights after sundown for about a week now. I've never seen them during the day.

Simply put, they look like giant bees, maybe two inches long. Yellow striped, fuzzy abdomens and everything. I can't tell if they have stingers or not, but they've got what looks like reddish colored eyes. If you recognize the meager description, or could at least point me in the direction of a good bug site, I'd muchly appreciate it.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Err Well I don't recognize them by the description, but maybe not turning on the porch light for a couple days will make em 'Move on'?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah. . .somehow I don't think that's going to work though. We could just wait for the first frost to kill them, but who knows how long that's going to be? They could be migrating - which would be strange, but plausible I guess. As I've said, I've never seen them before, and they weren't there a week and a half ago.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, just don't turn the light on, bugs attract to light, light is associated with heat, so they flock too it.

Just try it, if you don't get any other solutions Surprised
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I concur, bugs are attracted to light sources... turn of the light for a night or two, and they'll likely move on.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My brother turned off the lights 30 minutes and they were gone by the time mom got home. I just remembered it's gotten really cold really fast lately, so maybe they're just trying to get in. but that still doesn't explain why i'm only seeing them at night.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's too hot during the day? and at night it gets cold so they go to light to find some warmth?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually most nocturnal insects in the States (as far as I know) approach light sources if they can find them. Instinctively, Light = Warmth. Warmth = survival... and so on.

So, I think you've found the solution to your problem. You should get pictures of them, though, for dA or something. XD
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I should, except I'm fairly certain it's some sort of hornet. ^^;
We can't find them anywhere, it's rather annoying. I would love to know if they're going to sting me or not. I'm going to get my dad to murder one so I can take it to the biology teachers at school.
And it's not hot during the day - it's rather cold. . .

Dunno, it's just weird. . .
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like hornets to me. They can get up to 2 inches in length, and some varieties have red eyes.

You may want to carefully check to make sure they're not nesting near your house, since they do attack in swarms if something agitates them near the nest (probably something you'd want a professionally to do!)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hornet
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is kinda what they look like, from what I saw. This is just for similarities sake, because the stripes were smaller. Besides, it' can't be this particular species, because they're native to Asia (if it is, we've a huge problem). I'm going to get my dad to kill one so I can get a decent picture for you.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the mystery is solved! They're European Hornets. They can get pretty large - about 1.5 inches long. They're generally non-confrontational, and are attracted to lights at nighttime. They were trying to build a nest on our porch. Hopefully they don't have another one hidden away somewhere. . .
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't you live state-side?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed I do. East Coast. However, they were introduced, or got smuggled in, in the 1880's or something - like tarantulas and fire ants (which have just made their dramatic appearance in my area). So they're here now.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sylph_14 wrote:
Sounds like hornets to me. They can get up to 2 inches in length, and some varieties have red eyes.

You may want to carefully check to make sure they're not nesting near your house, since they do attack in swarms if something agitates them near the nest (probably something you'd want a professionally to do!)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hornet


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