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Bugged by bugs
« on: May 06, 2003, 02:35:37 PM »

my wife & I went over to Whitehorse & did Standard up to the Lunch Ledge on Monday. the weather was beautiful & the temperature perfect. she led the pitch from the top of the arch to the ledge & when she was making the moves up the dike wasps were buzzing 'round her head. there were more on the ledge as well. when I got up there I could see a bug nest about 6' up and 1' right of the bolt anchors under a crack. it's just left of the 3 pin anchor so be very careful. I could also see a lot more in the cracks above. they were slow 'cause of the chilly morning earlier, but they will be agressive as things warm up.

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Re: Bugged by bugs
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2003, 02:55:30 PM »

would people freak if someone headed up there with a can of raid and 86'ed the nest? would that be destroying nature (like bolting)?

i'm just posing the question because i'm curious what people think. personally i wouldn't do it, 'cause i like little animals and it's not necessary to my survival to get rid of them. i just won't climb that route. but if they were on my house i'd let the little buggers have it, with my epi-pen in my pocket the whole time.  :) would anyone do it? or would everyone let nature do it's thing?

i bet the nest is already gone by now.
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Re: Bugged by bugs
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2003, 05:00:48 PM »

I feel taking bug kill up a cliff and killing some poor bees in their house is a little bit aggressive.  Bees are an important part of our eco-system and they have to live somewhere.  I can't think of a more secluded place for a bee to live than several hundred feet off the ground on some granite!
 I do agree that if I found some in MY house their day's would be few.  
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Re: Bugged by bugs
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2003, 06:53:04 AM »

I agree...in this case we're the unwanted visitors in their house...definitely no need to kill 'em.  Especally since, if you keep even a minimum distance from their nest, they won't take any notice of you.
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Re: Bugged by bugs
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2003, 04:33:17 PM »

Personally I'd say nuke the little b@st@rds.  While they don't particularly bother me, I'd hate to hear about some unsuspecting visitor with an allergy go into shock 3 pitches up because they don't have an epi pen with them.  While they may not be aggressive now, they will be soon as things warm up more and they are building their condos.  Besides, these are not honeybees, doing mankind a service by pollinating our zucchinis, these are wasps.

By the way, from climbing at the Gunks I have found that if they are buzzing you, it is possible to kill them in mid-air with a sharp blow from an open hand; a guidebook works even better.  Just don't miss, 'cause that just gets 'em angry.
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