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    I was on the front porch the other checking for trash that the door-to-door sales guys drop off all too often. I hardly ever go in or out the front door since the back door is closer to the garage. As such, if I don't see something on the front door as I'm driving by it, I don't go there very often. It might be months if I don't see something obvious (like a package) there. I had noticed that hadn't been ringing my door bell as much lately though. So, anyway... I was checking it the other day and I noticed a yellow jacket nest right at the top of the door. I think I know why I'm not getting as many of the people leaving stuff on my door these days.
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    [QUOTE I noticed a yellow jacket nest right at the top of the door. I think I know why I'm not getting as many of the people leaving stuff on my door these days. [/QUOTE]

    Maybe there is a good side to yellowjackets, at least when they are in a strategic location.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keyhole View Post
    Maybe there is a good side to yellowjackets, at least when they are in a strategic location.
    They do tend to have an attitude if you disturb them. Maybe I should put a sign on the door, "Doorbell doesn't work, please knock loudly".

    Of course, then I would have to put a video camera there and post the results to YouTube...
    When you fill out your income tax forms at the end of the year, look and see how much money you have given the
    government throughout the year. Then, take a moment to ponder -- has the government done $X worth of
    stuff FOR you or TO you this year? I tend to believe the latter...

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    Back in the 50's we tried the stuffed owl in the barn but the sparrows and black birds soon caught on. My job as a 10 year old was to deal with the issue. my weapon of assignment was a London Colt, .36 Navy calibre. This was loaded with a .22 long case full of Curtis & Harey's No.6 Black powder and two 3/8 x 3/8 diameter leather harness punch-out wads. These were absolutely deadly at 40 feet. This was my "go-to" load for rats and the occasional varmint.

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    When I was a youngster, a lot of sparrows nested in the eaves of our garage. Dad put up a 1x6 board 6 in or so below the eaves for our cat to use as a walkway. In the evening, after the birds had settled in for the night, we would put the cat up on the walkway and he would help himself to a smorgasbord of fine feathery food. This was about 70 years ago and I don't remember just how he managed to hold on to more than one but, he would get two or three and want to be let down to eat them.

    I bet if we had left him a way to get up and down there on his own he would have kept them cleaned out.

    Give anybody any ideas about using their cats for flying pest control?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squint View Post
    When I was a youngster, a lot of sparrows nested in the eaves of our garage. Dad put up a 1x6 board 6 in or so below the eaves for our cat to use as a walkway. In the evening, after the birds had settled in for the night, we would put the cat up on the walkway and he would help himself to a smorgasbord of fine feathery food. This was about 70 years ago and I don't remember just how he managed to hold on to more than one but, he would get two or three and want to be let down to eat them.

    I bet if we had left him a way to get up and down there on his own he would have kept them cleaned out.

    Give anybody any ideas about using their cats for flying pest control?
    Hmmm... I'm thinking cat plus trebuchet... Or for a cat, should you use a "cat-apult"?
    When you fill out your income tax forms at the end of the year, look and see how much money you have given the
    government throughout the year. Then, take a moment to ponder -- has the government done $X worth of
    stuff FOR you or TO you this year? I tend to believe the latter...

    Si vis pacem, para bellum -- If you want peace, prepare for war

    "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." -- Barry Goldwater

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    Good one there!

    Maybe I should have worded that differently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squint View Post
    Good one there!

    Maybe I should have worded that differently.
    Nawh, you worded it *perfectly* for a set up.
    When you fill out your income tax forms at the end of the year, look and see how much money you have given the
    government throughout the year. Then, take a moment to ponder -- has the government done $X worth of
    stuff FOR you or TO you this year? I tend to believe the latter...

    Si vis pacem, para bellum -- If you want peace, prepare for war

    "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." -- Barry Goldwater

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    You're welcome.

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    We had a bird "problem" where I worked. The truck barn was infested with swallows, so the mess on the vehicles was something to behold. The company purchased a product called "Bird Begone"....a sticky, grainy, gooey material that was painted on all horizontal surfaces such as truss beams, etc. It stays sticky so when the birds land on it they immediately take flight again. With no place to land and rest their little birdy feet, they soon learn to find other quarters. It worked for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squint View Post
    When I was a youngster, a lot of sparrows nested in the eaves of our garage. Dad put up a 1x6 board 6 in or so below the eaves for our cat to use as a walkway. In the evening, after the birds had settled in for the night, we would put the cat up on the walkway and he would help himself to a smorgasbord of fine feathery food. This was about 70 years ago and I don't remember just how he managed to hold on to more than one but, he would get two or three and want to be let down to eat them.

    I bet if we had left him a way to get up and down there on his own he would have kept them cleaned out.

    Give anybody any ideas about using their cats for flying pest control?
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