There’s few things that get your blood pumping like hearing the unmistakable buzz of bees.
While honey bees get a lot of credit for being vital to the environment, serving as pollinators for huge amounts of flora, wasps and hornets don’t get the same treatment, although they are beneficial in their own ways. They also serve as pollinators but more importantly do a good job of keeping down populations of other pests, like caterpillars and spiders.
But as anyone who’s been stung knows, that doesn’t make them any more lovable.
Well, one 70-year old Army veteran in western New York saw a large hornet’s nest hanging on a tree in his backyard and decided to do something about it. But rather than going the usual route of buying some spray, covering your mouth, and letting it rip, he chose the most American way imaginable.
The man grabbed his trusty shotgun, took aim, and blasted three perfect shots, blowing the nest apart and pretty much assuring that repopulation wouldn’t be a problem. Fortunately, this took place in winter so they weren’t worried about an angry swarm trying to enact some revenge.
Quite naturally, some wonderful people in the comment section weren’t too pleased with his extermination method choice, but his daughter provided the below context in the video’s description on why this was actually and all around better way to take care of the problem.
“FAQ for the many concerned “experts” in the comments
-Dad is an Army veteran with a solid understanding of gun safety, including knowing the target and what’s beyond (the “beyond” being many acres of unpopulated rural woodland)…
-Yes, it is winter and the nest may be empty, I believe his main goal was to prevent repopulation
-Yes, other methods would have worked, but this was cheaper and more fun, and dad felt like popping off a few shots that day
-This was genuinely safer than my 70-year-old dad climbing onto the roof with a ladder (seriously, ladders are responsible for many more accidental deaths and injuries than guns)”
Honestly, this is one of the best things I’ve seen in a long time.
His marksmanship was absolutely incredible, the nest was taken care of, and an elder father was able to show off some serious skills to his family. That’s an all around win for me.
Shoutout to this vet. The video was taken in 2011 and I hope he’s still out there ripping birdshot and being the badass he seems like.
A Cup Of Gasoline Can Wipe Out A Wasp Nest In Seconds
Now I’m not one of those people on board with the “I’ve learned more from TikTok than I did school” thing, but I have to say, this is a pretty interesting revelation.
Wasps are one of those creatures on Earth that people ask “were they really necessary?” Unlike bees, they do not pollinate, nor do they have an animated movie starring Jerry Seinfeld dedicated to them.
They pretty much just seem pissed off all the time, and decide to build nests around your house and often times swoop down and hover around you, leaving you fleeing in terror into your own home.
I’ll go ahead and say it: their domestic terrorists, and there’s not really a good way to get rid of them. Sure, we have a long-range spray in a can that you can shoot their way, but if you miss, you are in for a world of hurt.
Plus, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve valiantly gone out to wage war on a wasp nest and miss the initial spray shot because I’m already running away in fear (I got stung in the eyelid by one when I was a kid, so not a big fan of the devil insects).
So leave it to TikTok to show us a way that simplifies the wasp extermination process. The video below shows people partially filling containers with gasoline (which in a way is a little dangerous) and then pressing the open part of the container up and around the wasp nest, sealing off the oxygen and effectively poisoning the wasps.
As long as you don’t accidentally tip the container over and spill some gas on your face as you are lifting it above your head, the strategy does seem to work like a charm.
All I will say is to be careful with this if you decide to try this out.
Spraying the wasp spray from 15-feet away, letting out a high-pitch scream, and running the opposite direction still might be the safer way to handle those pesky wasps.
Watch A Black Bear Fight Off Bees In Its Pursuit Of Honey
Winnie the Pooh, is that you?
This is hilarious, a story as old as time itself… the bear who loves some honey.
It is truly candy for these food craving animals. Imagine, you wonder the woods day in and day out and then come across a bounty of sweet sweet honey. It would be heaven to a bear.
Black bears pretty much only think about food. It’s what makes up most of their waking lives. They wander, sometimes for miles, in search of anything that’s edible. whether it be from a rotting log laying in the woods, to a singular crumb in your garbage… they will eat it all.
Honey however, is nature’s candy. But, it comes at a price for animal that can’t put on a sophisticated bee keeping suit.
I have to say, I always wondered how this would go down. Honestly, I just kind of assumed the bears were relatively unaffected by a bee sting, but boy, was I wrong.
This bear is seen coming across the literal honey hole in the form of a backyard bee hive.
Quickly, it realizes the treat that is in store for itself if he can just get inside…
At his first glance, he gets stung and jumps back but goes in for more. He thrashes around in pain from the sting as he digs to get into the sweet honey.
The bear is clearly uncomfortable as it digs and digs and the bees swarm him by what looks to be the thousands.
But, he powers through and continues to dig for the honey in the hive.
I just hope the ol’ boy actually got some of that honey so the stings were worth it.