Flying bug ID

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  1. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    I have a bunch of these dudes flying around my front door. Over the last week it has gotten worse. I'm in MA for reference.

    They flit around like flies, we have honey bees on our property and they don't fly like a bee if that makes sense.

    They are building what looks like ant hills around our front walkway and are starting to get annoying walking in and out. Looked up on some flying bug charts and nothing seems to match.

    I took some better pics today and hadn't noticed the green eyes, but they are prominent.

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  2. Chaos-in-ID

    Chaos-in-ID Who knows Thats the fun of it

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    It looks like a Burrowing wasp. Green Eyed Wasp; Burrow Builder - Tachytes distinctus
    Dont get stung.
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  3. anotherguy

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    Amazing how something so small can put a real hurtin' on ya.
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  4. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Thanks, I got my full bee suit on and smacked about 7 burrows with some spray. Will douse again tonight.

    Really fun walking around in 105F with head to toe gear on lol
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    Schmokel Key to Happiness: Low Expectations

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  6. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    The little bastards survived the first dousing down their holes with wasp spray. They flipped me the bird and literally doubled the amount of mounds on my front walkway in 24 hours.

    Little do they know the depths of depravity I will sink to in order to win. Pulling out the big guns tonight. Dish soap and a hose after a nice cool drink of wasp spray. If that doesn't work the hot ticket is insecticide dust but I can't find it locally only on Amazon for the good stuff.
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  8. tbas3

    tbas3 Been here awhile

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    If you google "what's that bug" it will take you to a site called whatsthatbug. They identify bugs from where ever. I used them a while ago to identify an insect I had never seen before. There is a lot of information on that site. You can look around there on your own for a match. If you are not successful you can post the picture and a location of where the photo was taken. They will identify it for you.
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    cagiva549 whats a cagiva

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    I have the shiny black spider killer wasp living on my back porch , we get along just fine when one comes in the house I catch them in my hands and put them back outside .
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    If that's what I think it is, they don't sting people and seen in the heat of summer.
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    TeneRay Just glassin'

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    Hives in the ground, I just put a pint of gasoline in a big coffee can, dump it in the hole, put the can over the hole and hold it down with a rock. Nothing comes out the next day.
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    Been stung yet? No?? leave 'em alone.
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  16. ShOqUePoT

    ShOqUePoT GS Pot

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    Looks like a sand wasp. Not aggressive and might not even sting if provoked. I would let them be.
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  17. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    We've grudgingly agreed to not annoy each other.

    I politely suggested that if they try and build more mounds on my walkway they are going to get the spray again.

    They agreed to not sting my kids in the face.
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  18. foxtrapper

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    Their burrows are apparently quite deep. So you're probably going to do best with a jar over the entrance to catch them in. Spray pyrethrin onto the burrow opening at dark and put a jar on top. You may well find a dead wasp in the jar some time the next morning.

    They are solitary wasps, which means you're not going to find a nest. Just one or two per burrow. Solitary wasps are almost all very laid back and non-aggressive, so the likelihood of getting stung is low. But, be aware of a solitary wasp sitting on top of a burrow. That could be a male defending a territory. Not at all sure of that defense might include humans, but may should you step on his burrow, or one he's watching.
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    I'm go to the hospital allergic to most stings. However I leave them alone and they reciprocate. We have those giant Asian Hornets here in late summer. I was enjoying a cigar one night and one f them landed on my leg. Crawled around for a minute or so and flew away. I spent that minute wondering how bad it was gonna hurt. They come in the garage at night and bounce off the fluorescent light bulbs on the ceiling. I guess when you're the baddest guy on the block you don't go around showing it 'cause everyone knows?????
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  20. sherloc

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    Gasoline in the burrows usually does the trick, without lighting it off.
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