We really need a "Land Clearing" Forum... I could fill it all by myself.
Today my youngest and I were out in the woods prepping to grind some stumps, a process that requires us to walk around and cut down old stumps or mark low lying stumps with sticks. In the process of doing this, we both were stung by two independent yellow jacket ground nests about 20' apart. A third and fourth nest were found later in the day when ripping up some dogwood roots with the ratchet rake and mowing. We basically had to abandon work areas as each nest was uncovered due to the explosion of bees (yellow jackets specifically) that came out to defend it. So, that's how the day went... work - get stung, find a new project, repeat.
It doesn't help that the area I really want to work is full of armpit high goldenrod. I tried clearing the weeds with my clearing saw and got stung again... In fact, my glove became some sort of beacon for yellow jackets as I had to ditch it because it was attracting them. When I retrieved it later it had several of them stuck to it by their stingers. Those particular bees didn't make it back to the nest. (the "nunu" icon is factually accurate)
I might mention no one in my family is allergic to stings, they're just painful and annoying. With the numbers of bees I saw today, it's amazing no one suffered a significant number of stings by disturbing a nest.
It's August and I know the buggers are increasingly aggressive going into fall. These guys stole a day of work from me and I'm not happy. I've dealt with the nests in my fields w/o any problems but these ones in the woods are big (huge numbers of bees) and apparently numerous where I'm working... Am I looking at waiting for the weather to cool before I can get an edge over these pests or has someone found a good tactic for handling ground dwelling bees?
Some background on where I'm working: I have no electricity or water and fire would be probably get me on the news... Due to the stumps, I can't really get the tractor into the area either. Are the sprays effective on big ground nests? Anyone try more creative means successfully? - At this point, I'm all about a cathartic victory.
Maybe the skunks will have their way with 'em before I get back out there...