Not a big fan of these stinging critters! If you want an easy way to trap wasps and yellow jackets this late summer – give this a try from Instructables:
This is my first instructable, so any feedback is greatly appreciated! After discovering a yellow jacket ground nest near our front door a few days ago, I decided to look up ways to get rid of these mean insects without the pesticides. We have various wildlife and friendly insects in our yard, so I try to avoid pesticides. A quick Google search resulted in a few solutions to my problem and this is the one I chose. This method was super simple, pesticide free, eco safe and VERY effective. Friends and family were pretty amazed at the results as was I! So let’s get started!
Here are the “tools” needed: wine (they prefer red to white), a clean water or soda bottle, a bread knife or scissors, and dishwashing liquid. First, cut off the top quarter or third of the bottle. Add about ½ “ of wine and about two drops of dishwashing liquid. Now flip that top over to make a funnel and place it snuggly back into bottle. You are done! See how easy that was?
Here is the tricky (or fun depending on how you view it) part. Place traps as close to the yellow jackets’ nest as possible. Since they had built their nests (yes, I said nests, plural, but I will explain that later) in the ground, I simply placed the traps close to where I saw them flying. My first case scenario was near our front door close to a stick pile. I made a red wine trap. As you can see, they preferred the red wine. Next day, yellow jackets were gone and floating inside the traps……or so we thought. About four days after first testing these with good results, a new family must have moved in and stung my little boy who was simply coming inside after school. Mama Bear mode kicked in! I found some old bug spray in the garage and planned an assault despite my NO pesticide clause, but they must have known what I had in mind because they scattered. Since we didn’t have red wine opened at the time, I used some old white wine that was about to be tossed and I quickly made two more traps. Again, next day, yellow jackets drowned!
The following day, I was walking from the mailbox and as luck would have it, found ANOTHER ground nest next to our driveway, right in the path of my kids coming home from school! I quickly grabbed the previous three traps, made a new one with red wine, and off I went carefully placing the traps. As soon as I walked inside, we looked out to see a SWARM of these evil buggers all around the traps! I grabbed a camera, zoomed in and took a video from a safe distance (or so I thought). One zoomed past and stung me in the back of the head! He even rode on top of my hair and made his second appearance in my kitchen where he was quickly eliminated.
Five hours later with a quick rain storm thrown in there, we noticed there were no flying yellow jackets. Upon closer inspection, we discovered filled traps! I noticed a few strays flying out of the nest, so I made a fifth trap. If my first four traps are any indication, I believe our yellow jacket problem has been solved, at least for today.
A few things to consider: try to use bottles with small openings to prevent escape; when you safely can, clean out the traps and refill when needed. If you leave too many dead ones in there, they might crawl over their dead and find a way out. I had much better luck with red wine as opposed to white (see photo of traps that were side-by-side and see which one was fuller!).
I hope you have success with this eco safe, pesticide free yellow jacket trap!
Two days into this, we discovered that most of the traps had been knocked over or dragged away, probably by raccoons in the night. Since there were a few stray yellow jackets flying around today (yes, one even went for my hair again!), I decided to do a night recon. A few of the traps were opened and cleaned out, but the ones they weren’t able to open were full. I left one bottle’s contents on the driveway because ants and spiders were having a feast, but in another bottle I commented to my husband that I had caught a huge wasp. On closer inspection, we discovered it was the queen! We both now believe that there is no way that all of these yellow jackets were drowning since the dead were 2+ inches deep in the bottles and there is only ½” of wine/detergent solution, so we are guessing that the solution somehow kills them. No honey bees were killed in the making or implementation of this Instructable.
Clever idea as the summer gets hot and the bugs get thirsty! From Lifehacker:
Having a few cocktails in your backyard is great, but if you’re not vigilant you may find a fly or wasp in your drink. It may look a little dorky, but placing a cupcake liner over your drink with a hole for a straw will help keep your beverage insect-free.
Love the Olympics and this years’ is more social – details from FastCo:
HOW MUCH BIGGER IS SOCIAL MEDIA IN 2012 THAN IT WAS IN 2008? THREE TIMES? TEN TIMES? TRY 100 TIMES.
The Olympics are one of our oldest traditions–a time capsule we revisit every four years. And while its athletes gradually become stronger and faster, other technologies have been advancing exponentially.
This infographic by Pappas Group really puts that idea into perspective. It compares the size of social media in 2008 with 2012, using Olympic events like weight lifting and pole vault to scale just how much this sector has grown.
“When we began to visualize the impact of the Summer Games on branded social media, each category we were looking at took on its own event-like stature. So the idea of using a traditional isometric style to create an Olympic arena of sorts seemed like a natural fit,” explains Art Director Spender Slemenda. “We started thinking of different events and how they would affect the chart data. The integration of the cut-out athletes came quite easily from that.”
The visuals are remarkably effective at fleshing out these stats–let’s just admit it, swimmers competing for first place, even if they just create a bar graph anyway, are far more interesting to look at than a traditional graph. But there’s a larger point that we see in Pappas’s infographic that’s more important than the sheer number of Facebook subscribers or the amount companies like P&G spend on advertisements: The web, Internet, or cloud, whatever you call it, powers entities that expand on the exponential scale, a scale far beyond the frameworks of even the most impressive physical specimens of the human species. And so while it’s not so hard to imagine the Olympics in another hundred years, imagining the digital infrastructure behind them becomes entirely unfathomable.
The Danish tennis star is engaging on Twitter, frequently posting her training and status updates. Even better, she dates pro golfer Rory Mcilroy — both are terrific follows when the other is competing.
The American swimmer told us in May that he uses social media to boost his visibility and marketing potential. His lighthearted tweets and frequent interactions with fans on Twitter helped him pick up sponsors like BMW and Got Chocolate Milk.
Perhaps the 2012 Olympics’ biggest celebrity, James won his first NBA title with the Miami Heat in June and will look to follow up in London with his second gold medal. He took time off Twitter during the NBA Playoffs, but will likely be much more active during the summer games.
In May, it was reported that Adlington would forsake Twitter in London because of cruel social media trolls. But the swimmer said she could never give up the microblogging network, and looks to be a solid follow as the Olympics visit her home country.
Ginobili tweets largely in Spanish, but the basketball star is still worth your attention. You’ll love his sheer joy representing Argentina and respect his obvious pride for his country. And really, that’s what the Olympics are all about.
Powell is one of a handful of incredible Jamaican sprinters. He frequently posts slice-of-life photos and — as evidenced by the screenshot at left — is religious about replying to fans and well wishers.
Nicknamed “Blade Runner,” the South African runner has prosthetic lower legs. He will become the first double-amputee to ever compete in the Olympics (he’ll also participate in the Paralympics). On Twitter, he frequently provides training updates and behind-the-scenes glimpses while inspiring his more than 50,000 followers.
Sullivan is an Australian sprint swimmer. He has more than 24,000 followers, but tweets pretty much like any other normal dude.
After months of hype, the 2012 Olympics in London will finally get underway this Friday. With two weeks of excitement, drama and athletic brilliance, much of the Olympic action and reaction will take place online.
Social media will play a bigger role this summer than in any games before — especially compared to the last summer Olympics, in 2008. Why? Social media’s growth, influence and ubiquity has been exponential since ’08. Facebook has gone from 100 million users to over 900 million. More than 400 million tweets are sent each day now, compared to just 300,000 four years ago. And YouTube has grown steadily too; its users now upload more than 72 hours of video content each minute.
As has become standard for major athletic events, Twitter will act as the digital sports bar for many fans. News will break there first. People will share and re-share compelling human interest features; fans will celebrate and debate each race and performance.
And athletes, the stars of the summer games, will connect with fans and provide previously unimaginable inside access. While International Olympic Committee restrictions on social media posts have some athletes frustrated, there will still be plenty to enjoy. But it all begs one question: Out of more than 10,000 Olympians, who should you follow?
Luckily, Mashable has you covered. From sprinters to swimmers, dunkers to divers, we’ve found 25 of the very best Olympic athletes to follow on Twitter this summer. Scroll through the gallery above to seeMashable‘s Twitter Olympic team.
Get pumped up! The Olympics are about to start! Here are 10 unforgettable video Olympic moments from Mashable:
Kerri Strug, Atlanta 1996
The U.S. women’s gymnastic team had never won a gold medal in the team all-around competition when the Magnificent Seven entered the 1996 Games. A first-place finish appeared within reach, but it all hinged on a solid vault performance from the American women. After two falls by her teammate, Kerri Strug was the United States’ last chance for gold.
Derek Redmond, Barcelona 1992
British sprinter Derek Redmond never won an Olympic medal, but his performance at the 1992 Games in Barcelona remains one of the Games’ most moving moments. During the semi-final of the 400m sprint, Redmond’s hamstring snapped, causing him to collapse on the track. Redmond refused a stretcher and instead hobbled across the finish line with the help of his father.
Nadia Comăneci, Montreal 1976
At the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, 14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci scored the first perfect 10 in women’s gymnastic history with a flawless uneven bars routine. The scoreboards were not even equipped to display the perfect mark and showed a 1.00 instead.
Muhammad Ali, Atlanta 1996
The flashy spectacle of the Opening Ceremonies paused for a touching moment at the 1996 Games in Atlanta when Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic Torch at Centennial Olympic Stadium.
Michael Phelps, Beijing 2008
Eight races, eight wins. Michael Phelps’ quest to break Mark Spitzer’s gold medal record included world record-breaking blow outs and a race won by 1/100 of a second.
Rulon Gardner, Sydney 2000
Rulon Gardner stepped into the ring at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney to face a legend of Greco-Roman wrestling. Alexander Karelin had gone undefeated in the 13 years leading up to his match against the son of a Wyoming dairy farmer, but Karelin’s streak ended with a 1-0 loss in one of the Games’ most stunning upsets.
Usain Bolt, Beijing 2008
The fastest man in history, Usain Bolt, was so dominant in his 100m sprint win at the 2008 Games in Beijing that he nearly skipped across the finish line.
Mary Lou Retton, Los Angeles 1984
Mary Lou Retton vaulted into history at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles by becoming the first American woman to win gold in the all-around gymnastics competition. The West Virginia native earned an additional honor that year when she became the first woman athlete featured on the front of a Wheaties box.
Derartu Tulu, Barcelona 1992
Derartu Tulu became the first Ethiopian woman to win an Olympic gold medal when she raced to victory in the 10,000 meters event at the 1992 games. Tulu joined hands with silver medalist Elana Meyer of South Africa on her victory lap in a moment of touching harmony.
Carl Lewis, Los Angeles 1984
At the 1984 Olympic games in Los Angeles, Carl Lewis tied Jesse Owens’ accomplishment of winning four gold medals at a single Olympics with wins in the 100m and 200m sprints, the long jump, and 4 x 100 relay. In 1999, “Sports Illustrated” named Lewis “Olympian of the Century.”
Jaw-dropping victories, heartbreaking defeats, and world-class athletes pushing their bodies to unfathomable limits seize the attention of the world for two weeks every two years.
The Olympic Games play host to many of the sporting world’s most memorable moments. In anticipation of the kick off to London 2012, we looked back at 10 extraordinary moments in Summer Games history.Prepare to stand up and cheer or dab a tear from your eye because this is what the Games are all about.