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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-17-2017, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Carpenter bees have infested my wood framed barns to the point of structural damage.
I loaded 444 marlin cases with 2 grains of green dot , a 410 wad and about 35 grains of hard white rice in a 45/410. This makes a dandy load for wingshooting the bugs out to almost 20 feet. Today I shot 9 with eleven tries. The trick is to catch them relatively still for a second .
This is fun and fairly cheap. Try it if you have a carpenter bee problem. G66

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I swat them with a badminton or tennis racket usually. I have shot them with a BB gun on a couple of occasions (just stick the barrel out towards them and they lined up with it).

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I have been swatting them for years but they have learned to stay out of reach. Besides, this is fun!

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Sounds like fun. How loud would you rate the report. I live in a no guns fired in the city limits.


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Have you tried using salt instead of rice?

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I once made a powder horn for a guy who always carried a sling shot in his garden for white moths or butterflies, He filled the horn with sand and shot the butterfies with a big pinch of sand with a wrist rocket. I guess it worked. - thejanitor
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If you can find the holes they make (look for sawdust), take some grease, petroleum jelly or whatever and mix it with pyrethrin and rub some in the hole entrance but don't fill it closed. Kills the adults and any ones that hatch and come out the hole.
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Gonna have to try molemans idea.
Where I live, once the neighbors hear the sound and look out, and there I am with the 410, the swat team is coming.

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With the 2.0 grain green dot load the sound level is about the same as a 22 short. Might try primers only to lower the sound level but I haven't tried this.

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