[Lab] yellow jackets and electricity
tom.i.burns at gmail.com
Mon Aug 29 10:02:35 EDT 2011
An Arduino-powered stun gun is not something I would want to fall into the
hands of a species as devious as the squirrels ;)
If it's not high powered enough, and you're not against using chemicals, I
dealt with a nasty bee (my fiancee is allergic) problem in my backyard using
Raid "One Shot" wasp killer.
On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 12:19 AM, Darcy Whyte <darcy at siteware.com> wrote:
> Hi Richard,
> Thanks for the note.
> I figured keeping a coil charged might be expensive on the batteries. Seems
> the next place to go is keeping a capacitor charged. As I mentioned in the
> blog post, a disposable camera may have enough hardware to do this. May not
> be as high a voltage but it might work.
> So it just comes down to triggering the high voltage thing.
> I'm all ears on how to trigger it but I figured I could just use an arduino
> because the labor content may be lower. There might be something that can
> save some pennies but I think for the pain a community of yellow jackets
> causes, it's okay if it uses an arduino for a couple days.
> Even if the Squirrels steal it.
> On Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 8:59 PM, Richard Guy Briggs <rgb at tricolour.net>wrote:
>> On Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 01:32:19PM -0700, Darcy Whyte wrote:
>> > What about this angle:
>> > A motion detector of some sort.
>> > a coil
>> > a relay
>> > a 6v battery
>> > a wire grid over the opening
>> > When a yellow jacket is detected we charge the coil and then let it
>> > discharge through the grid.
>> I think the idea is to keep it charged so that it does its work on
>> > The relay is to isolate an arduino from the coil charging action...
>> > What sort of coil would I need?
>> > If this will work at all....
>> > Also, what about detecting the bug when it touches the grid? I suppose
>> > problem with that is I'd need to isolate it from the arduino somehow
>> > the high voltage will zap the arduino too....
>> Does it really need an arduino, or just a wired power supply and a way
>> of forcing all entering and exiting wasps of touching the charged wires?
>> > On Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 12:58 PM, Darcy Whyte <darcy at siteware.com>
>> > > Perhaps this can be DIYed:
>> > > http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page1421.html
>> > >
>> > > I could then just hang the thing near the hole and place some
>> > > right there.
>> I've seen one of those at a friend's cottage. It is only $10, so it
>> might be worth just buying one to find out how it works and adapt it for
>> automatic use with your wasp nest. We had one in the floor of our
>> balcony. It was a nuisance...
>> You might want to adapt it with very fine wires brushing around the hole
>> (but if the wire is too fine, it might fuse instead of delivering the
>> intended shock to an insect...)
>> > > On Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 12:54 PM, Darcy Whyte <darcy at siteware.com>
>> > >> Let's say I have a nasty yellow jacket nest that's starting to cause
>> > >> problems.
>> > >>
>> > >> I've dealt with these in the past when the next is very exposed but
>> > >> time I only have access to an opening about an inch where they are
>> > >> and going.
>> > >>
>> > >> Has anybody ever tried to put some sort of zapper near an entrance?
>> > >> that should be an easy way to get them.
>> > >>
>> > >> A trap seems to take long because they only go into it once in a
>> while so
>> > >> it takes a long while.
>> > >>
>> > >> I figure if I put a couple of electrodes near the hole, they could
>> > >> complete the gap.
>> > >>
>> > >> If this would work, I wonder how many bugs a couple of D-cells could
>> slainte mhath, RGB
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