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Old 02/25/09, 09:49 AM
 
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The yellow jackets are starting to come out. My property is covered in them. My question is how to get rid of them without endangering my poultry and goats. I have poured gas down the holes I could find. I did this after dark so they would hopefully be home. It didn't seem to do any good. I have fruit trees which I believe attracts them at certain times of the year. Of course, they aren't producing yet. I want my children to be able to play outside without the danger of being stung.

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Old 02/25/09, 10:16 AM
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I think skunks and raccoons will dig out the underground nests. For the ones around the house, I use a shop vac with an extended hose.

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Old 02/25/09, 10:26 AM
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They sell yellow jacket traps at some feed store.

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Old 02/25/09, 10:52 AM
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We googled for yellow jacket traps and got lots of hits, but out of all the homemade contraptions, the only one that actually had good results was the tripod with the hanging piece of fish over the bucket of water with a little soap in it. We placed one by the front door and the little darlings flocked to it.

The concept is fairly simple: In the spring, they are very hungry from their long winter's sleep so they are drawn to the 'fresh' meat. Being the greedy things they are, they gnaw off large hunks of the fish and attempt to fly away. BUT...the huge hunk of meat weighs them down into the water where they drown.

You do have to check the water every so often so that you don't have so many floaters that the new ones can climb out!

Last year we used one, this year we'll probably set up 6 all around the house.

We also had the commercial yellow jacket traps. I think I saw two dead ones for the whole season. I'll stick with the cheap, homemade traps this year for sure!

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Old 02/25/09, 10:55 AM
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When we pour gas down their holes we then light it and the gas burns them out.

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Old 02/25/09, 12:12 PM
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1) The home made traps with meat and soapy water work very well.

2) There's no need to light the gasoline. I put about a cup in a 2L soda bottle, very quickly stick the neck of the bottle in the hole and squeeze hard then leave the bottle in the hole.

3) Digging up the nest with a front end loader works as well but its painful because I never realize I'd done it until I've been stung. So I wouldn't recommend it

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We use homemade traps and they work but not as good as my ducks. If you can get a few ducks, they will eat a nest in a day. Just a thought.

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you know where the holes in the ground are to me its a give me, simply take a towel soaked in diesel and put over the hole with a rock to hold it in place as the wasp crawl out it will get them same as ants maybe in some worlds not eco friendly but works for me, no farm animal will bother save your gas but do you know every nest hole on your place is probably not so use some of the above adivce such as the fish traps.

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Old 02/25/09, 05:20 PM
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The yellow jackets are starting to come out. My property is covered in them. My question is how to get rid of them without endangering my poultry.
Our chickens eat yellow jackets. Feed your chickens less grain.

Yellow jackets, and other wasps, are very beneficial. Get along so long as they're not living where you want to be. They do have a short temper but with reason.
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I was not going to go here but I have to. I have worked for our state ag agency for 20 years and I have to say please do not use gasoline to kill yellowjackets. Gasoline will contaminate the soil for a very long time. Gasoline breaks down into byproducts like Toluene and Benzene. Not good. When killing a nest you must get to the queen, soak the nest with an insecticide. Please don't use gasoline.

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Old 02/25/09, 08:19 PM
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You can get traps at most hardware stores that use bait and soapy apple juice. You can use canned cat food once you run out of bait. They work VERY well.

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Old 02/25/09, 08:36 PM
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Here at home I mostly use the gallon milk jug home made traps. Fill partly with soapy water, drill a 3/8 inch hole near the lid but down just a bit. Take the cap off and fill the inside of the cap with jam/jelly, packets from the local eatery replace cap, works well. they go in can't find their way out and soon tire and fall in the water.

I also have a removal bussness. Can't be fooling around with traps and what not when people want them gone YESTERDAY. I use Specrside pro,only place I have found the pro type is Home Depot.
It is a contact killer and also leaves a residue for several days to get any that touch any area around the entrance you spray. I give a money back garintee when I do the job. I have never in 7 years gave a nickle back the stuff works.

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Old 02/25/09, 08:38 PM
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I leave them alone except for the ones that are too close for comfort. After dark, with red cellophane over the flashlight, I will go out and dig the nest up with a can of spry all set to go or crawl out on the roof and spray under the eves or whatever the situation calls for. I read the insects cannot see red light and it does seem to hold true. I do not kill any of them that aren't a threat as they do pollinate and we don't seem to have bees like we used to.

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When we pour gas down their holes we then light it and the gas burns them out.
exactly, gas followed by match,pooffff, no more YJs
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Old 02/26/09, 12:35 PM
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ROTFLMAO. Poof no more hair on the arms, no more eye brows, no more stach, and maybe you'll get all the yellow jackets. You can always check after you put out the fire in the field.

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http://www.pestcontrolcanada.com/INSECTS/wasp_traps.htm

homemade wasp trap made from 2 liter bottle
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homemade wasp trap made from 2 liter bottle
I guess our Yellowjackets are too smart. We didn't catch any in this type of trap.

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Old 02/26/09, 06:11 PM
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Insecticide is just as bad as gasoline. It also contaminates the soil and water for years. Read the info on the label, the main ingredient is usually petrolatum distillates.

Best, simplest, and safest solution is to place a clear glass bowl over the entrance hole to an underground nest. The wasps can't figure out how to get around the obstacle. They will all die within 24 hours but you can leave the bowl in place for 2 days just to be sure.

As for the emerging queens you see now, the only control would be to smack each one with a fly swatter as you see one. Until they start establishing a nest they have no home base to return to in the evening.

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Old 02/27/09, 12:12 AM
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We had several close calls with Yellow Jackets a couple of years ago and tried all the home remedies without any luck until someone suggested Sevin Dust. It worked the very first time! As you mention, use it late at night or early in the morning so as to get as many as possible in the nest (they will not go past it into the nest). With them being ground dwellers, cleanup & risk of exposure is minimal.

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I have about 10 of those hanging traps that you put fruit juice in, I put them up as soon as the flying bugs come out in spring. Around the house, patio/pool, garage, and barn areas. The hornets fly up and into the trap to get the sweet stuff and they can't fly back out as the entrance is underneath. Works very well, also catches those annoying flies.

I only started using them religiously last year, but I did note there were not a lot of hornets around like the year before. I'll be hanging them up again this year for sure!

We had an issue before with bumblebees. I normally don't bother their nests, but this one was under our bedroom window inside the wall, and it's too unnerving to see an occasional BB walking across the bedroom floor.....I would have freaked if one was on the bed, I hate having anything crawl on me. The exterminator eliminated them with two 2-week apart sprays of sevin dust and then plugged the hole.

Now, if I could just get rid of the cluster/house flies....

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We had several close calls with Yellow Jackets a couple of years ago and tried all the home remedies without any luck until someone suggested Sevin Dust. It worked the very first time! As you mention, use it late at night or early in the morning so as to get as many as possible in the nest (they will not go past it into the nest). With them being ground dwellers, cleanup & risk of exposure is minimal.

Hope this helps!
You are so right! This really works! Especially easy if nest are in your house or hard to get places. Throw the Sevin toward the hole at night and they will carry it back into the nests. We have had good results with Sand Hornets. They tend to build nests under sidewalks or rocks.
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I agree with airotciv. Don't use gasoline. Gasoline is far more toxic than any pesticide labeled for wasps. The aerosol pyrethrin suggested in the posted website was my 3 decades of professional experience choice for excellent results. I tried the dusts. They do work. As for the traps, now is the time they will catch the queens. After spring the queens are safe and the traps do not eliminate a single nest. If you use the aerosol pyrethrin, you do not need to wait till dark. If you wait till dark, you will still get stung. They work on the exterior of the nest at night. Your flashlight directs them to you. The aerosol pyrethrin will kill the residents of the nest (queen, and larvae) who feed the foraging workers outside the nest. Kill them and the whole nest dies. The workers just take a day or two.

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yellow jackets can dwell in the ground, a grill, hottub, closet, wall, soffett, tree, shrub, or just about anywhere

don't use Sevin either, unless you wear a respirator -- read the label

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