Anyone have any good ways to get rid of a yellow jacket nest in the ground? The only reason it's an issue is that it is in our yard and we have a 15 mo old boy that is all over the place. Any help is appreciated as always.
BTW...if your kid has not yet been stung by a bee, wasp, hornet etc... a nest full of yellow jackets would NOT be a good way to find out he is allergic. When I was a kid, I got into a nest and by the time I got off the hill, I had YJs in my socks stinging the bottoms of my feet. 86 stings total. Trip to the ER. Yay! Fun.
The diesel/kereosene/gasoline works fine. You don't need a lot, a glass-full will do, and you don't need to light it (if it is gasoline, definitely don't light it)
Mark where the nest is and then dump in the glass of fuel in late in the evening or very early in the moring. The cooler it is the less active they are.
A few years ago I had a huge nest underground by the horses. I taped some red platic over my flashlight, went out after dark, dug the nest up partially and sprayed as I went. A cool night is best. I had on long sleeves and pants just in case. Supposedly the yj can't see red light. I needed the light to see what I was doing. That way I knew I was getting the adults and the larvae.
Best way I have found is locate where they go in and out. After dark take a propane torch and put the tip down in the hole and seal with dirt and open the valve. let run several minutes or longer. Take out torch and leave it alone. The propane is heavier than air and will stay in the hole for awhile. Good luck getting rid of them. Sam
We had a yellowjacket nest in the yard when I was a teenager and Dad told me to pour gas down the hole we saw, wait a few minutes for it to fume and toss a match in and run. What he failed to tell me was to use only a quart . I poured in a 5 gallon can and let it fume for about 20 minutes. When I lit it, I blew the doors off our 8 x 10 Sears garden shed and lifted one side of it off off its slab.
I have to admit he took the demolished shed in stride because all he said was " Well we know where their back door was. Glad we had the riding mower out. The roof was starting to leak anyway. I should have told you how much gas to use. You should close your mouth and go change your drawers if you need to. While this explosion was impressive , its not as spectacular as when I blew up the officers latrine when I was stationed in Korea and used gas instead of diesel fuel to burn out the pit. Lets go buy a new shed kit and don't make any plans for next weekend because I will be teaching you how to assemble a tin shed."
Then my mother came out and looked at us and said " I see you are in the middle of a father / son moment and nobody is injured. Are you two coming inside for a shot and a beer or do you want me to bring the fixings out to the patio for the "You aint gonna believe this story?""
"I didn't have time to slay the dragon. Its on my "To Do" list !"
I've got yellow jacket nests all over my yard too, or did last fall. Now that I think about it, I don't think I've seen them this year! They were all over the place when the apples were ripe. That's why I got ducks. I was told they would dig up the nest and eat all the yellow jackets. I haven't turned the duck out yet. They're only 3 weeks old.
There are plenty of ways to deal with them, but since you've got a 15 month old, you don't want those methods. From Savin to gas and such, none of them are good to have with a 15 month old.
You might want to consider asking the local bee keepers what they would charge to come out and manually remove the nests. It's not that hard to do, I do it frequently. A bit if wire, a shovel, and suit up. Find the nest, smash it. Squish all the yellow jackets you can find.