Originally Posted by totustuus
I tried gasoline on one nest, sprayed another with wasp killer and tried the insecticide powder on the third. All were effective.... So many ways to wage war.....
For yellow jackets in the ground, nothing beats gasoline! Put a cupful down the hole (none should come out with all that gas), wait a few minutes for the vapors to build up, light a piece of newspaper and throw it on top of the hole.
WHOOSH!!!!!!! (The ones that didn't die from the gas have now been incinerated in the fireball!) Hey, when I want revenge, I want REVENGE!!!
They are indeed nasty, and once riled up stay "on guard" for a while.
Of course, you can't use the gas and burn method near anything combustible. I'd try the wasp and hornet spray and wait until night to douse the hole.
Currently, I have a nest of them in my back porch on the outer wall. They found a hole underneath the windowsill on the outside and have happily made a nest between the wall joists. I've been trying a cheap (Dollar Store brand) spray, and while it kills the ones flying around, it hasn't killed the nest yet. (I'm thinking possibly the hole to the nest is at the bottom, so the spray isn't dripping down on them.)
I do torment them from the inside - by banging on the wall. They come flying out to investigate and I keep banging and more come out. But if some poor unsuspecting soul came walking by, they would get stung in a hurry.