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Old 09/21/09, 07:56 PM
 
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Hanging trap over soapy water: PUT IT WHERE NO ONE and no pets will accidentally run into it. Try hanging the bait so that it's just an inch or so above the water. When they get their bellies filled they drop down to fly off -hit the water and the soap prevents that. (Neener, neener neener...)

Ground nests: Had good luck using a bucket of boiling HOT plain water. Never knew what hit them. If you do anything like this - COVER UP GOOD.

Do not underestimate your enemy. They are heinous and relentless and can sting multiple times - and WILL. Espceially protect your eyes, face, hands and COVER ALL EXPOSED SKIN with heavy protective padded layers. Also seal off any gaps in clothing overlaps with duct tape. Be careful and good luck!

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I had a huge nest built into the top of a step ladder hanging on the side of my garage.
Waited until after dark and squirted 2 cans of the 20 foot wasp killer ( from Lowes ) right up into the opening in the bottom of the nest.. It killed them deader than doornails. Had my truck parked close with the parking lights on to see and to escape to, but was not needed.

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Old 09/21/09, 11:00 PM
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Trust me on this one thing, if nothing else...

yellow jackets are some naughty critters when riled... stir em up after dark and they're some bad hombres... I've stared down grizzly bears before... and would rather face another griz, than have a nest of yellow jacks after me, while I'm running and screaming like a helpless coed in a slasher horror movie... in the dark...

They have some kind of radar (yes, I know all about pheromones, but radar sounds more sinister) that allows them to chase you in pitch blackness. They also will guard all the available doors and windows leading back into the house.

I've learned. Nuke em in the daylight. Do it several times, and they're done...

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Wasp and hornet spray has to be used many times. Most of these sprays have no residual - there's nothing left after you spray. It only kills those you hit (like a nerve poison - not an acid). Work great on paper wasp hanging from corners and eaves. Not so good for yellow jackets. Dusts are still best.

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So if I use the dust, how do I get enough into the hole/nest to keep them from streaming out at me? It is about 7.5 ft off the ground, right above the front door.

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We use nosedive, from a good distance, early in the a.m. while it is cool.

Works great.

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We use nosedive, from a good distance, early in the a.m. while it is cool.

Works great.
............The lower the temperature the Less active they become ! On a very cool morning they can't fly so that would also be a preferable time to spray the nest . , fordy
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Old 09/22/09, 01:08 PM
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I have a nest in a old straw/hay pile that I removed from my duckhouse. I didn't know it was there when I decided to move it. I got stung once or twice before I got away...my ankle was swollen and redfor more than a week. I've never had that bad a reaction before so my sister (an emerg nurse) thinks I should get an epi-pen because the next time could be alot worse.

I'm not doing anything with them right now. I'm waiting until winter to move that pile now...hopefully the little yellow beasts will be frozen solid!!

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Trust me on this one thing, if nothing else...

yellow jackets are some naughty critters when riled... stir em up after dark and they're some bad hombres... I've stared down grizzly bears before... and would rather face another griz, than have a nest of yellow jacks after me, while I'm running and screaming like a helpless coed in a slasher horror movie... in the dark...

They have some kind of radar (yes, I know all about pheromones, but radar sounds more sinister) that allows them to chase you in pitch blackness. They also will guard all the available doors and windows leading back into the house.

I've learned. Nuke em in the daylight. Do it several times, and they're done...
Best advice you have is right here also you try one of them lights at night and see how many times it gets hit, i learned the hard way, also if wasp are in the ground you can soak a toe sack in diesel and lay it over the holes for 3 or 4 days when they crawl out that will get them too,
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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.
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Fishhead, was the bucket all the way full of water? And how close does it have to be to the nest?

I've got a humdinger of a nest at the base of a raised bed, with another access hole at the top of the bed. Problem is, found out I'm more allergic to their stings than bees and I'm a chicken to get too close to it. Besides, my old rosemary plant is in that bed and I don't want to use gasoline by it. Have I said I really hate yellowjackets!!!
Just add water to within 3" of the top. You can set the bucket within 15'-20' of the nest. They should be able to smell the meat. It seems that yellowjackets get more aggressive about finding food in the fall. Once while driving out from AK I stopped at a rest area to eat but the jackets kept landing on my sandwich as I was eating it.
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A can of hair spray and a butane lighter. Works for me

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Old 09/23/09, 06:24 PM
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Appreciate the info, fishhead! Gonna try this tomorrow. A friend told me seven dust also works, but I really don't want to get that close. I'm a chicken!

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I know it's hard to keep in mind - but yellowjackets are beneficial predators of plant pests and pollinators. They are just very protective of anyone messing in their business (kind of like some homesteaders on this forum) ;-)

Yellowjackets just out in the back of a field - where no one wanders should be left to do their yellowjacket thing. It's good for all of us as long as we don't mingle.

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Old 09/23/09, 10:02 PM
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We have tons of yellow jackets around here. in the areas we work in we just watch for the hole and pour a cup of gasolene in it. gone the next day.

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Old 09/24/09, 05:44 PM
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My husband got stung pretty bad by some a couple of months ago. He was mowing the lawn and moved some boards that were near the foundation of the house......yellowjackets attacked him. He got stung pretty bad. I searched online for a way to get rid of them and they said to take a pot of boiling water out to a ground hive at night. He did it and it worked good and quickly. The whole hive was destroyed and the funny thing is that all the other yellowjackets in other areas around here are gone too. We really did not want to spray poison anything or gasoline out there as we had a couple of snakes that live in the area and did not want to harm them in the process.

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