What digs out and eats yellow jacket nests?

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  1. mammabooh

    mammabooh Metal melter Supporter

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    What kind of critter can ignore the stings of yellow jackets?!?!? Something dug out a decent-sized ground nest and ate a bunch of the contents...and then pooped right beside it. I'm just astounded that any critter could endure the wrath of the yellow jackets. Of course, this happened at night, so maybe they yellow jackets didn't sting? I'd love to hear what you folks think it could have been.

    By the way, the afore-mentioned poop was about the size of cat poop, and was very dark and shiny...a bit smaller than raccoon, I'd say.
     
  2. Lisa in WA

    Lisa in WA Formerly LisainN.Idaho Supporter

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    Bears eat yellowjackets. But so do skunks and raccoons.
     

  3. TNHermit

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    I have two that are hanging 15 ft up on the side of the dryer vent and they have both been ate out on the side away from the house. Don't think bear or coon could get there. gotta be some kind of flying thing. Dragon or such :)
     
  4. mammabooh

    mammabooh Metal melter Supporter

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    I was gonna say woodpecker until I read that it was eaten on the side away from the house. Maybe a bat or owl?
     
  5. Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

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    I'm thinking badger. Badgers don't care. Badgers eat poisonous snakes and stinging bees.
     
  6. TheMartianChick

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    A skunk helped us out by digging one out of the ground in our front yard. Hubby is allergic, so I was extremely grateful to it!
     
  7. NickieL

    NickieL Accidental Farmer

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    see...and y'all want to shoot everything that walks past ya homesteads....they are oft times helpful and have a purpose...
     
  8. copperkid3

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  9. fishhead

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    In this area it's usually skunks or maybe coon. They wait until fall when the cold nighttime temperatures slow the yellow jackets down and the comb is full of food.
     
  10. Lisa in WA

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    You're right...badgers don't care. Badgers don't give a spit.:)
     
  11. Pops2

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    no, the general concensus here is only to kill it IF it is a direct threat to the animals the homesteader is responsible for. you might want to read post a little more carefully.
     
  12. Michael W. Smith

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    I would have to say a skunk too.

    It has been cooler at night, but I don't think enough to slow down the yellow jackets any. I'm sure they can't sting through the fur coat, but I would think the eyes, nose, and mouth would be targets, so I don't know how they handle that.

    All I know is that yellow jackets sure are nasty. They don't usually come out to inspect what is going on - they are on full attack mode!
     
  13. OkieDavid

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    Bigfoot.... Their coat is too thick for the stingers ;0
     
  14. jen74145

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    I also thought badger.
     
  15. TnTnTn

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    Around here it is skunks that dig out and eat the yellow jacket larva/brood. I am thankful for it as I am allergic to stings especially yj stings. When I am squirrel hunting if I find a yj nest I will put the squirrel entrails at the entrance and invariably a skunk will find and dig out the nest. We have had fewer nests on our place this year-I have killed 6 nests and had some yj sweet traps out for awhile-not seeing hardly any now. Which is good imo. I imagine bears and badgers would do the same. TTT
     
  16. TNHermit

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    Where do all these skunks, coons and badgers get the ability to climb a stainless steel pipe
     
  17. fishhead

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    The holes I see are small (2-3"), circular and go straight down to the nest with the grass matted all around the hole. That indicates an animal reaching into the hole.

    A badger would dig a much larger hole.

    Our nights are down into the 50's. The grasshoppers are really slow in the morning so the yjs probably are too. Fox and coyotes eat a lot of the hoppers on fall mornings before they warm up.
     
  18. Energy Rebel

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    Skunks.
    Just watched a documentary on them last week.
    Apparently the stings don't bother them.
     
  19. bee

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    Fox will dig them out too..old timers saying..."Grinning like a FOX eating yellowjackets".

    For me tho it usually is a skunk..some scent is often in the area. Being as the only "bee" I'm allergic to is YJs, I am mostly live and let live with skunks.

    If you have skunks working your area you should see a "V" shaped small dig where they got a worm or grub.
     
  20. sweetbabyjane

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    Around here armadillos will dig yellow jackets out of the ground. Not sure about the ones 15' up the wall...

    SBJ