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URGENT: yellow jackets
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carl    Posted 09-29-2002 at 05:39:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We just discovered a large nest of yellow jackets in clay soil about 10 feet from our house. A professional exterminator wants $500 to do the job.What can I do,short of burning them out?

tomatolord    Posted 09-30-2002 at 06:53:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
use ammonia or gasoline - the idea is that the fumes are heavier than air and will sink to the lowest part of the hole and it forces out the oxyegen as well

do it at night when they are all in the nest

cover the holes with a GLASS jar or bowl.

It has to be glass - the yellow jackets come out of the hole they see the sun/or outside but can not figure out the glass part.

If you cover the hole with dirt or wood or stone - they just figure the hole has been covered over and they dig another one nearby

Or if it is below 30 degrees - just go out and dig the hole up and expose the bees, they will be immobile from the cold.

Hal/WA    Posted 09-29-2002 at 14:43:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would pour about a pint of gasoline down the hole, doing the job during the coldest part of the night. Then I would put a coffee can over the hole and in a couple of days there will be no more problems from that nest, the wasps have been "gassed". Hopefully no one will toss a smoke in that area for a while and I would not do this right next to a building, as you might smell it inside. Now this remedy may not be totally legal, but it is almost free and works well. I do the same thing with ant hills.

Don't worry about the wiseguy replys. Sometimes they are the most fun on the board. Some fairly clever folks here!

Les...fortunate    Posted 09-29-2002 at 08:04:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
At night or early in the morning, spray the hole with a good dose of killer (there's lots of different kinds). Heck, for only $495, I'll come do it for ya. Where do ya live?

JoeK    Posted 09-29-2002 at 06:10:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Heres a link

Mudcat49    Posted 09-29-2002 at 06:08:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Call the U of Georgia, They are good at whipping up on Yellow Jackets( The ones from Georgia Tech that is!)

DeadCarp    Posted 09-29-2002 at 09:52:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
That does it & fair warning - one more crack like that & i 'll start goin to church again! Take my word for it, i'm barely tolerable already! lol

Fran    Posted 09-29-2002 at 06:52:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We had some yellow jackets that moved from one nest to another around an old trees, that we couldn't seem to get rid of with just the spray killer. Between using the spray stuff and moth balls thrown in the area, it almost got rid of them. Then we poured amonia down in what we thought were the openings. It's been about two weeks now that we haven't seen any hanging around at all. Between all of the above, they didn't like it. That's all that matters to me.

Sid    Posted 09-29-2002 at 07:12:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Isn't it hard to hit a yellow jacket with a mothball? Even if you caught one sitting that would be guit some doing to hit one of them little buggers.

Nathan(GA)    Posted 09-29-2002 at 12:53:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Takes alot of practice. Besides, it makes the moth mad!

Burrhead    Posted 09-29-2002 at 13:54:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can't see well enuff to gather moth balls.

I wonder if thets where they git them coffee stirring straws from. Little as them things are you could use the straw fer a blowgun like them uhborgunees do.

DeadCarp    Posted 09-29-2002 at 09:59:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well jeez Sid - as evidenced by Fran's reply, you don't need to throw to HIT them! Smell's the thing so the trick is to consistently whiz them past their little nostrils! Happy chuckin! LOL

Fran    Posted 09-29-2002 at 07:33:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This was my first time ever to post to this board, then I get some smart comeback. I was just trying to help the person with the yellow jacket problem. Dummy, it's the smell of moth balls that they evidently don't like. Also, learn to spell. Quiet is not spelled guit. To the person with the yellow jacket problem, I hope my suggestions helped you.

Salmoneye    Posted 09-29-2002 at 09:26:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sorry for chiming in...

But, I think you aught to lay off that coffee just a tad. This is a a good bunch of people and sometimes you need your barnboots (the tall black rubber ones).

All in good fun, till someone shoots their eye out...


Luke    Posted 09-29-2002 at 09:36:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeah, then it's sport!

ger    Posted 09-29-2002 at 09:30:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
would they be using moth balls in the shooting

LOL    Posted 09-29-2002 at 09:35:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I prefer a Red Ryder BB Gun for anything smaller than Bumble Bees...



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