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YELLOW JACKETS
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RC    Posted 08-10-2003 at 12:21:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
HOWDY...THESE THINGS HAVE TOOK UP RESIDENCE IN OUR COMPOST PILE, DOES ANYONE HAVE A NATURAL WAY TO GET RID OF THEM ? WITHOUT WAITING FOR OLE MAN WINTER TO GET HERE AND DO IT. THANKS, RC


Satin Thomas    Posted 08-20-2004 at 13:09:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Easy solution getting rid of an underground nest of yellow jackets:

Heat up the tea kettle! Wait until dark when the Y.J.s are all settled in their nest. Tip toe out to the nest with your flashlight and tea kettle of boiling water and let them have it. You might want to immediately followup with a large pot of boiling water as a backup.

Maybe try putting a wide tube down the nest entrance a ways with a funnel on your end of the tube to pour the hot H20 through. This would get the water futher down into the nest. I wouldn't jam the tube to far into the nest - you don't want them flying out before you've gotten your first shot at them.

Good luck!

P.S. I've used the organic BioSafe yellow jacket spray with good results. I had to use a second application, because I found another entrance to the nest - but it seems to work really well.


Miranda    Posted 09-08-2003 at 06:42:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a problem i have a yellow jackets nest up from my front door under the shingles and up in the wood there are thousands of them. I am severly allergic to them, does anyone have any information on how to get rid of them. Thanks


Taylor Lambert    Posted 08-11-2003 at 14:57:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
One good way to spot them is to lookinto the sun and the ones leaving fly straight up and the ones returning fly in horizontally. Watch for any comming out of another exit . I have stuck a 3inch flexpipe down the burro and the other end off the truck exhaust and raked dirt around the burro entrance and gas them out with Carbon monoxide. Its an inert gas so it wont hurt the compost


SusanMo    Posted 08-11-2003 at 07:26:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Boy have I got a lot to learn. I didnt know that yellow jackets would make a nest in a compost pile. I have been getting ready to start a couple of compost piles for my garden for next spring. We have to watch out for yellow jackets as my husband is extremely allergic to there stings..as in his throat closes up when stung by them. We keep things cleaned up around the place trying to keep them from nesting anywhere close but I sure didnt know about the compost thing.


CountryMaritimer    Posted 08-11-2003 at 06:34:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am a beekeeper and was heading out to check my hives yesterday. A friend called while I was suited up and mentioned he had a hornet nest along his frost wall. My suit work perfectly, only one sting and 1000s of those yellow jackets. They were mad as stink! Dug down 8 inches or so and found the nest, bagged it and took it away. After that there are many agents to deter them from rebuilding....I would suggest starting with the less toxic and work from there. Our situation was close to the water well so gas ....or at least a lot of gas was not an option. I would not take much diluted in a pale of water to keep them from returning. Good luck!


Stan ETenn    Posted 08-11-2003 at 05:53:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My biggest problem with yellow jackets is initial location of their site, if you know what I mean. While weed-eating generally a sting on the arm, look down and see them all over your clothes. Yikes! I had to take down our hummingbird feeders. They were swarming so bad I could'nt go out the back door. Still haven't located their nest. Anybody know how to locate them safely? Later


Linda    Posted 08-10-2003 at 20:30:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
RC, You might find a solution here:


RayP(MI)    Posted 08-10-2003 at 20:08:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had a bunch of them take up in the basement wall of our house - in the concrete blocks. They entered under the siding, burrowed thru the plate, and down into the wall. Almost impossible to get to 'em. Finally took a 3x5 file card, folded it in a V shape, duct taped it to the wall to provide a landing strip entering their hole. Then I placed a couple drops of Terro ant poison on the card. Took about 6 drops over a week or so. They haven't returned. Just eliminated a bunch on the Iris patch in the garden. They didn't respond to the insecticide I use on the potatoes, for colorado potato beetle. Didn't stand much of a chance after I soaked their nest with charcoal lighter and dropped a match. Now it is pointer out to me that there's a nest in the concrete block supporting the gasoline tank. Don't think that I'll use the match!


rhudson    Posted 08-10-2003 at 19:15:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
soapy (dishwater detergent) water makes it hard to fly, softens the body(is it ectosketelton?) and cuts off air supply.


Jerry    Posted 08-10-2003 at 18:49:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
sheesh....just go out there at dawn before they are flying and stomp them with your foot or a board. Its really no big deal. In case you think I am pulling your leg, I assure I am not. The wasps dont fly too good early in the morning.


Don    Posted 08-10-2003 at 18:32:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
When i was a kid we had a lot of little wooden cribs on another farm we use to shell corn out of . they use to have wasp and bumble bees in them . we use to use waste engine oil on them . when we hit a nest we would pour it on with a five gallon pail. It plugs them up so they cant breathe . the important thing to remember is to stand your ground and soak every one of the little buggers as they come out .


dave    Posted 08-10-2003 at 16:55:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have no idea if it works but the swimming pool powder works great at killing ants if spread where they are.I guess that these folks don't get it that you will be putting your composted material into your garden and would not think the taste of the gas and other types of spray would taste good. It might be worth a try. It takes more than one application ,sometimes threee or four times. dave


Redneck    Posted 08-10-2003 at 16:01:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Find their hole and pour about 6 ounces of diesel fuel in the whole.Don't set fire to it,they will leave in a day or so.Don't know of anything not toxic that works.


BOSS    Posted 08-10-2003 at 15:49:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
GAS, lots of GAS !!! about 5 gallons, pour in all over the pile and light it and run !!!!
Not only is it natural but it is pretty to watch.
Just go in on a cool night and get some good spray, Home Depot sells a spray that is rated at 47300 volts. The yellowjackets just look at the can and they die.


RC    Posted 08-10-2003 at 18:04:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
HOW ABOUT YOU COMING OVER AND TALKING TO THE BEES FOR A WHILE, I'M SURE THAT WOULD BE ENOUGH GAS/HOT AIR, TO KILL THE BEES.......THATS NATURAL TOO. MR.FUNNYMAN


Randy    Posted 08-10-2003 at 13:53:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Try this www.victorpest.com


Randy    Posted 08-10-2003 at 13:00:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just got into a nest the other day. Was mowing and looked down just in time to see several little faces sitting at the edge of a hole. boy that hurts.
Like Les said, we just spray them. Maybe go in at night and poke something in there that smokes and cover the hole up might work also.
They just always seem mad.


Les    Posted 08-10-2003 at 12:30:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I thought for sure this was going to be another football post. ";^)
They don't have a nest there, do they? If they do, just spray the nest with some of that stuff that kills them.
If they're just hovering around and you want to keep a compost pile, you're probably stuck with them.
Natural? What is that supposed to mean?


RC    Posted 08-10-2003 at 13:57:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
natural......nothing man made. no chemicals/ preferably something organic.................and I thankyou all for your suggestions. RC


Les    Posted 08-10-2003 at 14:52:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I hate to disillusion you but everything is made up of chemicals, whether put together by humans (part of nature) or not.


RC    Posted 08-10-2003 at 17:55:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
WOW, I FEEL LIKE I'M IN SCIENCE CLASS AGAIN,,,,,,SINCE WE ARE GOING TO GET SCIENTIFIC HERE, I WILL THEN SAY I WANT NOTHING MANMADE, I WAS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING THAT WAS NOT CONCOCTED BY MAN, SUCH AS A CAN OF RAID..I WANT SOMETHING NATURAL,ORGANIC, I SHOULD'VE NOT SAID CHEMICALS.SO I STAND CORRECTED. PLEASE DON'T SAY THERES NOTHING ON EARTH MANMADE.THAT ITS ALL BEEN CREATED BY GOD.


Les    Posted 08-10-2003 at 19:06:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, you don't have to shout.


RC    Posted 08-11-2003 at 12:38:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry friend....it was a hectic day yesterday....I didn't mean to offend in any way.RC


rhudson    Posted 08-10-2003 at 19:11:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Les,
how'd you do that?


~Lenore    Posted 08-10-2003 at 20:41:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry rhudson.
You can do it this way!

<*font size=1>text here<*/font> ( omit the * )
The size number determines the size of the text; the bigger the number, the bigger the print. I used the 1 for the small one. To do it you omit the astericks between <*font . The space between the words font & size remains.


~Lenore    Posted 08-10-2003 at 19:25:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Like this! LOL
Sort of hard to read whispers though! ;-)


ret    Posted 08-10-2003 at 20:19:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Guess you watched too much football over the weekend. It may be funny to you, but someone asked a question about the font size, and your answer, though probably made in jest, didn't help some of us who are not quite as literate on the comp as others. Can tell the last few days that country folk can be just as unfriendly as city folk


~Lenore    Posted 08-10-2003 at 13:01:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh shucks!!
I thought it was the Yellow Jackets football team, too!! ;-)

Those other yellow jackets are tough little fighters, too. Definitely not players, they are serious when they attack.

My suggestion: just before nightfall,pull up a lawn chair and watch them.
Find where they are entering and exiting. Notice the time when there are no more exits. You can either douse the entrance with a good strong chemical and water mix or a big slosh of hot soapy water. You may have to repeat the action a time or two. When there is no more activity, disturb the pile and destroy their nest. They have probably tunneled a nice nest in it.


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