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expfcwintergreen
08-13-2012, 07:39 PM
I found a yellow jacket nest in my front yard the hard way, by running over it with a lawn mower. I was lucky to only get stung 4 times. I was watching the nest from a distance yesterday, and it seems very active. there were a couple of other similar looking holes close by; do some nests have two entrances or more?

I have read that it is best to kill yellow jackets after dark. Has anyone used a spray that absolutely kills them, preferably from a distance. I don't want to just make them mad.

I looked on the Lowes and Home Depot sites. Both had sprays for wasps and yellow jackets with the usual mix of reviews saying that they work great and others saying they don't work at all.

Thanks in advance for any help.

JB1
08-13-2012, 07:44 PM
ihave used some with some sucess, but what i've done lately is pour some gas in the hole after dark, yeah not the best thing but they are no longer a problem.

NEwhere1
08-13-2012, 07:57 PM
I pour gas in the whole a couple cups after dark....

jsslawncare
08-13-2012, 09:00 PM
I do the same as the other 2 do. Works great.

larryinalabama
08-13-2012, 09:04 PM
I keep a can of spray on the truck, it seems to work good and keep the yellow jackets from moving to another spot.

Burnie
08-13-2012, 09:34 PM
ihave used some with some sucess, but what i've done lately is pour some gas in the hole after dark, yeah not the best thing but they are no longer a problem.

I pour gas in the whole a couple cups after dark....

I do the same as the other 2 do. Works great.

Just because it works does not mean it is the best thing to do. Please call a professional who can take care of the problem properly. JMHO

agrostis
08-13-2012, 10:30 PM
A couple of tablespoon's of 5% sevin dust around the entrance hole after dark (no exception's). The worker's get that dust on the queen from their wing action. That is what kill's the nest.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Gro-Tec-Sevin-5-Percent-Dust-Shaker-Bottle-1-lb/20659611

rlitman
08-13-2012, 11:11 PM
A couple of tablespoon's of 5% sevin dust around the entrance hole after dark (no exception's). The worker's get that dust on the queen from their wing action. That is what kill's the nest.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Gro-Tec-Sevin-5-Percent-Dust-Shaker-Bottle-1-lb/20659611

This is by far the best option.
If the nest is on the larger size, after the nest is completely dead (give it a day or two), you will want to dig it up, or else the smell from it rotting after a few weeks can get pretty ripe.

expfcwintergreen
08-15-2012, 06:49 AM
I will probably try the Sevin Dust first as the less nuclear of the solutions and hold the gasoline in reserve if the Sevin Dust isn't quick enough. I assume as long as I do it at night that I won't get stung sprinkling Sevin Dust around and in the entrance to the nest; I plan to do it around 4 am Sunday morning when I get up.

LarryinAlabama: What is the name of the spray you use?

Thank you to everyone for your help.

humble1
08-15-2012, 07:35 AM
If you go into Lesco you can buy tempo dust, squirt some into the hole. When the yellow jackets come in or out or cool the nest the dust moves all thru it. And yes there can be a second hole if the tunnels were taken from a critter that has multiple exits.
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cindyb
08-15-2012, 10:36 AM
Hubby hit one with the tractor, 9 stings.They release a pheromone and they will chase you. He used a wasp killer after dark from Lowes and then sprayed again the next morning. The nest was huge.

Just wanted to add keep Benadryl in your truck for any swelling and if you can ice quickly it helps.

agrostis
08-15-2012, 11:51 AM
I will probably try the Sevin Dust first as the less nuclear of the solutions and hold the gasoline in reserve if the Sevin Dust isn't quick enough. I assume as long as I do it at night that I won't get stung sprinkling Sevin Dust around and in the entrance to the nest; I plan to do it around 4 am Sunday morning when I get up.

LarryinAlabama: What is the name of the spray you use?

Thank you to everyone for your help.

When you use the dust, do not carry a flashlight on your person, put it 10-15 ft. away, the flashlight give's yellowjacket's a target. Put a long stick or something pointing toward's the hole the day before. Doing this when there is no moon shining help's. Dress for the task. I am doing this Friday morning at 5:00 am, you are not alone.

Freedom1955
08-18-2012, 12:22 PM
Get yourself some Delta dust and a Bellow duster.
Fill the duster with the Delta dust shake the duster and spray the dust into the hole the bees are using,preferably at night. The dust is so fine it looks like smoke. When spayed into the bees nest hole it is so fine it infiltrates very deep into the hole. It may take a couple applications but your bee problem will be gone. the pros use this stuff.
I keep a Bellow duster filled with Delta dust handy all the time.

http://www.epestsolutions.com/delta-dust-insecticide-dust.html

expfcwintergreen
08-19-2012, 11:53 AM
I got up at 2 am and put on heavy jeans, heavy winter socks, ankle high lace up boots and a short sleeve shirt to apply the Sevin Dust to the nest. I used a couple of shoe laces to tie my pants cuffs close to my legs and tightened my belt to keep the yellow jackets out of my pants. I wanted to keep them out of my shirt, too but couldn't figure out how. I intentionally left my arms exposed because I didn't have anything to cover my head and hoped they would go for my arms rather than my head if I did stir them up. I held a red camera filter over a double a MagLight for light. It turned out these half-assed precautions were for nothing because no yellow jackets left the nest. I poured maybe a quart of gasoline down the hole and scattered two bags of Sevin Dust in and around it.

Strangely, yesterday afternoon before I applied the gas and dust, I watched the nest from a distance for several minutes and didn't see any activity. When I watched it last weekend, it was very active. I checked it this morning several hours after the application and again saw no activity.

Thanks for the suggestions about using gas, Sevin Dust, keeping the light away from the nest, keeping Benadryl handy, and the two other kinds of dust and the bellows duster which I will look in to for the future.

I still have two bags of Sevin Dust left and plan to give the nest another application later today in the daylight so I can see if it looks safe. I may drive my car over the nest with the windows closed and gun the engine to see if any yellow jackets come out before approaching it in the daylight.

Thanks to everyone for your help.

agrostis
08-19-2012, 02:49 PM
They usually don't come out at night but once in a while something may set them off, your better off dressed for the worst and not getting stung. Don't mess with that nest in the daylight for 2-3 day's. Those yellowjackets are dying as we speak but they are not all dead yet, and the one's that are still alive are pissed, so stay away for a couple of day's, have faith, sevin work's.

expfcwintergreen
08-19-2012, 03:33 PM
They usually don't come out at night but once in a while something may set them off, your better off dressed for the worst and not getting stung. Don't mess with that nest in the daylight for 2-3 day's. Those yellowjackets are dying as we speak but they are not all dead yet, and the one's that are still alive are pissed, so stay away for a couple of day's, have faith, sevin work's.

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Good thoughts; I will leave it alone for several days. It isn't raining much, and the grass isn't growing much, so there really is no hurry.
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I think next time this comes up I may add a hoodie, a goalie's mask, and duct tape everything together so there will be no place for the yellow jackets to get in, including wide, clear tape across the eyes of the mask. I will be doing it in the dark so hopefully my neighbors won't think Jason is loose in the neighborhood.

sjessen
08-19-2012, 04:35 PM
Have heard that once the queen is dead the rest of them become more docile. Does anyone know whether or not this statement is true?

rlitman
08-20-2012, 12:11 AM
I poured maybe a quart of gasoline down the hole and scattered two bags of Sevin Dust in and around it.

Holy crap! You only need a few tablespoons of 5% Sevin dust. That's it.
And certainly do NOT do the Sevin with gas.

Gas will probably kill the nest (if it reaches to the ends of the nest), but will also sterilize the soil (forget about grass growing in that spot for a year or so).

Sevin just needs to be dusted at the entrance. The next day, the workers will bring the dust inside the nest, and it will be over pretty quickly.

knox gsl
08-20-2012, 12:18 AM
I just used a can of flying insect spray friday to get rid of a nest in a 30 gallon pot that had a Jap maple. It was cool to see the nest the next day when removing the pot. BTW I did get stung when removing the pot. First sting of the year to the ankle. 4 layers of a honey comb like nest with lots of larve and imature insects. I actually helped a few out of their holes watched, then took joy in hosing them down.

THEGOLDPRO
08-20-2012, 12:28 AM
I just spray the nest with a wasp/bee spray, I find the spray that foams is better because it covers the nest in foam. We just spray the nest as soon as we see it. No need to wait till night time to spray it.

Smallaxe
08-20-2012, 08:58 AM
Spraying the entryway with that 20' spray shot works fine... once the spray evaporates the bees may start using the entryway again, so spray it again... after a few days, they are done with the hole... I always like to dig it up and see how many tiers their underground city had... :)

knox gsl
08-20-2012, 09:17 PM
I just got hit 3 more times today in my own backyard.

Coffeecraver
08-20-2012, 11:04 PM
"ENFORCER" WASP & YELLOW JACKET FOAM
16 oz.
Also kills yellow jackets
Fast-acting up to 22
Waterbased
Can
Gas does work but contaminates the soil.I use it in isolated areas

BSP
09-02-2012, 11:58 AM
I was in the pest control industry for 13 years.
I have killed yellow jackets, paper wasps, bald face hornets nests, etc. with no protective gear and during the day and I have NEVER been stung by any of them.

Waiting till night is a great option which i did not have working days.
I simply watched the activity and waited till none were heading in or out and give a quick spray of any guards on the outside and step right up with the bulb duster and give a few good quick squeezes to blow the dust right into the entrance then back away and in 24 hours or less they are done.

Gas is the worst because it kills you grass too.
It really does not matter what brand of dust you use as long as it has a residual effect. You will want that to control any that hatch after the treatment.
A liquid spray will also work but only if you get it right into the entrance of the nest for several seconds and it still needs a residual in it for long term control.

I only wish I could get some real M80 firecrackers to throw in the yellow jackets nests. Now that would be fun to watch.
Good luck.

cgaengineer
09-02-2012, 12:09 PM
Gasoline works great...only need a little.
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