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Old 09-03-2014, 07:31 PM
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Underground Yellow Jackets

Hadn't seen any at all this year, until yesterday when I came across 2, at two separate properties. One's entrance appears to be an abandoned groundhog hole, no clue how deep it is. The other is in a pile of rock/debris.

I only got stung once, when I found the 2nd one. And only once more, when I tried spraying. Spray doesnt seem to be working on either, first one is probably too deep, second one i cant find the exact entrance.

Question is, if a professional exterminator had to come take care of this, what methods do they use? Is there anything I may be able to do to take care of these (that doesnt involve pouring gas everywhere), or am I going to have to refer my customer's to an exterminator?

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Old 09-03-2014, 07:38 PM
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I had them come out and spray at my house but I wasn't there to see what they did. Whatever they did worked very well.
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:46 PM
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Diesel kills them instantly then pour gas and light the 2. Stir the mound with the shovel while buring and Presto! Also seven works very well.
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:49 PM
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There is a foam (hive killer) spray raid sells. Works great just foam over entrancethen probe past foam barier with cans straw and fill the hive up until it explodes. Never used on underground hives but I would imagine that can filling 2 or more cubic ft so should kill the hive no problem. Look for it in stores
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:29 PM
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Gas or diesel is what we typically use. Lighting it on fire is good for the soul (standard gas+fire disclaimer).

I found one last Friday when I was in the excavator pulling up old cross ties. I collapsed the entrance, then smushed the swarm with the back of the bucket. I went back Monday, it was effective.
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:22 PM
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I'll have to look into the foam spray thing, it may work for the rodent hole hive (depending on how deep in the hive actually is). Not sure the diesel/gas/fire option would be the best option in the middle of a customer's front yard.

The gas/fire may work for the 2nd hive though, considering it's in a fire pit already.. Will have to talk to the customer's and see what they want to do.

I do like the excavator option, but i dont seem to have one available at the moment..

Thanks for the advices
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:25 PM
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This time of year it seems we come across a new one once a week.

Ive never met any type of nest that will win against the foaming aerosol "bee killer" can.

$6 a can, I charge $50 to eradicate a nest, and it's a compulsory charge.
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:35 PM
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I used the excavator since I was in it. A shovel will collapse the entrance just as well... and it's organic!
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Old 09-04-2014, 12:48 AM
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I used the excavator since I was in it. A shovel will collapse the entrance just as well... and it's organic!
I did that and they dug it out and reinforced it in a matter of 10 min.
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:53 AM
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How did they reinforce it?
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