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Pest Control For Wasps nesting in ground

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JeremySkrocki, Jul 15, 2002.

  1. JeremySkrocki

    JeremySkrocki LawnSite Member
    Posts: 27

    A couple of my clients have asked me about how to get rid of wasps that are nesting in the ground. Is there a treatment that I can do or do I have to look to a pest control company for this problem? I would like to try and resolve the problem internally, to make some addition money, but ultimatly want the best for the client. Any suggestions would be great.

    Thanks In Advance
    Jeremy
     
  2. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,939

    Go to Wal-Mart, get some spray (hurry, they'll run out soon), and go early(about sunrise) in the morning and spray the hole. Profusely. Repeat if neccesary.
    Buy some extra spray now, as Wal-mart will run out and not re-order. They'll be ordering Christmas stuff soon, they won't reorder summer stuff. I have to remember to follow my own advice and get some next time I'm there. I got my first sting yesterday. On the ankle, so I know the buggers are in the ground, just can't find the nest-hole yet. I guess they're just getting started. In my own lawn yet.
    Crawdad
    Hey, just did a search, this website says sevin will work...
    http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/Entomology/entfacts/struct/ef620.htm
     
  3. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    they sound like yellow jackets to me. they hit you like a ball-peen hammer and the pain lasts for more than a day or two.

    the best way to get them is after dark, pour about a pint of old gas down the hole. they're dead. it isn't the most environmentaly friendly way however.

    as for sevin--if it kills them it does it too slow. these babies need to be knocked down fast!

    GEO
     
  4. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,468

    2 years ago my wife stepped in a yellow jacket nest she got hit 24 times and i got stung about 8 times getting them off of her there was a couple thousand flying around after that. i used the wal mart spray after they chilled
     
  5. dr grass

    dr grass Banned
    Posts: 242

    jeremy .. the spray is gonna be your best bet. wait til around dusk when their all tucked into the nest for the night and give em about a half - can dousing. Than call er' a day!


    Shep :alien:
     
  6. GreenQuest Lawn

    GreenQuest Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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  7. ipm

    ipm LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 264

    they sound like yellow jackets to me. they hit you like a ball-peen hammer and the pain lasts for more than a day or two.

    the best way to get them is after dark, pour about a pint of old gas down the hole. they're dead. it isn't the most environmentaly friendly way however.

    as for sevin--if it kills them it does it too slow. these babies need to be knocked down fast!

    GEO

    I am with you all the way my man. I've been popped several times and it is no fun. Gas has always worked for me.

    Be careful not to spill it all over the place. It will kill the exisiting turf and please, don't light it on fire. That is not necessary.:blob2:
     
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    A Yellow Jacket is a wasp.
     
  9. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 739

    Pest control is my full time job. If you're doing your own yard, buy some wasp freeze. It comes in a can and is designed to shoot the whole can out fast and long distance in less than 5 seconds. Don't worry about Wal-mart, you can get it at home depot or lowes or probably even lesco. Buy at least two cans per application, you may need it. Just as everyone says, do it after DUSK. It's probably yellow jackets (which are very aggressive) but can be several other species as well. Check with your state to see if you need a turf and ornamental license to apply for profit. Our company has one bee guy, he always wears the bee suit when making applications, even at night just as a precaution.
     
  10. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    thanks richard.

    taxonomically speaking is that like a doberman is a dog?

    GEO
     

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