Yellow Jacket Nests

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by T Edwards, Nov 12, 2003.

  1. T Edwards

    T Edwards LawnSite Member
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    Can someone recommend the best way of destroying these pests that nest in pinestraw next to a house? Thanks.
  2. jasonlong

    jasonlong LawnSite Member
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    I approach the burrows at twlight when they are less active and pour gas down the hole. This works for my about 99% of the time. There is usually 100 yellowjackets in the ground for everyone you see scouting, so an individual spray like BeeBopper is useless.
  3. rtyus

    rtyus LawnSite Member
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    Don't let anyone see you pouring gas down the hole cause that's illegal. Those high pressure 20 foot stream sprays work well. Take at least a couple of cans and spray them down the hole. I've gotten rid of several nests this way.
  4. Team Gopher

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  5. Let it Grow

    Let it Grow LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah, just get some yellowjacket spray, like 3 cans, and go either at sunset, or what I do is go early in the morning because yellowjackets need warmth before they can really start moving around too much, so go when it's cold outside, and just start spraying like a madman! After a few minutes there shouldn't be any flying around, and I usually then kick open the nest and just SOAK IT. There will be LOTS of bees in it so be ready.
  6. howiehowie

    howiehowie LawnSite Member
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    Wear protective clothing! Try to bum rush the nest and get the "Flyng Insect Killer" directly into the hole and nuke 'em as they come out. :blob2: Follow the other advice, except for the gas, that just pissed mine off!
  7. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
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    I soak the openings down with Diazanon. What spray that doesnt get on them will kill them when they walk through it later on. A little goes a long way with this stuff.
  8. T Edwards

    T Edwards LawnSite Member
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    Thanks, NCSU.........I think I'll try the Diazanon early one morning before they get active.
  9. thfireman

    thfireman LawnSite Senior Member
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    Be aware that most Yellow Jacket nest have a second entrance/exit within 6 feet of the main exit. Try and locate both and hit them after dark. Do not do as my neighbor... He poured a half a can of gunpowder down the hole and put cannon fuse in it and lite it. Seconds later he had a large hole in his lawn and it rained dirt over three neighbors houses. But the yellow jacket were gone for good.
  10. heybruck34

    heybruck34 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Fireman- I live in the Southpark area of Charlotte too- what neighborhood did this take place in? That is too funny!

    Q- What's the last thing a redneck says before he dies?

    A - "Hey ya'll, watch this........." BOOM!

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