Well last week, on one of my accounts, I had my first yellowjacket nest spotting. They are flying in and out of the bottom of a Railroad tie used as part of a planter in a customers lawn. Lucky for me, I spotted the little bastards flying around all confused after I had zipped by with the string trimmer and I didn't get stung. Told the customer about it - he needs to spray with wasp killer, I just pour gas in their hole, but this hole is horizontal and not vertical and no way to pour gas in without killing grass - This week as I am cutting the lawn, I made sure to really zip the hell out of the tie with the trimmer as I go by, and must have really made em mad cause they swarmed out. Next week I am going to get em with the wasp spray... So then today, I have yellowjacket nest spotting number 2. I am mowing a lawn off Sardis Road, near Matthews NC. The lawn is a vacant lot and is fairly large. In the " Back" of the lot, what was sometime ago a backyard, a old planter/bed made up of old railroad ties. Since this is a vacant lot and I am just mowing to keep the owner from getting a ticket from the city, I don't usually trim around stuff like these ties. But today I thought... WTF, why not just mow around them a little so they aren't totally covered up with grass. Well, after mowing around them all and up and over one tie and onto a area about 30 feet away, I look back over at the ties and see the bees buzzing around, enough of them to know I had to have run over a nest somewhere near the ties. So I go over closer with the mower, and just watch them to see where their hole was. It looked like they were flying down under one of the ties, so just for the hell of it, I decided to use the mower as a bulldozer and push on some of the other ties that butted up to the one the bees were flying near and as soon as I did the tie the bees were flying around flipped over and there was a nest the size of a basketball attached to the rotted out bottom of the tie! The yellowjackets went nutz!!!! So I finished the lawn, loaded up the Isuzu and drove it into the lawn so I could get close to the nest without getting stung. I drove up to the tie and bumped it with the tire and the bees went crazy trying to sting my truck! It was weird hearing them fly into the windows ( closed windows, I'm not stupid! ) and make little thumps.... It made me shiver to think that they would be flying that hard into me to sting my legs and arms and so on!!! So I did what any yellowjacket hater would do and I ran over their nest with my front tire and crushed it, then drove off. Believe it or not, it made me itch sitting there watching them and makes me itch thinking about it now as I write this. The stings hurt, but it is the itching later that makes it such a pain in the butt.