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Yellow jackets

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by expfcwintergreen, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. cindyb

    cindyb LawnSite Senior Member
    from KY
    Messages: 354

    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.
  2. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,523

    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.
  3. Freedom1955

    Freedom1955 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    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.

  4. expfcwintergreen

    expfcwintergreen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    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.
  5. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,523

    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.
  6. expfcwintergreen

    expfcwintergreen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9


    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.
    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.
  7. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 4,254

    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?
  8. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,732

    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.
  9. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,016

    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 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,222

    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.

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