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Hazy Arc

join:2006-04-10
Greenwood, SC
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Destroying Underground Yellow Jacket Nest

So my wife and I have both been stung in our back yard multiple times cutting grass in the past 2 weeks by yellow jackets. At first, I was unable to find the nest, but after my wife was stung today, I made it a point to scour the yard until I found the bastards.

After 45 minutes, I found the entrance to their lair. It's a hole in the ground about 3-4 inches across and was under some dead leaves. There was a huge amount of activity (workers flying in and out) when I found it just now, so I'm gonna hold off on any action until the evening.

That being said, what is the best method for getting rid of these spawns of satan?

themagicone

join:2003-08-13
Osseo, MN

1 recommendation

Well my dad used to pour gas at them, seemed to work well. I hate being stung.


Hazy Arc

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said by themagicone:

Well my dad used to pour gas at them, seemed to work well. I hate being stung.
Tell me about it...when they first sting you, it feels like someone stuck a hot coal on your skin. Then the throbbing pain and itching start. It's miserable.

I had heard about the gas method before, but wasn't sure of the validity of it.


dandelion
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reply to Hazy Arc
We waited until the time of decreased swarming which I believe was evening though you can google that. Had netting made from fabric used with canning to strain fruits etc. Winter clothes/netting covering even face over the hat...use a shovel to carefully remove some dirt above ground, set on fire, go back in a little then shovel the nest up (it looked like a large plate of wax ), set that on fire. Saw the queen climbing out and killed her. Never have had another.

PS is a good idea to have one at the door ready to let the other in if have to run quickly
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ElminsterOld

join:2009-03-04

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reply to Hazy Arc
I just boil a pot of water on the stove then walk out and pour the whole thing into the hole. It cooks all of them and the eggs instantly. You can shove a funnel into the hole then pour the water in that way to get more into the hole. Also look for a 2nd or 3rd hole for the nest! I did the boiling water method twice this year so far and both times I found extra holes to the nest.


Hazy Arc

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said by ElminsterOld:

I just boil a pot of water on the stove then walk out and pour the whole thing into the hole. It cooks all of them and the eggs instantly. You can shove a funnel into the hole then pour the water in that way to get more into the hole. Also look for a 2nd or 3rd hole for the nest! I did the boiling water method twice this year so far and both times I found extra holes to the nest.
For some reason, I picture myself getting stung AND dropping boiling water on myself.


ElminsterOld

join:2009-03-04

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reply to Hazy Arc
You can always go out with a can of WD40 and a lighter as well. That will provide protection for anything outside the hole. That's how I handle wasp and bee nests that are attached to my house.

"Nests should be located during the day, so you can see the workers entering and exiting all day. Mark the entry points. Treat at night only when it is dark.

Any treatments should be done at night, because they are all in the nest. They don't see well at night and your chances of being stung are greatly reduced."


Msradell
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reply to Hazy Arc
Just pour about a pint of gasoline down the hole followed by a match! I'll guarantee you will give any more trouble with yellow jackets! This is spoken from lots of experience.


rfhar
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reply to Hazy Arc
I destroyed one in my garden with a rototiller, they weren't very happy and I had not run that fast in years.

I used tao have an very old box of DDT type orchard powder and I filled the hole with it so that they walked though it to get into the nest.


fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
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reply to ElminsterOld
said by ElminsterOld:

You can always go out with a can of WD40 and a lighter as well. That will provide protection for anything outside the hole. That's how I handle wasp and bee nests that are attached to my house.
I had a nest of them in my bbq grill. Every time I lit the grill, destroyed the nest, they'd come back the next day. So what I did was I took a can of cooking spray and a lighter. Basically a flame thrower. First set of flames cooked them all and they never came back. The grill was thoroughly cleaned afterwards.


ElminsterOld

join:2009-03-04

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reply to Hazy Arc
"It is also a terrible idea to pour gas or kerosene into an underground wasp nest where it poisons the soil."

If you don't care about the soil, ground water, etc. or the fact it's illegal then by all means use gas/kerosene on it.


cdru
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Fort Wayne, IN
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reply to Hazy Arc
said by Hazy Arc:

]For some reason, I picture myself getting stung AND dropping boiling water on myself.
No one ever said it wasn't going to be painful. Be sure to have the wife recording the video for us to see the fun.

If you don't want to go the boiling water route but are leery on the safety of gasoline, use a garden hose and some dish washing soap. Squirt the soap down first, then jamb the hose down the hole and turn the water on. If you have a good enough seal, you should be able to see if there are any back or side doors to the nest that need plugged. Collapse them down with a shovel after everything has been flooded.

If you are looking for something with more kick, then try the rodenator. However, if it doesn't work, the idea having a entire nest swarm of pissed off flaming wasps isn't real appealing.

Whatever you do, do it at night when they are the most dormant. Also check around your yard and maybe your neighbors to see about any carb or protein sources. Animals and insects go where the food sources are.


ElminsterOld

join:2009-03-04
reply to Hazy Arc
I need one of those Rodenator's!

dmagerl
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Woodstock, IL

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reply to Hazy Arc
Just invert a clear glass bowl over the hole.

Its clear, so they can see light, so they dont bother digging a new escape hole. Then in a few days, you'll have a pile of dead wasps inside the bowl.

Do it at dusk so they're all inside the nest.


shdesigns
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reply to Hazy Arc
I used the bee/wasp spray that shoots 20'. Wait until dusk as they are less active.


pro7070
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reply to Hazy Arc
You wait until night when they all go in the nest. Pour gas in the hole. Kills them all.

ctggzg
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reply to Hazy Arc
With all this talk of gasoline fires and do-it-yourself flamethrowers, I'm starting to understand why home insurance costs so much.


ElminsterOld

join:2009-03-04
said by ctggzg:

With all this talk of gasoline fires and do-it-yourself flamethrowers, I'm starting to understand why home insurance costs so much.
Mother nature handles that herself personally. Floods, earthquakes, lighting strikes, hail, rain, wind, etc. will keep the premiums maxed out till the end of time.


lotusracer
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reply to Hazy Arc
When I had such a nest, I called a local place asking what I should use, figuring they might offer an Earth friendly kind of suggestion, but they suggested Kerosene.

Since I have some that gets used in a 'torpedo' heater', filled a pop bottle with some, and after dark, put the inverted bottle in the hole. Never got hassled by those bees again.
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tmh

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reply to Msradell
said by Msradell:

Just pour about a pint of gasoline down the hole followed by a match! I'll guarantee you will give any more trouble with yellow jackets! This is spoken from lots of experience.
Be careful of the rodenator effect. The ground might collapse around you. Suddenly exposed 100's of ticked off wasps while trying to get back on your feet can be a painful experience.


exocet_cm
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New Orleans, LA
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reply to Hazy Arc
My dad always used gasoline with a little diesel (to keep it burning and hot). It always worked year after year.

Do it at night and take pictures. Giant flames at night and burning yellow jackets make for good pictures.
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NOCMan
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Colorado Springs, CO
reply to Hazy Arc
Go to home depot, get the instant kill 30 ft stream stuff, stand away from the hole and let loose, kills on contact.


rfhar
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Buicktown,Mi
reply to Hazy Arc
FYI...These nests can be several inches thick and three feet in diameter.

rocafellanrd

join:2009-05-04
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Personally I like the bowl trick. I think you should torture them.


racer9876
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Rosamond, CA
reply to Hazy Arc
Fire! Fire! Fire!

(Sorry my inner pyromaniac got out for a second!)


artesian79

join:2001-10-16
West Chester, OH
reply to exocet_cm
I had a nest up next to the foundation of a new house that we'd moved into. The ground for the flower beds hadn't been worked on yet so it was a mass of "blocks of clay" with no way to find the multiple entry points to the nest.

I'm allergic to their sting so I called an exterminator. After watching them "suit up", and they did need the protection even at late dusk, I was glad I didn't try this on my own.

In talking to the owner I was told that the harmfulness of the multitude of products we can get in stores for gardening much higher than what he used as he was trying to be as earth friendly as possible. I don't know if they all so this or not, but it is one reason I chose this company.

Just take note if you do it yourself - the nests can be up to 3-4 feet in diameter and they do have multiple exit points.


Snakeoil
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Mentor, OH
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reply to Hazy Arc
Or you could do it the spy way..
1 block of C4 tossed on top of the nest. Of course you'll want to shape the charge so the main force of the blast is downward.

Or Maybe tooltime Tim woud have an answer: Maybe a high powered vaccum to suck thise bad boys outta their nest followed by a few gallons of gas to destory the nest?

Or maybe he'd use a bulldozer, what ever has more power.

Or for real fun:
Buy some liquid nitrogen. Freeze the next, then drop something heavy on it to see if it makes any noise.
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Warzau
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Naperville, IL
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I used to flip over a can of compressed air and freeze the SOBs... It was good fun...


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reply to Hazy Arc
I had this problem once...

I used lighter fluid and had and a bucket of water ready in case something happened with the fire...

I had a 20 by 20 dog pen and noticed a hole, I thought my dog was digging, about a foot in diameter. My dog was acting different, biting at the air etc...
I went to see her and saw the bees near the hole. Also near the gate entrance to the pen, there was another hole about a foot in diameter too. Bees were also coming out of that hole.
We squirted the lighter fluid -That we usually used to light our grill- and squirted some inside the hole in the pen then the hole outside. We threw a match in and a steady small flame remained coming out of the hole outside the pen. We sat on the patio furniture about 10 feet away and were talking about how the flame was still burning like a pilot light.

Then about 10 mins later

Suddenly a loud boom then dirt and bees nest (the dark waxy kind) parts were flying all over and the bees nest parts were still on fire.

We blew about a 5' diameter hole in the yard 3' deep or so and all of us about crapped our pants.

The neighbors had called the police after they heard the bang and after a bit of investigating they found some barrels had been buried under the ground there at some point that weren't supposed to be and they are what we think caused the explosion.

Well no more bees after that ever! lol

So just be careful using flammables as you never know
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reply to ctggzg
said by ctggzg:

With all this talk of gasoline fires and do-it-yourself flamethrowers, I'm starting to understand why home insurance costs so much.
Still dirt cheap compared to car insurance. At least around here it is.