The northwest corner of our roof has a yellow jacket nest underneath a flaw
in the shingles, which I plan to fix once I get rid of the bugs. These are
the variety that like to buzz around garbage cans and such. I bought a trap
and hung it right next to the nest. The phermone lure didn't interest them,
neither did Pepsi. One thing that did work was the slime from the bottom of
my garbage can. But there wasn't enough of that to last. I did find that
dark corn syrup was somewhat attractive.
I've used two cans of insecticide on this nest, which put them back some,
and I want to get rid of it so I can fix my roof before it gets cold. But
the lil bastards are stubborn. What is irresistable to these buggers? I want
to make the inside of the trap black with bugs.
The main reason to do it after dark is to avoid being stung multiple
times by a nest of very aggressive hornet's.
Disclaimer: the cure I suggested is not the most environmentally friendly
choice, but it will work in one treatment and you won't get stung. ymmv
I was able to use my shop vac to suck all the inhabitants from a fairly
large nest. I have a long hose, so I was able to slowly and quietly keep
sucking them up without alarming them. Worked great for me.
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One problem with spraying is that if it doesn't kill them quickly it can
actually drive them into the house if they find a way. You don't want to
wake up at 3 am to find your bedroom full of yellow jackets.
There was just in the news about a gentleman who died because he had
an accidental encounter with a swarm of yellow-jackets.
Not a pretty thought....
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I can't remember what brand of paint I was using but I was spraying the roof
of a plastic Barbie house a few years ago (Barbie pinkish) it was cheap
spray paint but the yellow jackets came from nowhere, they didn't act
aggressively just fascinated by the smell. Look for something that needs a
paint touchup, buy some cheap spray paint and give it a try !
A few crushed nestmates usually seems to call them out in swarms.
I've had them show up when I'm using bleach outdoors.
Late in the year, sugary things seem to be the most attractive. They feed on
fallen fruit and even chew up raspberries still on the canes. Watermelon
and muskmelon get major picnic attention late in the year.
You can buy formulated baits (some may include pheremones)
http://www.groworganic.com/cgy_436.html (scroll down to item PIT762)
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
I also have some wasps or yellow jackets under the edge of the roof of
my house and they are under the siding and the soffits. I am planning to
remove the siding and soffits but want to make sure that they are not
gonna sting me.
Now that it is January and it's supposed to be cold (it's been in the
mid 70's for a high lately), I wonder if the little buggers are alive
and would they sting me when I start to pull siding off the house?
Should I spray at their access points or perhaps up in the attic near
What should I spray with that is currently available for sale at home
and garden centers - not something that is no longer available for sale?
actually you fuckng dumbass, I am highly allergic to their venom. So how
about shutting the fuck up and only respond when you have something
really informative that is on point with my original question?
Any organophosphate, or if you can't find that use Sevin. (EC's in any
Be careful where the over-spray/runoff goes. If you do that a week or so
before you stir them, you will have limited the bite potential quite a lot.
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