Yellow Jackets

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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.
Thanks
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Find some Diazinon liquid EC and saturate the area after dark. Mix it at grub strength and be careful where it runs off.
Buh-bye any insect.
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some,
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I'll second the part about "after dark". Going after them during the day most of them aren't there.
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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
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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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But now the shop vac makes a wierd buzzing sound everytime I turn it on.
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Thanks to everyone on the spraying, but the nest is in a VERY inaccessible place. I am mainly trying to trap tham and am looking for something irresistable to put in the trap.
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M&K wrote:

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. Eric
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There was just in the news about a gentleman who died because he had an accidental encounter with a swarm of yellow-jackets.
http://urlbee.com?122
Not a pretty thought....
later,
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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 ! Phil
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M&K said:

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.victorpest.com/wasp_home.htm
http://www.groworganic.com/cgy_436.html (scroll down to item PIT762)
http://lawn-and-garden.aubuchonhardware.com/pest_control_and_fertilizers/insect icides_and_insect_repellants/sure_fire_yellow_jacket_bait-757454.asp
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It's too inaccessible to spray once, but you can get to it enough to bait and empty your traps repeatedly?
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Btw..hope they're not carpenter bees.
http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/Entomology/entfacts/struct/ef611.htm
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I have a telescoping pole with a hook on the end. It lets me hang the trap right on the edge of the rain gutter near the entrance/exit to the nest while I stand a safe distance away.
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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 their nest(s)?
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?
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Oh you pussy! Are you afraid of the little furry buggies????

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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?
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Pay no attention to Oscar lives/brains' dead. Your biggest obstacle is getting the control product to the target, by the sound of it.
How many days till you plan on disturbing them?
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not sure when I will start working on the siding - just looking for an easy to find product that I can spray on them.
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Any organophosphate, or if you can't find that use Sevin. (EC's in any case)
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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