One good shot of wasp/hornet spray in the nest opening should do it.
I've heard it is best to spray at night but I've done it many times in
the day as sprayed yellow jackets are disoriented and don't get you.
In the south they nest underground, so there must be a hole. I've found
it takes only a tablespoon of gasoline. Sometimes waiting until sunset
has helped me locate holes, but papas grass could make it tough.
You could wait until dark and toss a piece of liver where you think the
hole is. Liver attracts skunks. A skunk who finds the hole will
destroy the nest.
Another trick is an electric bug zapper on a long pole. Stick it where
you think the hole is and shake it until the yellow jackets attack it.
Because I had one in my compost heap. The entrance was right on top of
the pile with what looked like a marbleized plastic spill around the hole.
I saw the wasps entering and leaving the hole. Because mine was on top
of a pile, I just dug it up with a pitch fork and destroyed it.
On 9/4/2010 8:13 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I'm mostly a live-and-let-live kind of guy too, and had no problems
weeding the garden yesterday at the same time the buzzing things were
harvesting nectar. And I have no problems if they live out back past the
point where I bother to mow, or in the graveyard behind me, or in the
drainage lot down the street etc. But I just came back in from spraying
a nest in the usual spot in the front yard, where I need to mow
tomorrow. (Not sure why they always pick That Spot year after year,
unless they like how the moles pre-dig the hole for them.) I've
accidentally run the mower over 'bee fountains' 3-4 times in the 5 years
I've been here- even had them fly under my shirt and sting me. That is
annoying enough that I feel no guilt about nuking nests that are on MY
turf. All they gotta do is move a couple hundred feet in any direction,
and they will get no grief from me.
Note that if you have anyone in the house with a history of anaphylactic
(sp?) shock after bee stings, all bets are off. Epi pens aren't always
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