Very carefully. (Budda-bing).
After dark they will be calm. Hit them with a hornet/wasp spray which
has strong focused stream. Keep a flashlight on it so you can know if
they come streaming out after you. Run!
If you get stung, be alert for breathing difficulties and head for a
hospital immediately if the problems start.
Unless it's _really_ large or very inacessible, I just take a stick or
whatever it takes to reach it and knock 'em off. Yellow jackets aren't
particularly aggressive. If a lot of activity, a shot of a wasp killer
will discourage them from hanging around too closely. Only ones I
really worry about much are actual hornet nests (the round, papery
looking nests, not the celled bee-like ones) -- them suckers are _BAD_!
I just got rid of one on my apple tree. I did it in the night when dark.
Used a flash light with red filter, wrapped it in a garbage bag and off
it goes. They are all in the nest when dark and can't see well.
I was thinning apples and got stung twice during the day. I did not even
know it was there.
Out in the open is easy (do what others have said). We had one in the
wall of the house. You could see them comming and going in cracks under
Long process. I calked each and every crack and eventually kept them
in/out. The ones that were sealed in came into the house one by one and
met their maker. No one got stung. This was last year and theydid not
come back (yet).
Did try the spray first but it could not reach the nest(s).
Next time, put some 10% Sevin dust in the crack where you see them going
in and out. That'll take care of the whole nest in a couple of days.
Those sprays are very fast acting; that's not what you want when you
can't see the nest.
I've done a couple - one on a low-hanging branch on a tree, another on a
roof eave, difficult to reach. For the one hanging low, I borrowed a
protective outfit from a beekeeper friend, then attacked the nest at dusk
with a plastic garbage bag. Dusk is a good time because people can see but
they can't. As I approached it, the beekeeper outfit somehow started feeling
less and less safe. It took some time for me to work up the courage but when
I fnally did, I got the bag around the nest, broke it away from the branch,
and buried it. When I was done, I stood on the front porch and had my wife
inspect me under the light. There were no wasps on me.
For the second one, I waited for a heavy nighttime rainstorm, then put on a
long overcoat, heavy gloves, hood, goggles, in an effort to cover as much of
myself as possible. (Beekeeper friend was no longer available.) Then I
blasted the nest with a hose. When the nest appeared to be in tatters, I
declared victory and went inside. None of them came after me. A few days
later, I observed that reconstruction was well underway and they were back
in business again. I waited for the next nighttime rainstorm, and blasted
the nest until there was nothing left of it.
Some of the aerosol stuff is pretty good, to knock em senseless. I was
in a friend's carport today, and the guy had three wasp nests about
six inches diameter, each was a six incher. I squirted them with some
wasp stuff, but there were still 20 or 30 angry wasps buzzing around.
Bugler, sound the retreat! I didn't stay around to discuss it with
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
I used one of the wasp and hornet sprays that said it would kill on contact.
I was shocked that this claim was literally true. They fell from the next
dead on the ground. I still would run in case some of them don't get a
direct hit, but that stuff really works.
It's still best to do it at night. Use a flashlight til you hit the
nest with the spray, then turn off the flashlight (if they come at you,
they will go for the light) and walk (they take running as guilt)
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