<< spray them with WD-40. >>
That's unbelieveably cruel. The WD-40 causes them to slide off their perches
and break legs and wings. Just put an open jar of honey further out in the
woods and they'll go after it. Soon they'll be too fat to fly and the nest will
disappear. That's the theory,at least. Not verified or substantiated in any
Several days ago I discovered yellow jackets nesting in some corner
channel vinyl siding. I sprayed the opening with Wasp/Hornet killer,
and watched. After 5 minutes a huge yellow jacket emerged, probably
the queen, and she took off. The next day yellow jackets were still
hovering around the opening and I sprayed the hole again, and then
again the following day. After 4 sprayings, the hornets are now gone.
Tough guys! Careful, hornets are easily agitated and will swarm.
Spray (soak) the nest with Outdoor Raid, Spider Fighter, or some other
suitable industrial strength stuff - why mess around? Do this after sundown
when all the bugs are home. They check in, but don't check out. If you
agitate one yellow jacket, it will release a pheromone that says STING! and
they'll all be after you. BUT - They can't see you in the dark..
I agree about calling a pro in that case.
I've never seen a yellow jacket nest "dug in deep" - usually they are stuck
under eaves or overhangs of a building (or large machinery). Once the nest
is neutralized after dark, it can be removed and burned before the rest of
them hatch. Don't try to burn it while it's still attached to the eaves or
the fire dept will be paying a visit.... bug spray is quite flammable.
I HAVE seen and tangled with an underground nest of strange fuzzy large
honey-bee shaped critters that came boiling out of the ground and stung me 6
times before I could get outta there. That was in 1971 (before Africanized
bees) and was in Minnesota. I still don't know what they were, exactly.
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