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      10-28-2014 07:43 PM #1
      We have discovered a big yellow jacket nest in the ground in the way back of my yard, about 250 feet from the back door. I don't go back there that much, except to mow and to throw branches and other stuff into the compost heap. One got me good a few weeks ago when I was mowing, and initially I dismissed it as a fluke since we've never had an issue with them.

      But another got me this past weekend when I was mowing again, which clued me in that there was a nest. This damn thing was super aggressive -- after I flicked it off (it was gnawing on me) it chased me all the way up to the house and buzzed around the back door and window for 10 minutes trying to find a way in. I went out the front door with some spray, came around the back and saw it go into the dryer vent (it had just turned off, so I guess he could smell me, or the distress pheromone coming out of the vent -- crazy). We turned the dryer on and it came out dazed enough that I could get it with some spray.

      Later, I scoped out the nest when things had calmed down and found the entrance underneath a couple of old 2x4s up against the fence line. There is a lot of activity, and unfortunately not a way to put a bowl or bucket over the hole since it's under the boards/angled.

      My wife made some traps with some Two Buck Chuck later that day -- they don't seem to be working, and today she got stung from about 15 feet away while walking up to check on the (lack of) progress.

      So now we need revenge.

      Normally I would use some of that high-volume Enforcer spray on them if it was close to the house (so I could run inside). But I don't have any gear and the back door is too far to run if they all swarm out. What should I do? Drive the car back there, hit them with the spray, then roll the window up quick?

      I have watched about 50 YouTube videos and it always ends up with a bad outcome so any suggestions would be appreciated.

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      10-28-2014 07:47 PM #2


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      10-28-2014 07:50 PM #3
      I had a yellow jacket nest under the siding of my house a couple years ago. Made a thread. What ended up working best for me was a shop vac left on. I tried spray, foggers, dust. Nothing cut it. The shop vac didn't get all of them but knocked it down to 10% of what it was and the nest died off eventually.
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      10-28-2014 08:02 PM #4
      Try this as a non-pesticide way first......get a weed spray and fill with liquid soap or detergent and water. You want a soapy water spray that will coat the wings. Spray the nest and any flying wasps. They'll fall to the ground and can't move much or fly. Smother the wasp hive entrance and inside if possible. That more or less neutralizes the hive so you can either kill or destroy it using other means. Keep the sprayer handy for those that manage to fly again. We get a ton of yellow jacket wasps in my area who make hives on the house soffits outside.....I've used the soap trick to first minimize the attackers and allow my to destroy the hive with something like a broom. No chemicals or toxic stuff in the air.

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      10-28-2014 09:02 PM #5
      This summer I had all the neighborhood carpenter bees eating a stump in my yard from a tree I cut down a decade ago. They were hovering around a hole for months so something needed to be done. My solution was boric acid, I poured about half the bottle in the hole and the rest around the entrance. A week or two later no more carpenter bees. The powder clings to their wings and kills them. Even though carpenter bees are huge and destructive, they don't sting and a very passive.

      Before the boric acid, I tried several cans of spray but the hole is usually very deep. After the carpenter bees had left, I dug up to see how far down they were borrowing. The hole went down about two feet to a large void. I filled in the area 3' L X 4' W X 3' deep with soil and seeded.

      With hornets, I would be apprehensive to get close to the hole without protective clothing. If you do decide to try, completely cover yourself with atleast a tyvek hazmat suit and gloves.
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      10-28-2014 09:17 PM #6
      We had some sort of stinging bug that set up residence in my grandfathers yard (can't remember if it was yellow jackets or not). We ended up waiting until night time when they were much less active. Snuck up to the hole with as much skin covered as possible (socks and gloves pulled over pants/long sleeve shirts) and poured about a gallon of gas in the hole. Tossed a match in from a bit away and watched for the flame to shoot out the exit hole on the other side of the yard (which we hadn't previously found). The next day the hole was full of charred bodies. If I recall correctly we got stung a few times but it was worth it. Good luck.

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      10-28-2014 09:45 PM #8
      Nuke 'em from the orbit, is the only way to do it.

      Extremely intelligent creatures they are, you have to make sure you kill every single one of them, as they will remember what you look like and will keep on chasing you down.

      Dealt with them as a kid, learnt my lesson.

    10. 10-28-2014 10:02 PM #9
      Whatever you do, do it at dusk/when it's dark when the nest is less active. In the past I've had success with pouring gas in the nest and then plugging it with expanding foam.

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      10-29-2014 08:25 AM #10
      Wait until night and pour gas/kerosene/diesel down in the hole and light it. That's how I killed two nests this summer.

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      10-29-2014 09:01 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by SVTDanny View Post
      Wait until night and pour gas/kerosene/diesel down in the hole and light it. That's how I killed two nests this summer.
      I've done that in the past. You get instant results. Even gasoline w/ out fire works.
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      10-29-2014 09:11 AM #12
      + 3 on gasoline. Use a funnel & pour slowly. Light match.


      I walked right over a nest while mowing & got hit 1/2 a doz. times in the ankle. Couldn't put a shoe on for a week.
      It literally felt like they were pulling on my ankle.
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      10-29-2014 09:21 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by SVTDanny View Post
      Wait until night and pour gas/kerosene/diesel down in the hole and light it. That's how I killed two nests this summer.
      Yup, I've done the same thing. Worked like a charm.
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      10-29-2014 09:22 AM #14
      Gasoline works well, provided you have access to the nest entrance.

      We had yellowjackets build a nest under a 3' diameter Feather Rock.

      I hit the spot where they were coming out from under the rock with a whole can wasp killer, and then followed it with Carb Cleaner and a lighter to get the counter-attack.
      Shortly after the Dresden re-enactment, I added more wasp killer, and left it overnight.

      The next day, I moved the rock, and addressed the nest directly with gasoline to kill the larvae.
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      10-29-2014 09:46 AM #15
      Just call a pro... it's worth it.
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      10-29-2014 09:49 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by 20DYNAMITE07 View Post
      Just call a pro... it's worth it.
      Banging a hooker will make the wasps go away? I'm off to find a bee's nest. BRB.
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      10-29-2014 09:51 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Time for a GTI View Post
      Banging a hooker will make the wasps go away? I'm off to find a bee's nest. BRB.
      ^ just made my morning. Thank you
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      10-29-2014 09:53 AM #18
      I wait until winter. You can do whatever you want to a nest when the temperature is below freezing.

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      10-29-2014 10:35 AM #19
      Capture a few of them, dacapitate them and put their heads at the entrance of the nest.
      Part B of the plan if to claim that IS has invaded your back yard and provide the coordinates so that an AC-130 takes care of the nest at night.
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      Banging a hooker will make the wasps go away? I'm off to find a bee's nest. BRB.
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      10-29-2014 10:46 AM #20
      Just went through this the past few weeks. They are now all presumed dead.

      This may help:
      https://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...-Call-the-Pros

      Not that it matters, but are you sure they're yellow jackets? They're probably hornets.

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      10-29-2014 10:51 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by GeoffD View Post
      I wait until winter. You can do whatever you want to a nest when the temperature is below freezing.
      OP is in Texas. They've never heard of winter.
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      10-29-2014 10:55 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by VA-Dubber View Post
      Whatever you do, do it at dusk/when it's dark when the nest is less active. In the past I've had success with pouring gas in the nest and then plugging it with expanding foam.
      Nothing like creating a bomb. Lol.
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      10-29-2014 10:57 AM #23
      5 gallons of lacquer thinner and a few tracer rounds.

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      10-29-2014 11:32 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by adrew View Post
      Drive the car back there, hit them with the spray, then roll the window up quick?
      that's not a bad idea, actually.
      hose down the area, repeat until dead.

      make up one of these, might work. fish on a stick over a bucket of soapy water.




      they eat so much, they fall into the water and drown.
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