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Wasps and Yellow Jackets???

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I am new to owning chickens and now that the weather has changed so much I am having lots of wasps and yellow jackets. I know yellow jackets live in the ground, but I am not sure what draws them to make a nest. The wasps keep trying to start nests and I spray them down with a water hose. I am allergic to both of the darn things, and I don't know what I can do to keep them away. Is there any type of spray or granules I can use to keep them away that is safe for the chickens? I mean I know none of it really will be, but I can't risk being stung, but DO NOT want to hurt the chickens. Are their any options you may have used that work??

Very blessed Wife and mother to the most precious 2 yr old, 2 Banty Roos, 1 Banty Hen, and a Red "Pullet" (would love to know better names), a German Shepherd Gretchen, & a callico Callie. Running low on Animals
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Very blessed Wife and mother to the most precious 2 yr old, 2 Banty Roos, 1 Banty Hen, and a Red "Pullet" (would love to know better names), a German Shepherd Gretchen, & a callico Callie. Running low on Animals
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Here's an excerpt from Arbico Organics, a company that specializes in pest control: 

Arbico: yellow jackets, you may wish to apply boric acid in dry form at night where they are known to be entering. It will take a while, but the boric acid will be carried into the nest and do its work. Do not close up the entrance until you have seen no activity for several days.


Here's the link I got it from: http://www.arbico-organics.com/category/pest-solver-guide-wasps-yellow-jackets

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post #3 of 10

You can  spray "Pam" on paper wasps and nests.


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post #4 of 10

90 percent rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle will kill them within seconds.  We keep a bottle on our porch.

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90 percent rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle will kill them within seconds.  We keep a bottle on our porch.


That is an awesome tip!  I will have to keep some handy too! Thank you big_smile

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90 percent rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle will kill them within seconds.  We keep a bottle on our porch.


This is what I do and it works.

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Thank you all for the suggestions. With the rubbing alcohol, do I have to get close enough to the wasp to spray it or can I spray the corners of the coop and them not make a nest??

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post #8 of 10

just get a cheep squirt gun from the toy section probably in the same drug store that you got the IPA, i got a 3 pack last time. got bug guns on every porch-n-patio now

post #9 of 10

Yellow jackets in the ground: if you find the hole, AT NIGHT, with flashlight, pour boiling water down the hole--at least 3 gallons.  You may hear the humming, but they will not come out.  Usually they are never seen again--from that hole.

For yellow jackets that make paper nests or flat nests for larvae under eaves of houses,   spray (or the alchohol mentioned earlier)   1 T of Mint oil (as in cooking flavouring) in 1 qt water, in a spray bottle.   Again at night, soak the nest (paper nest or flat larvae nest, no harmful residue will drop (commercial Wasp/Bee sprays fall on grass and if chickens eat it--will kill them-BAD THING to use where access   to spray fallout will be where chickens can forage!!!! )    Mint will kill and no harm to your chickens!  Again, do it at night, for your protection (daytimes, most yellow jackets do not take kindly to messing with their nurseries and  will GET YOU!)  Most of the workers will be in the nest at night, the few remaining can be sprayed directly!   Take care and good removal!.

post #10 of 10
I use dawn dish soap and water in a spray gun and spray them kills them pretty quick. It covers there air holes and suffocates them.
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