Yellow Jackets

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by tash, May 23, 2017.

  1. tash

    tash Songster

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    We have yellow jackets (IDed by my 11yo, I am mildly allergic and haven't been near yet) in the run. We did have a tarp on it for winter so the yellow jackets were happy and we didn't see them, but my 11yo took the tarp off today and noticed the nest. I don't want to spray poison, or burn them, what can I do?
     
  2. Colonel-Sanders

    Colonel-Sanders In the Brooder

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    I'm not sure if this applies to all bees/wasps but spraying soapy water on them kills them quick ( I did this with mud wasps) . Another way would be to at night, knock the nest off into a bag quickly (I've done that before) or simply a vacuum, but if you choose the vacuum tape up the ends of it for a few days so they die (I don't like the vacuum method)
     
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  3. JRNash

    JRNash Crowing

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    Soapy water should do it. Be careful. Allergies can intensify, it'd be a good idea for someone else to be around when you wage war. A pot of boiling water would also work. I'm also allergic.
     
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    I was thinking about knocking it off, IDK if I can get it into a bag. But I should have thought of the soap thing, I used to do that successfully with aphids. I did try on some yellow jackets a while back but I think it didn't work because I couldn't get to the nest (it was under our cement stairs). The hens are not gonna be happy either. Might have to move them out for a few hours.
     
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  5. JRNash

    JRNash Crowing

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    I keep a couple of cans of 3M spray adhesive on hand. It glues them to the nest and catches stragglers
     
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    Egghead_Jr Crowing

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    Edit- I didn't even read what the previous link I'd posted was using using. Wine is not nearly as effective as other baits. Soda, sugar water, etc. in a trap made from cutting a plastic soda bottle and inverting the top. Here's a better look at it in a bee yard:

    Having one near that nest will nearly wipe it out in a few days so it's manageable for you to get rid of the nest.
     
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  7. JRNash

    JRNash Crowing

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    I sprayed soapy water on my apple tree for aphids. Made all the leaves fall off:th
     
  8. tash

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    Thanks. I think I am lucky with the allergies, I got on singulair a year ago for my asthma and got stung once since then (a single bumble bee) and had basically no reaction. Like a normal person reaction instead of swelling up so bad I couldn't wear socks (it was on my foot). :)

    That is really smart. I think I will try the water first since I have it, but if it doesn't do it Ill go get some 3M.
     
  9. JRNash

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    If I get stung a massive dose of benydryl stops the throat swelling(so far) but I'm off my feet for a couple days.
     
  10. tash

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    yes. I learned how to swallow pills as a kid because I got stung by a wasp and pill benydryl was the only thing available. Good stuff.
     
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