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Yellow Jackets
Posted by: btfc
Date: October 05, 2023 07:16PM
The insect, not the show.

There I was, innocently raking my forest…

They’ve been bad this year but should almost be done for the year.

First thing I knew, I was being stung in the back of my head. They got me three to four times, and chased me for a way.
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Re: Yellow Jackets
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: October 05, 2023 07:24PM
Glad you are okay. I experienced an allergic reaction to one once. I have declared war on them since then.

My personal favorite was dealing with the nest inside an old basketball hoop stand. Steel pipe. I sprayed butane into the bottom of the pipe, and touched off a nice bit of mortar fire... WHOOMP ! flaming yellowjacket nest 20 feet up in the air.

The survivors tried to launch a counter attack, but I touched off a few more launches and they stopped.
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Re: Yellow Jackets
Posted by: MikeF
Date: October 05, 2023 08:54PM
Son came over earlier this week and said "You should take care of that wasp's nest on the garage eave". What?

Got some hornet/wasp spray, sprayed it, and close to 100 wasps dropped to the ground... Sprayed it the next day and probably another 25.
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Re: Yellow Jackets
Posted by: wurm
Date: October 05, 2023 09:31PM
There I was, innocently raking my forest…

That got a laugh. Thanks. Sorry about the stings.
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Re: Yellow Jackets
Posted by: lost in space
Date: October 05, 2023 09:45PM
They really are the a$sholes of the insect world. Glad you're OK.



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Re: Yellow Jackets
Posted by: AllGold
Date: October 05, 2023 09:45PM
If you want to get rid of them, here's the technique:

Find the hole during the day (for the nest which is mostly likely in the ground) by observing where they fly into and out of.
Once located, go out after dark with a flashlight and a can of wasp spray.
Spray the whole can into the hole.
Done.

That will kill the whole nest.

This works because they all (or 98% of them) return to the nest before dark and will not leave the nest after dark.

The few stragglers may return to the nest the next day, but shouldn't be a problem and if they go into the nest then they, too, will die.
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Re: Yellow Jackets
Posted by: gadje
Date: October 06, 2023 05:28AM
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wurm
There I was, innocently raking my forest…

That got a laugh. Thanks. Sorry about the stings.

Where do you put the leaves so they don’t catch on fire?
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Re: Yellow Jackets
Posted by: rgG
Date: October 06, 2023 06:51AM
I had a big underground nest out back last year.
My neighbor HATES them and volunteered to do the spray after dark thing for me.
I took him up on his offer.
The first spray got most of them, but he had to spray once more to get them all.
There were hundreds of them. Little bastidges.





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: Yellow Jackets
Posted by: btfc
Date: October 06, 2023 07:51AM
I was lucky that it was a small nest.

If it was bigger, I probably would have spotted it before I disturbed it.
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Re: Yellow Jackets
Posted by: btfc
Date: October 06, 2023 11:18AM
“ Where do you put the leaves so they don’t catch on fire? “

Branches, needles, old slash and deadfall. It gets burned.

No good burning opportunities in the last couple of years.
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Re: Yellow Jackets
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: October 06, 2023 11:38AM
Heh! Had one of those critters fly into my truck yesterday when I got out. It was raining fairly heavy, and I didn't want to play tag with him in the rain so I just closed the door. I'm about to head out, so I'll have to be on the lookout for that dude.



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Re: Yellow Jackets
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: October 06, 2023 12:02PM
They've been terrible around here. Trying to eat outside is impossible. I've seen them attacking honey bees too.



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Re: Yellow Jackets
Posted by: Lizabeth
Date: October 06, 2023 12:34PM
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cbelt3
Glad you are okay. I experienced an allergic reaction to one once. I have declared war on them since then.

My personal favorite was dealing with the nest inside an old basketball hoop stand. Steel pipe. I sprayed butane into the bottom of the pipe, and touched off a nice bit of mortar fire... WHOOMP ! flaming yellowjacket nest 20 feet up in the air.

The survivors tried to launch a counter attack, but I touched off a few more launches and they stopped.

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Re: Yellow Jackets
Posted by: btfc
Date: October 06, 2023 03:11PM
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ztirffritz
They've been terrible around here. Trying to eat outside is impossible. I've seen them attacking honey bees too.

Same here. They took over the bird watering station. There must be a big nest or two around.

I bought a yellow jacket trap for the first time; it works pretty well, but they keep on coming.
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Re: Yellow Jackets
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: October 06, 2023 03:17PM
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btfc
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ztirffritz
They've been terrible around here. Trying to eat outside is impossible. I've seen them attacking honey bees too.

Same here. They took over the bird watering station. There must be a big nest or two around.

I bought a yellow jacket trap for the first time; it works pretty well, but they keep on coming.

Is it because the trap attracts them? Just wondering if it's a vicious cycle.
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Re: Yellow Jackets
Posted by: btfc
Date: October 06, 2023 03:22PM
Big year for them, very dry summer, now they are desperate for moisture.
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Re: Yellow Jackets
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: October 06, 2023 07:30PM
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lost in space
They really are the a$sholes of the insect world. Glad you're OK.

This is so true!!! They screw with you whether you are aggressive to them or not.



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