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HOW TO EXTERMINATE YELLOW JACKETS

To exterminate a wasp or yellow jacket nest

1. Cover up with a hooded jacket and gloves and spray at night using a flashlight when all are in the nest. Use a good residual insecticide such as boric acid or diatomaceous earth to kill them. They can be purchased in most hardware stores. It may take two or more applications before all are dead. Do not attempt this if you are allergic or sensitive to stings.

2. Do not knock down or remove nest for at least one week.

3. Boric acid or DE should also be used if you have a yellow jackets nest in the ground. These powders are easiest to apply using a pesticide powder duster or dusting bulb .

4.When spraying for bees, wasps, or yellow jackets wear the color white or red if possible. White is a color that wasps cannot see very well and red is a color that bees can not see. Wearing these colors may reduce your risk of being stung. Their vision is very sensitive to any movement you make, so always remain calm when spraying. The stinger does not become detached from a wasp or yellowjacket which allows them to sting you many times, unlike a bee that usually looses its stinger and is only able to sting once.
 
5. If yellowjackets are found inside your home, use duct tape to seal all cracks and crevices in the room where you see them. Seal around floorboards, molding, windows.  Most likely they have put a nest in a wall, ceiling, or your basement (as shown in pictures on the bottom of page). It may also be a good idea to keep your lights off as much as possible since they are attracted to them. You may be able to find the nest by putting your ear to the wall and listening for buzzing, clicking or chewing noises. A pest control company might be needed to locate the nest. It may be necessary to drill small holes into your wall or ceiling in the area of the nest. A good residual insecticide such as low toxic boric acid should be puffed or sprayed into the holes.
WARNING!
Towards the end of the summers yellow jackets will sometimes move their nest out of the ground and into your siding,soffits, or overhangs of your house through a hole,crack, or crevice, Do not seal or plug these holes until you're sure all are dead. If they cant get out of their nest they will end up inside your home.Never knock down a wasp or yellow jackets nest until all are dead as they will just build another nest in the same area. It is always wise to call an exterminator when a nest is located in your walls or ceiling. When doing summer yard work be sure to first carefully check your grass and bushes for yellow jacket nests. Look for heavy yellow jacket activity entering and exiting small holes in the ground. In trees and bushes look for round paper like nests about the size of a soccer ball.

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yellowjacket crossing through boric acid to get in nest

This is a picture I took of a yellow jacket that was moving boric acid away from the entrance to its nest. It most likely knew it would kill him, but they will give their life for the survival of the nest.

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Yellow Jackets Entering Through Crack In Siding
Remedy To Repel Wasps And Yellow jackets

To prevent nesting, place snuggles dryer sheets in areas where wasps and yellow jackets may nest such as holes or cracks and crevices around your swimming pool, swing set, or deck. The smell of dryer sheets are irritating to them and will repel them.

Placing yellow jacket traps outside your home around your deck, porch, and patio in the spring when only queens are present, will greatly reduce the amount of these wasps and yellow jackets you see on your property through-out the summer months.
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Yellow jackets entered through a hole in the foundation to build this nest in the basement.

YELLOW JACKET INFORMATION

Yellow jackets build paper nests underground, in trees or bushes. They are also called a picnic wasp since they are scavengers of the foods we eat at picnics. Yellowjackets are actually beneficial insects due to their consumption of large amounts of other insects, such as cluster flies. 
Queens are the only members of yellow jacket colonies to live through the winter. From late March to May, they emerge from hibernation. having been mated by males the previous year, the queen will lay up to 70 eggs, which hatch and become the first generation of workers.Eggs that are layed towards the end of the summer can produce yellow jacket queens that are considered very large and are sometimes confused with the cicada killer wasp. Some actually grow to be more than two inches long. The queen will not leave the nest again. Workers feed the young, build the underground nest by digging, and guarding the nest.The nest is made out of a paper comb. During the spring and summer you may see yellow jackets picking up tiny slivers of your deck or fence post wood. These small pieces of wood will be turned into the paper to construct their nest.
By the middle of the summer, Yellow jackets can have up to 5,000 workers in their colony. As fall approaches and the nights get cooler they may move the nest to a warmer location such as your house or garage.This can be a big problem to home owners when some of the colony may end up in the living areas of your home. Pregnant queens survive through the winter, but the males will all leave the nest and die. They only use their nest for one season. 

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Yellowjackets nest in wall treated with boric acid

How To Take The Pain Out Of A Yellow Jacket Sting

  1.  first aid--Use soap and water to gently cleanse the area of the bee sting. Repeat cleansing of the sting area two or three times a day until it is healed.

  2.  Yellow Jacket sting recipe--To relieve pain and swelling, apply ice wrapped in a washcloth or cold compresses for a short time. Usually just a few minutes will help ease pain from. Do not apply ice on  bee stings for more than ten minutes at a time.

  3. sting remedy--Mix a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the yellow jacket  sting. Leave the paste on the sting for 15 or 20 minutes at a time.

  4. First aid treatment for yellow jacket sting pain --Take aspirin, tylenol, or ibuprofen to relieve pain from bee stings. Consider using additional treatment remedies for pain and the itch caused by bee stings: --Put a tiny dab of household ammonia on a sting or check your pharmacy for over-the-counter medicines made with ammonia.

YELLOW JACKETS NEST IN CEILING

Back in September I discovered I had yellow jackets entering into a small crack in my vinyl siding. I went to a site online that tells you how to get rid of things and stuff. It said to leave them alone and that the cold will eventually kill them, besides, hiring an exterminator would be very expensive. I could hear loud buzzing up in my living room ceiling panels and by October the whole nest fell through and ended up on my couch. The nest was a huge round paper nest the size of a basketball and my house was full of yellow jackets. We had to spend two nights in a very high priced motel until we could find an exterminator to get rid of the bees. He charged us a very reasonable fee and said if we would have called him when we first saw the yellow jackets entering into our siding the charge would only have been around fifty dollars.He also said yellow jackets usually end up chewing through the drywall or ceiling panels as their nest gets bigger and he runs into this type of problem daily.

In the future I will make sure I get pest control info from a pest control site like yours and not from one of those fly by night websites that have been put together by someone with no exterminating experience. Thanks

YELLOW JACKET STINGS
I have 3 boys whom have not ever been stung buy bee's until recently when 2 of my children were playing outside. I beleive the bee's are hornets but i am not sure. They look like yellow jackets but larger and sting more than once. My 3yr old has been stung twice in a row and now my 7 yr old has been stung twice in a row as well. I live near the woods and have never had this happen before, we have lived here for 3 yrs and this is just now happening....could we have a nest around that could be close to the house.....are they protecting it or are these just random occurances? I saw your page for honey bee's but did not find anything on hornets....if you have a page on hornets/yellow jackets and i missed it please email me and let me know and i will refer back to your web page. Please email me back with any info that you may think would be helpful. thanks, 

 It sounds like you might have a yellow jackets nest either in the siding of your house or in your yard. Carefully check the outside of your house looking for cracks ,crevices, or small holes where they may have built a nest.Or possibly a hole in the ground.They should not be to hard to find because of the large amount of activity around the outside of the nest. If they are located,puff boric acid into the nest after dark,being careful they wont be able to get inside your house. You may have to repeat this 2 or 3 times.

SPRAYING A YELLOW JACKETS NEST
Last summer, we found out that we have yellow jackets building a nest in our basement window well. This activity went on all summer and now that it is winter time, the activity has stopped. We are afraid that there is larvae in the nest, so that when it starts to warm up, the eggs will hatch and well have the same problem all over again.In regards to the recipe that you have listed for killing yellow jackets Ground Nest Treatment at Night can this mixture be put directly in the hole where the nest is or per your instructions, do you need to put the mixture somewhere outside the nest?
Also, we are thinking about stuffing the hole/entrance with steel wool or pouring liquid paint into the hole? Do you recommend either one of these options?

Yellow jackets will only use their nest for one season and will not return to use the same nest. Any larvae or eggs will not survive. It would be a good idea to plug the entrance hole with caulk or great stuff foam to prevent others from building a nest in the same spot. If you treat a ground nest, you might want to use a boric acid product or drione dust if its legal for use in your state.

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