HOW TO EXTERMINATE YELLOW JACKETS
To exterminate a wasp or yellow jacket nest
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 and a quick kill aerosol bee spray to kill
them. These insecticides can be purchased at 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 but a spoon will also work.
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.
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.
|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.
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.
Yellow jackets entered through a hole in the foundation to build this nest in the basement.
IMPORTANT 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.
|Yellowjackets nest in wall treated with boric acid
How To Take The Pain Out Of A Yellow Jacket Sting
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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
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.