To exterminate a wasp or yellow jacket nest cover up with a hooded jacket and gloves and spray at night when
all are in the nest. Use a good residual insecticide such as boric acid to kill them. It may take two or more applications
before all are dead. Do not attempt this if you are allergic or sensitive to stings. Do not knock down or remove nest for
at least one week. Boric acid should also be used if you have a yellow jackets nest in the ground.
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 but their vision is very sensitive to any movement you make. These colors should
reduce your risk of being stung. The stinger does not become detached from a wasp or yellowjacket which allows them to sting
you many times, unlike a bee that looses its stinger and is only able to sting once.
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. 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 your 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 yellowjacket nests. Look for heavy yellowjacket 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.
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 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 jackets 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.
|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
|Yellowjackets nest in wall treated with boric acid
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
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.