The son that works with me showed me this yesterday.
These are the meanest wasps around. We call them “True Yellow Jackets” around here because everyone here calls any yellow wasp a yellow jacket.
Move over Killer Bees, wasps don’t die after one sting, so they’re much worse.
They will mess you up bad if you stumble upon them. They like to build their nest in the ground also. So when you mow that yard they’re in and go right over them – it’s cartoon time with you looking for a pond or pool to jump in to get away from them.
Deal with them at night and they won’t be flying around without light.
I was waiting for the kill. I’m wondering what method he used. I would have killed the majority of them before destroying the nest, but no difference in the end.
Soapy water can do a lot for you. It suffocates the ones you can get pretty quickly. Flame will melt their wings instantly, but do you really want to risk a fire getting out of control. Then, any chemical you have on hand will work against them out of an end-of-the-hose sprayer, provided it can be mixed with water.
Worth repeating: No bee suit? Do it at night. Use the flashlight for only a few seconds at at a time if you must use one. Otherwise they’ll come right for you.
I stepped in a nest once when about 7 yrs old. Sank to my ankle and before I realized it I was swarmed. They went up my pant legs, shirt and everywhere. I took many stings. I have a bad reaction to their stings since, a sting will swell my eyes closed. Been stung by bees and other types since with no bad reaction but yellowjackets are bad news. They are one of the most aggressive and just mean. Steer clear.
A few years ago I found a nest of them in the ground the hard way. I waited until dark and sprayed it with wasp spray. All that did just pissed ’em off. Wasp spray is OK for hitting them while they’re out to bring them down, but it doesn’t penetrate the ground into the nest. I poured some Lacquer Thinner on it and all buzzing stopped immediately. The thinner and the vapor penetrated the nest and just nuked ’em. What surprised me is that the Lacquer Thinner did not affect any of the vegetation it got on.
My father ran over a nest with a tractor. I was looking out the LR window and it took me a few seconds to figure out why he was so animated all of a sudden. Funny in the telling, but he’s now deathly allergic to any bee stings.
Dadof4, you stated “I would have killed the majority of them before destroying the nest, but no difference in the end.”
How so? Watching the video, I thought it was not so good an idea to disturb and basically evict a LOT of ticked-off yellowjackets in a neighborhood. What on earth was worth salvaging that the shed couldn’t have been taken care of with a controlled burn, or smoking the things first?
They looked like European hornets. I had a nest in my roof soffet. They don’t sleep at night. I hired a guy who put on a space suit and killed them with chemicals. He said I could take the nest down in a few days. I waited until january…..
I had a normal yellow jacket nest under my patio. i tried flooding them with water but it didn’t work. Then I hooked a hose to my grill propane tank and gassed them. That was probably enough, but the kid in me decided to light it. big mistake. it went off like a bomb and now my patio has cracks all over.
YOW! Thats HUUUGE! I would have just put an insect fogger in there and seal it off.
As a teenager I was riding my motorcycle in the woods and had to manually step over some fallen trees. Little did I know there was a yellowjacket nest underneath and they quickly swarmed. I dropped that bike like a hot potato and skedaddled. I was now looking at my motorcycle (still putt-putting) in the midst of the swarm. I waited five minutes then retrieved it. Only got stung once.
@Dadof4, are those European Hornets? They look a lot bigger than yellow jackets. We had a infestation over our deck this summer. It took 3 trips for for pest man Carl to kill these things off. They weren’t happy with traffic in and out the back door. At night they would dive bomb and swirl around the porch lights. Darn things sounded like B-52’s.
RosalindJ , You answered why I would kill them first when you asked how. That why rates really high with me for the same reason it does with you. Killing them first keeps the danger to the neighborhood to a minimum.
“Smoking them” Not even in the playbook. The shed is fine for what it does. No need to burn it and risk anything. Just need to kill the nest and remove it.
My advice as to how:
Do it at night for the quickest, 100% effectiveness and safety.
I would have poked some holes with a broomstick or shovel handle through the carton of chambers and used my power sprayer to soak them with a 1/4 strength solution with Dawn soap mixed in make it coat them.At night. This can be done by anyone with a water hoes and an end-of-the-hose sprayer. Any chemical will do, add a good squirt of Dawn in the chem reservoir to increase effectiveness.
They can’t fly very well without light. They can’t navigate. Hence the neighborhood is less threatened while they are more affected by the chemical from crawling around agitated.
As I removed the carton, I would have some pyrethrin aerosol on my hip to fog the shed some, if needed, during the work after drenching.
A super high percentage of the colony’s population is killed when done at night. They are almost completely at home instead of a good number of them being out in the field foraging. The stragglers won’t kill themselves just because the nest is gone when they come back. If there’s enough of them, they’ll make a new nest elsewhere.
Kill them all. Doing it at night makes that easier.