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Old 10-17-2007, 08:53 AM
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Ouch, I was just weedeating out back and between my boat tent and the tree line I've got a pile of left over vinyl siding that has a $hit load of yellow jackets nesting under it. I only got stung twice ( I didn't know I could still run that fast) I emptied 2 cans of hornet and wasp killer on the ba$tards but they are still holding my weed eater hostage. What do you guys think is the best way to get rid of them without getting stung too many times.
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Old 10-17-2007, 08:56 AM
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Grab a can of your wife's hairspray and a lighter!
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:16 AM
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I feel your pain, I'm having a bit of a hornet problem but I can't locate the nest. The other night I had 7 yes 7 buzzing around my garage. They are attracted to the flourescent lights and get distracted on the way back to the nest. Can't let my 2 year old in the garage when they are in there!

Wait until dawn then spread Sevin dust over and around the siding. I say dawn for 2 reasons: they should all be back in the nest and they will be fairly inactive after a cool night. If you need to kill them immediately I guess you'll have to empty a bunch of cans of that wasp killer on them. They are fiercly protective of that nest though so be carefull. Good Luck!

The following is from the webpage: http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef620.asp

CONTROLLING WASPS, HORNETS AND YELLOWJACKETS
by Michael F. Potter, Extension Entomologist
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
Yellowjackets

Yellowjackets are another dangerous wasp encountered around homes and buildings. Nests are often located underground in an old rodent burrow, beneath a landscape timber, or in a rock wall or wall of a building.If the nest can be located, it can usually be eliminated by carefully applying a wasp spray insecticide into the nest opening.

Sevin (tm), or Ficam (tm), dust is also very effective provided a handduster or similar type applicator is used to dispense several puffs of the insecticide dust in to the nest opening (an empty, dry liquid detergent bottle, filled no more than halfway with dust and shaken before dispensing works well).

Treatment should be performed late at night after all yellowjackets are in the nest and less active. It's best to pinpoint the nest opening during the daytime so you will remember where to direct your treatment after dark. Approach the nest slowly and do not shine the beam of the flashlight directly into the nest entrance as this may startle the wasps; instead, cast the beam to the side to illuminate the nest indirectly and place the light on the ground rather than in your hand. Similar to hornets, yellowjackets are extremely aggressive when the nest is disturbed. It may be prudent to call a professional pest control company, particularly when access to the nest is difficult.

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Old 10-17-2007, 09:22 AM
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get you some chickens...
i have four laying hens, and they have decimated the insect population around my house
no ants, bugs, wasps, roaches, nothin...
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Old 10-17-2007, 10:45 AM
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I'd wait until it got a lot cooler then expose the nest to the elements and maybe hose it. If you are in a hurry though the suggestions above are as good as any I can think of.

A grappling hook might help with the weed eater problem.

Speed? I guess you're still as good, once, as you ever were! lol
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:52 AM
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Find the entrance to the nest. Wait until dark so that all of them are in the nest. Put about 8 oz of gas in a 16 oz coke bottle. Turn the bottle upside down and insert into the entrance and run like he!!. DO NOT LIGHT THE GAS. Problem solved.

Similar thing happened to me while mowing the grass. Disengaged the blade, jumped off the mower and ran straight for the lake. By the time I got to the water I was butt a$$ naked. I got hit 17 times on my back and arms. Luckily no alergic reaction.
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Old 10-17-2007, 12:49 PM
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[QUOTE]HardLivin - 10/18/2007 2:52 AM

Turn the bottle upside down and insert into the entrance and run like he!!. DO NOT LIGHT THE GAS. QUOTE]


We used to do that when we were kids except we lit it. The yellow jackets came out on fire. Then again our patches on our baseball uni's were actually the conferderate flag (dixie youth baseball)
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Old 10-17-2007, 12:53 PM
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GAS kills 'em dead everytime. But do wait until dawn. I hate those bastards.
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Old 10-17-2007, 02:05 PM
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Last year I stripped naked getting away from them, leaving my blue jeans covered in the bastids outside on the walk. I had to wait a couple hours before I could retrieve them.

What they said. Locate the hole in the ground where their nest is. This is not too difficult when they are active during the day--but don't get too close. Once you know where it is, go out at dusk or after dark with a can of wasp/hornet spray and fill the hole with it. I have used a whole can or more on one nest. This usually does the trick. If you see more of the enemy using the hole the next day, give it a second application the next evening.

These bastids get very aggressive late in the year cause their nests are full and foraging animals will dig them up and eat what is there. This swarming stinging response is their defense and it is damned effective on unsuspecting humans. I now carefully try to watch for active nests when weedeating or mowing late in the summer and fall.

They are mean. I hates 'em.
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Old 10-17-2007, 02:26 PM
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Well I got my weed eater back, used a big treble hook on a spinning rod. I found the hole when I pulled the stack of siding away from the spot, little suckers got me again when I did that, As soon as it gets dark I've got a beer bottle of unleaded I'm gonna treat them to.
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Old 10-17-2007, 02:31 PM
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My friend in Virginia has the same problem. His neighbors gave him the solution. Let them go back underground. At night pour lighter fluid or kerosene down the hole. It melts their wings and they die.
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Old 10-18-2007, 05:34 AM
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Captain Sid - 10/18/2007 5:26 AM

little suckers got me again when I did that, As soon as it gets dark I've got a beer bottle of unleaded I'm gonna treat them to.
Got you and you knew where the nest was?....sounds like a bigger nest. The beer bottle probably should be a 40oz.
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Old 10-18-2007, 06:40 AM
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Burn'em out!
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Old 10-18-2007, 07:17 AM
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Only stung twice!
Try 28 times after knocking down an old barn they had nested in and then 4wks later 52 time after rolling up a nest with the bulldozer.
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No post today by sid, I hope those SOB's didnt win the war.
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Old 10-18-2007, 07:51 AM
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I think they only got me twice because when the first one got me I dropped the weed eater still running right on top of the nest, and while I was hauling a$$ through the yard they attacked the weed eater. Anyway it looks like the bottle of gas got the little buggers, I moved the rest of the siding and didn't see but just a couple buzzing around. I used a can of enforcer yellowjacket foam in the hole this morning just to be sure.
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Old 10-18-2007, 06:40 PM
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The wasp and hornet killer 25' spray is the way to go!
I've dealt the death blow to several nests over the years!

One time though I tried to use the W&H spray on a nest of big black carpenter bees
nesting in rocks by the pool! They laughed and bathed in it! Then got sore!
I retreated to the house until the pm when I called in the air strike!
Can of gas (with 2 stroke oil!) ....

I love the smell of 2 stroke in the morning!

Yeah I love a happy ending too!
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