Yellow Jackets

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DAKSY

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I use a little 2-cycle oil/gasoline mix. Nothing special, just what the weed whacker uses.
I dump about a cup down the hole. The gasoline evaporates. The oil coats them & they can't breathe.
I'm sure there are more environmentally friendly options out there...
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
1,210
Eastern Long Island NY
Use a bit of old window screen to cover the hole at night (for your safety). Then get half a bottle of dawn and your water hose. Pour in the Dawn and fill it up further with water.
Then put a heavy stone on the screen and hole.
In the morning take the stone off. If no yellow jacket is visible thru the screen, you're done.
 

Prof

Minister of Fire
Oct 18, 2011
569
Western PA
I don't really have a solution, but I saw how my stepfather (who was an ass) do it. First, he would get stung while mowing the grass. Then he would dump a half of a gallon of gas down the hole shortly after being stung and light it--almost blowing himself up in the process. It had a bit of a flame-thrower effect if I remember correctly. Nevertheless, it was amusing!
 
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stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
1,210
Eastern Long Island NY
Use a bit of old window screen to cover the hole at night (for your safety). Then get half a bottle of dawn and your water hose. Pour in the Dawn and fill it up further with water.
Then put a heavy stone on the screen and hole.
In the morning take the stone off. If no yellow jacket is visible thru the screen, you're done.

Here a YouTube video of the Dawn approach:
 

EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
A bee suit is worth it's weight in gold when dealing with yj. Check them out, they aren't expensive.
 

UpStateNY

Feeling the Heat
May 4, 2008
401
Catskill Mountains
At night when all the YJ are in their nest I just pour a cup of gasoline in the hole And cover the hole with a rock. Do not ignite the gasoline. The gasoline evaporates and the fumes kills the YJ.

BTW same thing works for bumble bee nest in the ground. If you have a large nest of hornets hanging from a tree 40 feet off the ground. These large black and white hornets are there probably eating bumble bees. Get rid of the bumble bees and the hornets will move. It worked for me.
 
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PaulOinMA

Minister of Fire
Oct 20, 2018
984
MA
They are nasty. Mowed over a nest when I was a kid in CT. Damn, they REALLY didn't like that! :)
 

UpStateNY

Feeling the Heat
May 4, 2008
401
Catskill Mountains
They are nasty. Mowed over a nest when I was a kid in CT. Damn, they REALLY didn't like that! :)
Yes they wait and get you on the return mow. ouch
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
24,938
central pa
I have always just emptied a can of wasp and hornet spray down the hole.
 

Jan Pijpelink

Minister of Fire
Jan 2, 2015
1,942
South Jersey
I have always just emptied a can of wasp and hornet spray down the hole.
I do too. Problem is that they have a main entrance and an escape exit. I have an old sliding mosquito door that I will put on top of it and pour some gas/oil mix in.
 

tadmaz

Feeling the Heat
Dec 21, 2017
477
Erin, WI
I use a little 2-cycle oil/gasoline mix. Nothing special, just what the weed whacker uses.
I dump about a cup down the hole. The gasoline evaporates. The oil coats them & they can't breathe.
I'm sure there are more environmentally friendly options out there...
I do something similar, just gas, but also light it on fire. :)
 

begreen

Mooderator
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Nov 18, 2005
88,771
South Puget Sound, WA
I do something similar, just gas, but also light it on fire. :)
That is not only polluting, it can lead to some unexpectedly explosive situations. Don't ask how I know.
 
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Jan Pijpelink

Minister of Fire
Jan 2, 2015
1,942
South Jersey
I just put carefully the screendoor on top. They went nuts! The lady just ordered a bee suit. Will arrive Thursday, will wait till then.
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
1,210
Eastern Long Island NY
I just put carefully the screendoor on top. They went nuts! The lady just ordered a bee suit. Will arrive Thursday, will wait till then.

Next time, do it at night. Then all of them are in, and they will go less crazy if at all.

Also, gasoline, and especially oil (even if a little) will pollute your ground water (also when setting it on fire as not all will burn before it has seeped into the soil).
Using dawn (or equivalent) is less polluting and achieves the same results.

Do you have a well (water)...?
 

Jan Pijpelink

Minister of Fire
Jan 2, 2015
1,942
South Jersey
Next time, do it at night. Then all of them are in, and they will go less crazy if at all.

Also, gasoline, and especially oil (even if a little) will pollute your ground water (also when setting it on fire as not all will burn before it has seeped into the soil).
Using dawn (or equivalent) is less polluting and achieves the same results.

Do you have a well (water)...?
Last year at the front yard we did it after dark. I was not planning to burn anything. We do not have a well.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
88,771
South Puget Sound, WA
We do not have a well.
But some in the neighborhood might. This is not better living through chemistry. I like the old screen door idea if they can not get out. What would happen if it was just left there for a week or two? And I like the dish soap solution if you just want to be done with it.
 

Jan Pijpelink

Minister of Fire
Jan 2, 2015
1,942
South Jersey
But some in the neighborhood might. This is not better living through chemistry. I like the old screen door idea if they can not get out. What would happen if it was just left there for a week or two? And I like the dish soap solution if you just want to be done with it.
I was suggested to use a mix of Thieves oil with Borax. None of us in the area have wells.
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
1,210
Eastern Long Island NY
I will make one more remark.

It's a free country, so you can do as you please (within the law, which I think prohibits motor oil for this case).

However, I believe the YouTube video to be real (not faked). As such it shows the efficacy of the method there. Then why go with harsher chemicals, pouring those in *your* property, than dish soap if it is as effective...?

Just a thought. Don't want to fight, so I'll stop here and leave you to it.
 

Jan Pijpelink

Minister of Fire
Jan 2, 2015
1,942
South Jersey
I will make one more remark.

It's a free country, so you can do as you please (within the law, which I think prohibits motor oil for this case).

However, I believe the YouTube video to be real (not faked). As such it shows the efficacy of the method there. Then why go with harsher chemicals, pouring those in *your* property, than dish soap if it is as effective...?

Just a thought. Don't want to fight, so I'll stop here and leave you to it.
Like I said I plan to use Thieves oil, all natural. Dish soaps are chemicals too.
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
1,210
Eastern Long Island NY
That was somewhat similar to what I experienced as a foolish teen.

Imagine all the entertaining videos that were never recorded because - well we're old
 
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begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
88,771
South Puget Sound, WA
I had been badly stung the previous year by a nest that I stepped on. They went up both pants legs and I had about 18 stings, so the following year I was not taking any chances. I poured lord know how much gas down a different nest hole across the street. It was a big nest. Then I rolled up a sheet of newspaper and made a torch to light the nest. It took a few seconds (thank goodness) and I was about 40 ft away when it ignited. The entire area lifted up in one gigantic whoomph! A surrounding radius of about 20 ft. lifted up a couple of feet with the blowup. It sounded like an underground dynamite explosion. I expect the neighbors to come running out of their houses as I sheepishly slipped away. Fortunately, they were at work that day. Never tried that stunt again.