We (me and my dad) used to dispatch of yellow jackets when we (he) was called to remove a "bees nest" in double wall homes in the old country. He is a beekeeper too.Had a nest in the woodshed last year. It was protected by the palette floor which made it impossible to reach. I left is alone until cooler weather when I could lift the palette out more safely. That one was dispatched at night, with me wearing a bee suit which I still have from my beekeeping days.
Unless it's a thunderstormy day or they swarm (and have been out for a while, so their bellies are not full anymore) and you're close enough to the path they fly from their hives.Unlike some wasps and hornets, bees are pretty passive. I'm around lots of bumble and honey bees daily in the garden. They are welcome and never have bothered me, even when we are inches apart.
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 have been in the middle of swarms and collected a few. They are amazingly docile at that time.Unless it's a thunderstormy day or they swarm (and have been out for a while, so their bellies are not full anymore) and you're close enough to the path they fly from their hives.
Anyway, I am getting a bit beyond the topic here.
Only if they are fresh; they eat themselves full before they leave (another reason to prevent swarming...). But if you discover a swarm hanging that is 2-3 days old they are cranky, dive bombing your suit. (Carnival bees are more docile but still start stinging then.)I have been in the middle of swarms and collected a few. They are amazingly docile at that time.
Well done. Any activity today?Well, today the bee suit arrived. At 9 PM, I went out (the lady took some pictures to make fun of me with the family abroad) and squeezed a full bottle of dish soap into the entrance of the nest. Followed with about 5 gallons of hot water.
I will check tomorrow morning if there is any activity.