Yellow Jackets

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begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
88,996
South Puget Sound, WA
Ouch! Sorry about that. Next time try this, without the yellow jacket.
 
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Sawset

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2015
1,191
Palmyra, WI
Situational awareness. Whoa, heads up, time to mosey on outahear. Notice all the grass is cut, so it was only after I was staring straight at it that I ducked. I used to think it was fun riding by the bee hives that I kept - something maybe about the engine vibration kept them from reacting. Once I had the trailer behind though, and didn't think that it was a couple feet wider. Over went a couple hives - for some reason it took some refocusing to remember that I needed to stomp on the accelerator in order to get out of there.
 

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blades

Minister of Fire
Nov 23, 2008
3,676
WI, Leroy
Found one those the hardway about 4 years ago. Yep on the mower, Low hanging branch . Peppered the snot out of it with an air rifle, birds did the rest.
 

burr

Member
Nov 26, 2008
96
SC near ClarksHillLake
Forget where I saw this (somewhere on this interweb) but at dark when they are calm and at home, place a clear glass mixing bowl or something similar over the hole and make sure it seals off around the rim. Also make sure as you can that there is no back door to the place.

Leave bowl in place for a couple days or more and they will be dead.

I've done it successfully.
 
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festerw

Minister of Fire
Nov 16, 2009
509
Cambridge Springs, PA
Situational awareness. Whoa, heads up, time to mosey on outahear. Notice all the grass is cut, so it was only after I was staring straight at it that I ducked. I used to think it was fun riding by the bee hives that I kept - something maybe about the engine vibration kept them from reacting. Once I had the trailer behind though, and didn't think that it was a couple feet wider. Over went a couple hives - for some reason it took some refocusing to remember that I needed to stomp on the accelerator in order to get out of there.

I had the same experience with a bald face hornet nest a few years ago. I decided to leave about a 30ft circle around the next and leave it since it was in a distant part of the yard.
 

semipro

Minister of Fire
Jan 12, 2009
4,047
SW Virginia
One of the little bastards was just in my drink. And stung my lip
A photo may have been fun. I got stung on the ear once and looked odder than usual for a while.

I get stung a lot doing work on my house and around the yard. I keep a little pill bottle with some vinegar and a cotton ball in it handy. I find that if I apply vinegar right away it really minimizes the pain and swelling. I believe that the acidic vinegar neutralizes the basic venom although there's a lot of conflicting information on this out there.
 

Jan Pijpelink

Minister of Fire
Jan 2, 2015
1,945
South Jersey
Found another nest a few weeks ago, nest number 4. This was nest 2 in the front yard. Late at night, I squeezed a large bottle of dishwasher soap in the hole. Filled it up with small pebbles and put a cinder block on top. Solved it.
 

Sawset

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2015
1,191
Palmyra, WI
We just got storm windows for the house, so I've been busy washing, sorting, and installing windows from outside. The basement windows are in window wells, which means about a 5ft drop in to the window. In I went, brush and hose in hand. And out I went twice as fast after seeing a 1000 hornets filling the well. I couldn't bust a move fast enough.
Lucky it was cool out, and I had a sweatshirt and hood on. They stung up that jacket pretty good.
 
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Grizzerbear

Minister of Fire
Feb 12, 2019
1,028
SW Missoura
Situational awareness. Whoa, heads up, time to mosey on outahear. Notice all the grass is cut, so it was only after I was staring straight at it that I ducked. I used to think it was fun riding by the bee hives that I kept - something maybe about the engine vibration kept them from reacting. Once I had the trailer behind though, and didn't think that it was a couple feet wider. Over went a couple hives - for some reason it took some refocusing to remember that I needed to stomp on the accelerator in order to get out of there.

That's a beauty. First cool night you have
I would take a good size trash barrel with a lid and place barrel under it. Cut the limb its hanging from and set it in barrel. Set a bug bomb off and place it in barrel with nest and place the lid on. Come back in a day or two and take nest out and shake out the Hornets then lacquer the nest and hang it up in your shop, garage, or house. I got quite a few like this.
 

Sawset

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2015
1,191
Palmyra, WI
That one is about 3ft off the ground. Something has been hanging around ripping the bottom 6" or so off. The paper builders repair and cover over, then the critter takes it off again exposing the larvae. I was checking some bluebird houses and saw some of the hornets busy knawing surface chafe off of it, stripping it to bare solid wood, probably for the paper building part. The bird houses were made 25yrs ago out of old barn boards, so plenty of old wood to chew on.
 
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Grizzerbear

Minister of Fire
Feb 12, 2019
1,028
SW Missoura
That one is about 3ft off the ground. Something has been hanging around ripping the bottom 6" or so off. The paper builders repair and cover over, then the critter takes it off again exposing the larvae. I was checking some bluebird houses and saw some of the hornets busy knawing surface chafe off of it, stripping it to bare solid wood, probably for the paper building part. The bird houses were made 25yrs ago out of old barn boards, so plenty of old wood to chew on.
Birds like to get at the bottoms of them to open them up to get to the larvae. Most of them I find in the fall... after the leaves have fallen....are all tore up at the bottom.
 
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blades

Minister of Fire
Nov 23, 2008
3,676
WI, Leroy
German hornets in wall at home. Thought I got them all out last year , but they are back. When it gets cold enough I will have to tear out the dry wall inside to really clean it out. This is a stairwell to basement that was added on sometime after the original build. No insulation in that exterior wall. Don't think anyone pulled a permit as the wall & roof section is just butted up to the vinyl siding of the main home. Of course it is at the bottom landing area way up at the top about a 16 ft climb to that corner. This year they have routed out a section along the interior roof line of the drywall. I have fogged it 3 times to point of being able to see where else there are openings that they can get in as evidenced by escaping fog. Got nailed 2 nights ago by a stealth bomber. It's War boys, War I tell ya.