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Yellow jackets... HELP
« on: July 24, 2017, 05:21:30 pm »
It appears in the slack time sawing a colony of Yellow Jackets has taken up residence in the sawdust under the mill. I thought it was wasps at first. I started spraying Wasp and Hornet killer it the holes in the frame as usual. The durn things just kept getting thicker. What can I put in there to kill them. I don't want to use Gas or Diesel, afraid it will start a reaction and start a fire. Anybody got any ideas?
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Re: Yellow jackets... HELP
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2017, 05:28:43 pm »
That wasp and hornet killer should work if you close up the hole after you spray a good bit in there.  Best time is when it's pretty close to dark so they're all home for the evening.  They must be in a hole under the sawdust.  The sawdust makes it more complicated than the usual nests I deal with.  Now that you've got 'em riled up, it adds another wrinkle.  I'm sure there'll be some more wisdom coming in soon.  Good Luck.  I hate yellowjackets.

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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2017, 05:40:54 pm »
Have been told that yellow jackets cannot fly in rain, and have seen a couple instances since I heard this that make me believe it.  Guy that told me about it suggests a hose on a fine mist setting as a "shield" when working on a nest.

That said, last nest I took care of, I used a full can of foaming wasp and hornet killer after dark and it seemed to do the trick for me.
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Re: Yellow jackets... HELP
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2017, 06:17:33 pm »
A good pyrethrin contact pesticide, mixed with water, will knock them down. I use fly spray for cattle from the COOP.   Mix it in a pump lawn and garden sprayer, with water, and hose them.  They do not react as aggressively to being sprayed with this, I guess thinking its rain.  I keep a jug sprayer mixed up at all times, better and cheaper than the canned spray.

When one comes at you, put up a wall of mist and they can't make it through without losing their fight. 

I like to hit them at dusk, to catch them all at the nest.  Hit them like with a firehouse, then jab the sprayer in to the hole with the trigger pulled and come back later.  Or just spray them in the air. 


 
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Re: Yellow jackets... HELP
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2017, 06:27:23 pm »
You need a skunk or coon to go in there and eat the yellow jackets.
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Re: Yellow jackets... HELP
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2017, 06:29:42 pm »
My cousin had a interesting solution. He would put shop vac hose next to main entrace to nest, about 45 min or so and all the jackets are in the vac canister to be drowned if a wet/dry model, or just corked up to die in a day or two.
Seemed to work. Nest can be dug up once the live jackets are gone.
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2017, 06:34:13 pm »
I had to deal with a nest just two weeks ago Suckers started building a nest in a stack of lumber. I threw a tarp over the stack and took two of those roach bomb fogger. Killed them all in no time. ;D

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« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2017, 06:48:18 pm »
I dump strati gas on them. I don't light it. The fumes alone will kill them.
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Re: Yellow jackets... HELP
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2017, 07:43:45 pm »
For ground bees,wasps I use powdered Seven insecticide.
Evening cool pour into entrance of nest. Leave small amount
outside of entrance. When they fly in and out they carry poison
to the entire nest. Takes 24 hrs. to work.
Need 10 o/o powdered Seven.

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« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2017, 08:14:14 pm »
 They say DAWN dish soap mixed with water will knock them down
as good as anything. Mix and put in garden sprayer,now I have never used this mix but will in future have always used break cleaner but
probably not good in sawdust.
 
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« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2017, 08:58:02 pm »
I vote for using a permethrin spray. It will not only kill them it will drive any other wasp away. They hate the smell of it. I had a nest of yellow jackets in my sailboat a few years ago opened the hatch gave a 10 second spray they were dead the next day. I have not seen a wasp around the boat scince.

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Re: Yellow jackets... HELP
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2017, 10:07:57 pm »
firehose, lotsa pressure.

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« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2017, 10:23:21 pm »
I have also used Anchorseal, in a sprayer....it just kind of glues them up....and they won't end check anymore. 
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« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2017, 10:34:10 pm »
I use the cheapest liquid laundry detergent I can find and mix it with water in a 30 gallon sprayer that I carry around on the back of the Kabota RTV.  This stuff works on yellowjackets, red and black wasps and almost anything that flies and stings.  It goes a lot further than the wasp and hornet spray cans...lasts a lot longer......and is super cheap.  And if you get the perfumed kind of detergent every place you spray will smell really, really nice.
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« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2017, 10:39:45 pm »
I have also used Anchorseal, in a sprayer....it just kind of glues them up....and they won't end check anymore.
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« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2017, 11:38:29 pm »
One gallon of Dawn applied with a garden fertilize sprayer, the kind that attaches to a garden hose. Final score. Yellow Jackets-7, Bill-hundreds.
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« Reply #16 on: July 25, 2017, 08:52:25 am »
   Probably would not work for the in-ground application but the last I had was a football shaped nest 8-9 inches long in my wood storage shed that a customer noted. I was out of spray so came back at night, tied an old newspaper to a long strip and lit it. Plenty of flame and I singed the wings off as soon as they came out. You need plenty of flame more than the heat.

    The little white grubs are tender but make good bream bait but don't forget and leave the nest laying around or some will hatch and the adults are not very forgiving.
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« Reply #17 on: July 25, 2017, 09:01:02 am »
   Probably would not work for the in-ground application but the last I had was a football shaped nest 8-9 inches long in my wood storage shed that a customer noted. I was out of spray so came back at night, tied an old newspaper to a long strip and lit it. Plenty of flame and I singed the wings off as soon as they came out. You need plenty of flame more than the heat.

    The little white grubs are tender but make good bream bait but don't forget and leave the nest laying around or some will hatch and the adults are not very forgiving.

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« Reply #18 on: July 25, 2017, 10:24:49 am »
I dump strati gas on them. I don't light it. The fumes alone will kill them.
What is strati gas?

We used to knock them out with ether or WD40 on the farm.  I supposed diesel and kerosene would work too.
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« Reply #19 on: July 25, 2017, 10:33:29 am »
I dump strati gas on them. I don't light it. The fumes alone will kill them.
What is strati gas?

We used to knock them out with ether or WD40 on the farm.  I supposed diesel and kerosene would work too.

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