What is an ecologically responsible way to get rid of a yellow jacket nest?

Debbie M
by Debbie M
This is on a hillside area where I am attempting to clean up the landscaping. I'm not sure if I can even find the "entry" hole in the ground to their nest, but I stirred them up yesterday, so I know they are there. Please, don't suggest gasoline! It needs to be something safe.
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  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jul 15, 2012
    I do not know how to get rid of them, but if you use a spray, make sure you have on protective gear (even over the face...get some netting from a fabric store, drape it over a hat and pack into your shirt). They will fly in all directions during the day, but I do know they will congegate at their hole in the ground near dark, so you should be able to pin point where to attack. You will probably be able to google some info on this.

  • Dealing with Yellow Jackets should be a job of a pro. There are many chemicals sold over the counter that can do the job, but if your not really sure where they are located, or concerned about getting stung the cost of your safety is well offset by having someone who does this type of work for a living. Properly treated the nest will be rendered useless with no harm to you or the area around you. Do it wrong yourself and the stings these insects can cause can put you out of commission for quite a while. Which would cost you more then having a pro do it for you.

  • Designs by BSB Designs by BSB on Jul 15, 2012
    We use traps sold at Home Depot - they are called "Yellow Jacket Traps" :) They work really well .. nearly eliminating the problem, but we do have to treat it every spring/summer with new bags. Basically they are bags of sweet stuff that they get in .. and cannot get out.

  • Sherrie Slaboda Sherrie Slaboda on Aug 03, 2015
    It is well worth paying professionals to do the job. Hospitals & doctors are far more expensive.

  • Danee Bramhall Danee Bramhall on Aug 05, 2015
    I would wait until night before doing anything, I accidentally stepped on a nest under some decking and they stung me on my bare feet, most painful day of my life and that includes giving birth! What I did was spray at night (after flipping over the pallet decking) and then had boiling water at the ready to pour over the nest to finish whatever live ones were left. If your nest is under ground call a professional and HIDE!

  • Renae Renae on Jan 11, 2016
    I hate yellow jackets, so I'm with you here! I've found that if you spray them with heavy hold hair spray, they can't fly, so you can just stomp them. They drop like a stone, even if they are dive-bombing you! You can also spray the nest, if you can find it...probably in the ground...pour boiling water into it AT NIGHT, having the hairspray handy!! for any that get out. The spray trick works for any flying insect. I also just got a great gadget that takes out any individual insects that are 'bugging' you. it's called "the exterminator" it has a powerful electric charge to the wires of what looks like a tennis racket. You just have to get to a few inches from the bug and it zaps them good! I never go outside without it now as we have tons of hornets, yellow jackets and wasps. I also use it inside if we get mosquitoes inside when we have guests coming through the door. Hope this helps...