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Old 07-29-2010, 12:17 PM   #1
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How to locate a Yellow Jackets nest?

Anyone know of an easy way to locate a nest of yellow jackets?
I've got one close to my house but I can't find it anywhere. I'm pretty sure it's gonna be a hole in the ground or in a rotted stump. Everytime I grill out, they are there in numbers. One of the kids dropped something on the ground yesterday and I stepped on several of them barefooted. My bad, shoulda been wearing something, but hey, I'm country!

There has to be a way to find them or track them without wandering around aimlessly at dusk.

I've looked at places like:
How to Find and Treat Yellowjacket Nests

I'd like to get some info from anyone who has dealt with the little b@st@rds...

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Old 07-29-2010, 01:20 PM   #2
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Good luck, those things are nasty little critters..... Just watch for where they go, is all I can suggest. Or leave a piece of bait out and see where they come from, maybe....

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Wherever you stepped on them at is probably near where they are coming from...they only really congregate in numbers like that near the nest
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Wherever you stepped on them at is probably near where they are coming from...they only really congregate in numbers like that near the nest
They are scavengers, so anything that is left out they go for. The kids dropped some candy or something on the ground, they found it, I didn't until too late.

So, i'm standing in my yard looking like a crazy person trying to find where they are coming/going. tracking mammals is tough, tracking people...easy. A small bug moving fast is almost impossible. I've run across their nest on my land before but never had a problem like this. They're close, just how close.

(yeah, I'm starting to sound crazy too)

Trying to get a glimpse of them at odd angles in relation to the sun doesn't seem to be working out. I'm trying the bait thing, but I'm loosing them somewhere, and doublebacked several times.

I swear they are moving through a worm hole in space.
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Old 07-29-2010, 02:32 PM   #5
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Look at the eves around your house.Thats where we get them in Central Oregon. They always seem to be tucked away next to the joist and facia.
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I had honeybees get into my wall last year. Luckily, VERY lucky, that I spotted them in time and was able to kill them before they made a large nest. If those things go too long unchecked, you have to remove the entire wall because honey will cause mold and rot.

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Try and dust them with flour on a sunny day. They can bee seen for a good ways off. My grandfather used to track honey bees to their nest doing it.
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Teeny tiny tracking collars!
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Old 07-29-2010, 04:05 PM   #10
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A bud has nests behind his sideview mirror
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What do you do with them once you find them?
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1 liter Mt Dew bottles, cut the top off invert it so you have a funnel into the bottle, leave about an inch of Mt dew in the bottom and you got a very effective trap.
If your having this much trouble with em, you've most likely got several nests all around the area.
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i had red wasps make a nest inside of my brick gate end. they were going in through a tiny crack in the mortar. they can squeeze anywhere, but i usually find yellowjackets to make nests overhead

i killed a yellow jacket nest in my horse shelter the other day and one made it to my shirt and stung me in the stomach. sumbitch hurt like hell.....swolled all up, the whole nine yards. when you find them, kill em with fire
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when you find them, kill em with fire
Yep. Once upon a time I was a groundskeeper in a cemetery and ran across Jacket nests in the ground a lot. Once I found the hole, I waited until late afternoon and poured a little gas in it and threw a match in. Wooosh. Problem solved. Oh, and I would usually find the hole by running it over and getting attacked.

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I never could find them...they always found me. Lots of times they would find me when I bumped into the fence posts their nests were located inside...and then I would be stung repeatedly until I returned with a blow torch. MAPP gas is interesting...hold the flame right on the end of the post and it will torch the nest, its inhabitants and those who are lucky enough to escape will be burned by the flame itself as they pass through it. lol

Seriously though...check under shutters, eves, poles, etc...walk around and beat on stuff. If you get near the nest, they will begin to fly out. Chances are you will end up running like hell for a moment...but at least you will have pinpointed the nest.

Wasp and hornet spray really does work wonders as well...and the residue it leaves behind will prevent them from returning for quite some time.
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Most Hardware stores or Home Depot's/Lowe's have hornet or yellow jacket traps. similar to the inverted 1L coke bottle - they hang, have bait and once in they can not get out. I live in Louisiana and have sen them all over the place lately. try looking online if you can not find them locally. nasty little buggers indeed!

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Yep. Once upon a time I was a groundskeeper in a cemetery and ran across Jacket nests in the ground a lot. Once I found the hole, I waited until late afternoon and poured a little gas in it and threw a match in. Wooosh. Problem solved. Oh, and I would usually find the hole by running it over and getting attacked.

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That's the recipe Floridians use for yellowjacket extermination :

First we get a team of highly trained and licensed professionals (buddies who you bribe with beer, to stand around in a circle with hoses and fire extinguishers)

Second.. once the nest is located... you pour JUST THE RIGHT amount of gas on the nest (you know it's the right amount because you reach it RIGHT when a swarm starts to attack you

Third you make a wall of annoying neighborhood children in front of you and the Rapid Resonse Fire Team (Please see step one)

Fourth, Toss lit match over the Children Defense Wall

Fifth Get Beer and let friends take care of it, as the children roll on the ground putting the fires out on their clothing.

Sixth, Reward yourself with a cold beer.
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We find a "Jacket's Nest" on Saturdays in the fall, which is what our section is called at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

I thought the link was about my Yellow Jackets when I clicked on it, I was wrong, but stayed on topic... kinda. Sorry.. I have football on the brain.

Just over a month people.. just over a month.
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:33 PM   #20
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here is how we find em around the house every year.
bait them. let a few eat. watch the direction they fly after eating, move bait in that direction about ten feet at a time. they will usually take the straightest path back to the nest with whatever they've been gathering.

watermelon works great as bait btw.
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To catch your quarry,you must imitate them.Don't forget the buzz!
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But the entertainment from stories you can tell afterword are well worth the pain...
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Oh, and I would usually find the hole by running it over and getting attacked.

Done that, twice.
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When I was a kid, threw a rock at a nest haning under an eave so they sent a kamikaze after me. Stung me in my ear. Went back later with grandma's hairspray can and a match.
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Basically just look for activity around the eaves or soffits on a house. If the yellowjackets fly in and out of a particular crevice or opening then your nest will be tucked inside. Use a deltamethrin (also known as delta dust) and puff a few shots of it in the opening while wearing a beesuit Lately I've been using a product called Termidor which works miracles. It was cleared to be used on wasps by New York state this year and that works awesome. It's a liquid application which can be sprayed around their nest and I don't have to use a beesuit. It doesn't kill on contact but after 12 hours the bastards will die!! Btw I'm a licensed exterminator for Connecticut and New York. So ask away if any of you need help or are curious about how to deal with a pest.
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Good luck, I was luckier than you when I had that to deal with a huge number of wasps.

A house I bought came with 12-15 wasp nests hanging from the roof eves so it wasn't too hard to find them. It did take 3 night to get rid of them though, waiting until dusk for them to all come back to the nest so I could spray them with Ortho Wasp & Hornet spray which is HIGHLY effective... it even knocks them out of the air and they are dead by the time they hit the ground.

One big nest did surprise me though, I pulled out a small bush I found growing on the roof and it had a huge wasp nest attached to it. They swarmed up at me so I jumped off the roof like a madman and finally outran them.
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My 15 yo son found a nest last Fri afternoon, his left eye opened back up yesterday. He was cutting a path through the woods about 60 feet from your back door and moved the wrong rock. Being the loving father that I am I ask why he would move a rock in his dirt bike path. A quart of gas and a match and poof no more problem.
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My 15 yo son found a nest last Fri afternoon, his left eye opened back up yesterday. He was cutting a path through the woods about 60 feet from your back door and moved the wrong rock. Being the loving father that I am I ask why he would move a rock in his dirt bike path. A quart of gas and a match and poof no more problem.
Hahaha...reminds me of when I went looking for reptiles with my uncle and some friends out in Kansas back in 2005. We were sneaking into farmers' fields where they had their bison herds out in the middle of BFE to look around. My uncle and I were walking along a hillside looking for stuff while one of our friends went to check up on top the hill. A few minutes later, he comes hauling ass full speed down the hillside, arms flailing, so naturally...we follow suit assuming he'd either encountered the owner of the farm with a shotgun or a pissed off bison. We get to the bottom out of breath and he looks at us and goes, "Why the heck did you follow me all the way down the hill?" We said we figured he'd ticked off a bison and we weren't gonna let him lure it right to us. Turns out, he flipped a rock housing a very large hornets nest and got swarmed. lol

Those things in Kansas were nuts...some rocks, you'd flip and find a scorpion (which was creepy but okay so long as your fingers weren't right next to it), some you'd find a lizard or a snake, and some you'd find a hornets nest...creepiest part was, seconds before they swarmed you, you could actually watch them all sitting there and turn their heads to look at you...at which point, if you were smart, you'd slam the rock back to the ground and run like hell.

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