Yellow jacket nests
I have been returning the favor on the yellow jackets that robbed out a couple of my hives. I found a ground nest and killed it off pretty easy with some powder bug dust (Sevin). The second one was not dying after several applications in heavy grass so I suited up and took a rake to the area. Man what a rush that was. Saying they were not happy was an understatement. I cleared the area to find the hole and hit them again. On the way out I went to where I suspected yet a third one was. I prodded around with a rake until my veil had the little buggers bouncing off of it and tried to zero in on the hole. I think the YJ think if they fly hard enough at the veil they can penetrate it. On the way back to the house I found I had one inside my veil. Looked like a crazy man for a couple of seconds until I got him. I have read that they all die off after a couple of good frosts and I missed my window to get next year’s queens but wow what a rush!
“Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up” Alfred Pennyworth Batman Begins (2005)