Yellowjacket success!
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  1. #1
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    Default Yellowjacket success!

    Yesterday I saw a bunch of yellowjackets flying around and inside the newest split I have. Today I hunted them down, and found a large nest in the hot tub insulation. One of them stung me as I sprayed them, and it barely hurt compared to a bee sting. Maybe I am used to getting stung now.

    Terminated!

    Here is the queen and a worker:



    It was a 3 tiered nest, and surrounded by a paper sack kinda thing - round like you see in the movies. The sack kinda broke into pieces, but here is the nest.


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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Yellowjacket success!

    Nice very nice!

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    Default Re: Yellowjacket success!

    Barely hurt? Yellow jackets are among the worse. Those look more like hornets to me (but I thought their stings were pretty bad too).

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    Default Re: Yellowjacket success!

    They look like hornets to me. I accidently found a way to destroy the yellow jackets. In the winter when temperatures get above forty degrees in the morning the yellow jackets feed before the bees do. The night before pour a pint or so of sugar water in several places in your apiary, go to the apiary in the am before the bees start stirring. I would have several hundred at each spot, I stomped them to death and proceeded to the next one, I kept making the circuit because the yellow jackets would start eating the dead ones. After a week there were no more yellow jackets and all of this summer I have not seen a one in the apiary. I had killed enough of the foragers when little else was available for them to eat that the yellow jacket nests starved. Weird I know but it worked for me.

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    Default Re: Yellowjacket success!

    Quote Originally Posted by jjohnsind View Post
    Barely hurt? Yellow jackets are among the worse. Those look more like hornets to me (but I thought their stings were pretty bad too).
    maybe it just barely got me or something, but I just brushed it off and kept spraying. This is the only time I have been happy to kill a queen

  7. #6
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    Default Re: Yellowjacket success!

    If you use beer in a container it will draw the yellow jackets and the bees will ignore it.

  8. #7
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    Default Re: Yellowjacket success!

    Yes yellow jacket queens are huge compared to the workers and unlike honeybees, big colonies will have lots of queens.

    Drione Dust with a bellows duster does a great job in killing nests.



    Don

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    Default Re: Yellowjacket success!

    Fantastic brood pattern!

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