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Howdy:

I am now seeing lots of yellow jackets showing up at my hives. These fellers can really get vicious, and love to sting. So far, my bees are keeping them at bay, not allowing them to enter. Anyone else has this problem, and what can I do about it ?

I'm constantly searching for yellow jacket nest, when/if I find it, they will be history. Hope I can locate it before too long.

Thanks, and all the best,

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I am also seeing more and more yellowjackets around the hive they have been feeding on the dead drones and bees at the entrance on the ground. When I feed the bees syrup they rush into the feeder. The only thing I suppose is if it gets too bad is to reduce the entrance so they can defend the hive better such as a robbing screen.
Best of luck.
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Casper,
You do know that most of the time the yellowjacket nests are in the ground. As far as the yellow jacket trap goes, in my opinion they just attract more to the area. Any time you have something sweet around,such as humming bird feeders, some kind of fruit tree with fruit really ripe on the ground, or honey bee feed, be it sucrose or fructose they will be there. The best thing to do on your hives is to not spill any or have it where they can get to it. The nest could be a considerable distance from your hives.
 

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This is the time of year when the nests are peaking in population,,,so you will be seeing more. If they are a serious problem, especially if kids are involved,,,use the bait in an out of the way area safe from pets etc,,,raw fish works great,,,then mix some boric acid in. They will take it back to the nest and they all will vanish. I'm not a big fan of YJ genocide,,,,but when they become more than a nuisance, have at ti:D

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if you know where the nest is, at night time dump some 20 mule team laundry detergent around and in the hole, it also has boric acid, also works great for bumble bees.
not very fond of killing anything but after you have been stung enough (and those bumble bees pack a wallop) times i cant help but run for the artillery.
 

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We have been getting overrun around the house and barns last few weeks with yellow jackets. I found at least a dozen nests along the eaves of the house and barn just above the gutters. Commercial spray and gutters full of 100's dead yellow jackets. Bee hives are 1000' feet away.
 

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Yellowjackets are nasty!

This past weekend I found that some yellowjackets had made a nest in a feeder I have one of my hives. I havent dealt with it yet, I guess my plan dump them out at night, Ill probably still get stung. Not sure what else to do, since they are literally on one of my hives.

Any suggestions are welcome.
 

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First I doubt these are yellow jackets, but some other type of wasp, there are several species that look like yellow jackets.. yellow jackets tend to build under the ground in large nests...

If you can remove the "yellow jackets" during the evening and they stay reasonably calm... then take them to the side and blast them with a CO2 fire extinguisher... and freeze their little hynies instantly:D
 

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First I doubt these are yellow jackets, but some other type of wasp, there are several species that look like yellow jackets.. yellow jackets tend to build under the ground in large nests...

If you can remove the "yellow jackets" during the evening and they stay reasonably calm... then take them to the side and blast them with a CO2 fire extinguisher... and freeze their little hynies instantly:D
i prefer burning them.
i hate yellow jackets.
they do generally go for the ground, but, they will also make a paper nest. the paper nest is usually very small.
 

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Where I am on the East Coast, we have 5 species of Yellow Jackets. They are various sizes and different stipe configurations,,,There are some that will make an aerial nest. They are still yellow jackets:D

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Hey there:

IIlang:

You may doubt they are yellow jackets, but I can tell you one thing for sure. I do know yellow jackets for sure. I had two huge nests here in the ground, and at dark, put a funnel with a hose, and donated them about 1 gallon of gasoline, and plugged the hole.

They don't get good mileage to the gallon of gas. Done the other nest the same way. I've never seen yellow jackets in Louisiana build any other place but a big nest in the ground. We have "guinea wasps", a smaller but vicious little wasp that builds the paper type wasp nests.

Down here, the big black wasps don't get hostile, I don't bother them, let them build and live in peace. The big red wasps, they are vicious and love to attack even if unprovocked. Especially in the hot summer days, they will go out of their way to sting unwary victims.

It's good to know your foes in this insect world. We also have a "predator" super hornet, he is larger than the Hornets from Hell shown on Nat. Geo. T.V. shows from Japan. This dude is huge, but you would really have to do something to make him mad enough to sting you, read; something foolish or stupid. They feed a lot of the Cicadas that spend all those years in the soil, them come up, dry off, get wings and fly off. We call them "locusts" down here.

All the best,

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Hey there:

IIlang:

You may doubt they are yellow jackets, but I can tell you one thing for sure. I do know yellow jackets for sure. I had two huge nests here in the ground, and at dark, put a funnel with a hose, and donated them about 1 gallon of gasoline, and plugged the hole.

They don't get good mileage to the gallon of gas. Done the other nest the same way. I've never seen yellow jackets in Louisiana build any other place but a big nest in the ground. We have "guinea wasps", a smaller but vicious little wasp that builds the paper type wasp nests.

Down here, the big black wasps don't get hostile, I don't bother them, let them build and live in peace. The big red wasps, they are vicious and love to attack even if unprovocked. Especially in the hot summer days, they will go out of their way to sting unwary victims.

It's good to know your foes in this insect world. We also have a "predator" super hornet, he is larger than the Hornets from Hell shown on Nat. Geo. T.V. shows from Japan. This dude is huge, but you would really have to do something to make him mad enough to sting you, read; something foolish or stupid. They feed a lot of the Cicadas that spend all those years in the soil, them come up, dry off, get wings and fly off. We call them "locusts" down here.

All the best,

casper_zip
cicada killers, we have them up here, freaked me out the first time i saw one. i took it to the science dept. to see what it was and they said a cicada killer. looked like a giant hornet to me.

gallon of gas in mother earth is not good for her. soap and water would have had the same out come for the insects but not the earth.
 

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I have in my 66 years never seen yellow jackets nest anywhere but in the ground. I have been attacked by them several times mostly in hay fields. In my area they are the meanest stinging insect around. They will always attack in numbers, and in my opinion their sting hurts worse than any thing else. Maybe because you usually get several stings.
We also have red wasp, red and black wasp, hornets, bumblebees, and a host of other non or rarely stinging insects of the same familys.
Wasp build off the ground in barns, trees, bushes under eaves in boxes etc. They always build gray paper type nest with brood that favors drone brood.
Hornets build the gray paper type conical large nests that are fully enclosed with an entrance hole usually at the bottom. They are normally docile unless provoked.
Bumblebees normally wild build their nest in a fully enclosed area out of any thing that they can assemble into a nest, sorta like birds, but not with twigs. I've seen them use cloth, leaves, and a combination of several things. They too are usually docile unless provoked.
Many including me, confuse the carpenter bee, whose physical appearance is the same as the bumblebee, with the bumblebee, I don't know how they nest as they just bore holes in your building boards. I've always wondered if they are just confused bumblebees. They will rarely sting.
We also have a wasp that can be mistaken for a yellow jacket, that builds a nest like all the other wasp. But they are like other wasp in demeanor and not nearly as ornery as the yellow jackets.
Yellow jackets are not as likely to attack when they are feeding alone. But don't get close to their hole in the ground.
You can call any thing what you may desire, but that doesn't make it what you call it. I have lived in copper head snake country all my life. I have been an out door person all my life, around the springs, bluffs, and deep woods. I have only seen 8-10 real copper heads in my life. (they are anti social). But I have heard of thousands, that were in reality chicken snakes, garter snakes, black snakes, and etc. I have actually seen pictures of copper heads in the local paper that were slim, and about 5-8 feet long.:cool: The largest real one that I have seen was less than 4' long. No one that I know has ever seen a real one any bigger.
 

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I have only seen 8-10 real copper heads in my life. (they are anti social).
I dont know about that. Ive run across nests of them, 4 or 5 laying right on top of each other, and probably another 5-6 within a 10ft radius. Got pictures to prove it.
 

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Here are links with pics of several types of yellow jackets.
http://www.pbase.com/tmurray74/yellow_jackets
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_jacket
We have at least a couple up here especially Eastern Yellow jacket.
While they do build in the ground some around us we have heavy marine type clay and it's rare we find them in the ground. Sandy soil types are where we find more in the ground. They are opportunists and will build where they can. Mostly we find them under the eaves (same type of place we find mud daubers and paper wasp) with open paper comb and not much protection. This year with out much rain they are more exposed than last year with lots of rain. We also have the whole gamit of wasps, hornets, and bumble bees.
 

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They do not dig their own holes so this being a karst area with many holes, some small and in the middle of fields, (sometimes the beginning of a sinkhole). Ground hogs are making a really strong comeback, no one hunts them anymore. Rats will dig holes also so they have plenty of places to nest underground here. We have a very tight red clay in my immediate area.
 

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If thats an eastern yellow jacket, then I have eastern yellow jackets. Cause thats the ornery little suckers that are around here.
 
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