Yellowjacket Nest Removal

1 Aug

Some of you know we are licenced by the state as Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators.  woo-hoo.

Jay used this removal method on two nests last week–one in the blueberries and one by the garden, and on tow more today–one again near the garden and one in Hawthorne’s pen.

Use a shop vacuum.  Put a half gallon of water in it.  Use extension cord to get it right up to the nest entrance.  Position the nozzle just to one side of the nest edge to ensure that returning wasps and well as those coming out of the nest get sucked up the hose.

Let run 20+ minutes.

We, being us, could not just let the vacuum run.  No, we had to run up there every few minutes and mess with the nozzle and push a stick in the ground near the hole to stir things up, or stomp on the ground near by.  So we each got one sting.

When there are few coming and going, pour water down the hole, digging with a shovel to open the nest as you do so.  The nests are seven or more inches below ground.  Then try to collapse the nest site, shoveling dirt and jumping on the soil.  Pat everything down well.


2 Responses to “Yellowjacket Nest Removal”

  1. Marie Drake 1 August 2009 at 6:59 PM #

    Hey “Deb,

    We poured gas down the hole after dark when they were all in their nest and “blew” them up. Rick had a lot of fun playing with fire.

    • origamifreak 1 August 2009 at 11:15 PM #

      I have to say that your way sounds lots more fun…

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