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Not sure where else to post this. It's Summer and I have found 5 nests of underground Yellow Jackets around the house. What is a good non-poisonous way to get rid of them to protect the dogs and us from getting stung?
I tried the following with small success rates: in the evening pour Dawn dish soap in the hole and soak it with a strong stream from the garden hose nozzle afterwards. Then cover the hole with a mason jar and spread mulch all around it to keep the escapees/survivors focused on the light. But some nests discover or excavate an alternate route in and out.
Last year we had skunks around and they dig up and eat the entire nests. So we didn't have this problem. Wish they (the skunks!) came back.
 

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Once it gets dark and cool, pour almost-boiling water into the hole. A lot of it- a gallon plus. It works! Just make sure the wasps are inactive when you do it, so mark the nest and pour the water at night. Just before you go to bed is safest. Totally non toxic. Repeat again the next night or two. Wasp problem solved.
 

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Thanks! Awesome idea! Will try this if not successful last night. Will add a few drops of Dawn to lower the surface tension; they breath through their shields. The soap( allows water to penetrate it so they basically drown. (I hate how mean that sounds)
 

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Years ago, I had wasps build a 2 foot nest in one wall of my house. Majorly ugh. I wasn't willing to try homemade remedies (though I applaud your initiative), so I called a specialist in bee/wasp removal. They had some kind of fanciful name like Bee Busters. No bites/stings, problem solved.

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Years ago, I had wasps build a 2 foot nest in one wall of my house. Majorly ugh. I wasn't willing to try homemade remedies (though I applaud your initiative), so I called a specialist in bee/wasp removal. They had some kind of fanciful name like Bee Busters. No bites/stings, problem solved.

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Oh my, I would have done that too if that happened to us. Boiling water would have dissolved the sheet rock and released all the wasps :surprise: :eek:
 

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Yeah, well, I woke up one morning to discover a wasp in my closet which was on an exterior wall in my bedroom. Then two more the next day. :surprise:

I am not a fan of bees, wasps or any kind of insect, come to that, so they had to go. Didn't realize how bad things were until the Bee Buster surgically removed a portion of the exterior shingles and removed the nest --- after spraying in some kind of wasp-anesthetic. He then carefully and professionally replaced the shingles he'd removed, caulked everything and took the nest with him when he left.

I and my animals (2 IWs and a MC kitty) observed all of this from the safety of my car. ;)

Always hire pros, I say.

Aly
 

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A lady I worked with had a honeybee hive in her wall and honey was dripping down a window and the wall beneath.Yuck!She tried to find a beekeeper to take them but ended up having an exterminator remove them.
 

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Years ago, I had wasps build a 2 foot nest in one wall of my house. Majorly ugh. I wasn't willing to try homemade remedies (though I applaud your initiative), so I called a specialist in bee/wasp removal. They had some kind of fanciful name like Bee Busters. No bites/stings, problem solved.

Aly

I would have probably burned down the house to make sure they were all gone!


Not sure if it will work with ground wasps but I have a decoy wasp nest hanging off the gazebo in the back yard. The number of wasps I've seen in the yard, even while cooking, has dropped to two in the last two weeks. And my baited wasp trap isn't catching any new ones.
 

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I had a yellowjacket nest in the backyard, and here's what I did. After getting stung, which alerted me to the nest, I watched from a safe distance until I'd located the entrance hole. Then, I bought a can of wasp spray, the sort with a long nozzle on it that you can spray directly into the nest. I waited until after dark, then blasted the contents of the can into the entrance.

Problem solved!

Here's the sort of spray you need for this: https://www.google.com/shopping/product/2503800338981826064?lsf=seller:6472097,store:12669002569320563551&prds=oid:1663454800722335922&q=wasp+spray&hl=en&ei=3rotW_e1DuTUjwTnp6foCA&lsft=gclid:Cj0KCQjwvLLZBRDrARIsADU6ojCN6RRAaqhMNAj1CSepNwi0nC3iV8MAehRxFDby6ly_rnA1jVYcq6oaAiJoEALw_wcB
 
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