Yellow Jacket Nest
Summary: Thinking of removing a yellow jacket nest yourself? Take some real care before taking on this task. Yellow jackets can be harmful to your health.
Grace M; Waterloo, Ontario asks: I have a yellow jacket nest above a soffit in the corner by a door that we use to get from the house to the pool. I have sprayed foam insecticide in the areas four times, but the next morning they are right back again. How can I get rid of these pests without removing the aluminum soffit?
Dear Grace: The most effective way to kill off a yellow jacket nest is by using pesticide dusts. You pump the dust into the entry hole of the nest with a powder duster such as those sold under the Centro Company bulb dusters name. For extra safety you can buy a Gotcha Sprayer Pro extension pole that
holds the powder duster and keeps you fifteen feet from the wasp nest. You can purchase pesticide dusts at most lawn and garden stores, but the Gotcha Sprayer Pro extension is only available on-line.
The pesticide dust coats the wasps as they leave and enter their hive and kills them in short order. But, be very careful, as yellow jackets are very aggressive. They are not very social and often sting even when you haven't threatened them. Do the work in the dark using a flashlight and wear protective clothing. Or, call a pest control professional to do the work.
The longest surviving member of the colony is the queen, but she will die in the nest in the fall. All the adult reproductive wasps will leave the nest to mate. The remaining worker wasps will slowly die out as the weather turns cooler. The nest is never re-used by the wasps. So, once all wasp activity ceases the only task you are faced with is removing the nest from the soffit so it does not attract other insects that feed on dead insects.
Click here to watch my short video on how to control wasps.
30 Aug 2014, 11:20
02 Sep 2014, 21:46
For the past week I've set bottle traps on the rail and have emptied them with dozens of dead wasps several times. The last few nights I've also used a powder with pyrethrin at one entrance.
Today I found a queen in one of the traps. Is the situation resolved by killing the queen? Do I have to take apart the railing and remove the nest or can I just seal the openings once the weather turns cold??
03 Sep 2014, 00:34
03 Sep 2014, 14:21
When cold weather comes the nest will die, but the fertilized females will find hiding places to survive the winter. Next spring they will emerge and start building a nest from scratch in a new location.
The old nest should be removed even if it means having to open an interior wall. The dead nest will attract other insects that ultimately can infest your home and damage woolens, leather and feathers.
04 Sep 2014, 15:14
04 Sep 2014, 15:20
The application of insecticidal dust provides a long lasting residual that allows more of the wasps to come in contact with the poison. Aerosol sprays soak into the surface, leaving little to no residual.
22 Oct 2014, 10:09
22 Oct 2014, 10:46
26 Oct 2014, 16:56