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#1 Zsasz

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 07:52 AM

So I got stung on the ankle yesterday near my shed and I now see lots of yellow type hornet things buzzing in and out of the ground next to a plant I have next to the shed.  I'm guessing they have a nest in a hole dug by a chipmunk or something.

 

How do I get rid of these ####ers?  My ankle looks like I rolled it (minus the fun colors) so I'm not interested and playing nice with these little bastards.


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#2 Augie91

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 07:54 AM

Lighter fluid + Match?


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#3 Zsasz

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 07:56 AM

Lighter fluid + Match?

 

not interested in burning down my shed :P


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#4 dagomike

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 07:59 AM

I discovered a nest while cutting the grass a couple of years ago.

 

I got a case of spray and went in at dusk. One can anti-air defense, one can ground attack. Then ran, let them settle down, then reload, and did another run. I might have had to hit them again the next day to finish them off.


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#5 JKor

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 08:04 AM

ground nesting yellow jackets.  Nasty feckers.  I just had a couple of nests taken out by a pest control company...it was $300 though.

 

If you want to DIY it, I'm pretty sure they used this:

 

https://store.doyour...hrin-tempo-dust

 

It's a very fine powder.  They pest guy sprayed it into the nest opening using a pressurized garden sprayer.  I don't know if he had a special nozzle on the sprayer but when he hit the trigger the powder jetted out like a liquid, he did a quick test spray and it probably sprayed out 20 feet.  I imagine that amount of velocity carries it pretty deep into the nest.  He did two nests and they're both inactive now.  He treated them in the afternoon so he had full protective gear on...and he needed it.  those little bastards were pissed when he sprayed them.  I would do it at night if you're going to DIY.


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#6 JKor

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 08:13 AM

Here's the "Yellow Jacket Kit".  More firepower.  How could you go wrong?

 

https://store.doyour...llow-jacket-kit

 

ETA:  This place is awesome!  I'm going to have to order a few things here.  A spray can extension pole!

 

https://store.doyour...yer-pro-adaptor


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 08:22 AM

I took out a couple nests.  Like Dagomike said, dual wielding is key.  I mixed up some permethrin in a 2 gallon garden sprayer and pressurized it.  That was my left handed weapon, intended to make the next uninhabitable.  In my right hand I had some hornet spray.  I started spraying into the nest with my left hand, hitting it with the long lasting permethrin and flooding the nest.  When hornets started to come out, they were slowed and confused by the permethrin, and I nailed them with the bifenthrin spray.  I didn't get stung at all while taking out the nest.

 

Another tactic I've heard about is to stick the suction hose of a wet/dry vac in the nest, retreat, then plug in the vacuum (assuming you already have the switch in the "on" position).  Any bees who attack the vac get sucked up, cutting down on the number of soldiers when you later go in double-wielding.


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#8 Zsasz

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 08:50 AM

great advice but I decided to let the pros handle this.  my ankle is getting worse and I'm not willing to tangle with these ####ers again.  I think they must be eating mites or something off my hops as well b/c they are all over my hops on the deck making the deck unusable right now.

 

eta:  was quoted $175.  not awful.


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#9 JKor

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 08:53 AM

Worth it.  the $300 was for multiple nest and different kinds of pests.  They also have a 3 month guarantee that there won't be any other nests anywhere in the yard or they'll come out for free and take care of it.


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 09:18 AM

I once got let know, quite rudely, that I wasn't welcome near a ground nest. I threw a tarp over it, threw in a couple bug bombs. After a couple hours, I went back with a garden hose and a shovel. Hosed the ever living hell out of the hole and dug up what I could find of the nest. Have no idea if that' s the best route, but it seemed to get rid of them.
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Posted 10 September 2019 - 10:14 AM

A wise old sage told me: quart or two of diesel fuel, they will NOT come back.
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#12 JKor

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 10:26 AM

A wise old sage told me: quart or two of diesel fuel, they will NOT come back.

 

Nor will your lawn.


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 10:28 AM

not interested in burning down my she-shed :P


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 10:28 AM

I discovered a nest while cutting the grass a couple of years ago.

I got a case of spray and went in at dusk. One can anti-air defense, one can ground attack. Then ran, let them settle down, then reload, and did another run. I might have had to hit them again the next day to finish them off.

yup, this is how you do it
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Posted 10 September 2019 - 10:40 AM

Nor will your lawn.

 

 

Not true.   Just a few ounces of gas in the hole will take care of them.  Do it at night when they aren't active.  You don't have to burn it for it to work, just pour it in.


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#16 Zsasz

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 11:29 AM

have any of you swollen up from a sting like this before?  I'm about 24 hours in and my sneaker was pretty freakin' tight on my ankle when I first put it on.  took a benedryl at lunch and that seems like it might be helping a little.  I think this might be my first ground hornet sting.  everything prior to this was those black ones with the hanging back legs which just cause minor discomfort for a day or so but no massive swelling.


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 11:54 AM

Prayers for your leg!  Let us know when they DIE!


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#18 Hines

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 11:57 AM

I haven't swollen up huge from a sting in over 20 years.  Last bee that really worked me over in regards to swelling was a honey bee.


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#19 Zsasz

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 12:16 PM

just surprising b/c past stings have never done anything like this.  my whole ankle looks pretty swollen and I can feel how the skin is tight when I walk.


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 12:18 PM

My dogs and I got massacred by a yellowjacket nest in the ground once.

 

I think I used a spray. Worked well, they never came back.




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