Yes, it’s that time of year again, folks! The June Bugs are out (don’t you just love those stinky little things?) and pretty soon, the wasps and yellowjackets will be too.
Every summer here in Texas we fight yellow jackets under the eve of our house and barn. They are attracted to the color yellow and sweet aromas (namely, me). Kill one and it releases an attack scent attracting all the other yellow jackets to the dead one (and you). They can sting more than once (and it hurts, believe me). The only way to kill them is to kill the hive.
One way we do it is we go to Wal-mart and buy a large water gun. You fill it nearly full of water then add dish soap. Shake up and shoot. This kills them and soaks the nest so they will not return. It is best to do this when it’s dark or early in the morning, as the yellowjackets are not as active.
Another way we do it is we fill a large pail with soapy water (I have found that Dawn works best for me, I don’t know why) and just drench the hive and yellowjackets with it. They can’t even fly once the soapy water is on them and the hive dies out within 12-24 hours, and the yellowjackets go with it.
FYI – this also works with Wasps as well – I have used this method successfully for years.
For more WFMW tips, head on over to Shannon’s at Rocks in my Dryer. Well, what are you waiting for? Go!
UPDATED TO ADD: Be sure you use LOTS of soap in the water – it needs to be pretty soapy to work quickly…just thought I ought to mention that!
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