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Old 07-15-2019, 04:50 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Hey also have “scouts” that stay in the area but outside of the nest and will attack you from behind. It’s just a matter of having long pants and sleeves, and saturate the nest and run. I have done it several times with nests the size of a football in a tree. Without seeing the nest it’s a lot more difficult to avoid being stung. The sprays will shoot 25’, and being pretty cheap, I would get several cans and just try just before dark when they are all in the nest, so a sort of sweeping spray, until empty, then run. Repeat from a different place the next day and the next. Even when the nest is dead, there will be. A few stragglers hanging around so it’s hard to tell when you actually got it.
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Old 07-16-2019, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Hey also have “scouts” that stay in the area but outside of the nest and will attack you from behind. It’s just a matter of having long pants and sleeves, and saturate the nest and run. I have done it several times with nests the size of a football in a tree. Without seeing the nest it’s a lot more difficult to avoid being stung. The sprays will shoot 25’, and being pretty cheap, I would get several cans and just try just before dark when they are all in the nest, so a sort of sweeping spray, until empty, then run. Repeat from a different place the next day and the next. Even when the nest is dead, there will be. A few stragglers hanging around so it’s hard to tell when you actually got it.
If one was really worried about getting stung they could buy a bee keepers hat like these on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/slp/bee-hat/ysbbrzc6xovt6re. If they combined that with heavy, long sleeved, shirts and long pants; they could minimize the risk (heavy gloves would also help).

The do-it-yourself, if successful, will be considerably cheaper than the 'professionals'. I have killed many nest where I could not see the nest. But I have never had one behind lattice work, I do suspect that the sprays would also work on the OP's nest.

Back in the early 1960's (at the age of fourteen) I was given a product called 'Cynogas' to kill the yellow jackets. No respirator; just instructions to never stand downwind. I would apply about an eighth of a teaspoon and hit it with water and watch the bees drop from the sky. Of course today they would lock up the hotel manager that gave me the product to use! But it did work and nothing survived. That product was on the grocery store shelves back then; I presume that it was recalled many years ago.
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Old 07-28-2019, 01:59 PM
 
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So a follow up that might help others. I killed them on my own I already had on hand one of those extension poles you get at the big box stores... the telescoping ones typically sold where they sell window washing supplies. This pole extends 20-30 feet if I had to guess. Next, I bought this nifty device (I won’t mention by name, since I’m not sure if that’s allowed on here) but it is a custom clamping mechanism that simply screws onto the head of most poles. You can put a can of spray bug killer in the clamp or a duster bellows. I got the clamp and bellows for a little under $50. And there’s a long string that connects to a pulley lever on the clamp, so when you pull the string from way down the other end of your pole, the lever angles down onto the can and the bug spray fires. Plenty of safe distance. For my kill I used Tempo Dust in the bellows blower, went out at dusk, inserted the nozzle of the bellows blower through the lattice (again I’m standing some 20-30 feet away) And I pumped the cavity under the porch full of dust. Took about 2 days to kill them all. So if you are DIY this can be done for under $100 if you already have the pole, not much more if you need to buy one. And i will get to keep all the gear. I also saw a few bees flying under my back porch, so another idea for others: I took my iPhone and attached it to the extension pole with some elastics, turned on video record, and then swooped it gently under the deck, allowing me to find the location of that nest. Hope these ideas help others who wish to kill these pests from safe distance.
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Old 07-28-2019, 03:27 PM
 
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Very innovative ideas !!!


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Old 07-28-2019, 10:56 PM
 
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So a follow up that might help others. I killed them on my own I already had on hand one of those extension poles you get at the big box stores... the telescoping ones typically sold where they sell window washing supplies. This pole extends 20-30 feet if I had to guess. Next, I bought this nifty device (I won’t mention by name, since I’m not sure if that’s allowed on here) but it is a custom clamping mechanism that simply screws onto the head of most poles. You can put a can of spray bug killer in the clamp or a duster bellows. I got the clamp and bellows for a little under $50. And there’s a long string that connects to a pulley lever on the clamp, so when you pull the string from way down the other end of your pole, the lever angles down onto the can and the bug spray fires. Plenty of safe distance. For my kill I used Tempo Dust in the bellows blower, went out at dusk, inserted the nozzle of the bellows blower through the lattice (again I’m standing some 20-30 feet away) And I pumped the cavity under the porch full of dust. Took about 2 days to kill them all. So if you are DIY this can be done for under $100 if you already have the pole, not much more if you need to buy one. And i will get to keep all the gear. I also saw a few bees flying under my back porch, so another idea for others: I took my iPhone and attached it to the extension pole with some elastics, turned on video record, and then swooped it gently under the deck, allowing me to find the location of that nest. Hope these ideas help others who wish to kill these pests from safe distance.
Very clever! So glad you got rid of those devils.
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Old 07-30-2019, 08:35 AM
 
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Well done! You should go into the extermination business, motifone.
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Old 07-30-2019, 10:33 AM
 
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So if you are DIY this can be done for under $100 if you already have the pole, not much more if you need to buy one.
Although the OP has already poisoned his yellow jackets, I've found that a shop vac works wonders in these situations. A small nest can be dispatched rather quickly. A larger nest may take some time. The cost of the electricity is nominal--but you don't want to open the shop vac for a while. It's an easy way to avoid using poisonous chemicals around the house while efficiently taking care of the problem.

NOTE: Even if the nest can't be seen, there's usually a point of entry which can be targeted.
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Old 07-31-2019, 05:14 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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The problem with the paper wasps is that you kill the nest in one place (Do it in dusk, when they go to sleep:
https://www.peststrategies.com/revie...hornet-sprays/ )
But they will build a new nest just next to it. I don't have problem detecting those nests, but they are just too many and constantly building new. They are a nuisance most of the year. Very angry when disturbed and they do trigger a security camera.

They build their nests all around my house.
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Old 09-29-2019, 02:22 AM
 
Location: South-Western USA , desert
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Set a trap for them, & bait it with their favorite food. I built a moat using various sized dishes, putting food in the center & water around it. They often dip down & get stuck in the water while trying to leave. (I used wet cat food or meat for bait.) It took a few days, but it was rworth it not having to use poison!!!

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