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How to Get Rid Of Yellow Jacket Nest 


Aggression is a common trait in wasps, but when it comes to yellow jackets, they take aggression to a whole other level. They are the kind of flying creatures that would attack humans without any reason. Yellow jackets tend to scare humans away as they have painful bites and aggressive attacks that could lead to destruction. However, that is not even the worst thing. Yellow jackets tend to make nests where they begin to form their army. Once these nests are created, it becomes very hard to get rid of them. Luckily, this guide will help you get rid of the nests along with the yellow jackets in no time!

What Are Yellow Jackets?

Yellow jackets are known as predatory social wasps. They are carnivores that like to feed off other animals and insects. Yellow jackets look very familiar to honeybees and paper wasps. The noticeable difference between these flying insects is their waist area. Sometimes, these insects have red or white markings on their bodies. One of the best ways to identify a yellow jacket is by its level of aggression. Hornet and paper wasps are not as aggressive as them.

Food Source

Similar to other flying creatures, yellow jackets like consuming sugary foods. This includes flower nectar and open soda cans. The thing that makes yellow jackets stand out is that they consume protein when they are in their larval stage. The worker wasps get meat back to their nest so the larva can feed off it.


Although yellow jackets are slow stingers, they are extremely defensive. If they feel that someone is approaching their nest, they will become extremely aggressive very fast. They sting many times and the sting will cause horribly pain. Those who have a venom allergy can get serious reaction. Hypersensitivity occurs if someone is stung by them. Because of this sensitivity, if the same person is stung again, it tends to cause serious problems.

Before Beginning

Before you start attempting method of getting rid of yellow jackets, you need to make sure you are not allergic. If you have allergies, but still execute these methods then that means, you are putting your health in danger. Their sting can be life threatening. Stings can lead to fainting, breathing problems, and extreme swelling. Therefore, you need to keep in mind that before starting, you know that you are not allergic.

4 Ways of Getting Rid of Yellow Jacket Nest

  1. End the Attraction

Yellow jackets have a habit of settling into the houses where they can get constant food supply. The first step in order to get rid of these creatures is by covering the trash cans that are outside your house. Trash Cans are attractions because they tend to have leftover foods that the yellow jackets can feed off from so eliminating that source of food will make the yellow jacket go somewhere else. Try sealing all cracks and crevices around your house so that the yellow jackets are unable to get in.

  1. Plant Some Plants

Since flowers are good source of food for yellow jackets, try finding plants that would want to keep these insects away! Undoubtedly, flowers add a beautiful touch and fragrance to the area; they are the biggest invitations to these flying critters. What you can do is replace the flowers with green. Going for plants such as wormwood, spearmint, eucalyptus, and citronella have tendencies to keep away, not only yellow jackets but also all other flying bees.

  1. Using Pesticides

You can use Reclaim I/T to get rid of yellow jackets and their nest. You will need to take 1 ounce of Reclaim I/T with 1 gallon of water and mix it well in a spray bottle. Once you have done this, wear your safety equipment, and begin spraying in all the areas.

You can spray this mixture around their nest and their food supply area. This will cause the yellow jackets to stay away from these areas and potentially away from your house. Spray thoroughly in all crack, crevices, and corners, near trees, front porch and around their nest.

  1. Hose it Down

It is not safe to hose down a yellow jacket nest if you are not wearing the correct safety gear. Before attempting this method, make sure you are wearing gloves, goggles, clothing that covers your arms and legs, boots and a facemask. This is essential so that the yellow jacket is unable to sting. When you feel that, the best is 50% empty, put the water hose on the highest pressure and point it towards the nest. Right under the nest, you can place a bucket full of hot soapy water. The nest will drop into the bucket of water, which will ensure that the yellow jackets present inside the nest die.

Taking Action

Taking action against yellow jackets is crucial as soon as you spot one. If they begin to multiply and make a nest, it will become extremely hard for you to control. Always keep in mind to wear safety gear when you are attempting to get rid of any type of insect.



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