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Oh Crap!!!!-YELLOW JACKETS!!!!

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  • Oh Crap!!!!-YELLOW JACKETS!!!!

    Title says it all- was weed eating around the bank of my lake and hit a ground nest of yellow jackets! Major ouch!!! Got stung 4 times before I could get enough distance between us.
    Got my revenge tonite as it is chilly here and I sprayed the nest(hole in the ground) pretty thoroughly while they were in for the nite. Will check in the A.M. to see if got them all. Man that is one insect that needs to be wiped off the face of the earth as far as I'm concerned- don't know of anyy redeeming value of them in the food chain!!!
    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."-Hunter S. Thompson

  • #2
    They eat flies. They still suck, but they do a wee bit of good :/


    • #3
      We used to have tons of yellow jackets, especially in the fall.
      In this drought, the few I have seen are carrying a water bottle with them and look on their last leg.
      I knew there ought to be something good about this drought.

      I hope you were careful watching yourself, so you didn't start having a reaction to the stings.


      • #4
        Ugh, I abhor yellowjackets. Nasty freaking tempers on those things!!! What are they always so pissed off about???

        My New Holland tractor got infested with them one year. They built nests in every pipe, nook and cranny on that thing when it was parked for only about 2 weeks. You couldn't walk within 15 feet of it without tons of them swarming out and coming after you. After the second time I got nailed whilst running away I got pissed off too. Waited until dark and filled/covered the entire tractor with foaming wasp killer. By the time that stuff stopped expanding my entire tractor looked like one giant ball of foam, LOL! (well, not too funny since it took me forever to clean it back off and make sure it didn't damage any hoses, etc)

        Ours don't do underground nests here on my property. The water table is too high.

        Maybe give that nest another heallthy spray after dark tonight too. Use foaming type if you have it, that expands and covers better.

        And even if they do eat bugs...so do dragon flies and I like those a LOT better!
        You jump in the saddle,
        Hold onto the bridle!
        Jump in the line!


        • #5
          Originally posted by saje View Post
          They eat flies. They still suck, but they do a wee bit of good :/
          Sorry but I don't think they eat enough flies to warrant an existence on this earth!

          I have a wooden house and they have built nests several times through the wood. I pay an exterminator to come and spray every spring for bees and then in August for cluster flies. I've had them back I think 4 times already this yr just for bees.

          We were planning on doing some fencing in early Sept. and I have about 75+ fence posts stored under my deck (deck is at upper level of the house so there's plenty of room under it for them). I went to pull out a post the afternoon before my fence guy was due and saw a lot of the bees flying around under the deck. I never use the deck so I didn't realize until I looked out they were flying around the deck as well. Called the exterminator but did get the posts out that evening so I wasn't stung and we could get the fencing done. It took 2 more trips out for the exterminator to find the nest-it was into the siding on the house again. I think she finally got them but I have to do more caulk again.

          With ground nests, I spray a complete can of Raid and then cover the nest with a rock to make sure none can get out and then check after about a wk. I've actually dug into the ground afterwards and found a 'paper' nest like you see in the trees.

          I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.


          • #6
            Ugh I feel your pain. I have a nest in the wall of my shed row that I can't quite get at.

            I got stung yesterday when I accidentally bumped the wall while cleaning one of my stalls.

            I proceeded to purchase 2 cans of wasp and hornet killer. 1 was the spray and the other was the foam. I discovered that while the cans state they kill on contact it is indeed a lie.

            My three nosey Fox Trotters were very curious as to what was going on as I boldly went in with the spray only to come running out to avoid the angry hord that came flying out at me and ended up bumping into horses who then decided that mom was running from something perhaps they should too.

            It was a damn comedy show.

            I used both cans and don't think it did the job. Too hard to get to the "entrance" of the nest.
            Missouri Fox Trotters-To ride one is to own one

            Standardbreds, so much more then a harness racing horse.


            • #7
              I agree, yellow jackets are the nastiest of stinging insects. They will come after you too.

              I currently have a paper nest in a tree that has some kind of insect. At first I thought it was a paper wasp's nest, but then looked at them, and they are a black with white stripes. They like to go around the water tank, and actually got to be a bit pesty, while we clean buckets. We'd swipe at them, but no one got stung.

              I did rope off the tree where they have built their nest. Usually, I would foam it, but these little buggers seemed so docile, and well, live and let live.

              Anyone know what they are?

              OP, sorry, one thing that is very scary to me is yellow jacket nests in the ground. I have come upon them on occasion while weed whacking or mowing. Quite scary.
              I was just telling someone yesterday after I showed off(Proudly) my huge paper nest that yellow jackets are the worse of the worse insects.
              save lives...spay/neuter/geld


              • #8
                Hornets maybe?


                • #9

                  Sooo, these kind of insects eat flies, and a no wonder they were hanging around the water tanks...looking for some lunch.
                  I guess this kind is considered a beneficial insect.
                  save lives...spay/neuter/geld


                  • #10
                    They may be beneficial, but they're still darn nasty.

                    Yellow & black or cream & black striped wasps are the absolute nastiest of the wasps. Some of them will chase you for over 1/2 a mile if you happen to wander near their nest. Beneficial or not, if you have one of those large football-like paper nests anywhere near your home or barn, it's best to contact a licensed exterminator to get rid of it for you. Trying to do it yourself can be quite dangerous & just make things worse for both man & beast.


                    • #11
                      OP, hope you are OK from all the stings!

                      Last week I went to hook up my gooseneck trailer and as I cranked the jack I kept seeing something out of the corner of my eye. I realized the yellowjackets had built a next inside the hollow tube of the crank. All of a sudden, yellowjackets just started POURING out of the crank and I ran for my life. There must have been 100 of them in there. They were so mad. I love just about all living creatures, but I really hate yellowjackets. I've hit a ground nest before when weedeating, too, and it's really scary.


                      • #12
                        UGH, I completely sympathize!!! I was taking my husky out a month ago and she stirred up a nest...bless her heart, she got nailed, then I got stung five times, all as we bailed like mad for cover....several followed us INTO the house, so then we had a rather hysterical hunt to eradicate the ones buzzing in the house....

                        I despise them. Miserable pain, those little stingers!!!! So sorry for you!!!


                        • #13
                          Fall is Yellow Jacket season. When I was a Pest control tech in San Bernardino California, many years ago I used to get several calls a season for yellow jackets inside mountain cabins. They often built their nests under the insulation in the attic space. Their constant movements would eventually wear a hole through the sheet rock and they would enter the living space by the hundreds. I usually dusted the nests through a hose on a trombone duster (similar to this one: http://www.gotosprayer.com/dusters/2...mour-d1-duster) with Drione dust, I put duct tape over the hole and bombed the house. The critters would die pretty quick. For ground burrows I waited until dark, used the same trombone duster with drione dust. Application took less than five minutes and I was on my way. I did have protective gear though. Yellow Jackets are, hands down, the meanest critter on the planet.
                          "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."


                          • #14
                            damn, i hate yellow jackets. i've had several encounters with them while riding. fortunately jack is able to make a hasty exit and hasn't dumped me in the process. our worst encounter earned us about a dozen stings apiece. i'm not sure who welted up worse, me or him.

                            the old farmer method for dealing with the ground nest is to mark it in the day, fill it with diesel in the evening, and have a bonfire. the gentlemen who do the grading for my barn took care of them for me in that pasture. while i would have preferred a more environmentally friendly approach, it's been 8 years and they haven't been back...
                            * trying hard to be the person that my horses think i am


                            • Original Poster

                              Thanks to all who were concerned about any reactions to the stings. I'm not allergic but I will say that this time I definitely didn't feel so great. Took Benedryl(sp?) and had a real uncomfortable nite but felt better the next day. I had a bottle of ammonnia at the barn and put it on the sting sites immediately but it was an old bottle so it really didn't seem to do much. Went online that nite to see about other "home" remedies- Onion-don't have one, Lemon-don't have one, Meat tenderizer-don't have any,---Toothpaste-well ok lets give it a try-didn't seem to help the one on my wrist but did seem to help a little on the ones on my arm. The dog however smelled the toothpaste on me and spent the rest of the nite convinced that it was his job to lick that stuff off.
                              Have hit the nest twice with spray at nite and still am seeing the little bastards so I will try to get some of the foaming stuff and if that doesn't work I will get an exterminator out.
                              Side note- farrier(who always seem to have a solution for everything) suggested I pour gas in the hole and light it up. I can just see that going horribly wrong and me ending up on that show 1,000 Ways to Die!!!!
                              "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."-Hunter S. Thompson


                              • #16
                                Check youtube for firing ground wasp holes.

                                Get a can of the foaming stuff and on the side of the can should be taped a long skinny straw. Attach that to the spray nozzle and insert as far down the hole as possible and then empty half the can down there. Then stuff a rock in the hole so they can't fly through it on the way out in the morning.
                                You jump in the saddle,
                                Hold onto the bridle!
                                Jump in the line!


                                • #17
                                  Madeyalook, chewing tobacco or smoking tobacco wet into a goey wad and put on the sting is a good old time remedy for stings. I've tried it, and it really works. I actually keep cigarettes in my first aid kits just for this purpose.


                                  • #18
                                    MadeYaLook-try windex when the sting is fresh. It worked for me (I was out of Afterbite sticks and improvised)-just like the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding said, and it worked very nicely. And you can pour the gasoline, make a trail a few feet away, and light it from there. Or let the farrier have some fun, and he can do it (and video it so you can enter it on a show in case it goes wrong). I think I would just pour the gasoline, and not light it-it should be toxic enough by itself.

                                    Cashela-try WD40 or other mineral based sprays with a straw attached. That worked for me when I ran out of wasp spray.
                                    You can't fix stupid-Ron White


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by MadeYaLook View Post
                                      Side note- farrier(who always seem to have a solution for everything) suggested I pour gas in the hole and light it up. I can just see that going horribly wrong and me ending up on that show 1,000 Ways to Die!!!!
                                      if you go this route, don't use gasoline. use kerosene or diesel fuel, they are less likely to explode (i'm sure that there's some official physics term for it, but i didn't exactly ace physics).
                                      * trying hard to be the person that my horses think i am


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Bacardi1 View Post
                                        Some of them will chase you for over 1/2 a mile if you happen to wander near their nest.
                                        Yes they will .

                                        True story: A friend of my Mother's was trying out a horse at a nearby barn, the barn suggested a trial trail ride as there was an event going on that occupied the ring. We decided to tag along. Myself and a friend (11 or 12) double on my mare, my Mom on hers, the adult friend on the trial horse plus her dog, and a "guide" on her horse. Guide is first, then me, then my Mom, then friend on trial horse. Guide's horse steps through ground nest, takes off bucking, we are swarmed. My mare dumps me, I jump up and grab friend off of her and we take off running. After we left, apparently my mare turned around, slammed into my Mom's mare and knocks them both down, crawls over my Mom and her mare and takes off. Mom's mare jumps up and takes off running. Adult friend dismounted, having no idea wtf was happening, the yellow jackets hit them, her trial horse takes off, Mom and adult friend take off running. I remember my friend and I running up the trail, and seeing the trial horse come up from behind us running flat out. I grab the stirrup with one hand and my friend with the other, and let the horse drag us quite a while, just to make distance. Keep running to a house, bees still after us, we bust into the house (owners out BBQing, heard all the screaming and us running and let us in) and start shedding clothes.

                                        In the end, my mare and my Mom's mare colic horribly with frighteningly high fevers. My Mom's mare also ripped off both front shoes, along with her hoof walls, from the nail holes down. My friend goes to the ER, and is no longer my friend. Adult friend's dog ran back to the barn, got either hit by a car or trampled by a horse, fractured her pelvis, she never walked right again. Trial horse returned to the barn no harm done, guide and her horse eventually reappear also not seriously stung. Adult friend did not buy the horse.

                                        The house we ran to? Almost 3/4 of a mile away, and the homeowners out BBQing were also stung a couple times.

                                        I hate them.
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