Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
You may want to have a trained.person look to make sure they are yellow jackets.
We had a ferocious and wicked looking insect colony last year that I swore were yellow jacketsil Big nasty yellow amd black things with big stingers. Turned out to be cicada killing wasps (google the picture). They are non-swarming insects and relatively harmlesss. We just left them alone and they left us alone. But they loooked like the bee from hell.
These don't match the description of cicada killers. They're smaller and it's definetly a large hive. When the entrance was covered by a net, there were around 35-50 wasps flying around trying to get in. From what I gather, cicada killers tend to nest in smaller numbers.
For the gasoline trick, I've read that you pour gasoline in and place a bucket upside down over the entrance. It's the fumes that kill them, so you want to trap in the fumes. If it weren't for the pond, I'd probably try that.