Re: Yellow Jacket underground nest advice
Personally I would leave the nest alone. Since the colony has grown so large it has obviously been there a long time, and nobody has been stung even though the kids have been playing there and you have been mowing around it all summer. It is generally pretty hard to get a wasp or bee to sting you.
You have five options to choose from:
A. Soak the entire area thoroughly with water to make it extremely muddy way down deep. Cover the whole area with a large tarp, then cover the tarp with dirt to make sure it is in hard contact with the ground so the wasps can't move around between the tarp and the ground. Leave it there for two weeks. Eventually the wasps will starve unless they dig a very long escape tunnel through the mud.
B. Get a big Shopvac, attach a large funnel to the hose, place it over the nest entrance and let that sucker suck from dawn to dusk until you get all the wasps.
C. Get some firewood and have a campfire cookout on the spot. Roast weenies and wasps at the same time.
D. Rent a bee suit and dig up the nest with a shovel or rototiller.
E. Or you could just pave the yard.
Last edited by AtomicDumpling; 08-21-2013 at 02:35 AM.