So, as we are all fully aware of, yellowjackets are a nuisance. I have had horrible yellowjacket issues with the bees in prior years, the issues had begun again this summer.
My daughter and her boys live on our property in an enlarged mobile home. The new roof on it is metal sheets that has kind of tunnels under it, best I can describe it, I think it is called corrugated or something. This is where the yellowjackets had obviously built many, many nests. She had been complaining all summer about hearing them in her roof when she was sitting in the living room. Oh brother. I kept telling her to do something about it, but we all know how kids are, it is so much easier just to let the parents take care of stuff, grr.....but
Against my nature 100%, I finally bought some yellowjacket pesticide that foams up when it is applied. I sprayed very very carefully into each of the tunnel like places in her roof. Many yellowjackets came out immediately and died, the remainder must have died when they tried to exit the entrances. I was so careful, not to spill or have any residue go anywhere else.
I believe that is probably about where 90% of the nests that had plagued my bees were. BECAUSE, in the wasp traps by the apiary, which before the pesticide application were always full of yellowjackets, barely ever more had any, mayone one, now and then. It is the dang bald faced hornets that are now being caught in the wasp traps. I believe that I have reduced the population (for this year anyways) of the yellowjacket. Good.
I have issues with the yellowjackets, big time and have not a single issue with irradicating them. We have so many children around here that drink pop out of cans, set the cans down and then drink more. I know how wasps and this type of bug love to go into these pop (beer) cans too. I had at the same time saved the possibility of a child drinking down a nasty bug that certainly causes alot of pain and could be very dangerous when it enters a throat.
Bugs that the yellowjackets eat, I will deal with by hand picking, so I am not worried about the lack of yellowjackets to eat bad bugs.
Some thoughts out loud about my death wishes for the yellowjacket. Have a wonderful day, best of this beautiful life. Cindi