NASTY CRITTERS – FOG ‘EM!

Yellow Jacket killer

 

A bunch of yellow jackets decided a portion of my home would make a good place for THEIR home. They were flying into a small space between a trim board and the siding. My neighbor helped me by climbing the ladder and between us we used about 8 cans of Hornet/Wasp sprays over several days. The sprays didn’t work. I then bought an attractant bag – the yellow thing in the photo. While it worked in downing about 100 yellow jackets it also captured some hornets as well. But despite all my efforts, the yellow jackets prevailed.

I finally decided that I needed to call the professionals since I didn’t want this nest to do any damage to the house. The pro used a ‘license required’ fog in various openings around the siding. He said it may take a few days to kill all the insects. So far it seems to be working for the most part as I’m finding several dead critters both inside and outside my home. There are still a few yellow jackets flying near their entrance but they’re kinda dopey. Once I no longer see any bugs flying around, I’ll caulk all around the board to prevent them from getting in next year.

I learned a few things from the pro-guy. Yellow jackets and hornets are in the wasp family and aren’t “bees”. Both of them kill honey bees! That may explain why I’ve noticed fewer honey bees on my flowers that normally attract them .

Photo taken with my Blackberry.

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~ by Elaine Reese on 09/18/14.