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In order to really assess what we were dealing with, I took some of my dad’s advice. He said you can usually spot a yellow jacket’s nest by watching them at dusk. He said they make a bee line when the sun starts to go down to their nest.
So later that evening and the next evening I watched. Of course I was watching the one enterence that I knew of, and there were a lot of them entering. I saw a lot buzzing around our tree, but I didn’t really see a spot where they were all trying to get in.
Joe and I figured the one entrance that we saw was hopefully the main one. Not wanting to risk another episode like the one from a few days ago, we waited until it was dark and had cooled off. Joe hung up a Rescue yellow jacket trap from the tree they were buzzing around. I filled in the hole that I had dug, when I hit yellow jacket oil.
Then we were ready. Joe sprayed an entire can of a white foamy wasp/yellow jacket spray into the entrance. I watched from a safe distance. Nothing. There were no angry yellow jackets swarming up. I figured the trap would be filled by the next morning.
At the risk of sounding a bit obssessed at this point, the next morning I checked the trap, and there was not one yellow jacket in it. There were also none entering or exiting the opening to the nest. Had we succeeded? Maybe this wasn’t such a big nest after all. Only time would tell. I was cautious though. Look what happened last time I thought the nest was killed.
A week later, happily, there is no yellow jacket activity to report. While I am not stupid brave enough to try to dig the nest up again, even though the new can says you can as well, I think we may have solved our yellow jacket problem for now. When it gets cold, we will dig up the area and see what is under there. But for now, I’m just happy there aren’t hundreds of those suckers buzzing around.
I will see a yellow jacket in the trap every day, but then they are gone, out of the trap. It is eerie. We have used those traps for a few years now, and always had a ton of them captured within a few days. A week later, there is not one in there. Could it be the yellow jackets have gotten smarter, and figured out a way to escape from the trap? I have a vision of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds in my mind now, but with yellow jackets stinging away instead of pecking. I do find it interesting nevertheless.
Hopefully we won’t have any more battles with the yellow jackets.