[NAFEX] wasps and yellow jackets

road's end farm organic101 at linkny.com
Sun Aug 19 14:33:40 EDT 2007


On Aug 19, 2007, at 1:50 PM, Jenny Ruth Yasi wrote:

> Anyone know any low or no-toxic methods to vacate a large yellow jack 
> type
> wasp nest? Thanks!
>
> Yasi

If the nest is somewhere that water isn't a problem, get a hose and 
spray large amounts of water at it; using as high pressure a nozzle as 
is practical. The wasps will (at least in my experience) not be likely 
to connect the person behind the hose with the sudden flood, and most 
of them will in any case be briefly too wet to fly well. You may be 
able to knock the nest down with the water spray; if not, if you do 
this every day for a while, you'll eventually disrupt operations enough 
for them to either give up and go elsewhere or gradually die off.

Use extra caution if you're allergic, of course. You probably won't get 
stung doing this; but it's not absolutely impossible.

--Rivka
Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly
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