Smothering yellow jacket nest in compost pile
I bought a house with a "compost pile" that consists mostly of fallen pine branches. This weekend I tried cleaning it out only to discover the hard way that there is a yellow jacket nest buried deep within it. Normally I wouldn't mind waiting until the winter time to dig that sucker out, but I'm holding a house warming party here in early August and I know that yellow jackets become more active and aggressive in the summer heat.
The method that I am most interested in trying is laying a tarp over the compost pile, placing rocks over the top and clipping the tarp to the wire fence in an attempt to cook the nest. I haven't found any anecdotal evidence of anyone actually trying this aside from whoever told the writer of an ehow article about this method.
Anyway, has anyone tried this? I'm concerned that the yellow jackets would nibble through the tarp.