many questions about Yellow jackets
I have an in-ground nest which I don't intend to disturb, however I do not want it to be a nest area next year.
I read the queen hides out for the winter, and reappears early spring, and locates a new nest site, and if you want to prevent future nests, you should trap her.
MY questions are, is she hiding at this same location? tucked into a crevice in my siding? Can I expect her to want the same plot of ground? (there is nothing to attract them, except maybe the sap from the Norway spruce?)
If I put out a trap with bait, won't I be inviting more yellow jacket families?
I never had a nest here before, and don't want it to be come a regular neighborhood, but I an skeptical about putting out alluring traps, and I really don't want to kill the queen. BUT, if it is likely she will return to the same general area, I will have to assert myself.
Thanks in advance for your help!