Yellow Jackets in my house.

BobbyA(Northeast USA)October 15, 2004

Yellow Jackets have been getting in through a spot in my home's siding and then winding up INSIDE the house. It's gotten worse in the past month (it's now 10/15/04). I suspected they were holed up in the space between the first and second floor, so I started removing ceiling lamp covers. Sure enough, under the lamp cover nearest the outside wall LOTS of little antennas starting trying to get out. Yikes! Think I found the nest area. It's in the space between the first and second floor, near to the wall where I know they're coming from the outside. Now that I've found the general area where they're heavily concentrated, I'd like to try and wipe them out myself, instead of calling a professional. Can I 'fog' them, or should I try to use Sevin dust. How can I kill all the existing ones and the larvae.And the queen. Will more hatch this time of year. Do they all die in the winter? Also, when they first get into the house they fly around vigorously and then almost immediately wind up squirming around on the carpet near the windows and start dying. anybody know why?


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I do not know about yellow jackets - but I had carpenter bees that must have hybernated in the attic during the winter - then had baby carpenter bees getting into the upstairs from the bathroom vents. Our solution - called the exterminators, they "bomb'd" the attic - twice
to eliminate the bees. Then had to find and seal the entry points. Hope you do not have little ones at home - else I would call the exterminator now

    Bookmark   October 15, 2004 at 3:18PM
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First, know that very shortly afteer the weather turns somewhat colder that nest will be gone, the workers will die and the queens will leave to find a new place to nest, so you really do not need to do anything now.
Second, once that nest is abandoned they won't return so you can plug the entry once you know they are gone.
Carbaryl is the most toxic stuff you can use to "control" anything and should not be your first choice to use on an IPM discussion board, unless your health and safety are threatened, and since these wasps have been there for a fairly long time that probably isn't the case. At this time I really would not do anything.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2004 at 7:14AM
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What I read here is what I've been hearing, but there's one problem. I have a crack in my foundation and I got a yellow jacket nest in there during the summer. I've been waiting patiently for Spring to arrive, thinking the nest is abandoned and all the workers have died. Then I plan to patch the hole. The problem is, it's February in New York, 2 feet of snow on the ground, and I just killed a healthy looking flying yellow jacket in my work room! Now I'm concerned if I patch the hole this Spring, they're still in there and will come out in the house. Any thoughts on that? Thank you.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2015 at 9:00PM
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The wasp queens that will establish next seasons wasp nests hibernate during the winter and that could be inside our houses and that could mean that they come out during warm weather spells just as the Lady Beatles and Box Elder bugs do. The rest of any nest will have died off.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2015 at 7:12AM
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Thanks kimmsr, we haven't had any warm days recently in upstate NY that's for sure. You did get me thinking however. I'm selling some items on Ebay, and a few days ago I brought several boxes down from our unheated attic to ship my items in. I put them in my workroom, which is where the yellow jacket showed up. When I went to pack some of the boxes I noticed a couple cluster flies in them that were moving around. Hopefully, there was also a queen bee hibernating in one of them and that's how it got into my workroom. If so, the warmth in my heated work room would account for seeing her flying around.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2015 at 4:20PM
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