Ask SAM: I need assistance eliminating yellow jackets – Winston-Salem Journal


Q: There are yellow jackets within the siding on the surface of my home. How can I do away with them?

Reply: Phyllis Smith, a pure assets and environmental methods extension agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County middle, gave us some data and recommendation on coping with yellow jackets. She additionally supplied some do’s and don’ts.

“Yellow jackets usually nest within the floor, however there are at all times exceptions to the rule. They may benefit from different hole areas to assemble a paper nest that will finally home 1000’s of bugs,” she mentioned.

Rigorously go searching your own home for cracks in siding, doorways and home windows. Additionally be sure that doorways and home windows shut tightly to maintain bugs and different animals out.

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“Cracks might be crammed with high quality silicone caulk product or with increasing spray foam insulation. Feral honey bee colonies will even take up residence behind siding, so I at all times suggest getting a constructive identification previous to taking motion,” Smith mentioned.

If you’re unsure what the bugs are, Forsyth County residents can name Smith at 336-703-2858 or e mail her at [email protected], or you may also textual content her at 336-757-0455 and she is going to assist establish what sort of insect you’re coping with.

“If the bugs are honey bees the house owner might be put in contact with native skilled beekeepers that may take away the hive with out killing the honey bees. If the bugs are yellow jackets or hornets it should most likely require skilled help from a professional pest management firm if the colony resides inside a dwelling,” Smith mentioned.

“If it’s decided that the house owner is certainly coping with yellow jackets, they could contemplate simply ready issues out, until the yellow jackets are discovering their means indoors, or presenting a right away risk to folks or pets.

“Now that we’re into the autumn season, yellow jacket colonies are busy producing new queens that can depart the colony and go elsewhere to hibernate over the winter. So long as the previous colony is sufficiently uncovered to chilly climate it should finally die out and the previous nest won’t be used the next yr,” she mentioned.

“That is the time of yr when yellow jacket colonies are at their largest and other people are inclined to put out traps as a result of they’re seeing so many. However traps solely have an effect on a small share of the inhabitants and the inhabitants will proceed to develop so long as there’s an egg-laying queen current.

“My recommendation is to place out traps within the early spring to probably lure rising queens or younger colonies. For extra recommendation on treating ground-dwelling colonies please click on on, however as a disclaimer, I don’t personally suggest the usage of Sevin mud attributable to its toxicity to honey bees.

“Aerosol sprays labeled for hornets and wasps are usually faster and have a tendency to remain on the right track higher. These sprays can shoot 10-15 ft to be directed into the doorway, however even at this distance private safety gear (goggles, gloves, lengthy sleeves, shirt tucked in, and so on.) is important. In distinction to the recommendation within the hyperlink, I don’t advise treating at evening. Stinging bugs are strongly interested in any supply of sunshine, and it will be troublesome to deal with at evening with out assistance from a flashlight. As a substitute, deal with at nightfall, or higher but early within the morning when it’s nonetheless cool.

“By no means pour gasoline right into a nest opening,” Smith mentioned.

Melissa Hall

Melissa Corridor, Straight Reply Ma’am

E-mail: [email protected]

Write: Ask SAM, 418 N. Marshall St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101


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