How to Kill Yellow Jackets

how to kill yellow jacketsLearning how to kill yellow jackets is relatively straightforward. These yellow fliers are pretty mean though, so you have to be careful. They are known for their aggressive nature and their propensity to feed on human food, especially sweets. Before we get into the specifics of how to kill yellow jackets, let’s first make sure that you are dealing with yellow jackets and not some other type of wasp.

How to Kill Yellow Jackets: Identification

Yellow jackets are know for their smaller bodies (in comparison to other wasps); they are about 3/4 – 1 inch in length; and their midsection is fairly thin. Yellow jackets are often confused with bees, but they are completely different. The only similarity is the large amount of yellow on their body, but yellow jackets are considerably more yellow than bees. If you think you have a different type of wasp or flier on your hands, then check out this post: how to kill wasps. 

While learning how to kill yellow jackets, keep in mind that they have two different nesting patterns: they either burrow in the ground or build a fort above ground attached to a stationary object. Let’s first uncover how to kill yellow jackets in the ground.

How to Kill Yellow Jackets in the Ground

Killing yellow jackets in the ground can be incredibly easy, or somewhat of a challenge, depending on how difficult it is to find their hole. When I first learned how to kill yellow jackets in the ground, I simply walked around my porch area where the yellow jacket bees had been and became frustrated because I couldn’t find the darn yellow jacket nest anywhere!

I soon learned that the flying buggers were around my porch area because of some sweets that were left out, and their hole was actually in my backyard in a dirt patch. Now, whenever anyone asks me how to kill yellow jackets in the ground, I tell them to look around the ENTIRE yard and dirt areas, especially for small holes. They also might be nesting in your neighbor’s yard.

Once the hole is located, mark it with something you will see at night, like a white plastic knife. (Make sure to mark each individual yellow jack nest because there is usually more than one.) Then come back at night (while the flying buggers are sleeping), and either poor ammonia or a wasp pesticide spray down their hole.

Killing yellow jackets in the ground is that simple. If a few survive your attack, then simply repeat the process the next day.

Now let’s discuss how to kill yellow jackets nests above ground.

How to Kill Yellow Jackets Nest above Ground

Yellow Jacket Nest

Yellow jacket nests and yellow hack hives come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and textures depending on the species. Generally speaking, hives will either be honecomb-shaped or kind of slapped together with mud, dirt, and junk found by the workers.

Some people are here on this site learning how to kill yellow jackets nest because there is a yellow jacket nest in their home right now! For you, I sympathize. This is very frustrating. This is what we need to do:

(1) Get everyone out of the house for a day. These yellow fliers are VERY aggressive, especial when you attack their nest.

(2) Before telling you exactly how to kill yellow jackets nest, make sure to cover your body from head to toe with clothing. Wear scarfs, gloves, hats, long sleeves, or whatever is necessary.

(3) Tell neighbors that you are discovering how to kill yellow jackets in case they have an infestation as well.

(4) Wait until it is late in the evening or even when it is completely dark. Turn your house lights off. (Yellow jackets have poor eyesight.)

(5) Take a flashlight and cover it with a red cloth. (They can’t see the color red.)

(6) Get some professional wasp killer like Specracide Wasp Killer and completely cover the entire nest. This stuff will definitely do the trick and has become my favorite weapon for people first learning how to kill yellow jackets nests.

(7) Check early in the morning for survivors. If there are some, finish them off. If not, take the nest and throw it away. Air out the home and let the family back in.

Yellow Jacket Removal Conclusion

As with all pests and problems in life, one ounce of prevention is better then a gallon of medicine. Make sure that while learning how to kill yellow jackets, you also prevent them from returning.

Patch up cracks and holes in walls, garages, and windows. Clean out trash bins and other garbage that has a scent around the home. Get rid of any unprotected candy or food items lying around the yard or house.

This concludes our lesson on how to kill yellow jackets. Good luck!

8 Responses to How to Kill Yellow Jackets

  1. Jeremy Cook

    Thanks for the tip. Just got stung by a few then decided to go with the poision route. I first drove by and threw a marker near their hole, then came back later to kill! My truck made a good shelter as I ran in an out firing more poision each time. I don’t think they’re all dead yet, but they seem to be well on their way. Muhahahaha!

    PS, Last time I plugged their hole with a stick and burned it with kerosene. Also seemed effective, but the hole-nest was smaller.

  2. Glenn

    After all of the bees nests I have encountered in life, this was a first for me. I have large Maple blocks that need to be split. I would have done this two months ago, had I not have broken my arm. Just yesterday I discovered that I had a Yellow Jacket nest in one of the blocks of wood. After stirring up the bees, and four cans of a wasp/hornet spray, I seemed to have as many bees, as I started with. I did not want to use gasoline, even unlit. I want to burn this wood in our wood stove. I combined bleach against the instrustions on the amonia bottle, quickley capped it, and doused the bee area without a sting.

  3. Anonymous

    Pretty sure the photo displayed on your page is of a Paper wasp nest not a yellow jacket.

  4. chris55

    Nope, it is definitely a yellow jacket nest. People often get them confused because they can look so similar at times.

  5. Anonymous

    If the nest is inside an eave and you can’t see it then the spray is useless on killing them. You may be able to get a few as they are going into the hole but it won’t touch the main workers inside the hole at the nest. I tried spraying them for 4-5 days straight but hundreds would still be flying in and out of the crack. I read to try Sevin (dust) which is typically used for buts in gardens. This was my last attempt before I called in Orkin man for $200. I made a contraption out of electric conduit. Poured some of the dust in one end and put other end at crack. Turned on the blower from shop vac and walla, the dust blow right into the crack. The bees all started coming out some covered in the dust. For the next 2 hours there were literally hundreds of bees were flying around the out side but would not go back in. The next day they were all gone, no lie. This stuff is a hidden secret

  6. Darin

    Secret Weapon All…use Sevin (Dust Version) and they will all bee gone!

  7. Darin

    I had them in my roof eave and they were going thru a little crack, hundreds of them. I made a contraption using 10 foot piece of conduit, placed some of the dust in one end and turned shop vac on blow to the other end and poof the dust went into the crack covered some of them and maybe the nest. The next day they were completely gone, not one left. Good Luck

  8. Darin

    Yellow jackets are the ones that hang around the garbage at a festival during warm weather. They are approximately 1/2 inch long but they can get mean when they get aggravated so be careful. That is what I had and the Sevin Dust worked.

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