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#1 of 7 Old 06-01-2004, 11:07 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello- I hope someone can help! There is a yellow jacket nest in one of my compost piles (dh was stung 5 times last night!). They are pretty aggressive and I can't afford to let them bee with my almost 3 year old roaming our fairly small city yard. The problem is putting anything into my nurtured composting system that isn't organic. Does anyone have any advice on removing yellow jackets without pesticides? Thanks for your help. Jen
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I'd wait till the coolest part of the night and pour bloing water on their nest/hive. Then dig out the hive and throw it away.

Our nights get cool here which helps keep them from being so active. If you dont have cool nights I dont know what to tell you.

Mom had a hive in hers last year. It was one of the biggest I had seen.
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thanks, that is a great idea. One question... did you dig the nest out immediately after pouring the water or did you wait until the next day?
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I'd wait until the next day to see if there's any activity. If there is, douse them again with hot water the next night, then check again. Just in case...

I'm curious about why you'd want to dig the nest out, momto l&a... Won't they just become part of the compost? Or could another hive reuse the space?
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you can put 1-2 T. boric acid mixed in a can of tuna or cat food and place it on the top of a fence post securely and any remaining ones will eat and and take a nice ''dirt nap"-iykwim!
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My only advice would be (having dealt with yellow jackets and wasps):

For your own safety, do what you need to do when the weather is the coldest possible - i.e. on a cold rainy morning when they are more sluggish and vulnerable, and ok, easier to kill.
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Another way to kill yellow jackets is to solarize the compost pile -- cover the whole thing with clear plastic, tuck it in around the edges or use loose soil to hold it down and let the sun and heat warm the pile and kill the critters. This could take days or even weeks to be effective.

As with the boiling water method, this will also kill any good critters in your pile, so I would re-innoculate it with good bacteria, earthworms, etc, by adding healthy doses of finished compost, horse manure, etc.

Shel - mama to three ages 8, 6 and 3yo
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