How to Get Rid of Yellow Jackets Fast Using Home Remedies
Most species of yellow jackets build their nests underground and can get aggressive if they feel their nest is getting threatened. Here are our top suggestions for getting rid of yellow jackets using natural home remedies.
1. Set up Non-Toxic Disposable Traps
You can buy non-toxic traps that are very effective at getting rid of the yellow jackets. The traps contain a liquid attractant that will lure the yellow jackets inside. We suggest placing a few of these traps near the nest but do this when the yellow jackets aren’t active so you don’t get stung.
2. Capture the Yellow Jackets with a Wet-Dry Vacuum
Wet dry vacuums allow you to fill the tank with soapy water so that can immediately drown any yellow jackets that get caught by the vacuum suction. Yellow jackets are less active at night so the possibility of getting stung will be less if you try this vacuum method later in the day. Make sure to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants as well as proper head protection gear before you try sucking in the yellow jackets with the wet dry vacuum.
3. Make a Yellow Jacket Water Trap
This method also eliminates yellow jackets by drowning them so it doesn’t require any direct intervention from you. Find a decent-sized bucket and fill it with a mixture that consists of water, sugar, a bit of apple cider vinegar, and dish soap. You may need to use warm water at first to ensure the sugar gets properly dissolved. Set up the bucket near the yellow jacket nest. The insects will be attracted to the sugary concoction and drown upon touching the liquid surface.
The above method is effective but it doesn’t discriminate. It may also trap the good bugs so please keep that in mind if you also have helpful insects like bees in the vicinity of your house.