4 Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Yellow Jacket Nests in the Ground

These aggressive insects can sting and bite at the slightest provocation. Use these four natural remedies to get rid of yellow jackets in the ground.

How to Get Rid of Yellow Jackets

Yellow Jacket Glass Bowl Trap

1. Suck Them in With a Shop-Vac
Fill a Shop-Vac with soapy water then position the vacuum head close to the entrance of the yellow jacket nest. Leave the vacuum on for a couple of hours to kill as many as you can.

2. Trap the Yellow Jackets with a Glass Bowl
Trap the yellow jackets by placing a glass bowl over the ground entrance. Be sure to block other alternative exits as well. The yellow jackets will fly around inside the bowl and eventually starve to death. Do this at night to reduce the risks of getting stung.

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth Yellow Jacket

3. Dump Dry Ice into the Tunnels
Dump some dry ice into the nest entrance then cover it up with dirt. The carbon dioxide released from the dry ice will asphyxiate the wasps. When using this method, take all safety precautions by wearing heavy-duty gloves and eye protection glasses.

4. Sprinkle Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Get some food-grade diatomaceous earth and apply a fair amount of the natural powder in the yellow jacket-infested areas. Be sure to apply it on every entrance of the yellow jacket nest.

Yellow jackets are one of the most aggressive species of wasps. Avoid getting stung by trying these methods an hour or two after sunset. That’s when they are most dormant.

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Last Modified on February 16, 2018 -