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Mon Jun 24, 2019, 03:40 PM

Yellowjacket nests as big as Volkswagen Beetles appearing again

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Auburn University researcher and entomologist, Dr. Charles Ray says this year we could see huge yellowjacket nets and some could be as big as a Volkswagen Beetle. It's called a perennial yellowjacket nest.

Entomologists believe that milder winters combined with an abundant food supply allow some colonies to survive and enter spring with much larger numbers. Additionally, the normal cues that would cause queens to disperse may not happen. Researchers have documented that these massive colonies often have multiple queens.

A normal yellowjacket nest is usually located in the ground or a cavity. It may peak at 4,000 to 5,000 workers that do not survive cold weather, leaving queens to disperse and form new colonies in the spring.

The perennial yellowjacket nests that concern Ray bear little resemblance to normal colonies.

Balance of article at the link: https://www.wsbradio.com/news/yellowjacket-nests-big-volkswagen-beetle/t6uhlGBeIuqdCz7zuYnd7L/?ecmp=radio_wsb-am_email_newsletter_click-thru

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Reply Yellowjacket nests as big as Volkswagen Beetles appearing again (Original post)
Muddling Through Jun 24 OP
New Deal Democrat Jun 24 #1
Muddling Through Jun 24 #3
New Deal Democrat Jun 24 #5
Banshee 3 Actual Jun 24 #7
Muddling Through Jun 24 #14
Grumpy Pickle Jun 24 #2
Muddling Through Jun 24 #4
Grumpy Pickle Jun 24 #6
Currentsitguy Jun 24 #9
His Daughter Jun 24 #8
Butchie_T Jun 24 #11
Grumpy Pickle Jun 24 #12
Duke Lacrosse Jun 24 #15
Tolk Jun 24 #10
Grumpy Pickle Jun 24 #13
Tolk Jun 29 #17
Goldengirl Jun 24 #16

Response to Muddling Through (Original post)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 03:57 PM

1. Like the article says, they are usually underground.

It's easy to kill them all, once you have located the nest. Go there after dark, when all of them have returned to the nest. Pour about a half pint of gasoline the hole. No need to set the gas on fire. The fumes will wipe them out.

For an above ground nest like the one pictured, I would hit it after dark with some commercially available wasp spray. Problem solved.

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Response to New Deal Democrat (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 03:59 PM

3. That's how I've killed underground nests

except for the one that built underneath my AC compressor. For some reason, I thought about gasoline, then had visions of "House explodes, film at 11." Used a foaming wasp spray on that one.

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Response to Muddling Through (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 04:02 PM

5. Hee hee, that's pretty funny.

It's good to know the wasp spray works on the underground nests too. It's fun to watch them die.

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Response to New Deal Democrat (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 04:20 PM

7. Pour Gasoline into the ground? How Ecologically unsound

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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 07:28 PM

14. Well, doesn't it originally come OUT of the ground?

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Response to Muddling Through (Original post)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 03:58 PM

2. I saw yellow jackets going into the space between my right rear door and the jam.last week.

When I opened the door, I saw that they were starting to build a nest INSIDE the vehicle.!

Size of a lemon.

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Response to Grumpy Pickle (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 04:00 PM

4. Glad you saw it BEFORE you were driving!

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Response to Muddling Through (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 04:05 PM

6. We rarely use that RR door....we use the rear hatch storage space on the SUV for groceries, etc.

I may have never discovered it hadn't I been cleaning the wheel rims on the vehicle that day and noticed them flying around that spot of the vehicle.




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Response to Grumpy Pickle (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 04:29 PM

9. I had this a few weeks back with my Mini

Right inside the driver's side door, but with a wasp.

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Response to Muddling Through (Original post)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 04:29 PM

8. Here in the desert southwest we have other things

The tranacula migration is something to see.

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #8)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 05:53 PM

11. Flame throwers

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #8)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 07:01 PM

12. ...

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #8)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 07:48 PM

15. My grandparents had a house that was on an ancient tarantula migration route...

...in Douglas, AZ. Their house was always crawling with tarantulas. It was pretty amusing, actually.

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Response to Muddling Through (Original post)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 05:40 PM

10. I walked through a nest last week

 

Wearing flip flops and shorts.
I went full chemical warfare on those evil little bastards.

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Response to Tolk (Reply #10)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 07:09 PM

13. It seems to be particularly bad this year as stated in the OP

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Response to Grumpy Pickle (Reply #13)

Sat Jun 29, 2019, 11:22 PM

17. I actually havent noticed

 

I had a nest last year in about the same spot, it seemed to be much more active and I was lucky enough to notice them before walking into them.
The fireants don't seem to be as persistent or as resilient this year either, but it's still early yet.

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Response to Muddling Through (Original post)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 09:48 PM

16. I travel all over the SE...

.. and have a couple friends who work with bees and take out hornets and wasp nest all the time. They and I have yet to see a yellow jacket nest that big on the outside of a house exposed to the rain and roof run off before. I say the article is fake and the photo shopped pics are decent. But a yellow jacket nest does not look like that at all. It is a small one made to look bigger in the photo shopped picture. Here is what a big one looked like 8 years ago. Too many yellow jackets buzzing around before he even got close. I see none in the pics posted above. https://www.cnbc.com/video/2013/06/25/giant-yellow-jacket-nest-destroyed-in-florida.html

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