How Do You Find a Yellow Jacket Nest? You’ll be Surprised!
Our fully inclusive guide on how to find a yellow jacket’s nest.
Yellow jackets are a breed of aggressive wasp, and therefore you want to avoid them at all costs.
If you are unlucky enough to have a nest in your vicinity, and you disturb it, then the chances of you being stung are fairly high, and you’ll want to get rid of it as soon as possible.
In order to effectively get rid of the yellow jacket nest, then you will have to track it and find it first. But what is the best way of going about this?
Well, if you want to know the answer, then you’re in luck! Because today we’re sharing our fully inclusive guide with you on how to find the nest of a yellow jacket.
Trust us, you’ll be surprised!
How to Track a Yellow Jacket Nest
We’re going to start by delving right into the thick of things, and looking at the best methods of how to track a yellow jacket nest efficiently.
Read on for more!
Start Your Search After 10 AM
Generally speaking, yellow jackets tend to be active during the day, between 10 AM and 4 PM. Because of this, you should start your search for their nest after 10 AM.
This is when it’ll be most easy for you to find them flying between their nest and food sources. Remember that if the weather happens to be very hot or very cold, these times may differ, and will typically be shortened.
In extreme temperatures, yellow jackets will be less active. Remember that.
Look Around Your Property for Holes in the Ground
The next thing you should be doing in your search for a yellow jacket nest, is looking around the property for holes in the ground.
This is because yellow jackets actually tend to build their nests partially under the ground, and they prefer to do this in old gopher holes.
As well as this, they can build their nests in dense vegetation, and also in wood piles.
You should start looking by surveying your property area, and looking for holes and any other ground areas where a nest may be. If you do happen to see yellow jackets flying around these areas, or even see a larger number of them crawling around and effectively guarding a certain area, then chances are, you’ve found the nest.
Watch Out for Yellow Jackets Flying in a Straight Line
Okay, so this might sound a little odd, but you should also be sure to be watching out for yellow jackets flying in a straight line. We’ll explain this in a little more detail just below.
Regardless of where their nests actually are, the yellow jacket will fly in a straight line to get to their food source. It’s as simple as that.
If you’ve seen yellow jackets in a particular area then stand, very still, and observe the area which is fully in the sun at the given time. It should be easy to spot them flying in a straight line in the direct sun.
If you see one, don’t stop looking! Chances are you’ll see more. Chances are they’re either emerging from, or going back to their nests at this point, so it will help you to locate the site of the nest.
Lure the Yellow Jackets Out of their Nests
If you’re unlucky and are unable to spot any yellow jackets flying around using the above suggestion, then you could lure them into coming out of their nests with food. After this, you can follow them – at a safe distance – back to where their nest is.
We would recommend placing the food in a shallow dish near to where you suspect the nest may be, and they should eventually show up. You could use:
- Protein based food, for example tinned tuna, cat food, dog food, ground meats, and cold cuts.
- In the Summer, try sugar baits, such as fruit juice, fruit jelly, or ice cream.
They won’t be able to resist!
Mark the Site of the Nest When You Find it
Last of all, but by no means least, be sure to mark the site of the nest when you find it.
A good way of doing this is by spray painting an “X” as close to the location of the nest as you can, but while also maintaining a safe distance. You don’t want to disturb and anger them, so do NOT mark the nest directly.
Then you know the site of the nest, and can deal with it more efficiently – we would recommend doing this by calling in a professional.
Thanks for reading!
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