How do you remove a nest of yellowjackets that have made their home in the wall of your home?

Asked August 20, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT

How do you remove a nest of yellowjackets that have made their home in the wall of your home?

Tuscola County Michigan

1 Response

Since you did not supply information, I am guessing that the wasps are entering and exiting in a wall outside the house. This information for outdoor use only.

Buy an insecticide called 5% Sevin Garden Dust (carbaryl). At night when it is completely dark, you are going to put the carbaryl into the hole where the wasps have been going in and out. You can puff it in with an old turkey baster, pour it in with a paper funnel or cram it in with a plastic-gloved hand. The wasps are not directly behind the hole. If you are very quiet and do not use any lights, they will not know that you are there. They have no night vision. The next morning when they exit, they will become contaminated. Then, they die. If there is no activity the next day during the day, you can close the hole. If it is temporary until you fix it correctly, stick a chunk of steel wool in the hole. Do not enclose any live wasps or they will chew through the drywall and end up inside... not a good ending.

Big disclaimer: do not do this if you are allergic to wasp stings or the pesticides. Use plastic gloves when handling the carbaryl. You can also call a pest control company and they can do something similar.