Yellow Jacket bees

Asked August 31, 2017, 12:32 PM EDT

How do I get rid of these bees with out killing them?

Jefferson County Ohio

1 Response

Yellow jackets are an aggressive wasp that can be dangerous because a colony/nest may swarm, stinging a person multiple times. This time of year (late summer) they are preparing for winter and are more active.

Sanitation practices can keep wasp populations at a minimum as over ripe fruit, food scraps and spilled sugary substances can attract them.

Dr Potter at UK recommends an ammonia (not bleach) and water solution as a repellent in areas where trash or food scraps may be present (approximately 6 oz of ammonia per gallon of water).

Avoidance of areas where the wasps are located may be the safest choice if insecticides are not an option.

This is a link to the publication we have on yellow jacket control and avoidance:

Feel free to contact our office if you have other questions.

Let me know if I can help you further!

Carol Wilder
Horticulture Technician
Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service
200 Juneau Drive
Louisville KY 40243