Catching yellow jacket queens

Asked February 14, 2019, 7:41 PM EST

I want to put out traps to catch the queens as they emerge from their winter hiding spots. I am in a rural field setting outside of Portland. Is there a certain month to set out the traps. I figure if I catch one queen, that is one less nest around my house this summer. Also, what would be the suggested bait. I found meat is good bait for workers in the summer, but maybe the queen is looking for a different nourishment as she emerges. Thanks for any suggestions.

Clackamas County Oregon yellow jackets wasps

1 Response

Thank you for your question. You are correct that yellowjacket populations can be reduced (but not eliminated) by trapping the queens in the spring. I think you will find the following Extension article helpful in this regard: The article relating to trapping and monitoring, referenced above, is here: Understanding life cycle, as well as nesting areas, is key to population control. Hope these are helpful. Good luck!