how to get rid of yellowjackets without insecticides

Asked September 14, 2019, 1:48 PM EDT

Hi! You published in this week's Oregonian Homes and Gardens section that there is no good way to get rid of yellowjackets without pesticides- we found a way! I hope you can tell people about this idea, because it has worked very well for us and is a LOT cheaper than hiring someone to come spray toxins. You go out at night when the nest isn't active, and hang a spiral of fly paper directly above the nest entrance. When the yellowjackets come out in the morning, one or two will fly into the fly paper and get stuck. They emit alarm pheromones, which attract more yellow jackets to attack whatever might be threatening the nest. These new yellowjackets get stuck, send out more pheromones, and within a few days, most of the workers are stuck! This worked well for us with ground-nesting yellowjackets in our yard. -Christine Armer, Hillsboro

Washington County Oregon

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