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    Quote Originally Posted by rtgt View Post
    Probably has something to do with the front porch and potentially the rest of the house and largely on becoming the target of his wife's wrath if he burnt it down.
    True. That is not something to be taken lightly. Our next door neighbor had an underground nest in a small bush at the corner of his deck. He waited until dark, poured down some liquid gold and fired it up. He stayed out with it until everything had burned out. Or so he thought. A few hours later his wife came home and told him the bush outside was on fire. Sure enough... the bush was burning. Thankfully he was able to get everything quenched with the hose but thought about how differently things may have gone had his wife not come home later.

    It might not be a bad idea to flood the hole with water after burning them out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtgt View Post
    Probably has something to do with the front porch and potentially the rest of the house and largely on becoming the target of his wife's wrath if he burnt it down.
    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    True. That is not something to be taken lightly. Our next door neighbor had an underground nest in a small bush at the corner of his deck. He waited until dark, poured down some liquid gold and fired it up. He stayed out with it until everything had burned out. Or so he thought. A few hours later his wife came home and told him the bush outside was on fire. Sure enough... the bush was burning. Thankfully he was able to get everything quenched with the hose but thought about how differently things may have gone had his wife not come home later.

    It might not be a bad idea to flood the hole with water after burning them out.
    Exactly right. The stump is 20 from the corner of the house. It measures 54 where the last cut was. The tree was between 150-200 - white pine. Im sure the root structure has to extend at least 50 from the stump proper. Also my 1000 gal fuel tank is within that proximity also.

    Did the diesel and gas last night - covered the entrance with a piece of screen and a rock. Still a half dozen or so who look like they are trying to get in.

    Ive basically given up. I might try flooding it with water tonight but I have a feeling that I will never fill it up. There are likely huge off shoots and canyons under that stump. If I had a backhoe I would just dress up after dark and destroy the entrance.

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    CT, have you considered plugging the hole?

    Maybe try some of that spray foam, maybe the 'big gap' version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtgt View Post
    CT, have you considered plugging the hole?

    Maybe try some of that spray foam, maybe the 'big gap' version.

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    Never thought about that stuff. I think I will find some if they persist for a few more days.

    I left the hole covered with a piece of screen and a rock all day yesterday and overnight. Yesterday I saw maybe 6 or 8 flying around - looked like they were trying to find a way in.

    Too cold yet this morning to see any activity yet.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtgt View Post
    CT, have you considered plugging the hole?

    Maybe try some of that spray foam, maybe the 'big gap' version.
    Something like that might work. I had a few mole holes that they kept re-opening and I used some of this stuff and they never re-opened them. Ideally, it would be good if you could fit a small extension on the nozzle so you could stick it further down the hole before you started spraying.
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    I just walked past the nest on my way to the mailbox. Its 77* now but the sun is not shining directly on it yet.

    Zero activity - not one flying around. I am cautiously optimistic.......

    I may very well have some other nests to deal with. I really think the idea of the expanding foam is a great one. I may get a can next trip to town next week.

    Jgayman - I think I remember seeing cans of the stuff come with a tube strapped to the can on the shelf in the past.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    I just walked past the nest on my way to the mailbox. Its 77* now but the sun is not shining directly on it yet.

    Zero activity - not one flying around. I am cautiously optimistic.......

    I may very well have some other nests to deal with. I really think the idea of the expanding foam is a great one. I may get a can next trip to town next week.

    Jgayman - I think I remember seeing cans of the stuff come with a tube strapped to the can on the shelf in the past.
    Yes, they come with a tube that is about 6-inches long or so. But if you had a piece of plastic tubing that would slip over the supplied tube/nozzle, you could really jam that baby down the hole before pulling the trigger. Otherwise, you'll probably only get about 12" of foam before it starts coming back at you out the hole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    Yes, they come with a tube that is about 6-inches long or so. But if you had a piece of plastic tubing that would slip over the supplied tube/nozzle, you could really jam that baby down the hole before pulling the trigger. Otherwise, you'll probably only get about 12" of foam before it starts coming back at you out the hole.
    The thing is - without being able to see down there - is I would want the entrance sealed. If I stick a tube down too far it will all be lost as I believe its like a canyon under there. From what I can see the entrance hole is only about 4 deep at most at the diameter it is at the top. So the plan would be to seal that 4 from the top down.

    This is the image I have in my mind....sorry - first time trying to finger draw on my iPad....

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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    The thing is - without being able to see down there - is I would want the entrance sealed. If I stick a tube down too far it will all be lost as I believe its like a canyon under there.
    As I understand, yellow jackets can't dig. They just use existing cavities. You can just block the entrance and let them die off -- no need to fill everything down deep. A mound of foam, a glass bowl, or both would work just fine. You might find a second entrance somewhere else, but can deal with it in the same way. I think it's safer NOT to go deep and risk leaving an escape path. You can spray a foaming wasp/hornet killer into the hole before the final sticky foam sealer if you're nervous.
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