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    Advice on killing Yellow Jackets in the ground?

    I unfortunately discovered that I have a huge Yellow Jacket infestation in the center of a large bush. The bush is about 24" around at the base and the base is packed about 8" deep with years of dead leaves and debris. Most of the bee activity seems to be concentrated near the center of the debris. I figure the hole is located somewhere UNDER the dense leaves and debris which makes precise location of the hole nearly impossible.

    I tried dousing the area with bee-killing insecticide then later flooding the whole area at night for about 20 mins and both was totally ineffective.

    This evening I took a long pole and agitated the leaves in the center of the bush and that resulted in a huge swarm of bees all around the base of the bush.

    I've taken care of Yellow Jackets in the past but in those cases the hole in the ground was in a clear area so it was easy to fill with kerosene, light, and enjoy the show.

    I'm thinking I may have no choice but to soak the base of the bush with kerosene and do an initial burn to see if it either kills them or reveals the hole. The bush is out in the middle of the yard away from everything and I'm not concerned about saving the bush as it is an eyesore.

    Does anyone have any alternative words of wisdom before I embark on my fire bombing mission?
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    Burn, baby, burn.

    Soak it real good and light it off. Should take care of most, if not all of them.

    If possible do it when it is a bit chilly out as they are a bit less lethal (i.e. slower moving) when cold.
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    Get a chemical called Sevin. At any lawn shop its kills bees real fast. Wife mowed over some last year and what a mess.
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    We usually have a nest or two here each year. This year I used a product that foamed up upon application. Works pretty good. The foaming action expands inside the hole so no matter where they step, they get coated.
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    I feel for ya', I have been trying to clean up parts of my property and I am now a little apprehensive, having uncovered several nests of those suckers.

    One nest I "found" when moving some old firewood, pissed them off, got stung 12 times.

    Found another 2 weeks later when I was weedwacking some underbrush, got stung 16 times there, thought at first I had just kicked some debris at my arm with the trimmer. Had to slam some benadryl for a couple of days, right arm took 8 hits and remained swollen for a week.

    Each time I was covered head to toe with yellow jackets, smacking them like crazy as I ran up the driveway to the garage (kind of like in the cartoons). For each of those nests I sprayed several cans of the off the shelf killer, seems to have done the job, but on those nests I knew where the hole was.

    I'm trying to find something that I can spray over a large area, so that if there are any nests they can be neutralized. I'm tired of finding them after the attack.

    I may just hold off on any more clearing until winter, maybe freezing weather will keep them in their homes.
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    Light it up. You don't need our permission. lol
    The fire should get rid of all 3 problems. Leaves, bees & bush.
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    If you want the bush gone, then light it up I guess. If it were me and they were away from people, I'd just let it sit. Then during the winter, clean up all the leaf debris to discourage them from coming back next year. Unfortunately I don't have a miracle cure, I usually have success with multiple applications of bee spray. Good Luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by HouseMouse View Post
    We usually have a nest or two here each year. This year I used a product that foamed up upon application. Works pretty good. The foaming action expands inside the hole so no matter where they step, they get coated.
    My problem is that due to all of the debris in the bush it is impossible to locate the hole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rw580 View Post
    I feel for ya', I have been trying to clean up parts of my property and I am now a little apprehensive, having uncovered several nests of those suckers.
    What is weird is I have trimmed this bush several times this year without incident and then about a month ago I went to nip two little shooters off the top and suddenly two bees came flying out at my head, bounced off the underside of my hat and went behind my glasses. I got stung on the puffy part under one eye and right above the other eye. Then as I turned to exit one got me in the back. My eyes were so swollen I could hardly see for about 4 days.

    That's when I started to plan the fire mission. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    What is weird is I have trimmed this bush several times this year without incident and then about a month ago I went to nip two little shooters off the top and suddenly two bees came flying out at my head, bounced off the underside of my hat and went behind my glasses. I got stung on the puffy part under one eye and right above the other eye. Then as I turned to exit one got me in the back. My eyes were so swollen I could hardly see for about 4 days.

    That's when I started to plan the fire mission. :-)
    After that one situation I feel your pain, if you don't mind loosing the bush and it's not a fire hazard to other parts of the property I'd definitely torch it. We have been getting some brisk mornings, you could try and dig it out then.
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