After finding yellow jackets in my siding I tried everything to get rid of them… sprays, dusts, waiting… they just would not go away! Tired of spending money I found a quick and easy way to take care of the pests for good. This will work with any flying pest, too.
- A Shop Vacuum
- Long Extension Cord
- An hour of time
I think you know where I am going with this, as it is pretty straight forward. First, take about 1/2 gallon of bleach and put it in the bottom of your shop vacuum, then fill it about half way with water. Place the lid back on and make sure the exhaust port is not open and the filter is connected to your vacuum.
Now you are ready to take out some wasps. Carefully move your vacuum over to your siding hive and carefully move the suction tube close to where the wasps are flying in and out of their hive. It is okay if you do not get it perfectly near the hive, within a few inches is perfect. Next run your extension cord to the nearest outlet and plug in your vacuum and turn it on. You will need to let it run for about 45 minutes.
After 45 minutes go back to your wasp killing machine. You should see no bees coming in or out. If you do, just give it a few more minutes, you can enjoy watching what is left get sucked into the tube. If you have come out to find no wasps left you can walk up and bang on your siding with your open hand. This will shake up the last of the wasps protecting the hive. They will fly out and get sucked into your trap.
At this point you should be able to turn off the vacuum. SLOWLY open it up and you will see just how many you caught! Wait until tomorrow and see if any wasps are back. You should be good to go, but if there are any just suck them up like the day before.
After a few days the queen should die and it will be over, you won. What about the nest you say? Well, new wasps will not come and use that nest so you can leave it. When winter comes go outside and seal up any holes that the wasps were using.