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What do you do about a tremendous hive of yellow jackets? And we mean “tremendous”:

It was more than six feet tall and eight feet wide.

“With the Southern Yellow Jacket, they develop multiple queens the second, third and fourth year. So this nest did not have one queen, it has thousands of queens in there.”

They don’t say what the guy did to get rid of the yellow jackets — except, curiously, in the headline.


  1. McGehee »

    23 June 2013 · 9:44 am

    I have yet to encounter a yellowjacket nest since moving here. I also haven’t had trouble with fire ants that I know of. Killer bees nor brown recluse spiders either.

    We have little scorpions in the house occasionally that are allegedly less venomous than a single wasp sting. I normally leave those to the cats.

  2. Francis W. Porretto »

    23 June 2013 · 10:34 am

    Flamethrowers are good. I trust mine.

  3. Jeffro »

    23 June 2013 · 10:27 pm

    I’m all for nuking it from orbit, just to make sure.

  4. fillyjonk »

    24 June 2013 · 7:11 am

    Even though I study the close kin of yellow jackets, I’m willing to say “Kill it with fire” would be a useful response here.

    (We had ground-nesting hornets in the yard when I was a kid. More than once I wound up with stings on my feet. And I wasn’t barefoot, either.)

  5. nightfly »

    24 June 2013 · 12:08 pm

    The headline didn’t mention the method either. The URL said “millions of bees” but I think the writer/editor responsible for that simply chose “bees” as a generic term, much shorter than “yellow jackets.”

  6. CGHill »

    24 June 2013 · 1:08 pm

    Editing after the fact isn’t exactly the most unheard-of thing I ever heard of.

    There was much speculation in the comments over there.

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