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How To Deal With Yellow Jackets

Watch more Insects, Rodents, & Other Pesky Creatures videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Nothing ruins a picnic like the angry yellow jackets. Keep the stingers away with the tips in this Howcast video. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Seal trashcans Yellow jackets are looking for protein and sugars to feed on, so the first thing to do is to make sure you've tightly sealed all outdoor trashcans. Tip If you have a compost heap, make sure it's in a sealed container or far from the part of the yard you want to be in—and don't compost bones or meat scraps. Step 2: Clear away fruit Clear your yard of any fruit that's fallen off of trees. Tip Since yellow jackets are particularly attracted to fruit, raw meat, and sugary drinks like sodas, try to keep these items to a minimum when you eat outdoors, and keep them covered until you actually are eating. Step 3: Hang traps You can buy or make yellow jacket traps to help control the critters. Hang them in early summer if possible, before the queens start searching for nesting grounds. Tip Cutting a hole in a two-liter bottle filled with sugar water will attract and trap yellow jackets, but it will also catch other beneficial insects. Step 4: Locate nests If the insidious insects are still dampening your romantic life, look for their nest—carefully!—in logs, stumps, below eaves, or even underground. Step 5: Call an exterminator If you find a nest, call a pest control expert to eliminate it. Tip If you're brave (or stupid) enough to attempt to kill the yellow jackets yourself, cover all exposed skin and spray the nest entrance with a dust or aerosol insecticide. Step 6: Enjoy the outdoors Once you've done away with the buzzing beasts, rekindle the romance with all the picnics you desire Did You Know? Yellow jackets aren't only pests—at certain times they feed on harmful flies and caterpillars.
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