Originally Posted by wshutt
Last year they were getting bad mid Summer, I think we had a July 17th launch. We found that the smaller camps were generally better than the popular reservable camps where there was more chance of food spills/attractants. Time for the Salmon system to adopt the mandatory kitchen tarp?? FYI Meat drives them wild, especially raw - avoid or minimize prep (so speaketh the vegetarian
Agree. We started July 19 and had bad YJ's (aka meat bees) at several campgrounds. They were prob worst at Corn Ck and Carey Ck, but if you were near the kitchen you were a target at many other spots. I was stung about 8-9 times total, usually while cooking, although I got it twice while loading raft and derigging at Carey Ck. One guy got a fat lip after getting stung from one on his beer can.
The do it yourself traps, with a 5 gallon bucket and chicken suspended over soapy water didn't work for us. The YJ's were laughing at this one.
We also brought along the rescue traps which others have said worked pretty well. Our's didn't but I'm thinking I didn't use them right as I don't believe I added any water after opening.
From my experience around the kitchen I'm thinking sweet rather than meat might be the best bait.
If you search "yellow jackets site:mountainbuzz.com" on Google you'll see several threads on this.