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Old 08-27-2013   #1
 
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Yellow Jackets: How to deal with them!

I've been reading the threads dealing with yellow jackets in the campsites along the Salmon River, and it is clear that the problem is worse than it has been in many years, probably due to a mild winter. Whatever the cause, there actually is a pretty easy and effective way to deal with them.

My solution for yellow jackets is to have some pieces of cooked chicken--backs, necks, wings, whatever. Get a bucket of water and squirt a little bit of dishwashing soap into it. Set the bucket 30-40 feet away from your kitchen. Hang the chicken a few inches above the water (use wire and secure it well). The yellow jackets will be drawn to the chicken in swarms, and they're such gluttons they'll eat until they can't fly. They'll drop into the water, and because of the soap, they'll sink and drown.

You can clean out entire nests in a matter of hours this way. I've left heaps of dead yellow jackets wherever I've used this--bushels of them sometimes. Forget the little traps from the store. This really works!

It draws them away from where you are, and it wipes them out.

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Thanks Mogur, Sounds like an easy and effective way to deal with the YJs. We have a group putting on the Main on Sept. 16 and will be using this technique.
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It is really gratifying to watch the gluttonous bastards fight each other in order to eat themselves to death.
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great info!

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Does it catch bears too?
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Here's a trap I built for the recent trip. Drum stick, a piece of ham, corn on the cob, etc. but, chicken works the best somehow. Within a matter of a few hours, you can take out half the colony. Depending on how big the colony is, you can set up a few around the campsite. Don't even bother with the commercial traps with a tiny bag. By the end of the day, I had about 5-600 dead yj floating in the soapy water.
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Sounds like a good feast you might find me face down in that tub!
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Hardy river rafters would substitute barbecue sauce for the soap and roast the little buggers for a tasty late night snack.

They can also be added to morning taters for a surprisingly sharp morning pick me up!
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The YJs were no picnic on Lodore last week. No one was stung, but this idea was considered just so we could cook and eat in peace. Coulda, shoulda, woulda.
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