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.