Some final thoughts on yellowjackets

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  1. IveofIone

    IveofIone Active Member

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    After trying a number of different traps and bait all summer the clear winner is the clear plastic 1 gallon jug with two 1'' holes punched in it, several inches of water on the bottom with a few drops of dish soap and some of the YJ bait that comes in the little tubes. I tie a large cotton ball to a string, squirt half a tube of attractent on it and lower it down in the bottle. I have tried several of the opaque 1 gallon jugs outfitted the same way and for whatever reason they just don't work as well.

    Here is a couple of day's work with a couple of them.

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  2. Scott Salzer

    Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    Damn, that's a lot of yellow jackets!
     
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  3. underachiever

    underachiever !

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    holy hell, I'm swelling up just looking at the pics
     
  4. Patrick Gould

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    Nice work Ive! Those little bastards ruined our Idaho camping trip earlier this summer.
     
  5. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I've seen about three bees all summer. You must be in Bee heaven.
     
  6. Josh

    Josh dead in the water

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    Damn! Strong work.
     
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    Hopefully no honey-bees in there!
     
  8. bigdood

    bigdood fishing hack

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    impressive collection. Maybe dip them in some sort of epoxy and use as indicators?
     
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  9. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Damn Ive . . . are you raising them? There are almost more flying around the trap than I've seen all summer down here. Lots of paper wasps, but those are pretty docile & easy to defeat.
     
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    WOW, what a stockpile.
     
  11. triploidjunkie

    triploidjunkie Active Member

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    They've been pretty nasty around here this year, and with enlightened being so allergic, it makes going too far from civilization a dangerous prospect.
     
  12. Kyle Smith

    Kyle Smith DBA BozoKlown406

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    That's amazing. Thank you!
     
  13. Greg Armstrong

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    Yowzza!
    You could dump that in the river and start your own hatch.
    Tie on a Mcginty and you'd be in business!
     
  14. astrofisher

    astrofisher Clear Skies

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    Yup, that's an impressive collection of yellowjackets.
     
  15. IveofIone

    IveofIone Active Member

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    We have never seen anything like this before. Normally you can hear a pin drop here in the forest but for the past few weeks all you hear outside is the steady drone of thousands of wings. It starts up right at dawn and goes till dark. Surprisingly I have only killed 3 mosquitos all year. Some years we would get swarmed right at dark but this year-nothing.

    I had yellowjacket traps out in late March and caught a lot of big queens but I must have missed more than I caught. We are hoping for a hard freeze before the snow falls, something we didn't get last year.

    Ive