Yellowjacket Wasp Removal
Dr. Castner has spent many hours in a ‘bee suit’ while eliminating large yellowjacket nests in the southeastern United States. This has been in association with his mentor, Dr. Gary Fritz. The yellowjacket wasps are removed from the nests alive, immediately frozen, and later used for research or pharmaceutical purposes. This service is provided free, but all liability for such an eradication operation remains with the property owner.
Nests may be above ground or subterranean. In the Southeast, most nests are underground and usually have only one to several fairly small entrance holes in the ground surface. These holes typically have papery nest material (carton) surrounding them that is gray-white-tan in color. In an active nest the yellowjackets will be constantly flying in and out of these holes during daylight hours. Other nests constructed above ground may be in just about any place imaginable. Very large nests are typically seen built around the bases of trees, and can reach enormous and dangerous proportions, some as tall as eight feet. Do not approach or bother such nests in any way!
Nest Evaluation Questions
If you have an active yellowjacket nest on your property, and would like Dr. Castner to examine it with the intent of removing it, be prepared to answer the following questions about the nest.
Are you sure the wasps are yellowjackets? (see photos below)
Are you sure the nest is active? (How many yellowjackets fly in and out of the entrance holes in one minute?)
Is the nest on your property?
What is the closest distance to an electrical outlet that can be used during the nest removal process?
Has the nest ever been treated with any chemicals?