Yellowjacket – Finding Nest

Q: I love to cut grass but have been stung by yellowjackets three times this summer. Now I’m terrified to mow. How can I find the nest in a huge yard?

A: Try this: Upend a five-gallon plastic bucket in the middle of your lawn. When the sun is coming up or going down, place an open can of tuna and a small slice of watermelon on the bucket and sit quietly in a chair nearby. Sunlight will reflect off the bodies of the yellowjackets that come to eat and you can visually track them to the area where the nest is located. They will not bother you while you sit because their little insect brains are focused on taking food back to their nest. But once the nest is located, you can give it a deadly squirt of insecticide at dusk.