I live in southern Oregon and have a real problem with hornet nests in old downed logs and stumps. Everyone calls them “meat bees”. If there is a critter carcass or just trying to eat a hamburger outside in the yard they come. Disturb one of the stumps or logs and you get a cloud of the angry little suckers with a target on you. I’ve tried many different ways to eliminate them to no prevail but the results were only temporary. Problem is they’re all over the place. Their very aggressive. I’ve been stung over a dozen times in one attack. Do you have any sure fire remedies excluding fire?
We know about meat bees and have helped many customers get rid of them for good. In most cases they’re actually wasps and more specifically, YELLOW JACKETS. But in fact there are many sub species which will target meat and they all tend to get very aggressive during the summer and fall. And though there are many types of “traps” available that can catch some, trapping doesn’t solve the problem. Basically their nest will keep replacing the ones you catch so you’ll continue to see them indefinitely. What we do know is that the only way to get rid of them for good is to treat their nests. Unfortunately they can fly for acres so its not possible to find and treat all the nests that might forage to your property. But there is another surefire way…
This other way is to use a bait. In fact we have a special concentrate that is composed of tiny microscopic capsules which contain an active chemical inside. These capsules are in a liquid form and this liquid is mostly used as a general spray around the home. You can’t tell its made of these capsules; they’re too small to see. What you do see is what appears to be just another liquid concentrate. And when its mixed with water and sprayed around the home, it will slowly release the active ingredient which in turn will kill unwanted pests that travel over treated areas.
This same chemical can be mixed with food and then the mixture can be used as bait to target meat bees. Basically if you place the bait out where they can find it, they’ll feed on the offering, bring it back to their nest, feed it to the other members of their colony including their young and then when the capsules enter their digestive system, they will break open, release the active ingredient and in turn, kill the entire nest. The process will usually take 4-6 days to run its course but its a sure fire method allowing you to get rid of all meat bee activity on your property without ever having to know where the nest is located.
To set up the bait, you’ll need ONSLAUGHT. This material comes in liquid form and you’ll need to mix 1/2 oz with 8 oz of bait. We have found our SALMON PASTE works well on meat bees but in some cases, they prefer a sweet food. So if you have bees targeting sweet food, our sugar based LOGANBERRY PASTE will do the job.
Add 1/2 oz to 8 oz of our Salmon Paste for meat feeding bees or wasps.
For sweet food feeding bees or wasps, get the Loganberry paste.
To insure non-target animals like kids and pets don’t get the bait, use our tamperproof INSECT BAIT STATION. These can be mounted up high on a tree or the side of your home. You’ll need at least one station with the special “key” to open it. The front “door” will pull down and inside you will find two bait “trays” used to hold the mixture of sweet or protein based bait.
If you want to set out more than one station, get extra “stations only”.
In general, placements will be found and fed upon by one nest and within a week, that nest will be killed. But its common to have new nests in the region find the offering so be prepared to refill the station every 5-10 days as needed. In general, its best to watch the stations daily to monitor activity. When the activity decreases or stops, inspect the station to make sure there is still some bait left. If the trays are mostly empty, rinse them out and make a new bait placement.
Keep your stations filled with bait from spring to fall if you want to keep your property “meat bee free”. The process is easy and effective for sure :)