I have railroad tie retaining wall that has a nest in it of what I think are bees. They're small and yellow. They're impervious to wasp and hornet spray which is all the big box stores sell. No bee or yellowjacket spray!
So what's the secret to kill this nest off? The guy at the big box store suggested gasoline.
Bees are very active during the warmth of the day, after sunset or early morning is the best time to kill them when they are all in the hive and rather dormant. spray early in the morning and keep doing it every morning..may take a few days but you will get them all. Make sure to spray heavily around the entrance to the hive.
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If they are indeed (honey) bees, I'm with Tiggermom on calling a bee keeper...they will usually come and take the nest with no charge....how-ever, if they are yellow jackets (wasps),I found a way that as long as you can find where they are entering the nest, you can wipe it out. I got this tip from an exterminator. My old house was wood sided (built in 1870) and I was forever battling them. He suggested buying a turkey baster (or "borrow" the wifes, just remember to replace it with a new one ) and a bag of powdered Sevin ...its a insecticide sold in the lawn and garden dept of most stores....fill the turkey baster with Sevin dust and blast it in the entrance of the nest a couple times....next day you will find hundreds of dead yellow jackets laying on the ground. Sometimes the actual nest is pretty far back from where they are entering so make sure you give it a good squeeze and also hit any other spot you think they may be entering. This is the same approach the exterminators use except they have a much better poison to use, but he said Sevin is pretty close.
Thanks guys! I thought honey bees had hanging nests so these could be yellow jackets. The nest can't be seen, as its between the railroad ties. I'm trying all of the above this morning or this evening.
Sounds more like hornets then bees. Hornets love to go into hot places. Go to a commercial HVAC or electrical supply house and get some stuff there. We use Hornet spray at work made by CRC, works great!
If they're honey bees, I'd say leave them alone. They've had a rough year with some sort of plague that has wiped about half of them out, they're very much needed!
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