An infestation of yellow jackets has caused a major problem for a homeowner in Dayton.
Eddie Gossett ran into the problem about two months ago. Between the front window and screen, more than one thousand dead yellow jackets have piled up.
Daily, Gossett vacuums yellow jackets flying out from behind the vinyl siding. He's gone through cans and cans of bug spray.
Gossett said he's faced bees, hornets and wasps in the past, but never anything like these yellow jackets."I've been able to conquer everyone of them in the past, but these I've not been able to do anything with them. they just keep getting worse on me," Gossett said.
Dayton exterminator Tom Scarbrough, owner of Scenic Land Pest Control, said this case is one of the worst he's seen, noting it in the top two percent of severity.
Scarbrough suspects the yellow jackets have made a large nest inside the wall up toward the attic. "It's a time consuming process. You can kill out the nest, but you've got to stay, it can take hours just killing the drones that return," Scarbrough said.
He also has a theory about this incredible infestation, "This has been really an unusual year for yellow jackets. I always have yellow jackets in the fall, but it's been everyday that we've battled yellow jackets. Maybe it has something to do that we had an unusual year for rain."
Scarbrough said the bottom line is suffocating the colony.
Gossett said he's ready to air-inject large amounts of pesticide dust inside the wall. His last resort would be breaking down the wall and removing the nest.
by John Madewell