Alpine Yellow Jacket Baiting System plus Onslaught Insecticide
Kit includes 1 Pint of Onslaught Insecticide & 4 Alpine Bait Stations @ $79.95
4 traps will cover up to 1/2 acre.
Additional Bait stations available @ $6.95 each
Pint of Onslaught @ $52.95 each
Alpine Yellowjacket Bait Stations are designed and labeled for use with Onslaught microencapsulated insecticide. When used together, they are the perfect combination for controlling scavenger yellowjackets (also commonly called meat bees) around residences, restaurants, resorts, campgrounds, zoos and other areas where humans or animals are harassed by yellowjackets.
Yellowjacket baiting has returned as an option for controlling yellowjackets. Thanks to the introduction of a new insecticide, ONSLAUGHT Microencapsulated Insecticide, you now have the option of baiting the "meat bee" species of yellowjackets. The label for this product has a paragraph under Stinging Insect Control Outdoors that states "For yellowjacket pest control, Onslaught Microencapsulated Insecticide can be mixed with bait in traps (bait stations)." What the label doesn't say is how much insecticide should be added to the bait.
The label rate for Onslaught for yellowjacket pest control spraying is 0.050 percent , but the label has a range of between 0.005 percent to 0.050 percent for various applications. A starting rate of 0.025 percent (one half of the maximum rate would be a mix 0.5 oz./ 1 gallon (128 oz.). That equates to about 15 ml / gal. Most baits for yellowjackets are either canned cat foods or other canned meats like tuna or chicken.
A 12 oz. can of pet food or other suitable bait should be mixed with about 1.5 ml of insecticide (approximately 1/4 teaspoon). Please keep in mind that the liquid in the can is counted in the weight of the product, therefore, if you pour off the liquid you should reduce the amount of insecticide. In my experience though, the extra moisture helps keep the bait fresh. Many pest management professionals have successfully controlled yellowjackets using this method.
If you find that yellowjackets are attracted to the bait alone, but won't take the bait/insecticide mix, you may be experiencing repellency from the insecticide. This is usually a result of using too much insecticide for the amount of bait. Decreasing the amount of insecticide will usually correct this problem.
Choosing the Right Bait is Critical for a Baiting Program
Provide yellowjackets a few choices to determine the best bait to use.
Here we see Western Yellowjackets feeding on some chicken. This will be a good bait choice for these Yellow jackets.
Yellowjacket baiting is both an art and a science. A successful baiting program will require a little investigation before the program is started. You should consider the following before starting your baiting program:
What species can be controlled with a baiting program? Baiting only works for the scavenger "meat bee" species of the yellowjacket complex. On the west coast, there are at least 12 species of yellowjackets, but only 3: the western yellowjacket, V. pensylvanica; the common yellowjacket, V. vulgaris and the German yellowjacket, V. germanica can be controlled with this baiting program. There are comparable species on the east coast, and throughout the US and Canada that can also be successfully baited.
The rest of the stinging hymenoptera can't be controlled through baiting. This includes: the other species of yellowjackets on the west coast mentioned above, which are exclusively live prey feeders; bald faced hornets; paperwasps; bumblebees and honeybees.
What's the best bait for these yellowjackets? The bait choice is both species and location specific. Yellowjacket populations that are near streams, rivers and lakes can quite often be baited with fish such as salmon, while yellowjacket populations away from water ( in forests, scrub oak woodlands etc.) may prefer chicken, venison or another protein from a land animal. An easy way to determine what's the best choice for an area is to set out a variety of choices and use the matrix that attracts the most workers. Raw chicken seems to be a good all around choice for most areas.
What's the best bait for this time of the season? The food preference of yellowjacket nests changes as the season progresses. Even the "meat bee" species prefer live prey early in the summer. When the nest begins to expand rapidly--in July or August, their preference switches to larger protein sources (carrion in the wild, chicken, fish or other meats around human habitation) and then as summer comes to a close, the worker yellowjackets switch their preference to carbohydrates like soda pop, overripe fruit etc. As mentioned above, give them a variety of choices to determine what works best for your population.
You'll have the best success baiting yellowjackets earlier in the season when they prefer protein. Individual workers will be killed later in the season, when they prefer carbohydrates, but getting control of the entire population is much more difficult.
Remember to follow the label when mixing the bait! Adding too much insecticide to the bait matrix may cause repellency. Then the baiting program won't work even if it is a species that can be baited. Follow the instructions provided with the ALPINE YELLOWJACKET BAIT STATIONS.
How to use the stations : According to the manufacturer, you should use 4 traps for every 1/2 acre of land. (8 traps per acre)
STEP 1. We recommend testing a few types of bait before using the stations. Recommended food baits incude raw chicken pieces, raw fish, canned tuna, or cat food.
Raw chicken pieces or tuna tend to work the best.
STEP 2. Mix your choice of bait with Onslaught. You only need a very small amount of Onslaught for the bait to be effective.
We recommend mixing 1/4 teaspoon or less of Onslaught per 12 oz. of bait.
STEP 3. Place a few ounces of bait in each station and hang the stations outside around your home 5-6 feet off the ground and about 50 feet apart.
For example, you could hang the trap from a tree limb. Keep the stations out of reach of children, but in areas where the yellow jackets can enter the stations
IMPORTANT: Do not use more onslaught then directed as resistance may occur making it more difficult or nearly impossible to control the Yellowjackets using this method.