Yellowjacket Baiting

You Can Control Yellowjackets with a Baiting Program

Yellowjacket baiting system
Yellowjackets at a bait station

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.

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