Yellowjackets set up housekeeping in a round hole in the ground right next to my lower landing. The hole is large enough for a big apple to fit into.
My friend came over yesterday and poured gasoline in the hole by upturning a cola bottle into the bees' home. I was told that would be the end of the rascals, but today they were swarming around that bottle, unable to enter the hole, and likely very mad about it.
So I waited until darkness fell tonight. From my upper deck, with my face covered and protected from the spray, I shot several long streams of insecticide in the direction of the bees. I just hope and pray that tomorrow they will be gone.
On Friday evening, I have a house guest who will come up those stairs and on Saturday we will hold a poetry class here.
If anyone has any advice to give me on ridding my yard of these pests, I am open to try it. I surely don't want anyone to be stung by the little beasties.