Will Gasoline Kill a Yellow Jacket Nest? {Will It Work?}

Did you just find a yellow jacket’s nest? Do you want to get rid of it and are you wondering will gasoline kill a yellow jacket nest? Will it guarantee they will all die?

Below, I will walk you through safety rules and procedures which you should follow while using gasoline to destroy a yellow jacket’s nest.

Will Gasoline Kill a Yellow Jacket Nest?

Yes, gasoline will do a very good job at killing a yellow jacket nest, but this method can be very dangerous to apply and the gasoline will also poison the soil you use it on.

Gasoline is a dangerous substance. Therefore, it is best to use gasoline in order to destroy a hornet’s nest located in the ground. You will be able to safely set fire to gasoline.

The nest will burn up in a few seconds. If the nest is located on a building, it is better to simply spray the nest with gasoline several times, but do not set it on fire because of the likelihood of a fire.

Will Gasoline Kill a Yellow Jacket Nest

Will Gas Kill a Yellow Jacket Nest?

Yes. This is true. Yellow jackets do not tolerate the smell of petroleum products. If you pour gasoline or kerosene over the nest, the insects will leave it. This method is a popular and simple way, but it should be noted that there are more effective special means.

Gasoline or kerosene is most often used to destroy the yellow jacket settlement in the ground. The flammable liquid is poured into the hole and set on fire.

You can also burn the nest located outside, after pouring gasoline on it. But, firstly, some of the insects may have time to fly out, and secondly, it is necessary to make sure that the flame does not damage buildings and plantings on the site, and also does not provoke a fire.

How to Use Gasoline

To Get Rid of Yellow Jackets with Gasoline follow these steps:

  1. Collect a small amount of gasoline in any container, from which it will be possible to pour or spray it later.
  2. After that, quickly pour the liquid into the cavity of the socket.
  3. Move to a safe distance, and wait until the pests fly out of the shelter.
  4. If they are not in a hurry to fly out, repeat the process.
  5. After the inhabitants leave the shelter, burn its remains.
  6. If the nest is built on a wall or the ground, then by pouring gasoline or kerosene, it can be immediately set on fire.
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How Much Gasoline Do I Need to Use?

The amount of gasoline depends on the size of the aspen nest and the way you will apply it to the nest. If it is possible to simply pour gasoline into the socket, then a container about as large as glass will be enough.

The question is what will you do next? if you set fire, then you need to make sure that the gasoline does not flow down and nothing catches fire. If you just plan to process and wait, then the specified volume is enough. If necessary, you can repeat it.

If you plan to spray gasoline, then you need more of it, since you will need to process the nest several times. The fact is that there are sealed cells inside the nest and new yellow jackets can return and start living again.

The treated parts with gasoline can be washed away by rain after a while and the yellow jackets will happily return to the finished house. Therefore, after the expulsion of all yellow jackets, it is necessary to get rid of the nest itself.

The Burning Method

However, before using the burning method, it is necessary to take into account some features:

  1. The process itself is quite simple, since yellow jackets ‘ nests are made of a special material that they extract by chewing tree bark, its structure is closest to cardboard. Therefore, it is enough just to pour gasoline or other flammable substance over their shelter, and then set it on fire, complete burnout will occur in just a few seconds.
  2. Initially, you need to make sure that this method is safe. The walls and the ceiling surface should not be made of wood, and it is also necessary to make sure that the cladding consists of fire-resistant material, so as not to accidentally start a fire.
  3. It is most desirable to resort to burning out if the nest is located on a stone surface or there is a struggle with an earthen variety of yellow jackets.
  4. When using this method in industrial enterprises or logistics centers, it is necessary to make sure that there are no flammable substances or materials anywhere nearby.

How Long Will it Take Gasoline to Start To Work?

It will take some time to kill the yellow jacket’s nest, depending on where it is located and whether you will set fire to gasoline.

If you do not plan to set fire to the nest after processing, then you will have to treat the nest several times with gasoline. Possible rains or quickly evaporated gasoline will allow the yellow jackets to return.

Does Gasoline Instantly Kill Yellow Jackets?

Gasoline, like any other liquid, gets on the yellow jacket, glues its wings, and makes it difficult for it to fly. The effect of gasoline as a poison of course also affects the yellow jacket, but there are more effective substances for this.

Yellow jackets do not like the smell of gasoline, so they will avoid being near it. If the yellow jacket fell from gasoline, then indeed it can die.

What Other Methods Can I Use?

Apart from gasoline you can use the following to kill a nest.

  • Diesel
  • Kerosene

But they way you use them is slightly different which I will cover below.

1. Diesel

Yes. Indeed, diesel fuel will ensure that the OS is removed since it evaporates more slowly than gasoline.

Therefore, the yellow jacket larvae that remained in the sealed form will also not be able to live in it and will fly away. Thus, if you do not plan to cut off the nest after processing and destroy it, then the use of diesel fuel is a good option.

2. Kerosene

Yes. Kerosene is a toxic fume for yellow jackets and wasps. If the nests are airborne or hanging overhead, using kerosene is a great idea, but you have to be careful. Wear protective clothing such as gloves, goggles or full-on suits to protect yourself in case of any accidental spill.

Open the can of kerosene and position it carefully near the nest. The fumes should rise slowly and penetrate into the yellow jacket’s nest to kill them.

Spraying kerosene and lighting it is another technique but it comes with added safety risks. Proceed with caution.

How to Get Rid of the Smell After?

There are several ways to get rid of the smell. First, it is to burn the nest, but this is a dangerous method and we do not recommend its use without assessing the risk of fire in the nearest buildings. You should think carefully and evaluate everything before setting fire to the nest.

The fact is that the material from which the nest consists is chewed sawdust and burns well. Prepare a bucket of water before applying this method. Also, wear protective clothing, because, in a panic, yellow jackets can bite you or gasoline will get on you.

The second way is to cut off the nest. After all the yellow jackets fly away or die, you can simply cut the nest and cut it with scissors and dispose of it. However, keep in mind that there may be larvae inside sealed cells that have not died.

After that, wipe the place where the nest was with a soap solution. You can all be sure that the yellow jackets will not return.


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Jason Barrett

Hello, I'm Jason. I have 11 years of experience in dealing with pests. I try to provide you the best information that'll help you to make the pest control process easy & affordable