Yellow jackets can be killed through trapping or baiting, or spraying them with aerosols containing pyrethrum. When killing yellow jackets through spraying, it is best to spray at night when the yellow jackets are less active. This minimizes the risk of swarming or stinging.
Baited traps can be used in spring and summer to kill yellow jackets. Fresh meat is added to the bait station and mixed with insecticide. The bees die shortly after eating the meat. Many traps are available to eradicate yellow jackets. They use juice or another liquid to encourage the bees to enter. Once inside, the bees are unable to escape and eventually die.