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04-13-2013 11:42 PM

We have a horrible wasp problem. As soon as it started getting warm these suckers have moved back in. I have been killing like 5 a day in the house, and there are always atleast that many in the shop. I have an electric flly swatter in the house, which is awesome!! For any of you that don’t have one, I suggest getting one if you have an insect issue. You don’t have to squish them b/c the electricity causes them to get stuck on it when you touch them. I try to leave them alone(in the shop) but the little things like to dive bomb me getting stuck in my hair and stinging my neck. Any ideas on how to get rid of them?? I know there are many different species of wasps, so I’ve included a pic of the type we have:

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#1 posted 04-13-2013 11:43 PM

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#2 posted 04-13-2013 11:47 PM

How are they getting in, and have you tried finding the nest? Hopefully their not making a nest in your walls or attic.
I guess you could try finding something that likes to eat wasps to keep their population down. How would you feel about taking on a couple of skunks or wolverines as a pet? :)

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#3 posted 04-13-2013 11:56 PM

LOL as long as the skunks are destunk, I wouldn’t mind lol. They actually had some babies at a pet store in Florida while we were vacationing one year and they were so stinkin cute:) And as for how they’re getting in, the soffit still has 1 peice that needs put on, so that’s a major area, and the vent on the roof is open. I was thinking of putting some type of screen on that, and closing the soffit, but I’m still not sure that would solve it. I’m not sure if the soffit that is done is “bug tight”. I can make a trap for pretty much any other pest, but I don’t know how to lure in a wasp.

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#4 posted 04-13-2013 11:57 PM

I don’t envy you at all…I personally hate wasps and hornets. Here’s a way….perhaps others will post a better method…but

1.) Locate their nest
2.) Wait til night (they are at the nest and inactive then)
3.) Put on protective clothing
4.) Spray the nest with poison thoroughly (wasp/hornet poison…some cans can spray the poison a good distance away and still hit the nest….the further away and still hit the nest the better IMO)
5.) Be prepared to get out of there quickly as they may attack
6.) Wait 24 hours and watch for signs of activity. No activity found ….remove the nest and throw it away outside your shop

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#5 posted 04-14-2013 12:09 AM

Finding the nest is imperative. Use wasp and hornet spray. Regular bug spray isn’t strong enough.

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#6 posted 04-14-2013 12:23 AM

I go through alot of wasp/hornet spray every year. The problem is there are always alot of nests, not just one. I don’t know if it’s because we live so close to the woods or what. And there are always nests I can’t get to b/c I can see them coming out(shutters for example). The tend to love our front porch too, so it’s always a rush to get through the door. It seems the like wood…

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#7 posted 04-14-2013 12:43 AM

shelly_b ... you are probably right….Here’s a link that may help you identify why your house is a haven for wasps….take it for what its’ worth…it’s from the internet… ;-)

.....good luck !

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#8 posted 04-14-2013 01:06 AM

Wasp traps set out in spring will greatly reduce the population. Get them at Lowes or the Home Depot. Read the package; some traps are only good for yellow jackets while others are for paper wasps.

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#9 posted 04-14-2013 01:15 AM

Yeah, I have about 1,000sqft of elevated decking and find wasp nest all of the time. Have to keep several cans of the “wasp” specific spray around. Spraying in the evening is good advice, and getting rid of the nest after spraying even better. We mostly get the paper wasps and mud-daubers. At least the mud daubers help control the spiders… ;-)

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#10 posted 04-14-2013 01:18 AM

+10 on getting rid of the nests. Traps and swatting the wasps will be a never ending task. I take tours around the yard, my shed, under decks, etc. all the time looking for them. I try to catch them at the start. Mike is correct, evening is the best time to catch them, they are back in the nest and more lethargic at that time.

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#11 posted 04-14-2013 01:46 AM

Shelly, I’ll probably get hammered by the safety police, but I have used gasoline to kill wasps for many years (not indoors of course!). A coffee cup full of gas tossed up onto those nests under the eaves will kill em instantly. I have them bad in the shop attic and can’t find their source but I set off one of those Raid “bug bombs” and piles of dead wasps the next morning. I only have to do the bug bombs about 3 times a year. My gas and bug bomb method works on brown wasps like you showed, yellow jackets, and red hornets equally well.

I have pretty severe reaction to stings so I really strive for a ‘wasp free’ environment.

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#12 posted 04-14-2013 02:03 AM

gfadvm, there is a product called “RealKill” that will instantly knock wasps to the ground, dead, once they are sprayed, no need for gasoline. Though I can appreciate that gasoline works. Don’t want to be on fire…

The new foaming stuff is not as good as the old stuff. I used to spray the nests at nightfall, and the little buggers fell to the ground, with hardly a twitch. With the foaming stuff, I’ve been dive-bombed by angry wasps before they died.

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#13 posted 04-14-2013 02:09 AM

My problem with spray wasp killer is hitting them in the air around the nest. A cupful of gas spreads out and knocks them down. (and they are grave yard dead when they hit the ground!)

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#14 posted 04-14-2013 02:18 AM

Put a cake of moth balls in the problem area and they will stay away from that area but it will not kill them. You must find the nest.

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#15 posted 04-14-2013 02:52 AM

Not to make fun of your problem but maybe the new immigration policy will do something about WASPS!

I have the occasional one or two but to this day I cannot determine how hey are getting in the house. In California houses get tented for termites and that kills everything in the house from spider to rats to termites and wasps.

My brother had wasps and he added wasp traps to a number of trees in his yard and, it appears to have reduced the problem.

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