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I have a wasp problem

post #1 of 16
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These little vermin are driving me nuts. They are EVERYWHERE!!! The house has siding on it so they just loooove making their homes in that. Somehow these little satan bugs are getting in the house too. We've sprayed the house down with raid and hot shot many times and we spray them as we see them too. They always come back. Its going to be a long summer with these stinkers around. Is there some kind of a trap I can get or something that will foam up and keep them away for good (or at least a week or so and then I'll just re spray the house)?!!!
post #2 of 16
Who doesn't? We just knocked down over 12 nests the other day. We used the power washer because with all the cats and the horses, poison spray isn't in the picture. If you hit them in the early morning, they are generally asleep- they are active in the nest from noon to dusk, so night and early morning is the best time not to get stung. We had a huge nest in the ground behind the shop, Mike finally poured gasoline in the hole and stacked bricks on top so the cat's wouldn't get around it. I hate to be so ruthless, but I am deathly allergic to their stings-
post #3 of 16
I found a wasps nest in the garden at the weekend. The little pests have built it in a hole in the brickwork of the house Not sure how far in it is but i think we are going to have to tape up the entrance
post #4 of 16
Yes there is. I know that there is wasp traps out there, but if you know were a nest is-do to garden center and buy the insecticide Sevin in powder form only please. Then go to housewares store and buy a turkey baster. What you will be doing is sticking the turkey baster in the Sevin powder and spraying on there nest if possible. YOu might need a ladder and please wear gloves and protect your face (basically do not apply when windy!!). The powder will either cling to the wasps if you dust them or they will pick up the dust and carry into the hives. I was recommended this method a couple of yrs ago when I had them in a nest in my compost pile and I couldn't reach the nest easily. One treatment is all it took!!
post #5 of 16
Amazing that this was brought up. We have a huge problem with Yellow Jackets this year. My husband has been attacked twice in the last two weeks. Those things are nasty, mean little *&^%$.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by Ali012281
These little vermin are driving me nuts.!!!
Love your description of the problem!
OH Beth I´m so sorry for you I always avoid the wasps because I allergic to the poison of the insects!!!!
hope you can find a good solution!
post #7 of 16
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I've seen the yellow and black ground wasps around but I have no idea where that nest is. So I guess our bugs are hornets??? Evil black ones and the red ones. And they are MEAN!!!! We've gone after them with our tennis rackets and shattered them before (cruel but its better than being stung). It makes summer so hard to enjoy though.
post #8 of 16
Oh geez, sorry about your wasp/hornet problem!! I HATE them! They are one of the few things I hate about summer. It seems like they are attracted to people who are terrified of them, too! It doesn't matter if I'm in public or not---I run away swatting and screaming like a little girl if one starts "divebombing" me . The only real way to get rid of them is to get rid of the nest, MA and Gail gave really good advice--I've gotten rid of wasps both by the Sevin dust and burning them out with gas
post #9 of 16
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LOL well if the nests weren't in the siding of the house I'd gladly burn them out but I think the army would be a little upset with me if I did that lol
post #10 of 16
The Sevin trick will work on hornets too. I guess I would walk around the house and see if you can find any place the are entering.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Ali012281
LOL well if the nests weren't in the siding of the house I'd gladly burn them out but I think the army would be a little upset with me if I did that lol
ooh-they're IN the siding? That will be a little tougher. Maybe get an estimate from an exterminator? By the time you spend all of the money on Raid and Hot Shot, an exterminator would probably be cheaper--if you're like me, you gotta have a can for each hand
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Kellyyfaber
ooh-they're IN the siding? That will be a little tougher. Maybe get an estimate from an exterminator? By the time you spend all of the money on Raid and Hot Shot, an exterminator would probably be cheaper--if you're like me, you gotta have a can for each hand

Alas... bless the army.... we cannot contract with off post exterminators!! And the gent on post will only spray if the next is visible. I'm gonna foam at the mouth soon!!! LOL. We're going to try the powder and try to poof some of it into the siding.
post #13 of 16
Once you've treated the nests, have hubby caulk them shut!! The open spaces just attracts more nesting bugs.
post #14 of 16
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Oooo. We'll nail the one tonight that is in the wood fence. We actually just saw one crawl up in there. We'll spray and put some caulking in there tonight. Hopefully the little snot won't crawl out! Thanks Sweets!
post #15 of 16
I can't help with wasps in the siding though possibly effective trapping will help -- dunno.

As far as trapping is concerned, here is a link to some very effective wasp traps. It the middle illustration that I was particularly wanting to show you, but I've left the other items that came up in my search, in case they are of interest. We use both of the ones in the middle, with good effect. Our problem area is our back porch, and we have one of the large ones suspended at the outer edge midway on the length, and one of the smaller ones at each end. They are easy to clean up and bait, and really take care of the little devils.

This is a great outfit to deal with, too, and they have tons of other wonderful garden and woodworking stuff. But even if you don't order from them, this should give you an idea of what to look for -- the design really works, and you may see it elsewhere.

Oh, and FWIW, for bait liquid, I dissolve a tablespoon or so of honey in 2 cups of warm water. It does our three traps perfectly.

Good luck.
post #16 of 16
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Ohh I have seen some of the glass ones at Target or Walmart. I'll talk to Hub about these.
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