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    Default Can someone help me get rid of wasps?

    We live in the mountains. This is our first spring here, and we've developed a problem. our living room has two french doors that open up to the 'veranda'. there's a tree near it, and now we have a new problem.

    Wasps.... fucking Wasps! We cant find the nest, but during the day, there's a few that hover around the door, come in the house if the doors are open. Does anyone know of anything that can keep them away? i'm allergic, and am a chicken shit about opening the doors if i'm home alone.

    i've found a couple of remedies on the web, like a penny in a sandwich bag full of water (it makes the wasp think its a spider web and the penny mimics a spider) also something called the Waspinator. We've sprayed wasp spray, but it only kills them if they land around the edge of the doors.

    Help! i cant spend all spring and summer in the house with no doors open!
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    erk, poor you. Here's some tips I found, I cannot vouch for their efficacy..

    How To Trap Wasps
    The reasons for trapping wasps should be obvious. Anyone who has spent time outdoors in summer with sugary food will instantly understand. It seems irrational to be banished from your own garden by a creature about 1/1000th of your size but, all too often, it happens. A simple solution is readily available: the home made wasp trap.
    To make a wasp trap, you will need:
    • An old 2 litre plastic drink bottle
    • A knife or sharp implement
    • Something sugary and attractive to wasps.
    Start by cutting the top off the bottle at the point where it becomes as wide as the body of the bottle. The bottom part of the bottle should now look a bit like a jar with a lumpy base. Put the wasp attracting stuff into the bottom of the bottle. Put the top of the bottle back upside down so it forms a funnel leading down into the bottle. Seal the edges if there is not a good contact all the way round, using tape, gum, leaves, whatever is most appropriate. The wasps smell the sugary food and fly down the funnel into the bottle. Having eaten they try and leave but here they encounter a problem Wasp logic dictates that when escaping from inside something you fly to the highest point. The wasps buzz round and round the top, but very rarely notice the exit further down.
    Possible Wasp-Attracting Substances
    • Vodka and orange. If it doesn't kill them it will leave them too happy to sting you.
    • Sundew melon rind
    • Jam
    • Treacle
    • Molasses
    • Soda Pop
    Effectiveness
    The wasps in the trap attract other wasps with their frantic activity, so the effectiveness of the trap is almost exponential. However, sooner or later there will be too many and the trap will not work so well. This raises ethical considerations about disposing of the trap. A wasp is, after all, an instrument of the wider ecological system it exists in. We humans, sadly, have lost this ability. Selfishly killing wasps puts you in a morally grey area. The writer is not responsible for feelings of guilt, reprehension, and unfavourable judgement in the afterlife as a result of following these instructions.
    Disposal
    Your imagination and psychological stability are the only limit to the number of ways to dispose of the wasps. Allegedly the most painless way is to put the trap in a freezer until the wasps freeze to death. Filling the trap with water works too but is quite nasty. The advantage of these methods is that they allow the trap to be reused quickly. Releasing the wasps is the most karmatically sound approach, but could have unpleasant consequences, so careful thought is advised.
    Wasp Deterrent
    Take a paper bag as big as your head and blow it up. Tie off the end so it retains its shape and hang it near where you do not want them to go. The wasps will think it is an enemy nest and stay away. However, wasps are not stupid, just a little slow, so when you have finished whatever it is you do not want the wasps to participate in, take down the bagwise they will see through the ruse
    We used to use bottles filled with sugary stuff to trap wasps. They can't get out.

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    Do what I do. Keep several cans of extra strength wasp killer (Raid or equivalent) within reach. I have wasps somewhere in my back yard EVERY STINKING YEAR. They build nests under my lawn chairs, under the eaves, in garbage cans, in my solar lighting even. I keep several cans - the kind that shoots at least 20 feet. Kills the buggers on contact. You gotta find the nest. When it gets evening time, shoot the crap out of the next with the spray (you can do it from a distance) and it will kill the nest. I then wrap it up in foil when I'm sure I won't get stung and throw it out in the trash.

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    I'll never forget watching some guys in Australia dealing with a bee nest.
    They basically knocked it off the palm tree which was about 15 foot off the ground-they had to get on a nearby roof and hit it with a stick till it fell off, then got an aerosol can and a lighter, set it on fire, got a large bit of cardboard and put it over the hive, and STAMPED on it, whilst it was on fire.

    God bless Australia.

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    It must be a gala year for the little fuckers. We've been here two years, but suddenly we're besieged by them...and what is worse, they're constantly trying to build a nest in our TRUCK. You know, the one we drive every single day?? I can't count how many times the b/f and I have hopped out of the car first thing in the morning, to flee from the goddamn things.

    They gotta be coming in from the air vents; the windows are always up tight. We probably just need to douse the truck in wasp killer/repellent and let it sit for a day or so. We definitely gotta do something! It's gotten ridiculous!
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    Well, I'm always on the lookout for them. It's inevitable they'll find their way back to my yard. It's more predictable than the swallows returning to Capistrano.

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    We have serious issues with this as well. A lot of our neighbors have had their properties 'sprayed' professionally. I have EXTREME reservations about this---I mean its TOXIC and its being sprayed on EVERYTHING, including our swing set, big outside toys, decks, shed, etc. No way.

    However, we DO spray the nests that we find w/a 'Raid' like spray----there just isn't a good way to get rid of the nests otherwise. I don't like doing that either, but wasn't sure what else to do.

    I'm going to do give the above ideas a chance and see how it goes. Can't hurt.

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    hub just went out and searched for the nest....nothing. our apt is not big at all, so he searched the tree, the yard, nothing. we're a single unit as well, nothing attached. then i made him spray an entire can around the eaves, and the door.

    he's going to talk to the plant guy at home depot tomorrow about the Waspinator. as well as pick up some more spray. argh.
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    We kept getting bees...we had a guy come out, he found a small nest and moved it. They don't kill the regular bees, and used no pesticides.

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    I don't know, but your place sounds really nice.

    I want a house, with french doors, on a Mountain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetie View Post
    I don't know, but your place sounds really nice.

    I want a house, with french doors, on a Mountain.
    oh it is nice! its just a small apt, but the french doors are what sold it for me. i love to open them up, and just have the fresh air come in. its so quiet, no traffic, no noise. just wasps!
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    We have 2 ways of killing wasps but it needs you to find the nest - if you are that allergic it might be worth calling some specialist exterminator to come find it for you..... Has MrDeb looking in your roof space?

    We had a wasp's nest stuck to the door of our garden shed! (not impressed) and my BIL has 2 ways to get rid of them

    1 is via cyanide weed/insect killer

    The 2nd way....
    • is to remove the nest at the neck with a shovel or similar.
    • Catch the nest in a plastic bag & seal.
    • Make sure that before using there are NO holes in the plastic bag AT ALL.
    • Once sealed drop into a preprepared hole in the ground and replace the soil (over the top effectively burying it).
    • Sit on your veranda (by the Frenchdoors in your case) and enjoy a drink of your choice without being bothered....

    I always get my mom citronella oils & candles that she burns & it keeps most biting/flying insects away.
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    They're not hiding in any cracks in the concrete or anything? We had a wasp's nest in a crack by our front door last year. It wasn't big enough to really notice unless there were wasps flying in and out. Anyhow, some Raid wasp killer at night took care of it. Make sure to check those nooks and crannies.

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    I've seen wasps make little holes and live underground right beneath the sand. This is in FL, so I don't know if your state has that problem, MsDeb. Maybe a friend or neighbor can help you locate the nest, because that needs to be found in order to kill them. Good luck!
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    Wish I could send you my exhusband. He does it the old fashion way. Sneakers and a baseball bat.

    Fucking hilarious.

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