I moved into a house 3 years ago. At the time, the home was 11 years old.
The first October we were in the new house, we noticed alot of wasps inside
the house--red ones, black ones, and yellow/black striped ones. They seemed
to be most numerous in October, and then got less and less common as year
progressed. We've had the same problem for three years now--lots of wasps
(different varieties) in October, and less in the ensuing months. I've
walked around the outside of the house to see if they are
congregating/coming in at a particular point, but haven't had any luck; nor
have I actually seen where they are getting in from the inside.
Any ideas on how to stop this?
Do you have a fireplace? Every October I get them coming down the chimney
and into the house through the fireplace. A nice fire for an hour or so
takes care of them for the year. Wear long sleeves and gloves when sticking
your hands into the fireplace though.
We had about 3or 4 wasp nests on the front of our house inside the soffits. They
enter between the brick and the wood
During the day ( they are dormant at night and early morning ), walk around your
house to see if wasps are flying near
the roof. If they are entering into the soffits like mine, you might be able to see
the nests from inside the attic.
We had a company come spray. $90 for killing off the 3 nests in the front. He had to
use a 20' ladder to get to one of
the nests, so I could justify the cost. He also used a bee suit, which people will
tell you isn't always necessary for
wasps. But if you're on a 20' ladder, you don't want to worry about stings,
especially since you don't know how many
wasps are coming out of that soffit. In the 3-4 nests he found, I counted over 3
dozen wasps crawl out between the brick
I recently found two more nests on the back side of the house. I can see these from
within the attic. I'm going to spray
these myself one night since they are least active at that time.
Wasps die off in the winter and will come back in the spring/early summer. This
winter I plan on re-caulking the areas
where they entered my soffits once it is cold enough to be uninhabitable for wasps.
For normal isolated nests, you can just spray them at night with a can of
hardware store waspicide (I prefer the foaming type), using a flashlight.
Beyond that, shop around for the best deal with a professional bug-killer
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