We got wasps
right her in river community
that's spelled with a W
and stands fer sting
and I want 'em all DEAD!!
I got two holsters fulla Raid Wasp and Hornet Spray. I can hit 'em in
mid flight! ...but the bastids jes keep'a comin'!! My shed has been
taken over by the enemy. At least a dozen throwing themselves against
the sole window at mid-day when it finally warms up. Tomorrow, I plan
to Raid grenade (fog bomb) the shed jes as they start to stir.
Any advice? ;)
Oh man, that's terrible!
I can relate. I once thought I was allergic, having been almost stung
to death by wasps when I was about 4 yrs old. A bee sting when in jr
high gave me a foot the size of a football. Later, as an adult and a
few stings later, I got stung by a bee while riding my motorcycle.
Barely hurt. No reaction. Not sure of my status, now, but duck
everytime I see a airborned bug shadow and am paranoid of any stinging
insect. I bought some Raid bug bombs and will plant one, today. Some
bugs are gonna die!
WOW! Set off Raid bomb 1/2 hr ago. Apparently, every wasp in the
place/nest is in frantic escape mode. Must be 4-5 dozen clawing at
the window. Crawl up ...try ta' fly ...fall down. News in one hour.
OK, half hour.
Looked thru window. No flyers. Little activity. One or two hardy
crawlers, soon to be demised. I'm giving Raid Fogger a thumbs up!
As a qualifier, I'll relate that the shed is only about 8'x10', full
One hour later. No living wasps. Hopefully got them damn black
widows, mice, etc, too.
So, Raid Fogger is a success. I suspect it killed the whole nest,
which I have yet to locate. All I know is I saw several dozens in
their death throes. That's good enough for me. Jes set 2nd bomb in
other shed, about the same size. Three bombs at True Value fer $10, a
Got bugs? Toss a bomb. I'm sold.
Interesting update. One thought -- the live ones that are out and about
during the day will return before dark. If they can get in and aren't too
put off by the chemical residue, I guess there will be more live ones there
tonight. The best time to hit them is at night when everyone's home.
Good point. I've never gone this route, so figured they'd be more
susceptible when awake and I had no idea there were so many in that
shed. No doubt this whole scenario will be repeated next season, but
for now I figure I jes eliminated a sh*tload of them sonsabitches.
nb didn't say if these were ground nesting, or the paper mache things in
an interior corner of shed. For ground-nesting nasties, best cure I have
found is put a window screen over the hole about an hour after dark,
pour about 2 glugs of simple green on the screen, and flood the sucker
with the hose. Finally tried that after wasting 20-30 bucks on spray
cans, pink powder, etc. Dumb things- a quarter mile in any direction are
dozens of acres where they can live in peace, but they have to build in
my yard? Nothing like a sudden 'bee fountain' while you are mowing in
shorts and a tee shirt, to make your day suck.
You should find out what sort of wasps you have. This year I got a
whole lot of big ones digging holes in the lawn and seemingly living
alone underground. They come out from time to time and buzz you but
otherwise didn't seem to be in the same order of nastiness as the ones
that hang in a nest under the eaves and similar places. Still wasps
are wasps so not knowing much about them I did some research on line
and also asked at a couple of nurseries. Surprisingly of the "live"
sources the HD guy was the most helpful but all of them were well
behind the on line sources. It seems that what I had was an
infestation of Cicada-killing wasps. They kill cicadas (duh!), by
mildly stinging them, drag their dying corpses underground and lay
their eggs IN the still-barely-alive bodies. Next year the young eat
their way through the cicada and leave the nest. There's no swarming
and they live solitary lives and, most importantly, they don't
generally sting us. The female has a mild (to us) sting and the male
has no stinger at all.
Because of the nesting habits once you've got them you'll have them
every year unless you take drastic measures like pouring kerosene down
the holes and igniting it (one website's answer). And there's a reason
why they choose your yard instead of the "dozens of acres" nearby:
they need easy access to their tunnels which is best achieved by
nesting where humans have cut the grass close to the ground, not in
open fields. Like the cockroach they seem to have developed a
symbiotic relationship with man and are supposedly proliferating. No
real reason to kill them.
Went up logging and stayed at the cabin last night. On the way down,
noticed a light gray wasp nest shaped like half an hour glass, and as big as
a bowling ball. All I had was my .357 and snakeshot, so put five rounds
into it and slammed the door to the truck. They were pissed. We watched
for a while, then left. Next week if I go up, I'll take the 12 ga.
Wingmaster, and make sure it is not there come spring. It is near a pathway
among the cabins.
I love messing with wasps.
SpectracidePRO Wasp and Hornet Killer - black and white label, do not
confuse this with the regular Spectracide with the green label. The
green label stuff just makes them mad, the B&W label stuff kills them
That must be the same as the Walmart branded stuff. I bought a green
can and it was useless. It'll knock 'em down, but they jes shake it
off, dry out, and fly away. I was dumbfounded! Raid brand takes 'em
out on the fly.
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