Be careful & cover yourself well if you're tackling it yourself...(my
advice - get an expert in)
Standard anti-ant (& wasp) powder from Wilko's and the like is all you need.
Locate the entry hole and puff generously into it (using a lance if poss,
and from a distance if poss). Wasps will emerge rapidly & have a go at you
if you are near. If they emerge white (covered in the powder), it's working
OK. Within a few minutes you should see some of the (whitened) varmints
lying on the ground. Job done.
If you actually want to remove the nest (once there's no sign of activity of
course) you may be able to remove it entire from within the loft if you can
get to it, otherwise you may need to just destroy it by breaking it up. I
understand they don't usually return to an 'old' nest though.
Maybe other responders will have more expert advice - mine is based on
having 3 wasps nests in the loft over several years. I have a healthy
respect for wasps now & keep out of their way!
Leaving it alone.
If they are entering via some broken/missing building material,
repair it at the end of the season when they've all died.
If for some reason you must get rid of it (as has happened in
the case of a couple of nests I had), you might have a read of
for my way of dealing with it.
Mary will be along in a minute to tell you to leave the dear little
waspies alone, and probably to feed them too!
Others will have real ideas...in my case I just bought some proprietary
wasp nest treatment.
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That's why someone might come along and throw a brick through your windows,
daub swear words on your wall, and successfully call for the police when you
So do you have a better reason than mindless vandals?
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If it's been there all summer, and he's only just noticed, it can't be
causing that kind of problem.
I ignored the one on our house - until the neighbours told us they kept
getting lost into their baby's bedroom.
Last night, I was sitting on the toilet, trousers around my ankles,
suffering and attack of diaror...diahorrore....the trots. When i was able to
stand, I flushed, and pulled up said trousers, only to be stung on the thigh
by a lethargic wasp which had come in thruogh the bathroom window, and
settled on my waistband. I killed - sorry -murdered the wasp on the spot,
and called my wife, asking her to suck the poison out immediately. "Not on
your life!" was her sympathetic reply, ansd she proceeded to dab the
reddening sting with vinegar, which did not help in the slightest. Now, I
had been minding my own business, so to speak, when this thug attacked, so I
am all in favour of getting rid of the buggers on sight. As it happened, I
dropped the corpse into the toilet bowl, and my second attack of
di.....trots a few minutes later resulted in poetic justice on the head of
the wasp. I now check carefully every time I go in, and before pulling
trousers up - after all, a couple of inches to the right, and the wife
wouldn't even have applied vinegar, let alone..........
On Sat, 03 Sep 2005 20:07:47 GMT, Zipadee Doodar wrote:
Hang on, you attacked it first by trying to crush it between your
trousers and thigh. It retaliated in the only way it could by
stinging, indeed that tactic worked (for a while).
BTW I don't blame you for killing that one but the wanton destruction
of a whole nest this late in the season is just silly. A few weeks
time an it'll be dead. And how come this nest has only just become a
"problem" it'll have been there since late spring...
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