A huge wasp nest has suddenly sprang up on the side of my house I don't
regularly walk by...
I did some poking around on the Web and most people recommend after
dressing accordingly by covering as much of your body as possible, wait
until very late in the evening when they're all in there and feeling
sluggish, spray the nest with a 25' foaming jet spray, then retreat until
the next day to scrape it off.
Alternatively, one fellow says if you can wait until October after the
first frost the nest will be vacant and then you can remove it with no
problem. I have no small kids running around but I do mow directly
underneath it and I don't know if that would provoke them or not.
Any other tips on how to deal with these unwelcome houseguests?
Get a can of Raid hornet/wasp spray. Shoots a super soaker size
stream and will take 'em out from 10'-15' away. Soaks the nest and
none will return. Feel free to take a propane torch to the nest a
couple days later, when all the attendent bugs have left.
I had a paper wasp nest on my rear house window one summer. I could
watch them tend to their nest from the safety of my living room.
honestly they arent aggressive unless provoked, i could cut the grass
under the nest but didnt hang out in the area:)
they basically left me alone and I left them alone:)
they dont reuses a old nest or nest site.
I would leave them be and let them do their thing...............
I find I can spray them anytime with the knockdown type wasp spray.
Did a yellow jackets nest this afternoon under my deck and didn't even
cover up - tank top and shorts - and I'm somewhat allergic to them.
Your nest looks like paper wasps which I find no where as vicious as
The jury is still out.
I've used it in the past and it was good. The last 2-can purchase I
bought from Walmart was suspiciously cheap. I'm wondering if Raid
hasn't gone the cheapo route and is making a lesser product, like
Walmarts grn label crap which does nothing to kill the damn things.
Ppl in this group have stated that Walmarts grn label is crap and it's
the black label I want. Whatever. Is the cheapo Raid product like
the Walmart grn label? At this time, I can't say.
Having almost been stung to death by wasps when I was 4 yrs old, I'm a
bit freaky on this issue. Been weird weather here in CO, this Summer,
so hardly any wasps/hornets and not much chance to try the Raid
product out. If Raid is lacking, I'll report back. ;)
I can now make a recommendation. Get Raid!
I was working on the door, yesterday, and was plagued by several
hornets/wasps. The biggest was an all black sucker. Looked like a
small tarantula wasp, about an inch long. Freaked me out, so grabbed
my can of Raid. Took the sucker out, mid-air, with a partial hit.
When it landed on the ground, it was convulsing. I finished
him off with a dribble shot. The stuff works just fine. ;)
The long distance insect spray sold by the parts houses to service techs
really does work. The electrical, plumbing, HVAC and construction supply
houses around here all carry it in one form or another. I've used both
foaming and non foaming types and have never been stung because of it. I
would spray the nest once, wait a while then hit it again. It may take
three or four applications but it works fast and makes the work area
relatively safe. I call it "Spray & Run!" :-)
That isn't huge, that's a small one compared to many I've seen.
The two pieces of advice are good. Wasp will nest come early to late evening
and that's when you get them with the spray. As long as you get the spray
into the entrance, they will not escape and die on contact.
The actual height from the ground will determine if they feel threatened as
you mow or pass by. If it's within a few feet, they may attack. About 10
feet or more, they usually leave you alone. Therefore, the call is yours to
make. I would kill the bastards now and not wait till fall.
email@example.com (Dennis M) wrote:
I wouldn't call that huge-- but it is a good start.
The only thing I'd worry about is if you open that window for
ventilation, they could find their way through the screen & end up
under your pillow while you sleep-- then they wake you up pretty
I'd leave them at my house. They eat lots of bugs, especially those
little green caterpillars in the garden. They also do a bit of
pollinating as they search for food.
If it was in the ground, or anywhere I might bump it, I'd use wasp &
hornet spray. [black can- works for me] Otherwise, enjoy watching
them and clean the nest off in the fall.
Call the local fire department and tell them they are a "THREAT" to the
children, and some of them are allergic to insect bites. Be sure to use the
word threat, as if it flew into your head.
They may have a free couple of hours, and you've already paid them with your
taxes. A nice pie or some cookies or cupcakes for them when the job's done
would be nice, too. In some jurisdictions, this is allowed.
They have all the protective gear, and probably have some spray.
Shouldn't cost you anything.
If they don't do that, read up on it. Most common approach is to do any
attack after dark, preferably very very early before first light, as that is
when they are sluggish. They also do not see very well in the dark.
One thing important is the removal of the nest. If you put a scraper on the
end of a long pole, and can only just knock the nest off, that will go a
long way to getting them to move. Then retreat, and the next day, go out
and move the fallen nest way away.
Burning is suggested by some. I lived in Louisiana, and would get them
under my eaves. I would ball up some rags, and put alcohol on them, and set
it afire and lift it quickly under the nest. Trouble is, you don't kill
them all, and the ones left are ticked off. There as a last move, I tried
to knock the nest off. The biggest nest I tackled was only as big as an
apple, as I would get them when they were small. The burning still left
smudges, and the old wood frame 30's house was not a good candidate for
I have heard soapy water is good.
Try the FD first, then read up. Just bundle up, as those little suckers
hurt, take a while to heal, and some people have bad allergic reactions to
them. After that, get or make some wasp traps. You can make them free from
Let us know how it shakes out.
You can go to the hardware store and see how they're made.
All you need is a Mason jar, quart size. Drill a small hole dead center to
insert a wire, then tie a knot in the wire inside the lid. Start with a
wire long enough to suspend the trap. Go to McDonald's. They have about
the biggest straws around. Cut four 1.5" pieces, and drill four holes in
the top of the lid that these short pieces will fit through, but just
barely. You can use some hot glue, or some caulk to seal them in. Poke
them about half way through. You have a $9 wasp trap. Bait it with apple
juice. We stayed at our summer cabin for two months during summer one time,
and I tried all kind of soda pops, and juices, and apple juice worked the
best. Put in enough so it is about 1.5" deep. They go in through the
straws, fly around, not finding out how to get back out the small straw
opening, tire, and fall in the juice and drown. Hang it in the shade, or
make a little hat for it so it doesn't get so hot that when they land on it,
they take off before entering the hole. On the underside of eaves is good,
or around entrances where you want to keep clear of wasps. They work pretty
Wait until dark, get a wide paint scraper, put on a jacket and gloves,
then open the top of that window and scrape the nest off and let it fall
to the ground.
Leave it there and stay away from it until the next night, then roll it
into a garbage bag and crush it.
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