A huge wasp nest has suddenly sprang up on the side of my house I don't
regularly walk by...
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 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 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.
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 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...............
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.
Dennis M wrote the following:
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.
Put a rag with some gasoline on it in a tin can and crush it semi-closed.
Put that in the plastic bag. Toss in the nest, and seal. Use a clear bag
so you can see what's going on.
Some years ago we had a wasp nest under the eaves of the
second story of our house. I got a can of wasp spray that
shot a 20' stream (can't remember what brand, but other folks
on this thread have mentioned it). The wasps were dead or
severely injured and abandoned the nest. Later in the Fall
I knocked down the nest with a long pole.
No HazMat suit required, no big deal.
Been there, done that.
Dick in MN
That looks easy, they are sitting ducks all exposed like that. (When
it is hard is when they make the hive under a mushroom vent or behind
something). I'd use the raid wasp spray, take aim, shoot, soak the
hell out of it until they start flying out then just run into the
house. Then come back in an hour for another application. Then come
back in an hour with the garden hose and a nozzle that will give a
needle pressue stream (the cone type for cleaning driveways) to knock
down the whole hive.
Contrary to another poster they DO come back to the same location, but
maybe not the same actual nest. They re-use my Weber Grill every year
to start nesting, every spring I have to evict them, but there I do it
by simply grilling them with the cover closed :)