I don't bother to worry about it much unless it's actually a hornet
nest instead of just yellow wasp or similar -- they're a whole lot more
agressive. For a wasp nest, I typically just knock 'em down -- once
the nest is down, they'll abandon it. If you're concerned or it's real
big, a shot of the wasp/hornet spray will kill the ones you hit and the
others will depart for at least a while as they don't like the stuff
(obviously :) ).
Last time I recall getting a wasp sting was when about 5 or 6 and Mom
tried to swat one in the kitchen. I was sitting on a stool watching
her do something and she didn't kill or stun it, and it got me... :(
Use that to point out that have probably knocked down a 50 or more
nests in the nearly 60 years since and not been stung so that they are,
in fact, not _terribly_ agressive or are relatively easy to avoid. A
really, really large nest or the actual hornet nest, is, though, as
noted, something to be much more wary of...
paper wasp nests burn like newspaper...that's the way I handle those
guys. Take a can of aerosol and a zippo... spray it with a
gush...stop... light the lighter.... then spray again. Obviously
don't do this if it's near anything that'll burn...like a pile of dead
Of course, I don't mess around with the RIGHT way to handle things...
like with a can of spray wasp killer.
I liked to use starter fluid and a Bic lighter about 3 PM. But you have to
hit and run. The ones you don't fry are really angry. Then, the most
important thing .............. knock down the nest. If you leave the nest,
they will just keep building.
Caution: Starter fluid and Bic lighters are not for wussies or those with
You're talking about spraying the starter fluid through the flame ,
I did that once when I was 22 with a can of hair spray that I had no
other use for. Like a blow torch. I have'n't had nerve enoughh to
try it since.
if you use the fire method, you must grunt while you're doing it.
Note, hair spray also works indoors for things like spiders... just
spray from about a foot away and move in closer... they won't move very
fast after you hit them with the sticky stuff.
Now you have a choice... you could just smash them as they're stuck in
the hairspray...of you could pull out your zippo and use the hairspray
like a torch again. did this on one 1.5" diameter brown "grass"
spider (not a brown recluse thank Goodness) then decided it was
probably best to torch this hummingbird sized arachnid rather than
stomp on him and have guts gush out in some direction.
The smell was horrendous.
Yes. I find starter fluid the best, as some other things, like WD40 can
leave sooty marks. Only use this where there are no trees (obviously) and
don't get too close. You want to have the fireball enclose them and singe
their wings so they will stop flying. After that, you have to stomp them or
otherwise clean them up.
A shot of poison is probably better, but the ether/Bic thing is fun if even
for a Fourth of July trick.
Consider keeping the wasp nest. One year we had a HUGE paper wasp nest
just outside our front door. No one got stung, we slammed the door and
stacked firewood and no problems, but NO door-to-door salesmen came that
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We took a drive in August near our cabin in Utah. It's a backwoods road
that goes from Summit, Utah, to Brian Head, Utah. Dirt all the way. The
leaves had gone off the quakies. We sighted nearly a dozen wasps nests that
were at least as big as basketballs. Biggest ones I have ever seen.
I live in Florida. I spray the wasp nests that grow sometimes on my
soffits with a nozzle attached to my water hose. The wasps don't fly
well with wet wings. Spray hard on the nest to knock it lose. When it
hits the ground, stomp on it. Meanwhile, you'll have some delirious
wasps floating around not flying well. Drop the hose and take your
baseball bat and beat them to the ground then stomp on them. It is the
cheapest way to get rid of them. The other crap just pisses them off.
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