I have a hornets' nest (could be yellow jackets) in my attic crawl space
that we cannot reach. We see them entering the attic under the eaves of
the house. We have been using hornet spray at the entry point, but there
is still activity there. If we can plug up the entry hole, will they look
for another exit through the attic since we cannot reach the nest? Do we
need to hire an exterminator to crawl up there?
That's what I do and it usually works fine. The bees would get it on
them and carry it into the nest and the whole thing would be dead
after a day or two. But the other day I happened to find a yellow
jacket's nest in the ground when I was mowing and got stung twice.
I've never been stung before when I happen to run over an in ground
nest with my lawn tractor.
Anyway, I dropped a liberal amount of seven around and in the hole to
the nest about a week ago and they are still lots of them critters
coming in and out. My box of seven is a couple of years old so I might
need to get another supply.
On Tue, 1 Sep 2009 21:05:44 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"
(snip sig line)
Saw a tool one day. "Why didn't I think about that?".
An ultra-light fishing reel with 4lb. test mono line. You could shoot
a plastic dart/bolt across the attic and fish the line from the other
side. Off target - just reel the line back and fire again.
My brother suspended a PC cooling fan about an inch in front of the
entrance hole in his eaves and turned it on. The wasps could see
through the whirling blades so they flew right through it and ended up
being sliced and diced. At the end of the day he had a good sized
pile of wasp pieces on the ground and no live ones.
I dont think you should plug the hole because they will find another
way in, possibly into your house.
Spraying pesticide seems to be problematic unless the nest isnt that
far back into the eaves.
Anything you do should be done at dusk when they are all in the nest
One interesting method that works for wasps in the ground is to put a
clear glass bowl over the entrance hole. The wasps can see through
the bowl and therefore dont go looking/digging for another entrance.
Pretty soon they starve to death. Maybe if you used a piece of glass
over the hole in your eaves the same thing would happen.
myral223_at_msn_dot email@example.com (mlmlml) wrote in
We used our old garage to store furniture for a year while building the new
house. There were a lot of wasps in the garage. We divided a box of
mothballs into 4 small plates and left then evenly spaced around the
garage. The next week the wasps were still there but moving very
sluggishly. We didn't plug the vents so there was a bit of air movement.
After a month or two there were a lot of dead wasps all over the place but
no live ones - no other pests either.
Bees once swarmed in my garage, and they could easily get in and out
through the small spaces around the closed garage door. It was a
large swarm, and clouds of bees flew 'round and 'round in the garage.
I took a chance to see how aggressive they were (Africanized bees
weren't in our part of the country at that time.) and went into the
garage, ready to dash out the house door at a moment's notice/sting.
They flew around me, hummed sweet music to my ears, and ignored me
entirely. I was treated to a bee concert.
Nevertheless, they were unwanted. When I found the corner where they
were building the hive, I sprayed it with a household foam fire
extinguisher. That did the trick. The bees that didn't die flew away
immediately and I never saw them again.
The worst part was cleaning up the foam and dead bees littered all
over my workbench. I was finding an occasional dead bee in nooks and
crannies for over a year.
On Sep 1, 7:14 pm, myral223_at_msn_dot firstname.lastname@example.org (mlmlml) wrote:
If you know where they are going in and out blow some Sevin dust up
into the hole. They will take it back into the nest. It may take
about a week to kill them. I used a plastic bottle like you put
ketchup and mustard in. You can also get a little can at some of your
garden specialty places for blowing it. Chances are the nest is right
over the hole.
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