This morning I was looking at the cedar shingles on the roof of the kitchen
bay window and noticed wasps or hornets leaving\entering
a space between two shingles. Tomorrow, I had planed to stain the shingles
with opaque Olympic Stain.
Don't want to clean/stain the shingles 'til after getting rid of the
stinging pests. How can I get rid of them w/o
And I will second that.
I'm a die-hard DIY'er myself and I pride myself on being able to be able to
take care of my own home, but I also pride myself on knowing when to call in
the professionals. This is definitely one of those situations where I would
call in a pro and let them take care of it. Professionals encounter
situations like this all the time and they know how to handle them.
Don't risk getting stung and end up falling off a 20' ladder just to save a
few bucks. A wheelchair is a lot more expensive that what it will cost you
to have those wasps professionally eradicated.
Just my .02 cents.
I had a yellow jacket problem right under my front door ground level
concrete landing that I couldn't reach with chemicals or instruments..
To cut a long story short what I did was to use a badminton racket to
swat them as they flew to and out of the hive. Hot dang, it was as
easy as hitting shuttlecocks and a lot more fun. The insects were
sliced so cleanly and instantly that they never had a chance to send
out any warning signals to the rest of the hive. There was never even
a hint of a yellow jacket attempting to sting me. Over a week I must
have killed enough yellowjackets that the hive no longer had enough
workers to keep it going. They never came back.
A summer backyard racquet set costs peanuts and certainly less than a
can of "hornet killer.". The raquet mesh area is big enough not to
miss and perhaps even hit several at once. I didn't have to move much
since the racquet length gave me a pretty good reach. On a ladder you
will probably be pretty close to the hive, and therefore right on the
flight path. Don't need to move. Can't miss.
I took a week but that was because after the first 20 minutes there
weren't enough yellow jackets to swat anymore. Same thing the second
day. By the third day I was lucky if I I could find ten to swat. I
waited for a couple of days, found a few more then didn't follow up
It was such fun that twenty minutes just flew by and I am no young
I've heard of propping a vacuum cleaner hose near the exit
hole. Maybe one with a removable bag, so you don't have to
tip them out like a shop vac.
Maybe put the hose up to a tailpipe of a running vehicle
for a few minutes before you change the bag.
Had a similar thing happen at Grandpa's house. Waited til dusk when they'd
all be "Home", then got up on the ladder ( only needed to go about 5 ft up)
and blasted most of a can of RAID in the hole, then jumped down and went
inside. Next day no sign of wasps. Sealed the hole with caulking after
that. No probs 5 yrs later. YMMV
How big is the space the hole leads to?
I would squirt some wasp killer into the hole and then put something over it
that blocks their egress.
You might get lucky. It has always worked for me with wasps that live in
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