I am trying to stop red jackets from habituating my gas grill.
I don't want to use poisons.
I have sprayed them with a soap solution, but they keep coming back and building nests.
Anything I can put in there that they won't like being around?
I've heard of Yellow Jackets. Never heard of red ones. But whatever they
are, the solution is simple in a grill. Find the nest and apply a lit
propane torch to it. I even do that under the eaves on wooden siding,
but you have to go fast or you can blister the paint and could even
start a fire. But it only takes about 1/10th of a second of the flame
and they are falling to the ground. I apply the torch a second time to
the wasps that are on the ground. Then I knock down the nest and burn
that too. I dont usually tell people this method because someone will
probably start a fire (on wood). But on that grill, take your torch and
(It's best to do this after dark, thats when they are all in the nest
and not likely to sting you).
On Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 2:46:36 PM UTC-5, email@example.com wrote:
They were actually red wasps.
Red jackets is slang.
I have no problem getting rid of the wasps using a soap water soln. from 10 ft away. I added some camphor oil to the mix.
What I will probably do is install screen mesh at openings.
Then stop buying red jackets and putting them there. Perhaps you mean
You have a pile of jackets on your grill and they are building nests?
The soap was to clean the jackets? If there are actually bees in your
grill were you trying to clean them?
Turn on the grill. Even if you have a pile of red jackets on the grill
they'll burn up. If they are actually wasps or some other kind of bee,
they don't like flames and one fully heated grill will do them in.
There is a lot of confusion about bees, wasps and hornets, even among
people who should know better. You really need to see the nest to sort
them out if you are not willing to actually catch and examine the
Even then a google search will give you conflicting opinions about
what they are.
On Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 10:38:03 AM UTC-5, Dan Espen wrote:
I was referring to your other comments.
As to turning on the grill....
Lets examine that method.
I would have to get close enuf the turn it on.
Red wasps would view that as a threat and fly to sting.
Those guys are not particularly aggressive. usually you can knock the
nest down with a broom. Just be sure you find the "guard" and engage
him first. Maintain eye contact without any aggressive moves and the
rest will go back to work. Then you can whack the nest. I have knocked
them down with my hand. You have about 5 seconds to get 5 or 6 feet
away. They are not likely to chase you.
OTOH if these are the hornets (build an enclosed paper mache nest)
they will chase you into a pond and wait for you to come up for air.
As mentioned before, the only way to stop them is to plug up the
holes. Usually that is the slot for the rotisserie in a grille hood.
Sounds pretty nasty. Up here in the North East we have hornets.
I had one attack me about 10 ft from the hive. Luckily it only
got me a little through denim. So I got out my 12 foot bamboo pole,
tied a jar of gasoline to it, added burning rag and poured on the hive.
A big tower of flame was the end of that problem.
That might have been 50 years ago.
Now, I'd just turn on the grill.
On Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 5:58:20 PM UTC-5, Dan Espen wrote:
if it isn't the scientific name.
I have a guy that does Bee Removal. I sent your email to him and this was h
“Limit their access via screen, steel wool, pipe caps, or grill cov
Sorry I couldn’t get more. I have a problem with them as well.
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