I'm looking for ideas on how to prevent wasps from taking up residence
behind my vinyl shutters.
I've considered filling the back of the shutters with styrofoam cut to
fit all the nooks and crannies, making the shutters essentially solid.
The shutters are going on vinyl siding, so there will still be gaps
behind the shutters, but I think the wasps like the total privacy of
being inside the shutters themselves.
I have vinyl siding and vinyl shutters and an amazing number of wasps.
One year, the postman said he no longer wanted to come to the front door.
I put a few mothballs in a nylon stocking and hung it on the fence rail
near the mail box.
That's worked well for a couple of years now.
The bees are still around, they just don't hang out
by the door.
You could put a mothball behind each shutter and I bet it would
keep them away.
I don't mind the bees behind the shutters,
just the mailbox was a problem for me.
On Tue, 04 Sep 2007 17:30:16 -0400, Dan Espen wrote:
Get a couple of cans of hornet/wasp spray. Wait until nightfall and then
ambush the critters. This will discourage them.
If you try to do the same during daylight hours, you will only aggravate
the insects hanging around the nest. Those foraging will return and build
The smell from the spray should deter them for a bit.
Did this over a week ago. Wasps were dropping like
flys...errrrr...wasps. Banged on the shutters 2 days later, no
Took the shutters off 2 days later, dozen of empty nests and 1 very
lethargic and lonely wasp.
Began installing new windows a week after I sprayed. a few wasps were
buzzing around all weekend, looking for their old home. I guess they
were on vacation when I sprayed/removed the shutters 'cuz they were
pretty insistant about trying to find their nests.
Interesting question. We have hurricane shutters and sometimes keep
them partly closed to keep out sun (Florida). We always get a small
wasp nest going before it's time to wash windows again, but also get
little lizards and tree frogs looking for shade. Pretty interesting.
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