For mediocre self defense when getting close to the nest, try a tennis
racket. They're not too tough to hit, and one blow cuts them to pieces, and
also launches them away from you. I normally bring one with me when working
in my dad's garage. It tends to be a popular place for wasps. 5 min after
I arrive, there's no more wasps around. And I've never been stung.
i have been stung twice by these small 'ground wasps'. it was when i was
mowing grass and ran over the underground nest.
the stings were extremely painful, about like getting a shot with hot water
in the needle. the mark where they stung lasted a long time.
just regular outdoor insect spray worked for me to rid the wasps, but they
may not be the same as yours. i live in texas.
Yeah, I can still use my right hand for typing, like now, but
that's about it. Twice as thick as the other hand. Called
HMO, they said come in, maybe for a shot....
So, I gotta get rid of these beasts!
What I have is this: depression in front yard maybe
two feet across 8inches deep, near street; so, to protect
people from stepping into and tripping, I put wood from
blown-down branches, to make level with surface.
(rocky ground 2 inches under, hard rains, loose dirt
just washes away, probably what I did is stupid,
but it *was* quick and easy.)
Anyway, after remnants of katrina or something up here
in NY state, branches blown down, so I added a couple,
AND GOT STUNG -- twice, on cheekbone, and on back side
of right hand. Cheek ok, hand twice normal thickness.
And I go to doctors-office (they said to) in 10 min.
And, damn it, I don't want to get stung again!
So, how to get rid of nest or whatever?
Only one or maybe two of them went after me, and
that's all I saw. No "swarm" So probably not a HUGE nest.
So, two questions:
1: main one: how to destroy wasps or whatever they are (it is?)
without getting stung again?
2: secondary one: how to fill depression, when below ground is
almost solid rock? (result must be wasp-less!)
Have to include my story.
Was trimming bushes and next thing i know i am in a cloud of
yellowjackets. I was wearing jeans, gloves, long sweatshirt and got
stung on my knows (everything else was covered). Ran for about 20
yards flailing them off until then went inside. Turns out about 20
were on my clothes and they swarmed me inside. Still waiting for
weather change before killing them.
My sister had good luck with 'Cyfluthrim Tempo 1% dust' but it is
something used by professionals.
Home Depot: RAID in the black can. Its kills them in about 1
microsecond, never seen anything like it. Buy 3 cans and empty one
right down the hole and surrounding depression. Do this when nearly
dark and there won't be any outside.
Also, if you can get your car next to the next, you can drive up and
squirt out of the window, and close the window FAST if they get angry.
:) Please say more!
:) What about the following spring? Will they "wake up"
:) or whatever and I'll have the same problem again, same place?
Usually not in the same place. This time of year the queens for next
year are being raised and will fly off to Winter over in a protected
area...many times in the walls of homes in which the warmth of the house
can attract them inside at times. They will fly off next Spring to start
a new nest, maybe under ten feet of the original nest, maybe 1/2 mile.
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