I recently moved into a townhouse. I'm finding roughly 2 wasps per week
inside the house, and almost always they are found in the living room.
There is a fireplace in the living room, and I believe they are coming in
through the chimney flue of the fireplace. After suspecting this, I opened
the flue cover one time, to see if there was any activity there, and a wasp
came in. I think it's reasonable to assume this is where they are coming
from. There does not seem to be any other place that they would be likely
to come in through. I normally keep the cover to the flue closed, but there
are 2 small gaps in the cover they could fly in through.
I have not used the fireplace since I moved in. The flue to this fireplace
appears to be a metal duct. Would simply starting up a fire in the
fireplace be a good way to solve this problem? If starting a fire isn't the
solution, then what do you recommend?
Now without ever looking at the situation personally and going on what
you said, I would guess one situation that could be happening. You
have a nest inside or very-very near your chimney. Since it is
possible the nest is in the chimney starting a fire could result in
smoke damage in your house. Plus if the nest is small enough not to
smoke you out, if it catches fire chimneys are to draft smoke not to
I would recommend if you find a good pest service to kill off the
creatures and a good chimney service to clean and inspect your
Good Luck with your adventures....
tom @ www.WorkAtHomePlans.com
This is Turtle.
Just build you a good fire in it and it should kill them all with the smoke it
makes. Now do be prepaired to deal with the wasps falling down into the fire or
making it to the room. Just watch out.
Now you could pull the cap on the roof and see down the pipe and tell where they
are and use wasps spray on them but don't have a fire at the same time. Had to
If this don't work Move out.
:) I have not used the fireplace since I moved in. The flue to this fireplace
:) appears to be a metal duct. Would simply starting up a fire in the
:) fireplace be a good way to solve this problem? If starting a fire isn't the
:) solution, then what do you recommend?
They may not just be getting in through the fireplace. They will get
into the attic and find their way inside by way of any can (recessed)
lighting. The wasp treatments I do in the Fall is treating the attic
space for wasps already up there, treating possible entry points on
the outsode of the structure and recommending for the homeowner to use
Lar. (to e-mail, get rid of the BUGS!!
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Once I heard some noise in my chimney, so I looked in and saw a coon. I
started a newspaper fire and he crawled right up and out, I went back
in thinking he left, went out again and he was nowhere. Again I heard
noise in the chimney and the papers were still smoking, I looked up and
there he was so I lit a big fire with gasoline and wood, well he went up
but would not leave the chimney till I took my garden hose and got him
wet, those coons just dont like a garden hose but sure are stubborn
Oh, man, that would piss them off *GOOD*. Any that escaped - there are
bound to be survivors - would go crying and whining to their cousin
hornets and yellow jackets and the whole lot would be laying for you the
first time you poked your murdering nose out the door. :)
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replying to jeff, Trish wrote:
After my nephew removed a wasp nest from the top of the chimney, I spray
Spectricide wasp and hornet spray a couple of feet up on the inside of the
chimney from the living room. I have found one live one and one dead wasp since
I started doing that. If you have exotic birds, keep them away from the spray,
because if it highly toxic to them. Hope this helps.
replying to Trish, Iris wrote:
Thank you Trish I had so many wasps coming into my house every day. We can't
use our fireplace because of it. We keep a plexiglass cover over it now with
magnets around it to keep them out. Not too pretty I would like to use my
fireplace this winter!
replying to Iris, stanmanwalk wrote:
Did plexiglass help and if so where did u get it from. ? What about any wasps
that still came down the flue, do they just die there? We've had a chimney sweep
but somehow they've managed to come back. Thought this really cold spell we had
would kill any nests close by, but first warm day two were in the house.
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