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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:46 PM
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Oh shit, I found out where the wasps are hanging out and it's not good.
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 12:48 PM by LeftyMom
They're building a nest on the inside of my wondow frame. Is there a wasp poison that can be safely used inside? I know to apply it at dusk, but I don't know what would be best other than that.

It's still a very small nest, so I can't imagine there are too many in there, and I'd like to nip the problem in the bud.
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:47 PM
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1. Around Here, they hang out at LL Bean's
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Patiod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:55 PM
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7. Damn you! Beat me to it
I was going to say "at the country club"
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mainegreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:58 PM
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11. Ha! Yup. That place is only safe at say 1am.
Best time to shop at Bean's anyways.
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ComerPerro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 02:42 PM
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25. zing
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 02:42 PM by ComerPerro
They also like Coldstone Creamery
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Blue-Jay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:50 PM
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2. You should just relocate them to a place where they can be happy.
:D
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:53 PM
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5. I hear the afterlife is nice this time of year.
Just picture wasp wings on this guy: O8)
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 02:57 PM
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30. ...such as the bottom of a lake.
Pre-Raid wasp removal (not recommended): Best for spherical hornet-type nests. Wait until dark when they are inactive and all inside. Put paper bag around nest. Break it off the building, tree etc. Somehow submerge it in the pond. (Weighted basket, maybe?)
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XNASA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:51 PM
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3. Call your Senator immediately.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:55 PM
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8. Finally, Senator Feinstein could do something useful.
:evilgrin:
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mainegreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:59 PM
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12. Should we post back here? nt
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:16 PM
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18. I mean right F'n now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Wcross Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:52 PM
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4. I also have a bit of a pest problem. (I will make you a deal!)
You come over and kill my outside hornets nest and I will take care of your wasp's nest!


I have decided to leave this one alone!!!!!!
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:54 PM
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6. Wow!
I wouldn't want it on my house but it is beautiful, in a strange way, isn't it?
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:56 PM
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9. I'd call in a pro for that.
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 12:56 PM by LeftyMom
Eeek! :hide:
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Hong Kong Cavalier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:08 PM
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13. I think you're gonna need a demolitions team for that one...
Maybe some thermite and/or napalm, too.

I hate wasps and hornets. Pretty much any yellow and black striped insect that isn't a honeybee.
Even they give me the willies.

I'd never be able to sleep if that was on my building.

:scared:
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Wcross Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:14 PM
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17. I've decided to leave them alone.
They are on the back of the house so it shouldn't be a problem. Assuming we have a winter they will die off and I will be able to remove the nest then. I will also bug bomb the eve and attic to kill off next years queens.
The good thing about them is they kill flies and yellowjackets.
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:01 PM
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33. Tricky, tricky, tricky.
If it was anywhere else, you could just burn it while controling the fire with a garden hose. A blast of hornet spray at night will do it in.
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Wcross Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:03 PM
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40. I really wouldn't care if the house burned down.......
I am planning on building a passive solar design on the property eventually anyways. This house is just something I fixed up to make livable for a couple of years while I saved up cash for the real house. (its only 680sqft and not really a "home") The insurance money would come in handy. Unfortunately I have a REAL bad poker face and would crack under questioning on how the house caught fire.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:57 PM
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10. WASPS on my Window Frame, and there's not a damn thing you can do about it
:Shrug:
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idgiehkt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:08 PM
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14. I still haven't found mine
they hatch on my screen porch every spring, every day for about two weeks or three weeks. There is probably a nest in the crawl space, which I can't get to. I figured out how to remove them though, I got a windex bottle and cleaned it out and filled it up with water. I spray them with water so they can't fly and while I'm spraying them I hold a kitty litter scoop underneath them and then when they get so wet they fall onto it I put them outside. It's painstaking when there is six or seven of them and sometimes they are hard to catch, but I get them eventually. I can't use poison of any kind because I have a bird that is loose all the time and he hangs out on the screen porch alot.
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Cathyclysmic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:10 PM
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15. Wait, what about this not hurting animals thingy?
I guess that's only if you or anyone else plans on eating the wasps. :eyes:
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:13 PM
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16. Jesus, it's self defense
If they were outside I'd not give a shit, but they really can't build a nest four feet from my kid's bed.

I can't be perfect, so I guess I might as well go get a double-double. Maybe if I'm lucky I can run over a cat on my way to In and Out. :eyes: Really, if all you have to do is snark at people or criticize thier beliefs, please don't do it on my thread.
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Cathyclysmic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:18 PM
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19. Just saying, if you're going to alter your life to kind to all creatures,
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 01:18 PM by Cathyclysmic
that applies to wasps as well.

And it's only self defense if one charges after you.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:21 PM
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20. I'm allergic.
They can live anyplace else they like, but keeping them out of my home is absolutely self-defense.
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 02:03 PM
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21. There's obviously
nothing wrong with what you're doing, DESPITE what anyone else says. "Common sense should prevail." are words you'll find on a number of the vegan FAQ internets pages. I actually found them on the site for the most militant and extreme animal folks (think black masks).

You knew that. Just thought you could use an info source the NEXT time someone plays the ass card.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 02:28 PM
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22. Thank you dear.
:loveya:
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 02:37 PM
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23. Are these paper wasps or yellowjackets?
Paper wasps are relatively non aggressive and you could knock off a small nest with little risk of stings, but I wouldn't mess with a yellowjacket.
This page may offer you some suggestions but nesting inside the window frame sounds like it's time to call a professional.
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7450.html
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:05 PM
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36. Yellow jackets live in the ground like ants...
...and are much smaller than wasps. They are pretty aggressive. The yellow and black ones that make hexagonal-celled paper nests are paper wasps. White-tipped wasps are black with a white face and ass that build spherical paper nests like hornets. Those fuckers are nasty.
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 04:13 PM
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37. There is a yellowjacket in CA that nests in houses.
They're called German yellowjackets. You are correct that the common ones live in the ground.
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 08:00 AM
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42. Immigrant yellow jackets must be taking jobs US yellow jackets don't want.
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 02:55 PM
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29. Lefty mom
is the nest small enough that you can bat it off? My hubby squirts them with water and then smacks the nest off it's haning place. Otherwise 409 works too, it may kill some but it's better them than you or your child. :hug:
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:00 PM
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32. It's mostly on the window track.
Turns out I broke it when I closed the window (and I killed one of the wasps :( ) but I'll spray it down and remove any fragments later.
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 02:53 PM
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28. What? that applies to bugs too?
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 03:07 PM by Deep13
Fuck 'em. It's not like they are endangered. Bugs are like little robots. They don't have the grey matter to suffer, not that I really care if they did.
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 02:40 PM
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24. Where is the window?
No, there are no wasp killer sprays to use indoors. Can you reach it from outside?
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asthmaticeog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 02:49 PM
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26. Please don't mess with this yourself.
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 02:57 PM by asthmaticeog
If, as you've said in other posts, A) they're right by your kid's bed and B) you're allergic to their stings, fucking with even a small wasps' nest can have really nasty consequences. I hope you'll give serious consideration to calling in a pro. It's like when I had a sewer rat find its way into my toilet last winter - these are creatures that aren't to be trifled with by laypeople.

Edited to add: if there's a nest, however small, there is a queen, which means there are certainly countless eggs. OTC insecticides from the hardware store may kill adults, but may not necessarily destroy eggs or larvae.
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 02:51 PM
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27. Remove all food/scent attractants from the area, including pet food
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 02:54 PM by Whoa_Nelly
and use one of those Wasp Traps you can get at most hardware stores. Set it underneath or beside the window. If you can, seal off that room for a couple of days. Once you think you've got most or all of the colony, use a plastic bag to take down the nest and seal it tightly.
Move quickly to get it outside and put in trash bin. Then, wash the area where the nest was with bleach water (about 2-5 drops of bleach in a spray bottle of water)to remove the scent of the nest area so others don't return to rebuild.

Here's the conundrum: To begin with, how did the wasps get inside, and how are they leaving and returning? Wasps need to go outside to get water and food. If they are stuck indoors, they can get very frustrated and are more prone to attack.

http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/suffolk/grownet/insect-...
<snip>
If large numbers enter a building, a commercial wasp and hornet spray or a spray for indoor flying insects may be used. Caution: insects trapped indoors may be irritated and can sting.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 02:58 PM
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31. There's a little place where the frame is bent on the screen
They're slipping in and out there. The blinds are helping to keep them out of most of the house, but I tried to close the window to be on the safe side. Turns out most of the nest (which they must have just started, it's maybe 6 little clusters of mud, the largest maybe 1"x3") was on the window track, when I closed it I smushed most of the nest and the only wasp that appears to have been in residence.
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:02 PM
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34. Live And Let Live... They Are Living Creatures Too.
:eyes:
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progmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:02 PM
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35. I agree with the gentleman from Cleveland - don't do this yourself.
If you have an allergy, you don't want to mess with them. I hate hate hate wasps. I'm sorry you have this problem.
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 04:16 PM
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38. Well, stay away from country clubs n/t
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 04:27 PM
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39. Get concentrated orange oil cleaner and spray it at twilight
It's safe to use around the house but it kills the wasps and makes their nests uninhabitable. And it leaves a nice orange scent, too.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:14 PM
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41. Liberty Bible College? Bob Jones University?
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GalleryGod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 09:04 AM
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43. Now, there's the problem, you made your frames
Edited on Fri Aug-11-06 09:05 AM by GalleryGod
out of that "Wondow" stuff ! No good. Attracts insects. :rofl: :spray:
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 10:26 AM
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44. Hairspray is a safe alternative to insecticide sprays for indoors.
The lacquer coats their wings so they can't fly. Then you can pick them up with a paper towel or something. I scoop them into a paper cup and throw them outside. I can't stand to kill them either.
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