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Mon Jul 17, 2017, 12:29 AM

Paper Wasps in our walls

They are coming in through the hose bib and have built a nest in our wall. Terminix is supposed to come tomorrow morning to verify they're was (they are). If they were honeybees, they would need to get someone else in to rescue them.

Has anybody else had this issue? We didn't want to leave it go too long and hope to get things fixed before we have to head to some grad school appts down south. I'm so hoping we don't have to do major demolition

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Response to woodsprite (Original post)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 12:33 AM

1. That is what i had i think. Exterminator came and sprayed into the nest. He did not have any

protective gear on. He was so casual. Never saw another wasp. It was a breeze though I felt bad at killing the little suckers.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 12:47 AM

2. I'm hoping they can do that and don't want to take the siding off. N/t

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Response to woodsprite (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 12:54 AM

3. It was just one or two holes in the eaves in my case. They went in the holes with the spray.

Didn't touch the structure at all. I was ready to batten down the hatches. To the exterminator it was a big nothing. He went inside my attic I think to listen to where the nest was. I guess I was lucky. Good luck to you.

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Response to woodsprite (Original post)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 01:31 AM

4. Yellow jackets in the wall

and no money for an exterminator. I bought some of that insecticide that shoots 30 feet and followed the instructions to do it at dusk, just as the light faded, and let the entry point have it. Within a week, the wall was quiet and I didn't see any more wasps.

Paper wasps built a nest under an eave outside a second floor window. I just waited until it got super cold, opened the window at dusk, and knocked it down with a broom. Either the frost had killed them or they'd decamped.

I love the desert. These problems are bad only next to the rivers.

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Response to woodsprite (Original post)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 02:14 AM

5. A couple years ago we had yellow jackets build a farily large nest inside the shed roof...

Over an enclosed patio attached to the house proper. They had found their way in through a gap in the roofing materials, It's about a six inch high space and they had been at it a while.

When they started coming into the enclosed patio I realized I had to take action. I drilled a 1/8" hole in the ceilng below where I figured the wasps were nesting. Then I bent a little plastic tube 90 degrees, and attached it to a spray can of wasp insecticide. Inserted the tube into the hole in the ceiling, and I could tell from the angry buzzing up there that I had found the mark. In fact a couple of wasps escaped through another hole into the enclosed patio, obviously on their last gasp.

Then I stopped up the gap where they were entering from the outside.

No more wasp problems.

Oddly, I had seen them congregating in that area of the roof for a few months, but didn't realize they had created a nest inside the roof. Then again, I had lots of other work going on with the house.

One of these days I'll have to tear down the ceiling to remove the nest remains, as well as remedy any damage from a rainwater leak in an adjacent skylight.

The joys of home ownership, for a DIY'er.

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Response to woodsprite (Original post)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 03:55 AM

6. We use moth balls to chase the little critters out

use some mesh or nylons, hang them as close to the nest as possible, or toss them into the opening if you can. Keeps birds from nesting in the eaves also.

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