Wait two or three days after spraying before removing the wasp nest. To exterminate wasps
use a good residual spray such as boric acid and spray in the evening when all are in the nest. Cover up with a hooded jacket
and wear gloves to protect yourself from stings. Be sure all are dead before knocking down the nest or they will just rebuild
another one in the same area. I recently watched my neighbor hose down the wasp nests on the overhangs of his house. The results
of his wasp nest removal project with a high pressure hose was that he now has plenty of clean wasps instead of dead wasps.
Their nests were all rebuilt within one week.
letting kids swim in your pool be sure to check for floating wasps kill them and net them out. Swimming pools are popular
watering holes for wasps and a common area for children receiving wasp stings.
Swimming pool frames are great areas for wasps to put their nests. A good remedy to keep them away is to take snuggle dryer
sheets and stuff a couple of them inside the frame poles and support braces. They also work well in swing set frames and clothes
line poles. The smell dryer sheets seems to repel wasps.
Mud Wasp Nest
Wasp Sting Treatment
Most people have only local reactions to a bee and wasp
sting, although a few may experience more serious allergic reactions to a wasp sting. Local, nonallergic reactions to a wasp sting range
from burning, itching, redness, and tenderness to massive swelling and itching that may last up to a week. These local reactions
can be treated with ice, vinegar, honey, meat tenderizer, or commercial topical ointment to relieve the itching from the wasp
sting. An allergic reaction to the wasp sting may include hives or rash, swelling away from the bee or wasp sting
site, headache, minor respiratory symptoms, and stomach upset. These allergic reactions are not life-threatening and
can be readily treated with an antihistamine.
Very rarely, a person may suffer a life-threatening, systemic allergic reaction to a bee or wasp sting, which can cause
anaphylactic shock (fainting, difficulty breathing, swelling, and blockage in the throat) within minutes of receiving
the bee or wasp sting. These systemic wasp sting symptoms are cause for immediate medical attention. People with
known systemic allergic reactions to a bee or wasp sting should consult with their physician to obtain an Epi-PenTM
or Ana-Guard Sting KitTM to carry with them at all times. The venoms of bees and wasps are different, so having
a severe reaction to a wasp sting does not mean a person will have the same reaction to a bee sting.
How to treat a wasp sting
If you get stung cut an onion and apply it directly to the area to relieve pain.
Dab the sting with vinegar to relieve itching from the wasp sting.
Hold an ice cube on the area of the sting to stop pain. This one works well if you have been stung on the lip, eye, or face.
Make a paste from baking soda and water and apply it to the area to stop the swelling.
Make a paste from adolfs meat tenderizer and water and apply it to the bee sting to stop it from hurting.
Close-up Of A Paper Wasp Nest
What Attracts Wasps To My House
Probably the two most important reasons are:
and water. The exterior of your home is a good source for flies and other insects in which wasps love to munch on. Many areas
around your home such as eaves and swimming pools contain plenty of standing water. Wasps need plenty of water.
Safe harborage for their nests. Overhangs, shutters, underneath porches and decks provide a great place for a wasp to
place a nest. These areas will protect them from the elements such as bad weather and predators.
How To Get Rid Of A Ground Nest
Paper wasps are probably the most common wasp in the northeast next to the yellow jacket. Their nests are started in
the spring by a single fertilized female wasp (queen). The colonies are very small early in the season as the queen alone
has to perform all the chores involved in building the wasp nest colony and feeding the developing young.
in the season the size of the wasp colonies rapidly increases as more wasps are raised to help in colony development. The
nest is abandoned in fall and is not reused the following year. The wasps leave the nest and look for protected areas to overwinter.
wasps primarily feed on insects and can be one of the most beneficial insects to the gardener concerned with plant pests such
as caterpillars. However some paper wasps, in particular a few species of yellow jackets, also are scavengers and can become
a considerable nuisance around garbage and at outdoor events where food is served. All the paper wasps are capable of producing
a painful sting and can sting you more than once, but do not leave the "stinger" behind as to honeybees.
A Giant Ichneumon Wasp.The body is 12" long with many different colors. Brown; yellow; black; orange with each wasp looking
a little different from each other. The skinny tail is 36" long. The skinny tail is also called an ovipositor which is used
for drilling into wood to lay their eggs.(picture taken in corning new york)
HOMEMADE WASP TRAP
To make a homemade wasp trap, pour one can of concentrated apple juice ( they love apple
juice), and one half can of water into an empty jar. Place a small funnel into the top of the jar making sure there is enough
room for a wasp to enter the jar through the small end of the funnel. Wasps will be able to get in but won't be able to get
back out. Place these jars around your deck and pool in the spring before they build their new summer nests.
I have killed 20+ brown paper wasps on the inside window downstairs and the upstairs window
right above. I watch the wasps go right up the window from the downstairs window. I just had a pest company here
and they banged the window and wall and said there is no nest in the wall. Does this sound correct??
Just wondering then why they are going up the window all day long and why we are finding
so many in the house.
If you have exterior storm windows or
screens check to make sure they are sealed tightly. It does sound as if the wasps are traveling through the walls and coming
out between the windows (they are attracted to the light). If you have the old style pulley windows you may have to seal the
rope holes in the wall with duct tape. This is a very common area where wasps enter from the walls.
Do I Need To Remove A Nest In My Wall
About 1 month
ago I had wasp in my daughter bedroom wall, they where coming in on a small opening on the roof , I had it sealed ,the company
came 2 times and I don’t see or hear them anymore....my question is everyone said you do not have to open the wall to
remove the nest it will dry up........in Quebec,Canada it gets really cold, DO I need to open the wall????? If I don’t
hear anything or see anything does it mean the Queen is also dead... Please tell me if I need to do this? It was
done by a professional company.
There are no queens in a wasp nest, just males and females. If an insecticide was sprayed
into the entrance hole all should be dead. A wasp nest is made of paper and will eventually crumble away. Thanks for your
I first want to thank you for having this
very good site on insect control. Anyway, I found one adult wasp in my apartment which is no big deal but here's where
the doubts and problems start. After killing the one wasp I found a window cracked open without a screen and closed
it. The next morning I noticed one more wasp hovering inside my house by that same window. I purchased wasp spray and
killed the second wasp but here's my question. Could there be a wasp's nest inside my house?
I researched and saw in most cases wasps make their nests in corners of walls, attics, etc. but
they usually talk about wasps being outdoors, not indoors. Since that window was cracked open I fear a queen could have got
in and laid eggs which is why I saw the 2 wasps. I live in NY and this weekend was the first warm weather we've had this season.
If their was a nest in my house I figure I would see more than two but am unsure as I'm not the pro on Wasp nest building
or breeding. I also figured if a wasp's nest was in the house it would have to be in that room since the wasps were only seen
there. So far as a precaution I sprayed around those windows then checked for any gaps around the windows and screens as
well as my incoming Cable TV line which was calked shut. I have no closet in this room.
Could they have nested in one of my closets in another room or something? I looked around
the corners of my walls in my apartment but see no nests in a visable area. No Wasps have attacked me so I figure I didn't
approach their nest and have looked around the room somewhat carefully so I figure if a nest was in that room and I went to
that room, the wasps would be on alert to my presence. My opinion is that the two got in the same time and I saw them
separately but want to be sure as I envision coming home from work one day soon to a swarming inferno like The Bees movie!!!
Am I just paranoid or is this a concern? Please advise and thanks,
Answer: wasp problem?
Many wasps, nest in attics, overhangs, and in walls of your
house over the winter. It would be very, very rare to find a nest inside the living areas of your home such as in a closet,
but anythings possible. Most likely these two came in together through the window that was cracked open. You might want
to check the gap between the inside window and the storm windows (if you have storm windows). This is a common place to find
a wasp nest. If you have the old style pully windows, be sure and place duck tape over the pully holes. Paper wasps are not
very aggressive and usually wont sting unless you happen to sit or lay on one of them.
WOW!!! Thanks for the quick response it gives me a sigh of relief. My landlord installed new
windows and they are very good and are caulked around the crevices of the windows and no entry holes seem to exist. These
new windows do not have storm windows so there's only a screen on the lower window and no screen on the upper window where
I found it slightly open. Usually I will only see a spider occasionally but nothing unusual which is why the wasps alarmed
me. I figured I would ask you since your more experienced in this area to be safe than sorry.
Most likely a nest must be in close proximity to the house. The wasps I saw were bouncing
aimlessly off the front windows trying to escape so I figured if a nest was in my house they would have flown to it and not
bounced around the windows if I'm correct? I also figured there would be more than two? Just to add the house is brick and
no siding exists. Thanks again for the help and if I should look out for anything in particular please advise. Thanks again,
Wasps Nesting Under Deck
Just wanted to share with
you this remedy I used to keep wasps from nesting under my deck. I have a swimming pool in my back yard with a small wooden
deck attached to it. Every summer, usually in July and August my kids get attacked by wasps when trying to swim in the pool.
Last summer I ended up calling an exterminating company to spray, and he found many of them were nesting on the bottom side
of the deck. He sprayed and that took care of the problem for the rest of that year. I really don't like the idea of having
insecticides sprayed in areas where my kids play but I had no choose. This past spring I noticed the wasps were back and were
starting to build their nests under the deck again. I was told by my grandfather to sweep the nests down with a broom and
to spray the wood with a light coat of wd 40, so I did. I have been repeating the wd-40 treatment once each month. It is now
August and not one wasp has been seen by me or my kids. Hopefully this remedy is permanent and will help your readers. It
worked great for me.
Mowed Over Wasp Nest
Just wanted to tell your readers
to use caution when mowing the lawn. Last July I had my 13 year old grandson come over to mow the yard. After about fifteen
minutes of mowing I heard the mower shut off and some very loud screaming. I ran out to see what was going on and saw my grandson
running around the yard swatting at his head yelling "help me, their stinging me". I grabbed him by the arm, ran to the swimming
pool and jumped in. After about ten minutes the wasps had left the area. I took him to the hospital emergency room where they
removed 30 stingers from his arms and face. My grandson took it all like a brave trooper and recovered quickly.
I learned a good lesson that day. Before any mowing, a careful walk-through the yard should be done
to see if you have any nests underground or in the bushes.