Wasps in the shop?

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  1. cleanheadsteve

    cleanheadsteve Tele-Meister

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    is there a way to keep wasps, yellow jackets, etc. out of the shop?
    i know i have a weird situation because my shop has one wall that is totally open to the outside. so i dont have a natural barrier. but wondering if i can soak a tarp in a peppermint mixture (they hate peppermint) or something and hang that over my open wall?

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  2. cleanheadsteve

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    as soon as it gets cold enough and they die off, i'll build a wall there and have my shop pretty much enclosed

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  3. Zepfan

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    Wasp trap, looks like a humming bird feeder.
     
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    I second the wasp trap, or pesticides but I would stay away from that
     
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    Propane torch and fry the nests, just have something ready for when the shop goes on fire.
     
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    Slowly build up your immunity to wasps by letting them sting you. Slowly at first and then increase it.

    Or, build a wall! That's probably a better solution! :)
     
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    My shop is much the same as described above.
    I try to keep 2 or 3 cans of that 20foot wasp spray around.
    The tricky part is finding their nests sometimes
     
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    Hunt around outside, find the nests, then blast away with Raid. Or torch 'em.
     
  9. getbent

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    I buy wasp spray in 3 can packs... after I wipe out half a dozen nests the give up and move on to somewhere else til next year...
     
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    Ripley says...



    But seriously, we've had good luck keeping them off our hummingbird feeders with gallon milk jug traps partially filled with a mixture of unfiltered apple cider vinegar, honey and dish soap with a cotton ball holding attractant just above the water.
     
  11. cleanheadsteve

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    yes it is kinda hard to find the nests cause my shop is a 100+ yr old disaster of a building. i have found some nests behind loose bricks in the wall even. one nest was in an acoustic guitar body i had left untouched for a few years. and i thought they only liked to build their nests 10-15 feet off the ground. but i know there are other species that nest in the ground, hollow tree stumps, etc.

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  12. Milspec

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    Chain smoke cigars, the tar will coat the walls and they will not nest there. In fact, mold will never grow on wood stained from tobacco smoke either, so you kill 2 problems at once.

    Outside of that, find some adventerous kids in the neighborhood to eliminate the nests. I grew up in the country and we used to get a lot of nests on the eave of the horse barn some 45 feet in the air. Me and my 2 brothers (we were ages 12, 11, 10 at the time) would wage war on the nest which became the size of a basketball by the endo the Summer. My oldest brother threw baseballs at the nest. I held the garden hose with the nozzle on mist. My other brother had a rubber mallet. One would pelt the nest with baseballs and then run to me with the hose. I would surround us with a thick mist of water like a shield and as the wasps became saturated and fell out of the sky, my other brother would smash them with the hammer. We counted 72 wasps when it was all over and only one of us got a stung..just once.

    That was how we rolled in the mid-'70's before all this parental supervision and common sense destroyed things. I can still remember how pissed off those things were trying to fly through the water to reach me, but they never did.
     
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  13. lewis

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    Their nests are always nearby. Ditto the spray.
     
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    Yellow jackets will build in the ground, in a tree, make paper globe nests hanging from tree branches, from roof gables, and more.

    You probably have a big globe nest in one of the trees not too far away and they are continuously kicking out new queens to start up residence in your place.

    A couple of years ago I had terrible problems at my house. In the deck lights, from the eves, break in caulk, under shingles, just all over. I ended up finding two trees each with a nest that would get stuck in a basket ball hoop. I didn't want to spray around because I had a regular honey bee hive that year just before the wasps moved in the area. They'd get inside the house through the fireplace or ceiling can lights. Tried the traps.

    I put screens over the bottoms of the deck lights. Opossum and skunks dug out nests they found in the ground (hot water at night takes those out if you have no local critters helping you out).Then cans of 20ft spray worked. Don't try it from ladders. Rig up a remote spray arm and hoist that up in the air and pull the rope to blast 'em.





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    I was renovating a house a few years ago. Wasps moved into the shed. I put up one of these. It's kind of like a Chinese lantern. Seemed to work. Some swear by them, some swear at them.
    I think they work best if you put them up before their nest gets big.
     

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    I had fake gambrel roof appendages on the front of our house when we bought it. It was 20 feet long x 18" deep on each side of the front of the house. Totally loaded with the big red wasps. We got stung moving in, and I made a vow to remove those ugly things. So, the first really cold Saturday of winter I tore them off. Nests all throughout the hollow cavities. When the sun started to warm things up, they tried to return from who knows where, and infested my son's bedroom through a crackin the siding and into the vent in his room. Mean as rattlesnakes.
     
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    I use these and they work quite well

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    and if they get too close !!!!

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    it can give them an attitude adjustment
     
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    1) Wasp trap. I use sugar water and it works.
    2) Wasp spray for a nest; less than $10 at Walmart.
     
  19. cleanheadsteve

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    well, looks like i'm not alone

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    Call in a pro!

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