i have a wasp nest...

FroofyCat(5)August 24, 2011

it's under my back dining room/porch - sorta hard to explain but there is this bit of overhang from my dining room, so the underneath part is insulated and covered with plywood. But a bit of the plywood has sort of warped giving a nice little gap for wasps.

So far my strategy has been to ignore it and hope it goes away.

thoughts? experience?

Am I right that in the NorthEast the winters kill them all off and the larva just sit there till spring... so one thing I read say to block off the entrance once the workers are gone in the winter and you're done. They don't come back to the same nest site year after year.

I put two traps down there a week ago. One has caught about 4, the other none. I was thinking of buying a bunch more of those traps but I'm not sure if it's worth the money to buy more?

Spraying them myself would be very difficult, 1) to get an angle far enough away to be safe and still get right into the gap, and 2) I've heard they can go nuts and burst through to inside the house to get away from sprays.

I don't know how to judge if it's a big nest or not? I bet if I looked under there now I'd see 2 - 4 buzzing around the entrance. I have not used an exterminator before and admittedly don't have a great opinion of their services, but recommendations for a good one would be welcomed - in the event someone thinks I should not ignore it.

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i didn't know who else to ask!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2011 at 5:07PM
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tree_oracle(z6b MA)

You can buy cans of Raid that will spray from 25 - 30 ft away. I took out a hornet's nest last year with that stuff. It's hard to say in your case how big the nest is and how many are in hiding. I saw a few yellow jackets flying around one of my shutters last week and thought there might be a small nest behind the shutter. I started spraying with the same wasp and hornet killer and to my shock about three dozen yellow jackets came pouring out of the shutter. So you never know how many you might be up against. However, these insect sprays make short work of them. You might leave this job for a professional if you are allergic to wasp stings.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2011 at 8:09PM
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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

Yes, wasps are tender annuals :-) Unless it's in an area where people often travel, like next to a door, I'd leave it. Then plan on sealing the gap sometime before they show up again next spring. Do double check and make sure the dining room screens are in good order, or just keep those windows closed so long as the wasps are there.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2011 at 11:16AM
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