Dealing with wasps nests
Paint ball gun!Posted 3 years ago
I caught a queen just starting her nest in the kids wooden playhouse thing. The nest was the size of a golf ball at most. There was easily a dozen or more grubs in it getting fat. Something that size is get it done quick and with care or you’ll be needing a plasterer too…howsyourdad1Subscriber
If you kill the queen you kill the nest. Powder is the most effective as the wasps bring food to the queen, and if they are covered in poison powder she is toast . So yes for your size nest raid is good. When I was 17 I had a job driving round Salisbury killing wasps nests. Protective suit was great for parties too .Posted 3 years ago
We have a small wasps nest in the ridge vent of our roof, about the size of a mini rugby ball. There’s 2 there but assume that only one is active, there’s also another just above the eaves, a similar size. Saw a wasp in the attic so assume one of the nests is live.
Are the DIY wasp killers effective? I’m guessing now is a good time of year to deal with them. Once the wasps are dead I imagine I can just bin it?Posted 3 years agosamuriMember
Just get a local person to do it. The council force them to all charge the same amount and it’s actually quite cheap, they know what they’re doing and it’s all over very quickly.
Time to bring this up again.
This is what happens when you accidentally start digging one up by mistake.
[url=https://flic.kr/p/hPmCWa]2013-10-05 19.06.16[/url] by Jon Wyatt, on Flickr
Get a professional in.Posted 3 years agoMSMember
The powder works a treat. Just put it all over the entrance where the wasps are getting.
Was told when I bought it that the wasps take it in on there feat and it releases a gas off in the nest.
We had 2 wasps bikes about double the size of a football and the wasps were all dead within a few days just using the powder.Posted 3 years agoBig DaveMember
As I am apparently a professional pest controller (I’ve got a certificate that says so and a white van full of toxins on the driveway) I feel duty bound to say get a professional in. The cost for dealing with a wasp nest should be around the £50 mark. Sounds a lot but then you are paying for somebody to turn up with the right equipment and pesticides etc and take the risk of being stung whilst up a ladder (never underestimate the ability of wasps to form a swarm if they detect they are under attack). Some of the over the counter stuff is good but the pesticides a pest controller is able to get hold of are much more specifically formulated (they usually have a stronger concentration of the active ingredient and may include other compounds that have the benefit boosting the active ingredients efficacy).
If you feel you should be able to tackle it yourself the wasp killing aerosols are good but make sure you buy a decent quality one. Digrain is a good brand to look out for. The powders available are very good but can take a while to finish a nest off (the upside is they are less likely to agitate the wasps whilst they kill them). The powder I use is formulated to attack the nervous system of the wasps and is slow acting but ultimately successful. It is also formulated to remain lethal for longer that the commercially available stuff. Diatomaceous Earth, if you can find it, is a possible alternative. It slices the wasps to pieces at the same time as dehydrating them to death and has no known insect resistance.
One chap once told me how his dad had tried to get rid of a wasps nest by sticking a burning stick into it. Once it had set fire to the nest, the shed it was in and the garage that was close by it did indeed get rid of the wasps…Posted 3 years agoChubbyBlokeInLycraMember
Council ddealt with mine around £50Posted 3 years ago
Did think about sprays, powders etc, but this meant climbing a ladder at the top which was a wasp’s nest. And then I was going to destroy their home and kill most of them which would piss me off. A lot.
£50s not that much reallybatfinkMember
I’ve used one of those foam aerosol thingies…… they’re a bit like deadly silly-string (with about the same range), and for that reason, get my vote.
Seemed to work too – but that’s obviously secondary to feeling like you are blasting it with a ghost-busters ecto-cannon, while inevetably yelling “Diiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiie!” 😀
Can you still get silly-string?Posted 3 years agorocketmanMember
A rugby-ball sized wasps nest appeared in our loft a while back. It wasn’t even in the corners it was between the rafters.
Put my motorbike helmet jacket & gloves on and carefully carried it downstairs, through the house into the garden and relocated it at the back of the garden. There was some wasp activity but they didn’t seem unduly agitated probably wondered WTF was going onPosted 3 years agodashedMember
Reminds me of my gramps’ attempt to remove a wasps nest from a rockery / dry stone wall thingy in their garden. He soaked a few rags in petrol and stuffed them in the cracks where the wasps were coming and going and, thankfully, had the foresight to use a long stick to light said rags. Obviously the petrol had vaporised and was sitting in nice little pockets in the wall. Once ignited it did a wonderful job of killing off the wasps. As an added side effect, the rockery was relocated to the other side of the lawn. My gran was slightly underwhelmed with the final outcome!Posted 3 years ago
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