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Dead WASPS
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Dead WASPS
I have more dead wasps than a Rhode Island graveyard...

Early doe season opens Saturday. I knew there might be wasps nesting in my hunting blind - so I snuck out a couple nights ago and set off a couple bug bombs shut the door and let it sit.

Went out to air it out today - and holy shit...

I have to take my little generator and a shop-vac to suck up the drifts of dead paper wasps....

The local hardware is out of wasp spray. Glad I bought a couple cans in the spring....

Anyone else got 'em?
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#2
RE: Dead WASPS
They’re pretty thick here year round (mild winters and all that). We go through a tub of Vespex every year.

Boru
‘Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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RE: Dead WASPS
I have noticed some buzzing around our back deck. Not really more than usual but it's an unusual spot as they usually like the front entryway better.

As for bugs in general, kind of glad that we had that plague of frogs (toads) a few months back...except for the part where Quinn eats them if he finds them and that does his system little good, seems the bug population is down.
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RE: Dead WASPS
I put up some fake wasps nests on the front and back porch this year and it's worked to keep them from nesting near the doors and high traffic areas. So, I haven't seen very many.

Seems like every year, the idiots roost under the porch or on the porch roof and then get mad when my dog and I go tromping through on our walks.

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#5
RE: Dead WASPS
Our wasp count is down this year and has absolutely nothing to do with me.

We had a bad Japanese beetle infestation last year and I think the neighbors might have doubled down on insecticide this year.
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RE: Dead WASPS
(September 15, 2021 at 3:33 pm)Ten Wrote: I put up some fake wasps nests on the front and back porch this year and it's worked to keep them from nesting near the doors and high traffic areas. So, I haven't seen very many.

Seems like every year, the idiots roost under the porch or on the portch roof and then get mad when my dog and I go tromping through on our walks.

Never heard of fake nests... Sounds like an idea to try next year.....
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RE: Dead WASPS
(September 15, 2021 at 6:00 pm)onlinebiker Wrote: Never heard of fake nests... Sounds like an idea to try next year.....

Just a paper nest you can get off Amazon. It looks and feels kinda like a paper lantern but in the shape of and painted to mimic a wasp nest. Wasps, hornets, and bees are territorial, so, they won't nest close to another nest.

Get it out as early as you can and make sure you get rid of any current nests before you put it out. If there's already a nest near the spot you put the decoy, the wasps aren't going to magically leave on their own. It's just a deterrent from them building there.

If it has holes in top and bottom, tape them over so investigating wasps don't get any bright ideas to use the hollow nest as a nest. And it has about a 10-12' fall off. I put one right above the door on the porch and they would still occasionally be seen lurking under the window sill about 12' away. I had to spray around that window once or twice but they didn't build and it wasn't on the porch or under the stairs like they've done before.

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RE: Dead WASPS
Are there wasp baits available in the US?

Boru
‘Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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RE: Dead WASPS
(September 15, 2021 at 6:32 pm)BrianSoddingBoru4 Wrote: Are there wasp baits available in the US?

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RE: Dead WASPS
(September 15, 2021 at 6:28 pm)Ten Wrote:
(September 15, 2021 at 6:00 pm)onlinebiker Wrote: Never heard of fake nests... Sounds like an idea to try next year.....

Just a paper nest you can get off Amazon. It looks and feels kinda like a paper lantern but in the shape of and painted to mimic a wasp nest. Wasps, hornets, and bees are territorial, so, they won't nest close to another nest.

Get it out as early as you can and make sure you get rid of any current nests before you put it out. If there's already a nest near the spot you put the decoy, the wasps aren't going to magically leave on their own. It's just a deterrent from them building there.

If it has holes in top and bottom, tape them over so investigating wasps don't get any bright ideas to use the hollow nest as a nest. And it has about a 10-12' fall off. I put one right above the door on the porch and they would still occasionally be seen lurking under the window sill about 12' away. I had to spray around that window once or twice but they didn't build and it wasn't on the porch or under the stairs like they've done before.

I've seen ads for these this year but since wasps didn't get bad I didn't get any. If we have another bad year, at least I know they work.

Spraying a nest is risky thing here since it's almost always windy. Your chances of spraying yourself with poison are pretty high.
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