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  •  I found a way to (12+ / 0-)

    deal with various flying insects. I use that cooking oil spray stuff. It doesn't kill them, but it makes it so they can't fly temporarily. They get the stuff off in a few minutes, but in that time they are not happy.

    When I did it, after a few days the wasps just...kinda left. They had no way to defend against it, or to stop me from doing it. Im guessing they decided that this was not the best place for a nest and made one elsewhere.

    "Trust not the words of a poet, as he is born to seduce. Yet for poetry to seize the heart, it must ring with the chimes of truth."

    by kamrom on Sat May 11, 2013 at 01:28:05 PM PDT

    •  Thanks for the tip. (6+ / 0-)

      They have the most fiery and shocking sting. Didn't realize it until one stung my finger last summer when I was picking up a stick for firewood (!). Evidently, there was a wasp on the stick and I just didn't see it.  These guys were large red wasps, and buzzed me afterwards.  Some I have encountered at home are even more aggressive, beating themselves against a window repeatedly to try to cross the glass and attack my face.  

      OTOH, some wasps seem really docile.  Last year a group of small wasps made a nest under our bbq cart and were making the family nervous. It was kill or move.  I put on work gloves, plucked the nest off (go ahead and give me hell) and glued it in a sheltered part of the yard.  Two of the wasps stayed on the nest while I hastily carried it across the yard and glued it.  If you are going to try this (actually, don't) use super glue for a quick bond.  However, you will need to return and epoxy it later as the super glue just doesn't last.

    •  1% Pine Oil Is Instant Death (3+ / 0-)
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      JekyllnHyde, 4Freedom, high uintas

      Costco used to sell it by the bucket and 1% killed anything, knocked hornets right out the air.

      There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

      by bernardpliers on Sat May 11, 2013 at 04:10:19 PM PDT

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    •  You can avoid having wasps build their nests. (7+ / 0-)

      Since they are territorial you can buy a fake wasp nest and hang it up where they can see it on a fly over. They won't build where they see another wasps' nest.

      Basically they are beneficial in that they eat other insects and they can keep rodents away. We had to get rid of a nest because a neighbor's child was allergic to their stings. After that the garden under their nest was eaten to pieces. They were keeping some destructive insects at bay.

      Years later I talked with a biologist for the city who said she hates when she has to get rid of wasps nests because they are so beneficial. I had a nest in our run down shed and in two years I was never stung. The biologist said if you walk very carefully around the nests they won't sting, but if you come on the scene like a bear you will get stung.

      To thine ownself be true

      by Agathena on Sat May 11, 2013 at 06:26:20 PM PDT

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      •  They are beneficial (2+ / 0-)

        I had an aphid infestation on my huge yucca plant, they were covering the bloom stalks and nothing I tried worked. I washed them with soapy water and power sprayed them off, back the next morning. One day of wasps and they were completely gone.

        I unfortunately am allergic as hell, so I can't let them build on my house. They have to go, but they are free to build in the trees, anywhere that is not too near me.

        "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

        by high uintas on Sat May 11, 2013 at 09:30:53 PM PDT

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