WASP CONTROL



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WASP BIOLOGY

Paper wasps vary in color. Some are black, yellow or red and others can be black and red or even brown and red. In other words, they come in many different colors. This video shows one of the more commonly seen species and was shot in the early spring.



This next video features wasps filmed close up as they emerge from a Fescue Lawn.


WASP NESTS

Wasps can build nests on homes, under soffits, behind sidings or window shutters and just about anyplace which provides some type of shelter from the elements. These nests are usually small in size and population. Many times wasp nests are in cracks of wood and cannot be seen. Here the wasp will nest in between siding, insulation and any other void they can find underneath soffits, around gutters and windows.

 

WASP BEHAVIOR

Paper wasps do not fly as fast as bald faced hornets and are generally not as aggressive. If activity is high, just watch from a distance and chances are you will quickly locate where the main nest sight is located or hidden. Paper wasps are also very curious. It is quite common to find them flying around people since they are attracted to moisture and sweet odors. Also, most wasps have good eyes and will catch you approaching once you get within 10 feet of them.

 

WHAT WASPS LIKE

They will readily fly toward sweat, perfume, food, flowers, dead insects and other things commonly found around the home. In fact, wasps can become quite a pest – even if you are just trying to sit out on your deck or around the pool.

 

MECHANICAL WASP KILLERS

ZapperA handy way to deal with them when they are in close proximity and hovering around is with a HAND HELD ZAPPER. This device is great for all types of insects like mosquitoes, flies and spiders but is particularly effective on wasps. Simply touch the electric grid to any wasp and it will instantly die from the mild electrocution. This “Electric Swatter” is quite effective and since you don’t actually “swat” the target, there is no mess.

ZapperHand Held Zapper: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/electric/hand-held-zapper

 

Bug VacuumIf you are finding the wasps inside the home, the BUG VACUUM/ZAPPER may be the better option. It enables you to trap the wasp on walls or ceilings and then you can vacuum them into the holding tube. Once in the tube, you decide if you want the wasp to live or die; release them outside if you want them to live or turn on the “zapper” for a quick kill. The Bug Vacuum/Zapper provides a clean way to remove unwanted pests. Of course, these only offer immediate relief and won’t be a long term resolution to a wasp infestation.

Bug VacuumBug Vacuum Zapper: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/electric/bug-vacuumzapper

 

BALDFACED HORNETS

Bald Faced hornets are actually wasps too. They are black with white or yellow stripes around their thorax and abdomen. They’re about one inch long, can fly very fast and can get quite aggressive if you get close to their nest. Bald faced hornets create a large football shaped nest which is grey and oval. It ranges from softball to beach ball size and nests can form from early summer right through to fall.

Spreader StickerCypermethrin451321These nests are made from cellulose (wood and plant material) and are quite strong as well as weatherproof. Likely nest sights include trees, shrubs and around overhangs of buildings. If you can get within 10 feet of the nest, you should be able to treat it with the Wasp Freeze listed below. But to be safe, liquid treating with Cypermethrin and Spreader Sticker is the way to go.

Wasp FreezeStinger: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/sting-ray-wasp-freeze

CypermethrinCypermethrin: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/viper-cypermethrin

Spreader StickerSpreader Sticker: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/additive/spreader-sticker


Here is a short video showing a typical bald faced hornet nest. This one was quite close to the ground so it was treated with the Stinger successfully.


 

WASPS LIKE POOLS

If you are a pool owner or have some other body of water close by the property, you may have noticed local wasps coming around to get a drink. And if it’s been hot or dry where you live or if you have a bird bath or other water supply, expect wasps to find your “offering”. As moisture evaporates into the air, wasps and other insects will detect it’s presence. This will attract them to the area and once found, “word” will be out on the street attracting other insects and more wasps. In other words, expect more and more of the local population of wasps and other insects to come around if your yard is providing some water when local areas are dry.

Dealing with such invasions difficult but there are some treatments that can help reduce this activity.

 

WASP REPELLENTS

PT-Micro CareIf you wish to repel wasp activity, there are three products which can cover large areas and have proven to offer relief. First, the strongest repellent is the use of an aerosol based Pyrethrin called MICROCARE. Most any insect hates Pyrethrin and wasps cannot stand it. They will avoid areaS where pyrethrin is detected. Pyrethrin occurs naturally and in fact is the exact defense mechanism many plants use to keep destructive pests away.

PT-Micro CarePT-Microcare:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/pt-micro-care-16-oz

 

Aerosol forms of pyrethrin are particularly irritating to wasps, flies and other flying insects because of the way they breathe. Use the Microcare to mist plants, ground cover, rocks, mulch and basically any place you see wasp activity and want them gone. Keep in mind treatments won’t last long; you may need to apply some once or twice a day if you intend on keeping an area wasp free all the time. However, Pyrethrin is very safe to use around people and pets and poses no hazard. This means you can reapply it as needed. Since it comes in a can and is ready to spray, treatments are easy and take no time.

 

MOSQUITO COIL REPELLENT

Mosquito CoilsThe second repellent we have found that works at repelling a wide range of flying insects is a new version of the old style MOSQUITO COILS. The original type burning coil used citronella as the active. This new formulation uses Synthetic Pyrethrin and is extremely effective at keeping unwanted mosquitoes, wasps and flies away. Most all flying insects will detect the repellent and stay clear or else they will die from inhaling it. Set these out around the areas you want to keep wasp free.

Mosquito CoilsMosquito Coils: http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/fumigant/mosquito-coils-10-pack

 

FLYING INSECT KILLER

Flying Insect KillerAnd lastly, the third wasp repellent that we’ve found effective at keeping wasps away is FLYING INSECT KILLER. This aerosol is like the Microcare in how you use it but instead employs a man made active which is a lot more “smelly” then the pyrethrin. Like pyrethrin, wasps don’t like it and will leave where you apply it to the air and other surfaces. Treatments will last 3-4 hours, much longer the the Microcare, and people won’t notice it 5-10 minutes after it’s been applied. Definitely a good product to use in the morning if you plan on having a mid afternoon activity where wasps have been a problem.

Flying Insect KillerFlying Insect Killer:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/flying-insect-killer

 

WASP TRAPS

Slim Wasp TrapGlass TrapWasp TrapAnother method of controlling foraging wasps involves the use of a WASP TRAP. The original type traps were designed to catch Yellow Jackets and as many of us have learned, using a trap for them isn’t too effective because they seem to come around in such high numbers it’s simply not possible to catch them all. Well, our traps (including the new decorative WASP GLASS TRAP) use a different type of lure and pheromone making it attractive to many species of wasps.

Wasp TrapWasp Trap: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/pheromone-and-food/yellowjacket-trap-jumbo

Glass TrapWasp Glass Trap:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/pheromone-and-food/wasp-glass-trap

Slim Wasp TrapSlim Wasp Trap:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/pheromone-and-food/yellowjacket-trap-slim

 

Since many of these species involve much smaller populations compared to yellow jackets, the use of these wasp traps can prove extremely helpful at reducing local activity. Wasps will enter the trap through a hole on the bottom and once inside will drown in the water/pheromone mix. These wasp traps can be set out on table tops (they have stout legs to keep the hole up and accessible even if the trap isn’t hanging) or you can hang them from trees or other elevated sites. They are quite decorative and won’t be noticed much in the yard and can be brought along for picnics or other outdoor activities where wasps are known to be a problem.

Slim Wasp TrapJumbo TrapWasp TrapOne of the great features of our traps is that you can use them over and over again. Just wash them out every two weeks and replace the lure 1-2 a month during wasp season. Glass Traps come with one pheromone/lure and they’re only active for 2 weeks so be sure to get plenty of extra REPLACEMENT LURES (2 PACK). The more conventional JUMBO YELLOW JACKET TRAP and the smaller sized SLIM YELLOW JACKET TRAP all cover about 1/4 acre per trap; 4 traps per acre if you want complete coverage for your property.

Wasp TrapWasp Trap Lure:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/pheromone-and-food/wasp-yellow-jacket-trap-2pk-refill

Jumbo TrapJumbo Wasp Trap:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/pheromone-and-food/yellowjacket-trap-jumbo

Slim Wasp TrapSlim Wasp Trap:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/pheromone-and-food/yellowjacket-trap-slim

 

WASP TREATMENTS

The following sections will explain how to treat for wasps using all the best wasp control products currently on the market. Strategies explained will include wasp nest treatments and prevention.

So lets say you’ve found a wasp nest and have decided to treat the problem yourself. There are many options available including wasp freeze, liquids and dust formulations so how do you decide what to use? All offer advantages and disadvantages; some will be better suited for the job at hand while in some cases, any type of product may work. Most importantly, you must be able to both reach and treat the nest adequately to insure you destroy it completely. Failure to do so will create a hazardous situation.

 

WASP SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Bee SuitBee HatBee VeilBee GlovesWasps which have had their homes partially destroyed will become angry and aggressive. And they can remain mad for several days. To insure you do the job right the first time, attack the nest from a good position. This could mean climbing a ladder, walking out on a roof or scaling a tree. Many of these locations will leave you vulnerable and the last thing you want to have happen is to be stung by a nest of angry wasps while atop a 25 foot ladder. To insure your safety, a BEE VEIL, BEE HAT, BEE GLOVES and BEE SUIT may be needed. This equipment will prevent wasp stings and enable you to go about your task with confidence and conviction. Good protection is worth the investment – particularly if you have to treat a nest of ornery bald faced hornets.

Bee VeilBee Veil:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/safety/bee-veil-zippered-fits-suits

Bee HatBee Hat:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/safety/bee-hat-poly

Bee GlovesBee Gloves:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/safety/bee-gloves-leather-l

Bee SuitBee Suit:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/safety/bee-suit-size-46

 

WASP AEROSOL SPRAY

Treatment of any wasp nest should be done at dusk or early morning. There are two reasons for this:

1) It insures all the wasps for the nest will be present.

2) The risk of being stung is minimized.

Dustick Aerosol PoleWasp FreezeFor small paper wasp nests, STINGER is quick and easy to use. It delivers a chemical which knocks down and kills most wasps on contact. It sprays ten to fifteen feet so it allows you to reach high places without a ladder. Treatments with Stinger should allow for immediate removal of the nest within one day when the treatment is done correctly. If the nest is unusually high, you may need to use a AEROSOL POLE. This device holds a can of Stinger and is then controlled with a string from the ground (at the other end of the pole). The Wasp Pole is comprised of four, 4 feet sections which are connected and amount to a length of about 18 feet. The average 5′-6′ person will be able to reach up and treat nests well over 20 feet high with this device and can reach much higher with optional extensions or ladders. This is a must have tool for difficult to reach or treat wasp situations.

Wasp FreezeStinger:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/sting-ray-wasp-freeze

Dustick Aerosol PoleAerosol Pole:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/dusters/dustick-aerosol-pole

 

WASP CONTROL WITH LIQUID SPRAYS

If you have a mature bald faced hornet nest or many paper wasp nests to treat, using a concentrate will be more efficient and cost effective. This is the best choice for when the nest is out in the open and clearly visible. Hanging wasp nests or bald faced hornet “football shaped” nests are prime candidates for this type of treatment. Here is what you might expect to happen to the wasps following a treatment. In this video, the home was being treated for ladybugs. As the house was being sprayed, a nest of hibernating wasps was discovered and treated. This clip shows how they react to the treatment.


HOW TO TREAT WASP NESTS

Solo GallonCypermethrinFor these type of wasps nests, equip yourself with a good SPRAYER and a tank full of CYPERMETHRIN. Saturate the outside of the nest to the point of runoff. Then spray directly into the main entrance/exit hole as best as you can. The Cypermethrin will leave a residual which will kill any wasp which walks on it. Wasp nests treated this way should be left alone for a day or two to insure a complete kill. Remember, the surviving wasps will linger in the area so be sure to keep children and pets clear till you know there is no longer any activity. You generally can remove the nest after a few days or wait till later in the year when you are 100% sure the nest is no longer active.

CypermethrinCypermethrin: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/viper-cypermethrin

Solo GallonSolo 454 Sprayer: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/sprayers/solo-1-gallon-sprayer

 

WASP DUST TREATMENTS

CrusaderDrione DustIf the nest is thought to be in between siding, underneath a facia board, behind a shutter, under a deck, around a window frame, in the side of a building or anywhere that a liquid or wasp freeze treatment may not work, the use of a dry dust called DRIONE DUST will no doubt be better suited for the task. This dust is very fine and will penetrate deep into the cracks and crevices of the void. Use an applicator such as a HAND DUSTER and blow the dust directly into where the wasps are entering and exiting. The following video shows how to treat a hornet nest that was forming on the outside of kitchen window.

Drione DustDrione:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/dust/drione-dust

CrusaderHand Duster: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/dusters/crusader



As you can tell from the video above, the dust naturally finds it’s way into cracks, crevices and voids where wasps like to nest and roost. It will cling to surfaces making it impossible for wasps to walk or use the area forcing them to go elsewhere. A great place to apply it is through cracks and seams of decks. Though these small gaps may look too tight for any insect to enter, they actually make prime locations for many pests to hide and make nests.

 

WASPS LOVE WOOD DECKS

Decks which are built close to the ground are particularly prone to such infestations. Wasps, ants and other pests will readily seek such areas because they provide ideal shelter. All wood will release odors which naturally attract wasps so decks are always attracting new activity throughout the warm season. If you are not able to spray the Cypermethrin up underneath such areas because the decking is too tight and sealed on all sides, simply blow the Drione Dust through as many access points as you can find. It’s natural characteristic of being able to float lightly in the air will insure much of it finds the bottom of the decking where wasps like to nest. Applications will last 1-2 months under the decking and wasps just hate being around it.

 

DUSTING FOR WASPS PROVIDES IMMEDIATE, LONG LASTING RESULTS

Once the Drione Dust is applied, you’ll effectively force local wasps to relocate. This forced relocation, which will happen immediately following your treatment, will greatly reduce activity on your deck and other treated areas.

 

DUST GUTTERS SOFFITS OVERHANGS WOOD SIDING LIGHT FIXTURES AND OTHER EXTERIOR AREAS

Dust-RSince facia boards, gutters, roof lines and most any type of siding can provide similar areas ideal for nesting, consider treating all such areas with Drione as well. If you have a lot of these areas to treat, consider the purchase of a larger duster. The DUST-R is ideal for when you have a lot of treating to do. It features a large dust tank which cuts down on how much time you need to spend filling it.

Dust-RDust-R:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/dusters/bg-1152-a-qt-duster

 

Long Reach Dust-RIf you have a lot of high places to reach, the LONG REACH DUST-R might be the better choice. It’s essentially the same unit as the Dust-R but it comes with a series of extensions which enable the applicator to reach over 12 feet up while standing on the ground. Of course you can use it while standing on a ladder for additional coverage.

Long Reach Dust-RLong Reach Dust-R:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/dusters/bg-long-reach-dust-r

 

DustickHowever, if you need to reach really high locations, the DUSTICK is the ideal tool for the job. It features 4 extensions which can be used one at a time or all together. Combined with the Dust Tank on top and the pump assembly on the bottom, you will be able to treat locations over 25 feet high while standing on the ground. When you have a lot of facia boards and trim on the home and wasps are penetrating through such locations, Drione Dust applied with one of these dusters is the best bet for long term control. It will kill them on contact as well as repel them so they don’t return. It’s also strong enough to dry up the eggs as well as the pupae stages so it’s worth covering as much area as possible when treating. Remember, Drione dust lasts a long time and will stay in the void providing wasp control for several months. And since it will control just about any pest, it’s by far the best, long lasting product to apply around the home for all kinds of pest control. No doubt it takes a bit more work to use it but in the end, dusting is well worth the effort.

DustickDustick:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/dusters/dustick

 

WASP REPELLENT SPRAY

To stop wasps from creating nests on or around your home, you should use the same Cypermethrin concentrate. Mix it with water and spray surfaces of the home where you suspect wasps are likely to build nest. This will include overhangs, bushes, siding, soffits, around windows, down spouts, gutters, shutters, water spigots, doors, garages, shingles and any where you have seen them flying. This treatment will not bother paint, plants, animals or any other item around the home. In fact it’s labeled for use on plants and can be applied to plants you’d like to keep wasp free.

 

ORGANIC WASP SPRAY

NBSAnother wasp repellent that can be sprayed on the home or plants is NBS. NBS is an insect repellent. Made from plant oils, it’s highly repellent to insects like carpenter bees, wasps and ants. When mixed with paint or stain, it’s able to “lock in” and provide a longer residual compared to just surface spraying with Cypermethrin so it has a decided advantage when used this way. NBS should help repel wasps for 1-2 years and for homes with ongoing wasp problems, it will help reduce the invasion commonly seen each fall.

NBSNBS Repellent:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/exempt/additive/nbs-paint-additive-16-oz

 

VISUAL WASP REPELLENT

WaspinatorLastly, installing some FAKE WASP NESTS in areas where wasps are foraging will help keep them away. These nests look like the real thing and wasps will generally avoid any territory which is inhabited by other wasps.

WaspinatorWaspinator:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/pheromone-and-food/waspinator-repellent-nest



These fake nests pose no hazard to people or pets and can be hung from any piece of furniture, tree or plant. Set at least one out for every 5000 sq/ft of yard and they will help minimize the local wasp activity too.

 

WASPS HIBERNATE DURING THE WINTER

Fall treatments for wasps are important since many species will hibernate on structures like homes and sheds. The following spring they will emerge and tend to start new colonies in areas close to where they over winter and hibernate. If you see a lot of wasps collecting on the outside of your building in the fall, be sure and spray them heavy with our Cypermethrin immediately. These wasps are getting ready to hibernate and have chosen your home for this purpose. They’ll be “scenting” your home (leaving pheromones) that will attract more wasps so once the process starts, it will only get worse. The following video shows what this looks like when fall arrives and wasps start to “gather” for winter hibernation.


WASPS INSIDE THE HOME

Drione DustNow if you have been seeing wasps on your home and you don’t kill them before they move under siding and into the wall voids, there is no doubt you’ll be seeing them inside. When this starts to happen, you’ll have to dust the attic and wall voids with DRIONE DUST to take this prime bit of nesting area away from them. The good news is that Drione will last 1-2 years when applied to these areas.

Drione DustDrione:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/dust/drione-dust

 

HOW TO WASP PROOF YOUR HOUSE

Dustin MizerCrusaderYou should also use the HAND DUSTER and treat all electric light fixtures, switch plates and electric outlets by first removing the cover and then by squeezing some dust into the space. This treatment will keep them from entering your living area but if they are active on the second level of the home, don’t forget the attic. For this area, apply the Drione with a DUSTIN MIZER to get complete coverage. The Dustin Mizer is able to propel the dust 20-30 feet insuring good coverage throughout the spaces where wasps will readily nest.

CrusaderHand Duster: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/dusters/crusader

Dustin MizerDustin Mizer:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/dusters/dustin-mizerdeflector

 

WASP TREATMENTS SHOULD BE DONE EVERY SPRING AND FALL

Wasps and Bald Faced Hornets can be frightening. Dust the exterior of the home once in the spring and fall to prevent them from moving in and using your home for a nest site or winter haven. And when wasp nests are found, keep people away to prevent anyone from getting stung. Treat nests at night or early morning for quick and complete control and remove the nest once all activity ceases. Be sure to spray with Cypermethrin throughout the spring and summer to repel them from your property and prevent new nest locations from forming.


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Comments on WASP CONTROL Leave a Comment

July 13, 2012

Jenna @ 9:03 pm #

Hi,
I believe we have a wasps/hornets nest in the attic can’t we see it cause we can’t get into the crawl space but I have seen a number of wasps going in there from outside. I have only seen one in my house but I’m not sure what I should do.. If they’re not bothering us is it a bad idea to just leave it and by winter they will all die? And if I do use spray will it work even though we can’t spray the actual nest and just spray the spots they’re going in and out from?

July 14, 2012

Jenna @ 8:32 am #

Thank you so much. I’m gonna get some and hopefully I can get rid of these pests!!

July 16, 2012

Jenna @ 10:46 am #

Hi, it’s me again. Before I purchase this I was wondering the distance of the spray? One spot they are using is pretty high up on the house I just wanna make sure it’ll reach! Thanks again!

May 10, 2014

Stephen Brower @ 9:51 pm #

I have what I believe are mud daubers in a room that was added on probably 20 years ago, wooden attached to a cement house in central Florida (Florida has too many bugs, UGH), and when I changed out a drop down ceiling about 2 months ago, about 30 lbs of nests (that were tucked into recesses and nooks of ceiling—fell on top of me and shattered everywhere. Thank GOD it was cold out-but no wasps. Probably a build up of 20+ years. The room was built poorly, and the fireplace has gaps around it, one big mess. My roommate did not want to fix cracks, so up went the new ceiling. Just now the 1st wasp came inside- probably a queen? At least 1 1/2 inches of black HORROR. BTW I am terrified and freaked out by these things, been stung too many times. What is my best course of action? It’s getting warm, they are building a new nest or 10 inside… ewwww. Help.

May 11, 2014

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