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Old 05/02/09, 10:09 PM
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How to get rid of hornets, wasps, mud dobbers?

It seams they are so bad the last year. Already starting up this year so I fear they will be a huge force to recon with. How do we get rid of them? I dont want them anywhere around. They are nasty mean and I dont want the kids or animals being attached.

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Old 05/02/09, 10:23 PM
 
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Raid brand wasp spray works pretty well. If you don't want to use chemicals paper wasps can be eliminated by roasting them. A little dicey if not done carefuly, I wait till it's almost dark take a pole tie a rag to the end, add a dab of gasoline, light, and quickly apply to the nest, only takes a very few seconds.

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mix up some VERY soapy water with dishwashing liquid, and douse the nest, just make sure you have enough to cover the whole nest, this will kill them rather quickly and then remove the nest, mud daubers just knock the nest down.

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We were swarmed this spring with carpenter bees/woodborers, sitting on the porch they would buzz all around us. I got a tennis racket and started swatting them. Killed so many I got tennis elbow.

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Old 05/03/09, 09:58 AM
 
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I've not had a mud daubber that was "mean." They usually go on about, doing their mud daubber business and leave me alone. Some wasps and hornets, OTOH, remind me of Wall Street bankers and credit card agents. The ones that go after meat can be trapped. Go for it!

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Old 05/03/09, 10:46 AM
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mudd daubers are generally never aggresive,,, and won't bother you at all..
They will help keep the spider population in check..

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Old 05/03/09, 10:55 AM
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i just wait until evening when they are in the nest. i put on one of those nets and spray through the hole and seal it with the raid foam. all the time i use to do like 65284 until i caught my barn on fire. i also used a blowtorch too until i found this foam. haven't got a clue what a mud dobber is.~Georgia.

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Old 05/03/09, 11:28 AM
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i just wait until evening when they are in the nest. i put on one of those nets and spray through the hole and seal it with the raid foam. all the time i use to do like 65284 until i caught my barn on fire. i also used a blowtorch too until i found this foam. haven't got a clue what a mud dobber is.~Georgia.
You've never seen them,we callum dirt daubers,they look like long skinny wasp that build nest with mud and if you break one open you'll find little daubers along with spiders and insects,little dauber food.
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Old 05/03/09, 11:59 AM
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Fill a hose end sprayer with dish soap from the dollar store. At dusk when they stop flying approch the nest and spray the soapy mix in there till well doused.
If you do not have a hose that reaches use a small garden hand sprayer, the ones you pump pressure into.

Or go to Home Depot and buy Specrcide pro. This stuff has a contact agent in it and if in a dry place will kill wasp and hornets on contact for severel weeks(4 I think.).

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Old 05/03/09, 03:11 PM
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Most wasps are beneficial & if you don't have 'em you'll be battling inchworms, web worms, etc.
But we prevent them from nesting on our porch by spraying a diluted orange oil spray on the posts, ceilings, etc. They stay in the woods.

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Old 05/03/09, 03:49 PM
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Most wasps are beneficial & if you don't have 'em you'll be battling inchworms, web worms, etc.
But we prevent them from nesting on our porch by spraying a diluted orange oil spray on the posts, ceilings, etc. They stay in the woods.

Patty
Thats exactly what I want, to keep them away from our living structure and the animals structures.
the woods are just fine.
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Old 05/03/09, 05:43 PM
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I never kill the dobbers. I love them in my barn as they keep out the spiders.

The bees that dig holes in my outdoor structures are easy to kill. Just wait until they go to bed for the night and spray some "Raid Wasp & Hornet" into the hole; then plug it with something. (I use a stick large enough to stay.)

As for wasks, I like them to help polinate my vegetables. They seem to tolerate us; so we tolerate them. (Same with many bees, except ground bees.) The only wasks I kill are those I find inside my outdoor structures. If they think they can nest in those, they gotta go. I use the "Raid Wasp & Hornet" on them as well.

It is the ground bees that worry me the most as they never really show up until after I have disturbed them by walking, mowing or cleaning. Then they are aggressive. I usually wind up taking a few benedryl tablets because several have stung me. That is when my son goes out with a large rock and half a cup of gasoline. Pouring that in the hole (at night of course) and plugging that hole with the rock will take care of the largest nest. (The largest we found so far was about a foot in diameter with 9 tiers to it.)

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Old 05/03/09, 09:43 PM
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Darn, wish there was a way to save the honey.

We can upon a ground hive when looking at a property last summer. I got to thinking how dangerous that would be to livestock. The owner stepped on it and in a second (less really) had several stings all over his lower legs.

Why do bees nest in the ground anyway? I was always under the impression that they chose trees and other structures.

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Old 05/03/09, 11:51 PM
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I hate wasps. I never bother them yet they have stung me a few times for no reason. So I do to like them anywhere near my house. They are welcome to live far away.
Get guineas, they will eat the wasps, unless you have evil LGDs who eat the guineas and then you are swearing and want to kill the dogs and are back to square one.
I also use the spray that shoots 20 plus feet. I know the can says wait till dusk, but I wait till dark, like 10-11 pm and I know the suckers are good and asleep. Then I spray the heck out of the nest and run like my booty is on fire straight into the house!

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