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Beta1
16-05-2010, 17:54:35
Anyone dealt with a wasp nest?

Got a very small nest about the size of a golfball in the shed. Wasn't there on friday as far as i can tell. I've only seen one largish wasp in there but the bloody thing is tucked away where I can't just whack it and run.

Anyone tried one of those spray can things?

Lazarus and the Gimp
16-05-2010, 19:03:06
http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/molotov_cocktail.jpg


Go on. You've always wanted to try it.

Koshko
16-05-2010, 19:33:40
I was once swarmed by wasps when mowing the lawn. I had no idea I was even near a hive. I got stung like 5 total times on my arm, eyebrow, and back. There is no such thing as overkill. Spray the entire fucking canister on it.

Drekkus
16-05-2010, 21:00:51
There must be tons of brilliant ideas on you tube about how to attack a wasp nest

Greg W
17-05-2010, 00:48:38
The way I used to do it was to make sure that i had a clear run from the nest to my front door. Spray fly spray (strong stuff preferably) over the fucker and run like hell when you see it take off form the nest. Slamming the door (fly screen version in my case) usually ensued.

Gets your heart beating, I can tell you that much.

Go back and repeat process if not all wasps are present at the time. Then burn the nest, cos those fuckers will hatch out of the nest if you don't.

MDA
17-05-2010, 04:02:04
the hornet/wasp killer they sell here has about a 15-20 foot range (3-4 meters)

that probably doesn't help, but the stuff works, just hit the nest opening and it'll plug it off with poisony foamy goodness :)

MDA
17-05-2010, 04:02:59
golf ball sized, just knock it loose with the hose and run like hell

zmama
17-05-2010, 07:05:08
Aredhran, is the fella to ask!

Funko
17-05-2010, 08:02:28
Nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.

Oerdin
17-05-2010, 08:05:22
I've knocked down a couple of wasps nests using a regular garden hose with an attached nozzle. After the nest fell down I covered it with a plastic trash can lid and left it in the sun for a day. The result dead backed locusts which I swept up and tossed in the trash.

Funko
17-05-2010, 08:41:55
Locusts in a wasps nest?

devilmunchkin
17-05-2010, 10:08:50
Before you try anything, I would suggest wearing some sort of protective gear.

Funko
17-05-2010, 10:22:14
Like this:

http://www.funnymail.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/huge-burger.jpg

The Mad Monk
17-05-2010, 13:43:37
What part of "in the shed" don't you guys understand?

If it's golf ball sized, take a used jar with lid, put the jar under the nest with the lid in hand close to it. Use the lip of the jar to scrape it off the wall, screw on the lid, and do with it what you will.

MDA
17-05-2010, 13:55:51
if you can't reach it to knock it loose, reaching it to scrape it loose into a jar might not be so easy

Lurker
17-05-2010, 14:47:10
Power washer, baby, power washer!

Funko
17-05-2010, 15:03:32
What part of "in the shed" don't you guys understand?

If it's golf ball sized, take a used jar with lid, put the jar under the nest with the lid in hand close to it. Use the lip of the jar to scrape it off the wall, screw on the lid, and do with it what you will.

Who says we don't understand? Why is burning the shed down not a practical solution?

Greg W
17-05-2010, 15:46:23
And why can't he run from his shed to his front (or back) door?

The Mad Monk
17-05-2010, 17:29:06
if you can't reach it to knock it loose, reaching it to scrape it loose into a jar might not be so easy

He said "whack it and run"; I took that to mean he had to deal with an obstacle course between the nest and the door. If you do the jar right, you don't have to run.

...but someone you hate might. :cute:

The Mad Monk
17-05-2010, 17:31:26
Who says we don't understand? Why is burning the shed down not a practical solution?


Granted, you can commit arson from the outside, but poisoning and firehosing might be problematic.

MDA
17-05-2010, 17:41:46
bypass the fire, freeze the nest with a CO2 fire extinguisher

Miss those days with easy access to dry ice/liquid nitrogen? :)

The Mad Monk
17-05-2010, 17:46:20
How can I miss them? THEY'RE STILL HERE.

Welcome to rural America, where dry ice is sold in every supermarket and an assortment of liquified gases are just a phone call away! :bounce:

MDA
17-05-2010, 18:10:07
I meant Beta, but I had no idea you could get dry ice at a supermarket. :beer:

Beta1
17-05-2010, 19:38:10
Benefit of being head of chemistry at school - I can still get my hands on CO2 cylinders :)

In the end I found a very long pole and went for the whack it and run approach.

No more nest, lots of happy ants which have cleaned up the mess but unfortunately I must have missed the queen because I saw her hovering around the shed again later.

So I guess I'll be doing this a few more times this summer!

Koshko
18-05-2010, 00:50:36
They are truly bastards that will hide the nests on you.

Funko
18-05-2010, 07:51:56
Granted, you can commit arson from the outside, but poisoning and firehosing might be problematic.

:gasmaske:

MDA
18-05-2010, 11:05:19
I wonder if there are any parasitoid wasps that eat wasps. That would be awesome.

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Cheshire Cat
18-05-2010, 11:30:54
unfortunately I must have missed the queen

Long Live the Queen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Live_the_Queen)
alas, that's a dutch film

is the Queen a WASP?
god save her

mr_B
18-05-2010, 13:02:58
Like this:

http://www.funnymail.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/huge-burger.jpg

it's photoshopped :cry:

Funko
18-05-2010, 13:23:31
by a genius.

The Mad Monk
18-05-2010, 16:09:52
Benefit of being head of chemistry at school - I can still get my hands on CO2 cylinders :)

In the end I found a very long pole and went for the whack it and run approach.

No more nest, lots of happy ants which have cleaned up the mess but unfortunately I must have missed the queen because I saw her hovering around the shed again later.

So I guess I'll be doing this a few more times this summer!

Golf ball sized nests don't have queens, they have semi-social "cooperatives" of fertile female wasps. You didn't destroy a wasp city, more like a few wasp condos.

There are several "queens", and they will all be back.

Funko
18-05-2010, 16:11:13
Just like CG.

Greg W
18-05-2010, 16:19:09
We have semi-social "cooperatives" of fertile female(s)? :eek:

Funko
18-05-2010, 16:27:53
Queen is also slang for "homosexual".

Did you know Freddie Mercury was gay?

devilmunchkin
18-05-2010, 16:28:47
We have semi-social "cooperatives" of fertile female(s)? :eek:

:cool:

Lurker
18-05-2010, 18:49:51
Did you know Venom?

MDA
18-05-2010, 18:51:16
semi-social, semi-sociopathic

Lurker
18-05-2010, 18:57:14
Semi-fertile female.

Drekkus
18-05-2010, 19:27:01
it's photoshopped :cry:how do you know?

Greg W
19-05-2010, 01:50:42
Queen is also slang for "homosexual".

Did you know Freddie Mercury was gay?Own Goal!

I've even commented here once about how the "gay" capital of Australia is King's Cross, and how it used to have a more appropriate name, "Queen's Cross" in the past.

Then again, nobody pays attention to me, so I should be realistic I guess. :(

jsorense
19-05-2010, 02:16:02
Did you know Venom?
No, do you?
With a crap id like that it must be some kind of prepubescent 30 year-old that lurks around sterling intellectual BBs like this. [do not die laughing at this zmama]. With all of the authority I have in this forum I say he should be banned for life. And that includes a GPS collar so we know where he is all of the time.
I do have security issues after the Institute of Irrefutable Science Institute fiascoes. :o

Lurker
19-05-2010, 03:08:40
jsorense for forum mod.

zmama
19-05-2010, 06:24:40
I bet he'd do it if we give him bourbon and that helmet!

The Mad Monk
19-05-2010, 13:28:36
How about bourbon in that helmet?

Funko
19-05-2010, 13:31:36
He'll drink it out of anything.