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headzilla97
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Posted - 07/17/2012 :  9:14:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Help! My girlfriend's deck of her second floor condo has been overrun with wasps nesting under the wooden planks. We have tried to no success to get rid of them. I have heard that diatomaceous earth might be a possibility. Does anyone know if it works? There is no way to pull the planks up to remove the nests, but these pests have got to go!

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Djibouti
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Posted - 07/17/2012 :  9:19:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have heard it works on carpenter bees, so maybe it would on wasps.

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bigoutside
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Posted - 07/17/2012 :  9:20:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No.
It won't work on them.

Go to Home Depot or Lowes and get Wasp Spray.

Wait until dusk and whack 'em.

You might have to go knock on the downstairs neighbor to let them know what you are doing.

But I hit some yellowjackets last night and was pretty accurate from 20 ft. Diatomaceous earth or sevin powder isn't and "instant kill" pesticide. And you NEED something that makes them DRT.
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bigoutside
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Posted - 07/17/2012 :  9:31:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I beg your pardon.

My tendency towards the pedandic once again comes through.
To my shame.

Diamotaceous earth will certainly work.

But it will take a while.

I once saw a young lady have yellow jackets swarm up her blue jeans leg.

I don't wish that experience on you or your girlfriend.

My advice is to go with something more immediate. If it says "kills on contact" I'd recommend it.

I have found that Wasp Spray is very effective and no one got stung.
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FrancF
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Posted - 07/17/2012 :  9:33:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bigoutside

No.
It won't work on them.

Go to Home Depot or Lowes and get Wasp Spray.

Wait until dusk and whack 'em.

You might have to go knock on the downstairs neighbor to let them know what you are doing.

But I hit some yellowjackets last night and was pretty accurate from 20 ft. Diatomaceous earth or sevin powder isn't and "instant kill" pesticide. And you NEED something that makes them DRT.



+1 This time of year we get them everywhere around the shop. What I do is Identify the exact location to the nest and then the next morning just before sunrise when the become active I nail it with that 20' type spray can.

Think I have hit at least 15+ nests so far this year. and the tactic works good!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dys-T6VA9Tw&feature=related

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forgemonkey
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Posted - 07/17/2012 :  9:38:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by FrancF

quote:
Originally posted by bigoutside

No.
It won't work on them.

Go to Home Depot or Lowes and get Wasp Spray.

Wait until dusk and whack 'em.

You might have to go knock on the downstairs neighbor to let them know what you are doing.

But I hit some yellowjackets last night and was pretty accurate from 20 ft. Diatomaceous earth or sevin powder isn't and "instant kill" pesticide. And you NEED something that makes them DRT.



+1 This time of year we get them everywhere around the shop. What I do is Identify the exact location to the nest and then the next morning just before sunrise when the become active I nail it with that 20' type spray can.

Think I have hit at least 15+ nests so far this year. and the tactic works good!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dys-T6VA9Tw&feature=related





,,,,,wooosy !!!!,,,,just grab'em one at a time off the nest with a pair of 'tongs' !!!!!
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FrancF
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Posted - 07/17/2012 :  10:11:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
,,,,,wooosy !!!!

Been a long ass day, ready for bed. Been hitting the sheets here at 9pm(Pdst) been waking up at 1am (little stressed over some installs coming up).

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dennisnielsen
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Posted - 07/17/2012 :  10:16:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
works on any Exoskeleton
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dennisnielsen
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Posted - 07/17/2012 :  10:18:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
but slow and painful

like being cut up with thousands of small blades
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dennisnielsen
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USA
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Posted - 07/17/2012 :  10:24:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Works wonder using ground application

My wife uses it to block ants from the dogfood and water bowl outside.

Scorpions hate it

In the food garden instead of poision too


just ground up sea shell
good stuff


Give me a can of wasp spray anyday for that job though
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jimdeere
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Posted - 07/17/2012 :  10:29:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I had some yellow jackets up inside my vinyl soffit. After 4 cans of wasp and hornet spray, they were still coming and going.
Someone posted to use SEVIN. It worked like a charm. The suckers must have walked through it and carried it to the nest. Did make somewhat of a mess where it dripped on the deck.

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dennisnielsen
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Posted - 07/17/2012 :  10:59:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Walking in it

bingo

the transfer
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