Wasp squatters need eviction
June 8, 2009 12:45 PM Subscribe
Looking to remove two wasp nests, but the location makes standard tactics not viable.
posted by barc0001 to home & garden (26 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a storage shed in my back yard that I well.. store things in. I've noticed over the last couple of weeks that there were a few wasps hanging around its general vicinity while I was out in the yard but didn't think too much of it until I saw a few fly in to the shed through gaps. I came back late that night since I needed something from the shed anyway and pointed a flashlight around looking to see what the little beggars were up to and on the ceiling I see not one, but two nests. They are currently small, one about golf ball sized, and the other about 1.5x that size. Now, I don't know if both are active nests or just one since it was late at night and all the wasps are asleep I guess. I have a huge phobia about wasps and going back in the day for recon just doesn't sound like a Good Idea to me.
Past removal techniques have usually involved hot flaming death in liquid form and were highly successful. However, that's not really an option in a small (8'x12') space full of my stuff. Same goes for using poison foam/sprays as I don't want that all over my stuff either. There's also the complication with a poison foam spray of there being two potential targets and what if both are active and have some sort of mutual defense treaty or similar. The shed is located in such a place in my yard with a hill that quick retreat in the face of a non-poisoned nest response team is a challenging task. So poison foam is out. I then thought about someone's suggestion to use the shop vac on the nests, but again the two targets presents an issue with a potential angry response from the unengaged target.
One crazy thought that either occurred to me directly or was influenced by something I heard/read elsewhere was to take my garden hose and throw the hose end in through a small gap in the shed's doorway at night, then take the other end of the hose and attach it to my tailpipe and let the car idle for about a half hour or so on the idea that the CO from the tailpipe will do in all the wasps and then go in the next day with the shop vac and take down the nests. There's no risk to neighborhood cats or animals as the shed gaps are only about the size of a quarter or smaller, no way someone's cat will accidentally be collateral damage. Can anyone see a glaring fault with this plan (like it just won't kill the wasps), or does anyone have a better idea to eliminate 2 separate nests in the same confined space safely?