How To Deter Wasps: Great Idea!

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How To Deter Wasps

By virginiarose
March 13, 2012

I was doing some research about wasps last year because we had a problem with them building a nest under our breezeway. I found that if you make a fake wasp nest, it will keep them away because wasps are territorial and they will think the territory is occupied. All I knew is that it should be round and gray, so I balled up a grocery bag and covered it with weather resistant duct tape. I broke the hook off a coat hanger so I could hang it. It worked like a charm all summer: no wasps, no pesticides!

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Skiekitty
Mar 12, 2012 6:07 PM CST
I'm always afraid of accidentally killing bees instead of wasps, but being allergic, I can't take the chance. I'm going to have to try this! I have like 3 different kinds of wasps that hang out at my house. I usually use a wasp trap, but I don't like having them hang all over the place. However, your nest there looks more like a hornet's nest than a wasp's nest. Do you think this would work for paper wasps too? Mud-daubers' nests look totally different.
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flaflwrgrl
Mar 12, 2012 6:09 PM CST
How cool! I'm going to try this!
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virginiarose
Mar 12, 2012 6:21 PM CST
Thank you, I do recall seeing mud divers the year before but not last year. There was one really aggressive wasp who was building a nest near garage and he was so mad when he saw this he was crawling all over it and buzzing real loud. I took a flyswatter and took him out, I had to. He was the only one that thought my garage was his territory. After that it was total peace. I loved it. Green Grin!
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flaflwrgrl
Mar 12, 2012 6:25 PM CST
You know, I really don't mind them being there UNTIL they get so territorial they decide YOU are the enemy. That's when we begin having problems with one another. I'm perfectly willing to share my space & let them do their thing as long as they let me do mine. It's when they get other ideas that the trouble starts.
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KJ
Mar 12, 2012 6:50 PM CST
what a great idea. I tip my hat to you.
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KyWoods
Mar 12, 2012 7:36 PM CST
I think I do remember reading that somewhere--good to know it really works, congrats! Another thing I read is that if you paint the ceiling sky blue, they think it's the sky, so they won't build on it. Blinking
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virginiarose
Mar 12, 2012 7:40 PM CST
Thank You, works good! I heard that about the porch ceilings but I don't really know.
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Aguane
Mar 12, 2012 7:41 PM CST
And who said "You can't fool Mother Nature"?
Cool!
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virginiarose
Mar 12, 2012 7:46 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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flowersrjen
Mar 12, 2012 8:36 PM CST
That is so AWESOME that even a homemade one works!!!
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woofie
Mar 12, 2012 8:47 PM CST
I agree with Toni; that looks like a hornet nest to me. Will a fake hornet nest keep away paper wasps? Cause that's mostly what we have here, that and yellow jackets. Funny, those yellow jacket traps work great for yellow jackets, but the darn paper wasps just walk right out of them!
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Skiekitty
Mar 12, 2012 9:35 PM CST
Woofie - try this trap. Works the best in my area for both mud daubers & other wasps. http://www.amazon.com/Rescue-WHYTR-BB8-Hornets-Yellow-Jacket...
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mcash70
Mar 12, 2012 11:23 PM CST
You can buy plastic wasp nests for about $3. for a pk. of 2 at Walmart and they work great!! Thumbs up
We even took a couple with us when we went camping, hung one on the trailer and one some distance away in a tree.
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SongofJoy
Mar 13, 2012 3:29 AM CST
Good tip, Susan. Very economical solution too! Thumbs up
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virginiarose
Mar 13, 2012 5:00 AM CST
Thank You, I like those plastic ones too, wish they made one for slugs. Hilarious!
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SongofJoy
Mar 13, 2012 5:01 AM CST
I agree
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
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Skiekitty
Mar 13, 2012 8:12 AM CST
mcash70 said:You can buy plastic wasp nests for about $3. for a pk. of 2 at Walmart and they work great!! Thumbs up
We even took a couple with us when we went camping, hung one on the trailer and one some distance away in a tree.
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I've never seen these! I wish the Wallyworlds here carried them...
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Shannon
Mar 13, 2012 9:19 AM CST
I paint the ceiling's sky blue. And so far no more wasp's. But, that would work for the overhang
on our garage. Thumbs up
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mcash70
Mar 13, 2012 9:19 AM CST
I'm very surprised that WM wouldn't carry them there, they come in a flat package with the wire that keeps them open and a string to hang them, I found them inside with the fertilizers, weed killers, slug bait area of the store.
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woofie
Mar 13, 2012 9:38 AM CST
Oooooh, thanks, Toni! That one looks like it would work here!
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