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joannakat
May 20, 2020 5:37 PM CST
Hi everyone,

I am having a bad problem with paper wasps trying to nest in my really small storage shed. I keep squishing them as they begin to build, but more just come in. It's become an hourly thing and I'm really hating it. I actually like wasps, but in my garden among my plants, not in or on my home or storage shed.

The shed is made of wood, I think pine.

Can anyone please recommend a natural repellent? I'd prefer not to kill them, I just want them to nest in the forest out back instead. I tried eucalyptus oil, but it's not really working.

Thanks in advance. All advice will be greatly appreciated.
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BigBill
May 20, 2020 5:46 PM CST
The only thing I can think of is to spray the interior with a wasp spray. Spray the entire inside.
You may kill a couple but I am thinking that the rest will get the heck out of town when they smell it.
Spray the seams of the area where they are trying to get in.
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joannakat
May 20, 2020 5:49 PM CST
BigBill said:The only thing I can think of is to spray the interior with a wasp spray. Spray the entire inside.
You may kill a couple but I am thinking that the rest will get the heck out of town when they smell it.
Spray the seams of the area where they are trying to get in.


Thanks Bill. I know to do that. I'm looking for a recommendation for a product. A natural one that's also effective.

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stone
May 21, 2020 8:50 AM CST
I've always heard that if you let them nest one year, and leave the old nest up... they won't nest near the nest...

So... maybe you could get some old nests?

I have wasps that nest in the door frame as I go inside the house... I go in and out 20 times a day... and they just deal with it...

As long as they are exposed to my comings and goings, they stay calm. It's when they have the place to themselves that they maybe get aggressive.

I don't know of any other repellant... I want to encourage them.

Those in my doorway? they are working security...

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joannakat
May 21, 2020 8:55 AM CST
Thanks stone, I have heard that they are true beneficials and the truth is that they are not aggressive in any way. But I can't have them nesting in this shed because it's really small, and I have to stick my hands and arms in there to get things out, and sometimes, my face.

Last year, one stung my mail lady and she had a very bad reaction.

I'm thinking that the time frame for starting a nest is a short one so if I can avoid having them build the beginnings of a nest in there, they'll leave to nest elsewhere (maybe in your doorway? Hilarious! ) Does this make sense to you? Surprisingly, this morning, there isn't a single wasp in there even though they're still in my flowers.
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May 21, 2020 9:13 AM CST
Spring is when they are under the most pressure to find a new home. You may have to kill a few, but as we get into the later season, more and more of them will have homes established elsewhere. I love to have them on my place, but I don't tolerate them around my doors and porches. They seem well behaved till one of our really hot Texas days puts them in a bad mood, then all bets are off.
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joannakat
May 21, 2020 9:32 AM CST
Thanks Bryan. I love all beneficials, but like you, I feel like the house and shed are strictly for humans.

Anyone have any recommendations for something that will repel them? Something natural or organic?
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WAMcCormick
May 21, 2020 9:40 PM CST
A beauty berry bush might repel them. I have read that that bush or it's leaves are used in making some insect repellants.
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joannakat
May 22, 2020 6:50 AM CST
Thanks Bryan, that's about as natural as you can get!

I think I need something in a can or a bottle though. Anyone?
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gardenfish
May 22, 2020 7:09 AM CST
Joanna, how about spraying Neem oil on them? It might work. I'm thinking the oil would coat the nest, and make it inhabitable. Then they would go elsewhere.
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joannakat
May 22, 2020 7:43 AM CST
gardenfish said:Joanna, how about spraying Neem oil on them? It might work. I'm thinking the oil would coat the nest, and make it inhabitable. Then they would go elsewhere.


That is an excellent idea Lynda, Thank You!

And I just happen to have a large spray bottle of pure neem oil! I'll give it a try!

I have successfully prevented them from building a nest, and the neem might be just the thing to prevent them from trying again. Every day, there are more who try.

I'll update.

Thanks again!

AKA Joey.

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