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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Mar 12, 2012 6:07 PM CST
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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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Mar 12, 2012 6:09 PM CST
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How cool! I'm going to try this!
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Mar 12, 2012 6:21 PM CST
Name: Susan
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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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Mar 12, 2012 6:25 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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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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Mar 12, 2012 6:50 PM CST
Name: Kj
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what a great idea. I tip my hat to you.
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Mar 12, 2012 7:36 PM CST
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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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Mar 12, 2012 7:40 PM CST
Name: Susan
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Thank You, works good! I heard that about the porch ceilings but I don't really know.
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Mar 12, 2012 7:41 PM CST
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Cool!
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Mar 12, 2012 7:46 PM CST
Name: Susan
Virginia (Zone 8a)
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I tip my hat to you.
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Mat.6:28-29
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Mar 12, 2012 8:36 PM CST
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That is so AWESOME that even a homemade one works!!!
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Mar 12, 2012 8:47 PM CST
Name: woofie
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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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Mar 12, 2012 9:35 PM CST
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Woofie - try this trap. Works the best in my area for both mud daubers & other wasps. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001H1GRPI/
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Mar 12, 2012 11:23 PM CST
Name: Margaret
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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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Mar 13, 2012 3:29 AM CST
Name: Carole
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Good tip, Susan. Very economical solution too! Thumbs up
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Mar 13, 2012 5:00 AM CST
Name: Susan
Virginia (Zone 8a)
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Thank You, I like those plastic ones too, wish they made one for slugs. Hilarious!
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Mat.6:28-29
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Mar 13, 2012 5:01 AM CST
Name: Carole
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I agree
I garden for the pollinators.
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Mar 13, 2012 8:12 AM CST
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Name: Toni
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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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Mar 13, 2012 9:19 AM CST
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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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Mar 13, 2012 9:19 AM CST
Name: Margaret
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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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Mar 13, 2012 9:38 AM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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Oooooh, thanks, Toni! That one looks like it would work here!
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