yellow jackets/wasps in the attic.....

powiebabyJanuary 22, 2007

I moved into a new home last November. The house was constructed during the fall of 2005. It wasn't until this past November 2006 that I got the builder to close up a gap in the attic along the eave. I just noticed this weekend lots of dead yellow jackets or wasps or whatever on the attic floor. Probably died from the freezing weather that finally arrived. Assuming that they got in the attic thru that gap, or some other tiny openings alongs the eaves. My question is, if I happen to notice them alive and in the attic in the spring/summer, is there any kind of gadget or chemical or whatever that I can put out in the attic that will kill them, short of locating a nest and spraying it?

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Only the queen will survive the winter in cold climates and she may find a nest elsewhere in the Spring. So having closed the entry gap may prevent this from recurring.

If you do notice wasps in the attic next year, it is a far better option to quickly treat the nest directly than poison your home with chemicals that'll blanket the entire attic. There are sprays that look like silly string that you can aim at a nest from a considerable distance (night time is the best time to do this). Also, it is not terribly expensive to get an exterminator to do this, if you are squeamish.

I had someone blast away a nest a few years ago. Took him about 30 seconds and he didn't even bother with safety gear. But since it was up a ladder and I'm terrified of stinging insects, it was worth the $50 to have him do it. Another nest I found attached to the shed I did myself. Results within seconds.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 12:52PM
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