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Went to vacuum the pool tonight, hopped up on the deck and got swarmed by a bunch of what I believe are paper wasps. I must have disturbed them when I walked over top of the hive I think, because they were pissed and came out in a hurry. The hive is under a lower tier that goes down to the pool, and is enclosed by lattice, so I can't physically get under there without getting out the sawzall and hacking it up. Even then, it's not high on my wish list to do so. It appears to be about 7 or 8 inches in diameter and maybe 9 or 10 inches tall. Hard to tell, I grabbed a couple quick pix after the little bastards settled down. Anyone got any sure fire tricks to getting rid of these things? Or is this a job that I need to call an exterminator?





Hanging about 4 or 5 inches below the 2X6 joists.
 

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Nuke it at night with wasp spray, then tear it out.
Yep, just did the same thing last week. Make sure you get a new can of spray and it gets up into the nest. I dumped the whole can in a nest about the size the one in your pic. Next day just knocked the nest down with a shovel. They were all dead.
 

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Definitely at night when they are much less active. Put a couple cans of spray on it till it's soaked really well. If you get the foaming kind it's much easier to see what you have hit plus it goes a good distance making it easier to spray through the lattice work.
 

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Not sure if you can poke a hole in it at night, just to make it a touch easier to soak - but what was said above - soak the **** out of it. Looks like it's between two joists, so it might be difficult to get to. Good luck!
 

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Not sure if you can poke a hole in it at night, just to make it a touch easier to soak - but what was said above - soak the **** out of it. Looks like it's between two joists, so it might be difficult to get to. Good luck!
Yeah, it's in a pickle of a spot. At least a foot or more in from the edge of the lattice. I can see the entry hole that they're all going in and out of, but it'll be tough the get a spray can straw that far in and get the juice inside the hive.
 

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Yeah, it's in a pickle of a spot. At least a foot or more in from the edge of the lattice. I can see the entry hole that they're all going in and out of, but it'll be tough the get a spray can straw that far in and get the juice inside the hive.
Can you get under it like in the pic? I just shot the spray up into the hole on the bottom. They started falling out immediately. After they stopped falling out, I just soaked the outside of the nest with the spray. It will actually tear the nest apart and get inside. I've got to run the garbage up to the curb. Will let you know what I used. It wasn't foam, though.
 

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Pour gas on the deck above the nest and light it. Just be sure to stand back.

Seriously, the night time attack works fine.
 

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Those are hornets black and white are bald face hornets , black and yellow are european hornets , thats a tough spot . I would dust it at night if it were at my house...... Dead by dawn :)
or you can spray a ton of wasp freeze in the bottom at night get the foaming spray so they can fly.
Another trick is to tape a bug bomb on a thirty food painters pole jam the bomb in the hole in the bottom then use the pole to scrape it off make sure your put the hive in a sealed plastic bag there are larvae in the hive that can hatch.
 

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Can you get under it like in the pic? I just shot the spray up into the hole on the bottom. They started falling out immediately. After they stopped falling out, I just soaked the outside of the nest with the spray. It will actually tear the nest apart and get inside. I've got to run the garbage up to the curb. Will let you know what I used. It wasn't foam, though.
Possibly. I reached my phone in through the lattice about 6" past the end of my wrist in the very top pic. It took about 6 tries to get a clear one as I couldn't see the screen. It was a classic spray and pray. LOL!
 

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Possibly. I reached my phone in through the lattice about 6" past the end of my wrist in the very top pic. It took about 6 tries to get a clear one as I couldn't see the screen. It was a classic spray and pray. LOL!
I had a clear shot at it. This is what I used, it worked well. Good luck.



On a side note, I'm digging the new Sig, lol. Normally wear it in a minituck but already took the holster off so just threw it in my front pocket. Still new to carrying cocked and locked but getting very comfortable with it.
 

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Looks like a yellow jacket nest to me. But that's not important. You got under there to snap the picture now get under as best as you can with a can of bee spray in each hand and hose the crap out of the nest. Then once those cans are gone reload and keep spraying. Once those are gone plan on using two more cans but evaluate before you spray bc you might not need to waste them. You can maybe spray from the top down on it too. It will soak in and kill them, just not as quickly. I have to kill bees almost on a daily basis they build nests all over railroad stuff.
 

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Go after them early in the morning or night when the temp is low and cool outside. They are sluggish when it's cool out and all the occupants are home...
I prefer morning so I can see the little flying truckers... Spray it up good then knock the nest down. Spray up the larvae as well when the nest is down.
 

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cut the bottom off a milk jug. At night, put the jug over the nest, put nozzle firmly in the top opening of the milk jug and spray the **** out of those demon spawn creatures from heeeeeeeelll!!!. put cap on the milk jug. scrape nest off into milk jug and BURN IT WITH NAPALM!!!
 

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My real answer soak them with brake cleaner. My fun answer, kill'em with fire. Flaming bees at night are fun to watch.
 

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For the future, you should pick up a wasp nest decoy. Make sure to get one made from plastic (they do make them in paper and they get destroyed in the rain).

My parents-in-law had issues with wasps for years and years... Bought one of these fake wasp nests and they haven't had any real ones in 4 years. I guess they're territorial or something lol
 

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Like Tony said, I also go after them on a cool night. They're less active and at night you'll get to eliminate the entire colony since they don't normally fly at night. Soak the piss out of them as already stated. I've never needed more than one can. Although the pleasure of continually soaking the bastards with multiple cans is very appealing. Have fun with it :)
 

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I had one of those in a tree right next to my yard. They didn't bother me on the riding lawn mower but when I switched to the push mower to get the edges it was WWIII. After they calmed down I went out with my paint ball gun and blasted them out of the tree at 150 feet. They never recovered and moved on. Yours is in a tough spot if you can get a high pressure hose in there to knock it down they will move on.
 
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