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Killing wasps

March 5th, 2007 at 01:05 am

We are having brilliant hot weather this month. Unfortunately it also means there are lots of wasps around. Australian ones with a very nasty sting. I found 2 nests in my garden and rang the pest exterminator, but he is so busy he couldn't come for a few days. A woman in my church told me to get rid of them by pouring gasoline on them. So this evening when it was dark and they were all in the nest, I sneaked out with a funnel and a pint of gas and poured it in. Hope it works, as it's certainly a lot cheaper than paying someone to do it.

9 Responses to “Killing wasps”

  1. jIM_Ohio Says:

    We burned the nests when I was younger too. Not sure if it was gasoline which killed them or the fire.

    We use a spray here in the states now a days.

  2. barbara L Says:

    I was attacked by yellow jackets once. Very nasty bites they have. Anyway, my son just went out and covered up the two holes with a pile of dirt that night.

    They never came back.

    I read somewhere that if you put a glass bowl over their hole that they don't try to dig out and they will starve to death. Never tried it myself, but it sounds plausible.

  3. fern Says:

    Gasoline is a very bad idea as it could contaminate any underground water. There are better ways to kill wasps.

  4. laceshawl Says:

    Fern, I hadn't thought of the dangers of contamination. Thanks for reminding me. I'll look for another method.

  5. Tightwad Kitty Says:

    I just use a can of surface spray at night. As they are not on the ground here but hanging from something like your house near the backdoor most times or under outdoors tables & chairs or in trees too!
    Kitty

  6. fern Says:

    I'm so glad to hear that, laceshawl.

    I usually get stung at least once each summer when i run my lawnmower over a wasp nest. It's a nasty sting with swelling that lasts a week! But like tightwad kitty, it's pretty easy to use a can of wasp killer spray in the evening, when all the wasps are in the nest. These sprays are designed to spray a long distance so you don't have to get up too close. Good luck. Wear protective clothing, like a vinyl type raincoat and head protection if you can, just in case. Your neighbors may wonder, but what the heck.

  7. jIM_Ohio Says:

    making my neighbors wonder is half the fun.

  8. DR. Z Says:

    GASOLINE IS THE TICKET FOR KILLING GROUND DWELLING YELLOW JACKETS.I LIKE TO USE A GALLON DOWN THE HOLE ABOUT TEN O'CLOCK AT NIGHT. WORKS EVERY TIME.DON'T BOTHER LIGHTING IT.JUST LET IT DO IT'S WORK.

  9. fern Says:

    If you get your drinking water from a well, you can forget about clean water to drink, Dr. Z.

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