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HELP got a massive wasps nest in my loft

rebel06

Looking for a cause.
Moderator
I can see where they are getting in what should I do, anyone had experience in this.
 

Activ8

I made the 1,000,000 th post
When I had one two years ago I contacted a specialist who came and injected powder into the nest. Next day he came back and scooped it all into a bag and took it away... Cost about £40 I think.
 

hooferinsane

EXIF Seeker
Super Moderator
You can buy an aerosol pesticide, I sprayed it into the point of access (ie the hole) and it did the trick for me, but assume the nest is next to the hole. Might be safer to call in an expert.
 

gaelldew

Always on
Premium Member
Get the experts in Paul, I managed to sort one in the garden luckily it was in a large box so kept dosing it with wasp powder, had little one in a bird box did that with powder. This was it after demolishing the bird box, kept it for the kids to take to school.Nest.jpg
 

DonS

Stuck in Toronto
Moderator
I have done this many times. Spray the nest in the evening, they are more likely to be there and you have a better chance of getting them all. Or....set up a webcam to watch :) This is actually honeybees at my girls' school:
 

Snips

Always on
Wasp nest killer - best used early evenings and/or early mornings. Sprays up to a good 8 feet away so it’s fairly safe to use.

We had to use it the other day on one. Most years we get a wasp nest that needs to be dealt with but in the garden we normally leave them alone. (When I was plumbing, in the summer I’d always look out for a wasp nest in the loft before I ventured too far!)
 

SeanNeedham

Ol' Sparky
Honorary Life Member
I doubt any of my techniques would be suitable for residential properties, all old farm-boy stuff that either involved fire or shotguns; best off calling the man for it.
 

rebel06

Looking for a cause.
Moderator
Ok got some of that wasp powder and puffed into the opening , it got very excited very soon with loads of wasps buzzing in and out, then almost completely stopped, will try another time tonight after sunset.
 

Snips

Always on
That unfortunately will only kill the wasps moving around but not the wasps that stay on the nest with the queen. It does help though.

You need something called wasp nest destroyer foam and apply it a few times.
 

rebel06

Looking for a cause.
Moderator
That unfortunately will only kill the wasps moving around but not the wasps that stay on the nest with the queen. It does help though.

You need something called wasp nest destroyer foam and apply it a few times.
I thought they got coated in the stuff and took it into the hive to infect others??
 

Snips

Always on
I thought they got coated in the stuff and took it into the hive to infect others??
I believe what you have is like fly killer where it just suffocates them. The stuff I’m talking about does take it into the nest to infect and kill the others.
 

Snips

Always on
There's a foam which can be sprayed from about 8' away that kills the wasp nest - and if you can't hit it directly then the wasps take the chemical to the nest which destroys it (but not in one hit). This dust stuff is fine but not as effective as the foam you can buy.

At the end of the day, if what you have does the job, it doesn't really matter.
 

kayak

Old Hand
Give Waspman a buzz, he'll know what to do. In the UK your local council web site should have a number for pest control. My mum had a large hornet nest removed from her garden and they didn't charge her anything. That was quite a few years back though.
 

Haripaul

Always on
Premium Member
I've had plenty of nests in my loft and a tip from a pest controller was squirt ant power in and around the entrance to the nest. It worked and all gone within two days. Just make sure you're covered up before doing it.
 

DonS

Stuck in Toronto
Moderator
There's a foam which can be sprayed from about 8' away that kills the wasp nest - and if you can't hit it directly then the wasps take the chemical to the nest which destroys it (but not in one hit). This dust stuff is fine but not as effective as the foam you can buy.

At the end of the day, if what you have does the job, it doesn't really matter.
I have never heard of using a powder, it is always some type of spray. This sounds like what I have always used, it shoots a great distance and if you spray in the entrance it expands inside.
 

Haripaul

Always on
Premium Member
I have never heard of using a powder, it is always some type of spray. This sounds like what I have always used, it shoots a great distance and if you spray in the entrance it expands inside.
It works the same way as killing off Ants, if you put the powder around the entrance of the nest the wasps take the powder inside and kills off the wasps. It's a lot cheaper than the sprays so not common knowledge. By the way I will not kill the bees though as they are not a pest.
 
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