They are still getting in, I saw some actually coming in thru the electrical plates on the wall in the kitchen. Now they are coming in on the 3rd floor. An exterminator is not an option at this point. I want to get rid of them myself. Any suggestions?
Why do you want to do it yourself? You may not be able to. Call the exterminator and be done with it.
If they are as bad as what you described no amount of spraying (no matter how good the spray is) is going to help. You need to get a professional exterminator in. Deeli suggested calling your county offices and homeowners insurance company for help. They may or may not be of any help but it won't cost anything to try. A pro is going to cost a small (or maybe large) fortune, but with the problem you have it's your only choice.
I personally wouldn't use gasoline, lit or unlit, anywhere near or in my home. Perhaps you could call your county offices and homeowners insurance company for advice about low cost and/or self help ideas.
I swear by a spray called Poison Free by Victor - www.victorpest.com. It contains mint oil and hornets hate it. You can use oil of mint from the grocery store, but make sure it is the pure extract. Use a cotton ball to apply it around the areas where they're getting in. Your house will smell like a big candy cane, but it should deter them.
They will actually survive a fire. Torching them only burns their wings off and makes them mad, but they can still reproduce. They can only survive down to about 45deg F so the gas by itself will usually do it. Also remember to blast their nest after dark or you won't get all of them. Don't use a flashlignt either, that wakes them up. Try to find a red LED light because they can't see colors. Just a footnote: I'm not a tree-hugger, but the EPA doesn't like us pouring gas into the environment because "if everybody did it....yada yada..."
Go get 'em but "bee" careful! :)
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