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To keep wasps and spiders from building their nests, paint your porch ceiling sky blue or a pale blue. This tricks the insects into thinking it's the sky. They won't build there.
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By Sherry Hampton from Valdosta, GA
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Is there anything I can spray my porch with to repel wasps? I have had a hard time since we built it. They treated it with linseed oil if that helps. Sometimes there is a hundred at a time. No pest control people know what to use.
By greg from Clovis, NM
I've seen this used at a golf resort and the operators said it was useful! I copied this from the net. Hope it helps you!
Hang a crumpled brown paper bag. A natural wasp repellent to use is by preying on the fact that wasps are territorial so they will not make a nest where one already exists. To give the illusion of a wasp nest, crumple up a small brown grocery bag, attach a string, and hang near your doors. They cannot tell if it's truly a nest, but they seem to trust what they see. Their instincts will kick in and they will go away.
In an attempt to repel wasps I have heard many suggestions to make or purchase fake wasp nests to hang in areas where they are unwanted.
I just want to say I have a terrible wasp infestation at my home, and there are hundreds of old vacated wasp nests all around. None of these wasp nests have wasps in them, The wasps will build new nests right next to them!
I hung a fake nest from my covered porch and had wasps climbing all over it and they built a nest right next to that fake nest as well. So before you waste your money on the fake nests or waste your time building and hanging them yourself. I just wanted to give you this heads-up, It failed miserably at my house. I have Red Wasps, Mud Dabbers, Black Wasps and Yellow Jackets.
I second the fake wasp nest idea. You can buy them online.
I have the same problem the crumbled bag does not keep them away
I too am having a huge wasp problem at my home in Buffalo New York which is why I came on this site but my comment has nothing to do with the wasp issue... I just had to say: what are the chances that someone from Clovis New Mexico commented on here!? I was born in Clovis!!!!
I lived in Texico New Mexico, next to Farwell , Tx and worked in Clovis 30 years ago
My whole family is from there. Have you heard of Wilson's Radiator Shop.
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Can anyone help? I have a friend who is absolutely terrified of Wasps. I mean - PETRIFIED. She will close all windows in summer- just in case, she won't go out either until the colder months. This phobia is practically disabling this poor lady's life.
Does anyone have any suggestions to at least keep them away from her home? (This lady lives in a small bungalow on the edge of a small wood.)
Thank you in advance if you post a response :D
I would really like to know also. I am terrified of wasps myself.
Hang a slice of watermelon over a pail of water. The wasps will gorge themselves and drop into the water. (05/25/2005)
Well, one thing I can think of is not too have a bird bath or standing water. The wasps will come looking for a drink.
Don't plant flowers near the house and use a wasp trap on/in one corner of the yard away from all activity of the house.
I know this sounds crazy, but bear with me! To keep ALL flying insects (flies, wasps, etc.) away, take a plastic sandwich bag and place a penny inside it. Fill the bag with water. Use some clothespins to attach the bag to a clothes hanger and hang around your porches, doors, windows and patios. This works for any insects that have "compound eyes". Their eyes trick them into thinking that the bag is a spider's web, and the penny looks like a spider sitting in the web. My husband and I do this every summer, and it is rare that we have flies or other flying insects in or around our house! (05/25/2005)
I've tried brown paper bags filled with air, tied and taped to sides of walls and tree trunks (not branches) as the wasps think they're hornet nests and it works! Wasps will not go near a hornets nest, outdoor cafes tape the bags to their windows. (05/26/2005)
I just read from another site to take a 2-liter pop/soda bottle and cut the top portion off. Fill it up with sugar water, then place a funnel on top. The wasps/bees will be attracted to it, then go in the funnel and cannot come back out. (04/14/2006)
Thank you all for the great ideas. I will have to try these as I am allergic. I was stung as a child and had to be rushed to the ER. There is no other feeling like suffocation and I don't want that to ever happen again. So thanks for the info, I will try to post again and let you know what worked for me (04/19/2006)
The paperbag method isn't working!
I have an 81 year old dear friend who told me about this and it does work! I had a problem with wasp in my mail box, so I put 5 or 6 mothballs in a plastic baggie and left the top unsealed and pushed it way in the back. IT WORKED. But, your mail smells a bit! It was worth it to us. (03/21/2007)
First, watch the wasps to find where the nests are. Want until dusk when all wasps are back home for the night. Have your husband or someone brave enough to stand still and firm with a can of wasp stray. The wasps will drop like flies. Then the next morning (or when you're ready to plant or play outside) use a YARD FOGGER. The fogger REALLY works. The "penny in a bag' works too, but you need to get rid of the nests first and place the bag openingly. I use bug stray around my doors to detour flies and spiders. Put all three of these things together and it will give you less dodging of wasps, flies, and spiders for months. Good Luck! (03/23/2007)
I am getting married in the Summer and I am terrified of wasps and bees, I was looking for something small that will repel them away from me, such as a gel in a plastic ball a bit like some of the air fresheners you can buy. Hoping to be able to hide it in my bouquet. The ideas sound great and will give them a try for around the home but anyone have any ideas of how I will not keep running away from wasps and bees on my wedding DVD! (05/02/2007)
The penny in the bag of water does work for any flying insect! (08/15/2007)
I know I saw on the program this morning a fake wasp nest you put up in your garden and this keeps the wasps away. I think it was a tenner. I'm going to get one this summer. I believe they will be in most garden centres. (02/12/2008)
By rebecca smith
Does anyone know if there is such a thing as hanging too many fake nests or pennies in a bag? I don't know how smart wasps are, but is it possible that they might 'clue in' if I overdo it?
She can buy something called the Waspinator , it mimics a wasp nest, hang one or several around the outside of the house. It will indicated to other wasps this home is already taken and they will stay away. It is sold at most garden centers. Hope this helps, my sister is also petrified of bees and wasps. (04/20/2008)
I am completely petrified of wasps and other stinging insects. I have actually evacuated buildings and locked myself in rooms with no room around the door to hide from them. I will have to try some of these ideas but I have to get people around me to stop leaving doors and windows open without screens! (06/04/2008)
Use a fan to blow away from nest. At night when sleeping spray with unhealthy amounts of bleach (not you the wasps). (07/30/2008)
I live in a very wooded county of Indiana. Wasps are a constant problem. I have found a couple of ways to thwart wasps.