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Hello everyone. I too have been battling bees. Or wasps, hornets, pteradactyls, whatever they are. They have been nuilding nests above my porch (second floor) and they have quite a temper. No matter how many times i spray them with brake parts cleaner, no matter how many times i knock their house down, they always come back a day or two later. I live in an apartment, so no fire tricks. I tried the dawn and water spray and they laughed then attacked. Here is one little bugger that got inside faster than i did. Without any more brake cleaner or bug spray, I took him down with Glade Melon Burst spray, then doused him with some fantastick and finished him off with a VW Trends magazine.

SO! my question is...what is this and how do i get rid of it?
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Here he is again....posthumously...
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Looks like a Paper Wasp to me. Good old Raid wasp killer works wonders.
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Pete, that makes sense, as they make little houses that look like perfect hexagonal caves in clusters that appear to be made of paper. They'd be cool if it wasnt for the little nasties living on them!
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i feel your pain........ [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]

i mentioned it i the other bee thread....greased lightening works well for stuff around the house....drops em dead pretty fast. i've actually noticed that they wont come back to the specifc area after they've been sprayed there......i theorize that it may leave an unsavory residue....but i dont have much to back up this idea.

spray....crush/remove nest...spray again for good measure! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]

God-speed my good man....God-Speed!
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The description of the nest fits a paper wasp, but that critter is much fancier than the paper wasps we have around here. Ours are just dark brown and not agressive at all. When they get into the shop and are banging against the flourescent I put my hand next to them until they land on it, and then take them outside.
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Ours are just dark brown and not agressive at all. When they get into the shop and are banging against the flourescent I put my hand next to them until they land on it, and then take them outside.

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That sounds like the "dirt dobbers" here in NC... *look* like wasps/bee, but doscile & no stinger...
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After Spraying them/killing them, don't forget to knock downthe nest and squish it. Why leave an easy home for another gorup of them to find.
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That sounds like the "dirt dobbers" here in NC...

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No, we have them here too, but call them mud daubers. Our paper wasps make that nest like in Brent's picture. And definitely do have stingers. They're more potent than a honeybee, but they don't use them without a lot of provocation.

Once I was using a 12-pound sledge to beat some supports out from under a balcony. A couple of yards away was a huge nest that was shaking with every blow. I didn't want to destroy it, but after being stung twice I finally did. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]



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Why leave an easy home for another gorup of them to find.

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I doubt that another wasp would use an existing nest. But if you don't knock it down and squish it there might be eggs hatching and more wasps coming out.
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I didn't want to destroy it, but after being stung twice I finally did.

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Live and let live, up to a point, eh? I like and share that philosophy but I think one sting would have been enough for me!
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