Should I whack it with a stick?

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Should I whack it with a stick?

Postby Weetabix » Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:03 pm

...or get a ladder and poke at it with my finger? :lol:

Just noticed it today. Right over the back door.
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Postby First Shirt » Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:08 pm

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Re: Should I whack it with a stick?

Postby Netpackrat » Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:53 pm

I would probably empty a spray can of Raid onto/into it and then whack it with a stick.
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Re: Should I whack it with a stick?

Postby Weetabix » Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:06 pm

I'm kind of thinking of sneaking up on it with a ladder, spray foaming the entrance shut, then hosing it from the ground with wasp and hornet killer, then poking it with a stick into a bucket, then filling the bucket with water.

I say if something is worth killing, it's worth overkilling.
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Re: Should I whack it with a stick?

Postby Greg » Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:16 pm

Could foam the entrance shut, then break it off and toss it in a fire. A big fire.
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Postby Weetabix » Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:24 pm

I like fire.
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Re: Should I whack it with a stick?

Postby First Shirt » Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:33 pm

I'd get a can of wasp-and-hornet spray, the kind that will let you stand back about 20 feet, and still spray the little beggars, and hose the nest down until stuff quit coming out of it. Then, cut it down and dispose of it, preferably in a fire. (Although, wasp grubs make great perch and bluegill bait, if you aren't a fishing purist. A couple of cane poles and a wasp nest usually meant fish for dinner when I was a kid.)
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Postby Weetabix » Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:41 pm

Maybe perch just like the taste of wasp-and-hornet spray? :)
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Re: Should I whack it with a stick?

Postby First Shirt » Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:25 am

Nah, this was back in the days before the aerosol bug sprays. We used the old Black Flag hand-pumped dispensers, when we could afford to fill them. Otherwise, it was just lighting rags on a stick, and hoping the smoke disabled enough of them that you could tear down the nest without getting stung too badly.
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Re: Should I whack it with a stick?

Postby randy » Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:33 am

Pressure washer might be fun...
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Re: Should I whack it with a stick?

Postby rightisright » Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:39 am

Whatever you do, do it after dark. That way most of the evil with wings will be back in the nest as they are diurnal.

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Re: Should I whack it with a stick?

Postby Rustyv » Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:23 am

Looks like a dirt dobber nest. Big damn dirt dobber nest.

If it's not, buy a can of this stuff. I've knocked down red hornets, wasps, yellow jackets, and a few other of satans mosquitos mid flight and they were dead before they hit the grass. Poisons the nest too, so you'll find dead wasps around the nest for a few days after.

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Like someone else said, hit them after dark, or right at sunrise.
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Re: Should I whack it with a stick?

Postby Old Grafton » Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:55 am

RedCan BrakeCleen. At the local auto parts store, knocks their dicks in the dirt and won't melt/stain the siding.
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Re: Should I whack it with a stick?

Postby Weetabix » Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:32 pm

rightisright wrote:Whatever you do, do it after dark. That way most of the evil with wings will be back in the nest as they are diurnal.

That's kind of what I was thinking.
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Re: Should I whack it with a stick?

Postby Weetabix » Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:32 pm

Rustyv wrote:Looks like a dirt dobber nest. Big damn dirt dobber nest. .

Nah. I get dirt dobbers in the attic all the time. A country fellow at work tells me it's hornets, but I haven't done any research.
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Re: Should I whack it with a stick?

Postby evan price » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:36 pm

Baldfaced hornets. Mean nasty little Bayard. The paper nest is multi layered. Spraying Raid in the hole will only kill the first couple layers. You have to get the queen in the middle to kill it for good or they rebuild.
There is a Terro foaming carpenter ant and termite killer that works great as a wasp and bee killer that will spray into the hole and then foam to coat the inside and it's contact poison so any that come and go will die. I've used it on carpenter bees and wasp nests.
Otherwise hose with high pressure nozzle and be ready to beat feet.

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Re: Should I whack it with a stick?

Postby HTRN » Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:41 am

evan price wrote:Baldfaced hornets.

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Re: Should I whack it with a stick?

Postby Vonz90 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:40 pm

Old Grafton wrote:RedCan BrakeCleen. At the local auto parts store, knocks their dicks in the dirt and won't melt/stain the siding.


I've used brake cleaner as a field expedient wasp killer as well, and it indeed kills them quite dead. I like the range you get with actual hornet killer sprays better though.

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Re: Should I whack it with a stick?

Postby Weetabix » Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:22 pm

Bought some hornet spray yesterday. I'll update you from the hospital. :lol:

ETA: my daughter's room is the window upper left. She wants to lean out and whack it with a bat. I told her I'd consider it so long as her bedroom door was closed, and she didn't open it until she'd killed all the hornets in her room. She's pondering the deal.
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Re: Should I whack it with a stick?

Postby 308Mike » Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:21 pm

How long do you think it took to build that nest?
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Re: Should I whack it with a stick?

Postby Weetabix » Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:02 pm

308Mike wrote:How long do you think it took to build that nest?

Not a clue. I only noticed it when I was checking out the roofers' work.
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