We moved into a new home almost a year ago to date. There were wasps everywhere. They were getting in the house somewhere. Making nest after nest on our soffits. They were everywhere. Our house is large and from the backside the roof is a good three stories up and we have no way to reach that. Please suggest anything that would possibly help. I am in desperate need of guidance and the pest control services around here do not offer anything except knocking down already constructed nests, and as I said, they can’t reach the very high ones. Help please!
First, you should read our article here:
Wasp Control: http://www.wasps.net/wasp-and-hornet-control
In the above article you’ll learn about all the treatment options that can be deployed to stop nests and from having wasps use your home to hibernate during the winter.
In fact the problem will tend to get worse and worse because wasps use scents to mark good nest sites. And once a home gets marked with these odors, any wasp within a mile will know your home is a good place to live. This will lead to an ongoing problem unless you take measures to stop them from using both cracks and crevices as well as the soffits, overhangs, etc. for nest building.
So where do you start? As you’ll learn from our article, there are two main products needed to end the activity. The first step is to apply DRIONE DUST around the entire perimeter of the home. Drione lasts a year so you only need to use it once in the spring. Dust under siding, around window frames, along gutters where they connect to the home, where shingles overhang, etc. Basically any crack or crevice where you’ve seen wasps resting or entering gaps or spaces should be dusted.
To apply the Drione from the ground or ladder, use a HAND DUSTER.
Centro 14 oz: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/dusters/centrobulb-14-oz-w12-ext
But since your home is quite tall, you’ll find the DUSTICK to be quite helpful and well worth the investment. This piece of equipment will reach up 25 feet and extensions can be added if needed. Plus, it will last you a lifetime.
Once dusted, let the treatment sit for a day and then spray the homes exterior using CYPERMETHRIN. This concentrate should be mixed at the rate of 1 oz per gallon of water and then the mixed gallon should be applied over 800 sq/ft of house siding. That means you’ll probably need to apply 2-4 gallons of mixed material to get the entire home treated.
The cypermethrin spray is designed to make the surfaces of the home unusable for nest making and it will stop wasps (and other pests) for sure. But treatments will only last 4-6 weeks so it would be wise to treat once a month in the spring and then at least once every 2 months during the mid summer and fall season.
Now, how do you spray the Cypermethrin? We have many options. First, any good PUMP SPRAYER that reach up 15-20 can be used.
Solo 454 Sprayer: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/sprayers/solo-1-gallon-sprayer
But if you need to reach 30 feet or more, get the TROMBONE SPRAYER.
Lastly, if you still can’t reach all the way up, get a fogging machine. I happen to have a bad problem with stinkbugs using my fireplace chimney top for hibernation during our winter months. I have two chimneys and both are so high I cannot reach them with any of the sprayers I have tried using. So after several failed attempts, I tried fogging and found our FM6309 can blast a mist all the way up no problem. In fact, it can reach both heights and has made the treatment process manageable. So if you find the Trombone sprayer may not be powerful enough to reach certain high points, the fogging machine will surely do the job.
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