I have a Red Paper Wasp nest laying somewhere in my bushes next to my wind-up hose watering box. We have looked for the nest & cannot see it. Today I bought a WHY TRAP for Wasps, Hornets & Yellow Jackets at Home Depot (before I discovered your site). IF it kills any of the wasps…what about the queen & are there larvae in the nest that will eventually hatch? Can I dust the bushes with your dust & eliminate this problem? My biggest concern is that they will live through the winter and we will have a bigger problem next year. We have had a major problem with Honey Bees, Red Wasps and Yellow & Black things that I think are European Wasps. Wasps and bees have never bothered me before, but this year we have had them in our house, my nephew got stung by a red wasp, and I have been stung by both a Honey Bee & a yellow and black thing that had a nest that looked similar to the red wasp nest (it had a slender body). I am now terrified of anything that flies! The Honey Bee stung me in the back of my head, the nape of my neck, and the yellow thing stung me on my thumb. My head still has a bump after 1 month, and my finger is still swollen after 5 days!
Any advice would be TOTALLY appreciated!!!
BTW, I love your web site! It is the most informative that I have read. Oh, do you have any products to get rid of white flies?
Looking forward to hearing back from you!
D.O. – Fort Worth, TX
Though the DRIONE DUST is well designed for tight spaces like those found under siding, in soffits and around window frames, it’s not the best option when trying to cover large open areas. It tends to drift with no control in such areas, it doesn’t do a good job of covering all surfaces in open spaces and it won’t last long. For this reason I would say use it only on house siding, soffits, roof lines and wall voids as listed in our WASP CONTROL ARTICLE.
But what I would recommend here would be the liquid CYPERMETHRIN. In fact, treating all plants and surfaces where you see any wasp or bee activity will do two things: first it will kill any nests it hits but second, it will both kill and repel any pests that land on the treatment. Since we know anything nesting will not want to willingly leave, the residents of the nest will likely walk or land on treated plant surfaces (even if you don’t treat the nest directly) and in the end, meet their demise within a few days following your application. So you would expect to see immediate results in all areas except where there is the chance of a nest being present; in this area it will take a little longer for the Cypermethrin to work it’s magic. Give it a week and in all likelihood the nest will be shut down and all activity will cease.
My second recommendation is that if you do this throughout the warm season, maybe 2-4 times a year, you’ll not only be preventing new activity from these unwanted pests but most likely you’ll be killing off nests you cannot see. I actually use a BACKPACK MIST BLOWER in my yard throughout the year to administer my MOSQUITO CONTROL products and because I’m treating 1-2 a month, it actually keeps all other pests away like wasps and bees. You wouldn’t need to use anything so elaborate to apply the Cypermethrin; a simple PUMP SPRAYER will do the job. But the Cypermethrin is highly active and repellent making it ideal for the areas you want to treat and the main pests you are targeting. Use it around and on the home and I’m sure you’ll see great results.
And to answer your second question; if you read through our WHITEFLY CONTROL ARTICLE, you’ll see some great products recommended that can control both inside and outside infestations. Lastly, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to give us a call on our toll free 1-800-877-7290 during regular business hours and I’m sure we’ll be able to answer any questions you might have.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Wasp Control Article: http://www.wasps.net/wasp-and-hornet-control
Eliminator Pump Sprayer: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/sprayers/eliminator-gallon-sprayer
Whitefly Control: http://www.bugspray.com/article/whiteflies.html
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