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Old 22-11-2002, 06:29 PM
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The wasps will be long dead by this time of year.


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Old 22-11-2002, 06:54 PM
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No rule says they will die in the winter. We had damn great big ones
periodically all last winter from our roof-space
Suggest expert removal of nest for peace of mind unless TOTALLY defunct.

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Hi,

I've had a wasps nest in a very tight space within my attic roof void.
I'm wondering when the wasps will leave it and fly off.

I need to get up there and do some maintainance before the winter but
dont want to be attacked. I cant get to the nest to spray it either.

Can anyone help?

Thanks



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Old 22-11-2002, 07:52 PM
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"Peter Crosland" wrote in message
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The wasps will be long dead by this time of year.

You wish. We waited and waited while the roof leaked close to the nest. 10
days ago we got fed up waiting and called in Rentokil. Very efficient, very
friendly. Wasp's nest(s) was biggest guy had ever seen. About 4-5 feet long
and over a foot across. Even after he had sprayed loft, injected nest and
then removed nest complete with large numbers of still live grubs we had to
spray in the loft a couple of times to kill leftovers. This weekend I know
have to trace the leak.

Martin R


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Old 22-11-2002, 09:48 PM
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On Mon, 25 Nov 2002 18:52:01 -0000, "BAC"
wrote:
I live in a bungalo (50 years old) with a couple of dormer bedrooms
(10 years old) that were added by the previous owner.
From the outside i can see the wasps going in under the slates on the
verticle wall on the sides of the dormer windows.

Inside the house if i put my ear to the wall I can hear a loud buzzing
noise all along the inside if the wall.

Inside the roof void I need to lay some electrical cable ready for
when the electrician is coming over next week to fit some lights.

Over the past few weeks the wasps inside the house have been getting
bigger & bigger but for the past couple of days I've not seen any
inside the house.



wrote in message
.. .
Hi,

I've had a wasps nest in a very tight space within my attic roof void.
I'm wondering when the wasps will leave it and fly off.

I need to get up there and do some maintainance before the winter but
dont want to be attacked. I cant get to the nest to spray it either.

Can anyone help?


Your local pest control contractors can help, at a price, if the nest
remains active. It should be deserted by now (late November), since the
queen should die in autumn, rapidly followed by the workers, and next year's
queens should have found suitable hibernation sites. If you have not noticed
any wasp activity recently, it's probably OK. However, as the only way to
tell for sure is to get up there and investigate, which is what you are wary
of, you may be advised to phone a local contractor and ask for advice/help.


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Old 22-11-2002, 09:49 PM
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On Fri, 22 Nov 2002 16:45:39 +0000 (UTC), "PaulK"
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Paul,
I can see where they are getting in. They go in via the outside wall
of a dormer window, they look to go in under the tiles.
I have used 3 cans of the wasp nest destroyer foam but if I put my ear
to the wall inside the dormer window there is still a very loud
buzzing noise. i even tried drilling a hole through the wall &
spraying the foam in but no joy, theye are still there.


wrote in message
.. .
Hi,

I've had a wasps nest in a very tight space within my attic roof void.
I'm wondering when the wasps will leave it and fly off.

I need to get up there and do some maintainance before the winter but
dont want to be attacked. I cant get to the nest to spray it either.

Can anyone help?



Can you see where they wasps are getting in to access the nest? Can you get
to that point an puff in a liberal dose of ant powder?

pk


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Old 23-11-2002, 01:23 AM
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wrote in message
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Hi,

I've had a wasps nest in a very tight space within my attic roof void.
I'm wondering when the wasps will leave it and fly off.

I need to get up there and do some maintainance before the winter but
dont want to be attacked. I cant get to the nest to spray it either.

Can anyone help?


I would have thought that at this time of year the nest will be empty, all
the wasps except the queens will have died and the queens will have
flown away to hibernate.

Alan
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Thanks



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Old 23-11-2002, 01:52 AM
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Begin ,
quote...
On Mon, 25 Nov 2002 18:52:01 -0000, "BAC"
wrote:
I live in a bungalo (50 years old) with a couple of dormer bedrooms
(10 years old) that were added by the previous owner.
From the outside i can see the wasps going in under the slates on the
verticle wall on the sides of the dormer windows.

Inside the house if i put my ear to the wall I can hear a loud buzzing
noise all along the inside if the wall.

Inside the roof void I need to lay some electrical cable ready for
when the electrician is coming over next week to fit some lights.

Over the past few weeks the wasps inside the house have been getting
bigger & bigger but for the past couple of days I've not seen any
inside the house.



If you have no pets, or can manage to have the pets away for a day, I'd
get some smoke bomb insecticides and being careful to ensure that hey
can't set a flame to anything while away from the property light a
couple in the loft storage area (or cut a hole into that area) and as
close to the noise as possible inside the walls and ensuring things are
safe. the property may make this awkward. Your next task sadly is to get
up to the dormer and watch the wasps. Although at their most aggressive
at this time of year they're still not quick to sting. Block the
entrances with something fairly substantially quick and easy to apply.
Expanding filler would be favoutite. Be quick and use the minimum needed
to block an entrance. The wasps will surely find another, but you'll
block that within a couple of days. You want to block access to the
current nest since they won't use it next year and not block ventilation
into the eaves and roofspace of the house (since you don't wan to die of
CO poisining).

A quick squirt of one of the big name wasp killers on the tiles wouldn't
hurt you and if you have the entrances marked mentally would save you
the worry of possible visitors while securing the holes.

Good luck

Warwick-- wasp free this year
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Old 23-11-2002, 10:58 AM
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In article , Peter Stockdale
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wrote in message
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Hi,

I've had a wasps nest in a very tight space within my attic roof void.
I'm wondering when the wasps will leave it and fly off.

I need to get up there and do some maintainance before the winter but
dont want to be attacked. I cant get to the nest to spray it either.

Can anyone help?

Thanks


No rule says they will die in the winter. We had damn great big ones
periodically all last winter from our roof-space
Suggest expert removal of nest for peace of mind unless TOTALLY defunct.

The "damn great big ones" will be the queens hibernating until the
following spring. Each one you kill will be one less nest next summer.
They don't usually hibernate in the old nest.

--
Malcolm
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Old 23-11-2002, 06:27 PM
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"Peter Stockdale" wrote in message
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No rule says they will die in the winter. We had damn great big ones
periodically all last winter from our roof-space
Suggest expert removal of nest for peace of mind unless TOTALLY defunct.


The few large wasps you see are the mated queens who are looking to
overwinter in a convenient spot. If you can individually kill these with a
simple fly/wasp killer aerosol can then there will be less nests next year.
Removing the nest now will have no effect since the nests are not re-used.
There may be some late hatching grubs but these will soon starve because
there are no workers to feed them. Any competant and honest pest control
operative will confirm this. Unless the wasps arecausing an actual physical
problem by the proximity of the nest entrance then it is far better to leave
them alone. They are a useful pest controler in the garden.


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Old 23-11-2002, 07:37 PM
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Is it possible that the queens will hibernate in the roof void or
inside the house?
Will I be able to see these sites, so i can get to the queens & move
them or kill them once they are in hibernation?

I'm worried of having 1 nest this year & 10 next year!!
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Old 23-11-2002, 08:04 PM
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In article ,
wrote:
Is it possible that the queens will hibernate in the roof void or
inside the house?


Yes. But don't worry about it.

Will I be able to see these sites, so i can get to the queens & move
them or kill them once they are in hibernation?


If you search VERY carefully, maybe.

I'm worried of having 1 nest this year & 10 next year!!


Don't worry about it. I can't tell you what controls the wasp
population, but they don't spread in that way. Regard them as just
something you have to live with, and deal with only the nests that
cause serious inconvenience.


Regards,
Nick Maclaren,
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Old 25-11-2002, 12:24 PM
Grahame Fendle
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"Peter Crosland" wrote:

The wasps will be long dead by this time of year.


Oh dear. How wrong can you be?

I listened to this advice from someone else some months ago. I wish I never
had, for it had almost tragic consequences.

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Old 25-11-2002, 01:34 PM
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"Grahame Fendle" wrote in message
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"Peter Crosland" wrote:

The wasps will be long dead by this time of year.


Oh dear. How wrong can you be?

I listened to this advice from someone else some months ago. I wish I

never
had, for it had almost tragic consequences.


I think that anyone who has a need to disturb a wasp's nest inside their
home, is not 100% certain it is inactive, and is not 100% certain they can
deal with it safely if it is active, should seek expert assistance and
advice - either from their local authority or a 'private' pest control
company.


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Old 25-11-2002, 06:07 PM
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"BAC" wrote:

I think that anyone who has a need to disturb a wasp's nest inside their
home, is not 100% certain it is inactive, and is not 100% certain they can
deal with it safely if it is active, should seek expert assistance and
advice - either from their local authority or a 'private' pest control
company.


I totally and utterly agree.
 




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