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Wasps!

Argh! I finally found out why the birds are not nesting in the bird box in my garden ... there is a little itzy bitzy wasps nest in there! :shock: What on earth can I do about it?
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I'm all for wasp spray, myself. It has good aim and you hit what you want to. I don't care to get stung by those buggers.

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(honestly, I don't know an organic solution to your question) :shock:

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We get a LOT of wasp nests here on the farm, especially up the back in the forest.

I don't know of any organic method you can use, but with wasps I don't muck around.

Powder carbaryl in the nest hole. Leave for 12 hours and return, remove nest and stand on remaining 'dozy' wasps.

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ta for all the tips, but before I could try any Retired Father was informed of the problem and turned up with his lump hammer & a spade. He hit the bird box with the lump hammer :shock: (the mad fool!), some wasps flew out, then he buried the bird box (which had a proper wasp nest inside it), very deep in the border ... so that's put paid to 'em :twisted:
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I like the primitive tech myself... :wink:

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It's a bit late now but, my Uncle used to wait until dark and then light a rag with some Kerosene and torch the nests around his house. Never tried it myself but, I have watch him do it and he has never once been stung.

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Use the wasp spray. The method my brother and I used (when we were bored kids) was to throw rocks at the huge nest in the tree. Run about 10 feet and drop to the ground and lay still and hold our breath. We never got stung (well maybe we did). Eventually we knocked down the nest. Oh what fun in the good ole days!

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WD-40 works well too. (it works on all bugs, not just wasps - smells better too)

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I've used a can of Lysol and a lighter :twisted:

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THAT i'd like to see! A miniture flame thrower. Wow, you should do that on the 4th every year.

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