Friday, September 5, 2014

Help - a Huge Hive!

Visible from within our hot tub (during daylight hours) is a view of a part of the roof of our house, that we otherwise do not see. While warming-up in it, after participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this weekend, we made quite a discovery.

A huge wasp nest!

Thawing in our hot tub after getting doused by ice cubes, my daughter happened to look up, and noticed a HUGE wasp's nest nestled in the eves of the roof of our house - high above the pergola which shades our patio. (It may actually be a hornet's nest, but I don't really know the difference!)

This roof is very high!

We are often pestered by wasps, and we try to dispose of their hives before they get too big.  This one had been built unseen.  It is very high, and in a place very hard to reach.  What can we do?

My husband and I tried to spray it with wasp killer one early morning this week while it was still cool outside.  I held the ladder while he stood on the top rung and emptied a full can of spray right at the nest.

Later that day, much to my dismay, a few wasps were swarming in and out of the hive, totally unaffected.   The hive is a beautiful piece of construction - but we spend a lot of time on this patio, and our risk for being stung is very, very high.

Th flat roof makes the eaves of the taller roof very hard to reach


Bumblebees in my garden are very welcome 


But a wasp nest on my house just cannot stay!

It might be to call an exterminator, I'm afraid.

Does anyone have a better idea?

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  1. Wow, that's huge! I have no idea what to do about it, but I hope you'll let us know what you end up doing!

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  2. Oh my gosh that is HUGE! I would call an exterminator. I'm terrified of all flying insects that sting.

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    1. It is the biggest I have seen - we "suited up" before we sprayed, but I would prefer not to get stung as well! Thanks for commenting, Leilani!

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  3. Maybe burn down the house? Right, it is a bit drastic. No, I think you're better off calling an exterminator . . .

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    1. Wait till my husband hears this suggestion! (At least the thought makes the fee of an exterminator seem a little more reasonable after all!)

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  4. We are even similar when it comes to insects! That is actually a nest built by paper wasps, which are a type of hornet. We had two that same size that we discovered on the 4th of July, hanging in our gazebo. My stubborn husband refused to call the exterminator. It took about 10 days and 5 cans of spray, but he just kept spraying them day after day until the hives finally collapsed and fell down. You are right to do it in the evening or early morning, when they are less active. Protective gear is a good idea too! These wasps will sting you over and over - they don't die after one sting. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks for this information Lana! Glad to hear you were able to successfully deal with your nests! We have used the same method you described in the past on smaller nests, but this one is really hard to reach. I was encouraged today, by a lack of wasp activity near the nest. We may try to spray it one more time and see what happens before we call in the experts! And yes - I had on long pants and my winter coat and hood when we sprayed!!

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  5. Holy guacamole, Susan! That IS huge!!! We have a pest control company visit us every month but now you got me thinking. They just clean and spray stuff that can be reached. If it happened to a similar spot like yours, they wouldn't see or reach it. I think I'm walking out right now just to check. And yes, an exterminator would be a good choice for you right now. Good luck! Let us know how it turns out!

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    1. I have realized I need to do a better job of regularly inspecting my roof line as well! thanks for commenting Joy - and I will let you know how it turns out!

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  6. YIKES! That have is HUGE! It gives me the creeps. See if You can find a professional company to come take care of it. My sister had to have a giant bee's nest removed that way.

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    1. My big concern is that we entertain in the area below the nest - and I would hate for one of our guests (or one of us!) to be stung!

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  7. I wish I had sn answer but I don't. We've been dealing with fire ant around here. Let me just say they are very painful. Mom and I got bitten several times and I now know why they are called "fire" ants. A very apt description! Good luck with your wasps.

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    1. Fire ants sound horrible, Rena. I think I would rather deal with wasps!

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  8. Jiminy Crickeets....that is big and ugly. Yes, call the professionals. You don't want to mess around with that.

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    1. We are planning to call next week - - although my husband is talking about trying to spray it himself one more time ...

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  9. Ouch. It seems I am in the minority here. I think I would leave them be - unless and until someone did get stung. That said, I got a wasp/hornet sting in the underarm while I was swimming one day, and would happily have cleared the world of him and all his relatives.

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    1. Sorry to hear about your sting! A painful place!

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