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08-30-2014 11:05 PM
Kovinator That electric tennis racket from wal-mart works great for wasps, yellow jackets, mosquitos, you name it. It really fries those buggers if you hold the button down yet doesn't give any shock if you touch it while energized.
08-30-2014 07:35 PM
MichaelE I have one too. They work great on all sorts of flying creatures that don't have a clearance in my house.

A guy I work with and his wife came over to my place the day before yesterday and tore down a 20+ year old wooden storage shed that came with the house I bought a couple years back.

There were red wasps everywhere he later told me. He got stung twice, his wife escaped unstung. I'm still seeing one every now and then and I don't know if they're still pissed having lost their home or not.

They left the wooden decking that the shed was built on and I think they still have nests under that wooden flooring. I won't be cutting that up for removal until after a few frosts this autumn.

I hate ornery insect with stingers.
08-30-2014 07:24 PM
dawnandjr ooooh. love my bug zappers. Picked them up at Walmart.

Zap Master Handheld Electric Bug Zapper: Pest Control : Walmart.com
08-30-2014 07:05 PM
readaboutdogs I saw a big box of those at walmart!!! I didn't think about zapping wasps with it! I'll have to get one for sitting on the bench in the morning/ evening!!!
08-30-2014 07:01 PM
gsdemack
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Originally Posted by Lilie View Post
The wasps move around searching for water and waspy stuff. If you want to remove a nest, you do it in the late afternoon (before dark) as most of the members will be returning to the nest.

Wasps are nasty critters. They have no sense of humor. There are even wasps that actually build nests in the ground. They don't care much for uninvited guests.

The best weapon I've found are those over sized, battery powered fly swatters. We can get them at feed stores and most hardware stores. As you see them flying around you can reach out (they extend) and zap them. Or you can use the tennis approach, which doesn't kill them. I've found this approach less helpful because it just pisses off the wasp, unless you have a great arm and send them flying a longer distance.

As long as the batteries are fresh, it's quick and efficient. They don't stay energized, only when you push the button.

If one does end up on your pup, you can easily use the swatter to remove it - and then energize it once the wasp is off your dog.

They are cheap, like $10.00 each, so I have them everywhere. When I'm out with the dogs and I've got my camera, I can slip it into the back of my pants (handle in). Not real comfy, but it frees up my hands to take pictures and allows quick access in the event we are attacked.
Have you a link to show me this fly swatter you are referring to? I never heard of such a thing.
08-21-2014 12:55 PM
Lilie The wasps move around searching for water and waspy stuff. If you want to remove a nest, you do it in the late afternoon (before dark) as most of the members will be returning to the nest.

Wasps are nasty critters. They have no sense of humor. There are even wasps that actually build nests in the ground. They don't care much for uninvited guests.

The best weapon I've found are those over sized, battery powered fly swatters. We can get them at feed stores and most hardware stores. As you see them flying around you can reach out (they extend) and zap them. Or you can use the tennis approach, which doesn't kill them. I've found this approach less helpful because it just pisses off the wasp, unless you have a great arm and send them flying a longer distance.

As long as the batteries are fresh, it's quick and efficient. They don't stay energized, only when you push the button.

If one does end up on your pup, you can easily use the swatter to remove it - and then energize it once the wasp is off your dog.

They are cheap, like $10.00 each, so I have them everywhere. When I'm out with the dogs and I've got my camera, I can slip it into the back of my pants (handle in). Not real comfy, but it frees up my hands to take pictures and allows quick access in the event we are attacked.
08-21-2014 12:42 PM
wyoung2153 This is my biggest fear...
08-21-2014 12:00 PM
wolfy dog We go to various areas all the time and wasps can show up anywhere, especially if the dogs go off the trail. Once I know where there were wasps I try to avoid them of course or keep the dog with me.
08-21-2014 02:22 AM
huntergreen once you know where they are can you avoid them?
08-20-2014 11:59 PM
wolfy dog I only kill the nests around our home. The ones in the forest belong there.
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