I went out to wash the car the other day and as I approached the hose, I got stung several times by wasps. These wasps are solid desert tan color and about an inch long. The have built a nest at the top of the bay window just under the log above the window (log house). They come out in formations of three abreast, fly about 20' out and about 20' up and hover. If you get within about 10' from the nest, they dive three at a time and hit you on all sides.
So off to the store I go and get a can of Raid Wasp spray. I stand about 20' away and spray, OK it doesn't spray 22' as the can says. After another couple of attacks from the wasps, I retreat into the house. I read the directions on the can and it says to spray at dusk or dawn when they are not active.
At dusk I go out and since I can't see them very well, I get about 8' from the nest, despite the instructions on the can, they are plenty active and I retreat immediately. The next morning, I get up early and try again. This time they are not active and I get a good spray into the crevice where they go in and out. They wake up and come out, well lets just say they are not happy. I retreat. I have pretty much emptied the can so off to the store again.
Spectricide wasp killer is on sale at Home Depot so I get a can. The next morning I empty this can in to the crevice and they once again are rudely awakened and none to happy, I run for it again. All day they patrol around the nest waiting for me to come back out.
I sneak off and make it to Home Depot again and get a can of Spectricide Pro. It is supposed to kill instantly and keep them from coming back for 4 weeks. I believe this is the answer because it carries way more precautions about using it safely. Don't spray when windy, don't get the mist on you, don't breath the mist, wear eye protection, and other precautions not on the other cans.
This morning I take all the precautions and hit the nest again. This time I am optimistic as the wasps start emerging and fall to the ground. I give it a good soaking and so far have not been attacked. I feel good and go back into the house for breakfast. After breakfast, I go out to inspect my handiwork and what do I see, they are back on patrol again and going in and out of the crevasse like the fighters going in and out of the death star, and they look serious.
In the past, I used Ortho wasp spray and it was very effective, but I can't find that on the shelves anymore. I'm not sure though whether the Ortho product was that good or if these teenage mutant ninja wasps are immune to any known pesticide. Have I breed a super wasp by using these sprays in the past or are the sprays weaker due to EPA restrictions.
Anyone have any suggestions?