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Old 05-24-2009, 01:18 PM   post #1 of 30
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Default Home made wasp spray

I had read that a solution of liquid soap in water could be used for wasps. If this is correct it would be better for all than some other sprays, but ONLY if it works. Anyone else ever try it?
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Old 05-24-2009, 01:22 PM   post #2 of 30
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I have never tried soap and water but I know Starting Fluid, and gas works real well!
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Old 05-24-2009, 01:38 PM   post #3 of 30
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I think soapy water is only good for the traps. It makes them sticky and makes it harder to get out. I think if you spray them with it you will only make them mad. I could be wrong though.
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I use a bit of Sunlight dish soap and water in a garden sprayer. It works very well but for obvious reasons, you have to get close enough to the buggers to douse them with it.

When we had an infestation of Forest Tent Caterpillars of biblical proportions, we put Sunlight soap into an applicator that went on the end of the garden hose and we hosed the buildings down with it. It killed them by the millions. So many that I was raking them out of the flower beds and carting them off by the wheelbarrow loads. None of the plants or pets were affected and the house was never so clean before or since.
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Old 05-24-2009, 02:46 PM   post #5 of 30
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Apparently the soap forms a film over their exoskelton and suffocates them (they breathe through pores in their abdomen). I've not been brave enough to try it. When I find a yellow jacket nest I unload a whole can of wasp spray down the hole to make sure I get every last one of them.
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Well what do you know!
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I have never tried soap and water but I know Starting Fluid, and gas works real well!
I have to agree. I only feel safe approaching stingy things behind a 10' plume of roaring flame. Save the soap and water to wash their little charred bodies away with the pressure washer.
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Old 05-24-2009, 03:20 PM   post #8 of 30
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When you spray the soap and water be sure and put some tiny wash cloths out so they can get real clean.
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Old 05-24-2009, 03:23 PM   post #9 of 30
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I didn't know that they had BO problems. Bug Odor

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When you spray the soap and water be sure and put some tiny wash cloths out so they can get real clean.
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Old 05-24-2009, 04:42 PM   post #10 of 30
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I use the 2.99 cans of wasp sray from HD .. I go through 2 cases a year .. between home and work
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Old 05-24-2009, 05:02 PM   post #11 of 30
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Gas and a oil can works gor me... Squart squart...
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Old 05-24-2009, 05:09 PM   post #12 of 30
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Spray starch works too. It makes them stiff, they fall to the ground and you can crunch them with your foot. Look out for "escapees" though.
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Old 05-24-2009, 07:50 PM   post #13 of 30
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I have heard the soap and water mix works, but have never tried it.

I keep a can of carb cleaner handy; it works great. Have also used pump oil can with gas.
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Old 05-24-2009, 08:45 PM   post #14 of 30
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Anyone up for "Silly String" and a butane lighter? Man, that sure used to liven up parties!
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im dealing with those carpenter bees right now , they think they own my greenhouse.
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