Wasps and wasp spray

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Doublete, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. Doublete

    Doublete Songster

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    last year my coop sat empty...
    I had wasps up the wazooo around it. We sprayed the largest nest (I believe they were mud wasps? I don’t remember- I have a photo of the nest over the door-
    It was huge)

    Right now I have been picking off the little nests I keep finding and throwing them away in the trash. Obviously nothing is active. I want to keep it that way and spray around the coop.
    I know for parrots this kind of stuff would be instantly deadly for them. How long would I need to move or keep my birds away?
     
  2. Shadrach

    Shadrach Roosterist

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    I interesting question and one which I have not found a satisfactory answer to.
    I won't use insecticide sprays in my coops. I use a swat, or a blow torch for wasp nests.
     
  3. Doublete

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    Oooo a blow torch... I would burn the whole thing down!!!

    But no really... do you think I can safely spray the outside of the coop? And hope the little @$&)& don’t come back this season?
     
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  4. ColtHandorf

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    My only experience with wasp spray and poultry is this:

    When I was much younger and living at home, both corners of the front porch were colonized with two different species of wasps. My dad sprayed them and counted something like 300+ dead ones. He left to pick me up from school and was so pleased with himself he talked about it all the way home. We get out of the car and there is not one wasp on the ground anywhere. He was so upset because he'd wanted to show me what a good job he did, or whatever. About that time you hear, "derrr, der, der, der", and here come the fifteen Eastern Wild Turkey poults I'd raised. They were about six months old at the time and they had cleaned up every one of those dead wasps. I of course was furious at him for leaving poisoned insects all over while they were out. He was just mad that they had eaten his handiwork. The turkeys were completely fine. Didn't seem to phase them at all.

    I wouldn't recommend that obviously, but I think spraying and giving it a week or so would be sufficient. Especially if you rinse the area.
     
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  5. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    I agree wholly with @ColtHandorf comment that said if you could post a coop photo
    it may be easier to advise
     
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  6. Doublete

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    I’ve posted coop photos before on other threads.
    But I’m trying to determine if it’s safe to spray the outside of the building. It’s a 15x 18 outbuilding.
     
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  7. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    then how soon would the birds be in it ? otherwise go spray but don't set birds in right away wait week or so
     
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    You just want to spray the nests, not the whole outside of the building, correct?
    I don't believe just spraying the area would work to keep them away.
    Spraying outside is probably fine if birds are not near, after it dries who knows.<shrugs>

    I'd just keep doing that, Not sure they will reuse old nests anyway.

    Would love to see this pic.
     
  9. Doublete

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    Yup, the nests only.
    They’re brats.

    Let me try to find the nest.
     
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