wasps in the coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Missouri chick, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. Missouri chick

    Missouri chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2008
    Homer, GA
    I've become extremly allergic to bee and wasp stings. There is a nasty nest in the coop and they swarmed and stung today. Anyone have ideas to kill safely with the chickens? Hubby is gonna handle it for me, but I'm afraid of chickens getting stung or them eating a wasp that has been sprayed with wasp spray. Thanks in advance..
  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    I'm allergic too. Haven't had any in my coop but we use the spray that shoots out 10 ft or so when we find them and get rid of them. Usually they just hit the ground so it's easy to get rid of them.
  3. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    I'm allergic to them too. EEK!
    I wait until the chickens go to roost to kill those in the runs. I spray the ones in the coops after I let the chickens out for the day. I figure that gives both places time to air out before the chickens are around the fumes and it gives me time to pick up the dead ones.

    Be careful! Keep that epi pen handy.
  4. DragonFeathers

    DragonFeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 27, 2009
    spray the nest at night then cover the nest with coffee can or plastic bag to catch dying/dead bees [​IMG]
  5. The Tinman

    The Tinman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2010
    Fairfield County CT
    If you can put down some plastic. Spray with wasp killer,they will fall onto the plastic, then just throw away. If you can not put down plastic just spray the nest and clean it up as soon as possible. Put a milk crate over where the wasp and the wasp spay dripped so your chicken don`t have contact with the residue. You know you have to do this at night so all the wasps are in the nest.[​IMG]
  6. 2pinkmom

    2pinkmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2010
    I just dealt with yellow jacket-type nasties nesting on the outside of the coop. It was fine. The dead bees hit the ground, but I couldn't get close enough to thoroughly clean them up because I had a few stragglers (hubby insisted on spraying before it was dark enough). I was concerned, but the chickens avoided the dead bees. I could be wrong, but chickens don't seem much interested in live bees/wasps. Dead ones appear to be doubly unappealing, but maybe I have weird chickens...
  7. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2009
    I hope you have managed to get rid of those nasties.

    A visit to ICU due to my anaphylaxis to wasps makes me shudder at the thought of those vile things. Fortunately after a ridiculous number of desensitising injections I am now no longer allergic, but I remain terrified by them.

    Anybody know a bird or any other animal which can eat them without being stung?

    Good Luck,

  8. havi

    havi [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Si

    Mar 23, 2008
    Waco, Texas
    Pulled off a website:

    "One solution that works quite well and costs very little is to mix about 6 tablespoons of dish soap into a plastic mop bucket about a quarter full. Dawn and Joy soap both work very well for killing wasps and bees.

    Put on long pants and a long sleeve shirt and coat, hat and glasses and approach the nest from a safe distance. Slosh the water directly up onto the nest and make a quick exit.

    Don't try this if you cannot get away quickly or get a direct shot at the nest.

    Also, don't try this on a huge colony since you won't be able to hit all the wasps or hornets and you will be attacked by the rest.

    You can safely and naturally kill wasps and hornets with eco friendly methods like this and save money as well. The soapy water residue washed off easily and doesn't damage exterior house paint like some wasp sprays."
  9. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    WD 40 works well. Spray the nest at night. No toxic residue and it makes the nest unusable to any that are not on the nest.
  10. perolane

    perolane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2010
    I use the dish soap method.....I mix a big tall plastic glass with HOT water & the soap....get as close as I can cause my aim is not that great...throw it at them (just the water [​IMG] ) & run. If the soapy water touches any of them, they're going down!! Then I just step on them! I prefer the stuff in a can that shoots 10 feet, but this works in a pinch. I take care of it before the nest gets large.

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