wasps....what is the chicken-safe way to rid the coop?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by whatthecluck, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. whatthecluck

    whatthecluck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    Because we now have several at a time and I am not one to enjoy going in there with them there...chickens are not jumping in at the opportunity to munch them so they are smart enough [​IMG] but how do I get rid of the wasps? Yikes!
  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    I've heard very soapy water will kill them.
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Are you talking about ground wasps? Paper wasps?

    What's in there?

    You might benefit from a no-pest strip in the coop, hung in wire or far above where chickens can reach it (pyrethins).
    Better to find source though.

    If ground wasps, wait until after sunset and pour boiling water in the ground holes, which you have marked beforehand. Be careful, some prople are very allergic to these wasps. . Might take several days to find all of them. You do so at sunset or later so all wasps have returned and are less active as temperatures lessens. If you try this when wasps are active, it's too dangerous.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2009
  4. JupiterFarmer

    JupiterFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2009
    Palm Beach County
    Your chooks won't eat them? My brood try to chase down wasps. And once they caught one and played chicken rugby with it [​IMG] I couldn't get it away from them once I realized what my meaty caught, but thank god it didn't harm them any.

    We go after our airborne wasp with a hose and a swatter. Soaking them so they can fly and crushing them with the swatter or a well placed shoe
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2009
  5. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I'm highly allergic and this worries me too.

    I hope my babies learn to catch wasps!!!
  6. whatthecluck

    whatthecluck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    Well they arent jumping for these like they do flies in front of me. But the day before yesterday there were 5 in the coop and yesterday 2 so their population is dwindling more slowly [​IMG]
    I am a wimp with these so getting me to chase them is a slim chance...I like the late night idea..but I havent figured out what they are or where they sleep yet [​IMG]

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