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Lately I've been hearing noises inside the wall in the dining room and has assumed that it was a racoon as we have had them inside the walls in the past. About 1am last night I heard the noise and started banging on the wall to scare it out. But my hand must have hit a particularly weak point in the wall because it went right through and, when it did, about fifty royally pissed off wasps flew into the room! And now I've found and killed three of them in the basement, three floors below the dining room (the house is a back split with five levels).

I managed to cover the hole with newspaper and later taped garbage bags around the entrances to the room to keep them in there and am now waiting for an exterminator to show up. But at least I have identified where they are getting in outside of the house.

Hopefully they won't have to rip out too much of the wall to deal with them.

Regardless of what they have to do, this is going to be a royal pain in the arse!
 

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I wouldn't wish that on anyone. It's also one of those things where, even after you believe you've gotten rid of them all, plus whatever nest was in there, any little buzz or unclassifiable noise will continue to elicit anxiousness and a much shallower sleep. I guess for now, dinner will be eaten in the kitchen...or bathroom with the door closed.

We had a wasp's nest in a garden shed 2 summers back. There are sprays that work quite well, and got rid of the nest and occupants for us, but require a more direct hit on the nest to be maximally effective. I suppose that would be hard to do inside a wall. Assuming you are wearing suitable protection, are you able to see inside the wall, whether directly or indirectly? (e.g., a mirror and flashlight) Or perhaps that unsavoury and risky task is being left up to the exterminator.

Unfortunately, wasps are one of the smarter members of the insect world, making them a little harder to eliminate.
 

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I wouldn't wish that on anyone. It's also one of those things where, even after you believe you've gotten rid of them all, plus whatever nest was in there, any little buzz or unclassifiable noise will continue to elicit anxiousness and a much shallower sleep.
I was all hot and sweaty after taping the garbage bags around the doorways and had turned the air conditioning off. Of course, the thermostat is in that room so I wasn't going back in to turn the AC back on. When I finally tried to go to sleep around 6am I was still hot and sweaty and felt like I had bugs crawling all over me. It took forever to get to sleep.

Before the exterminator does anything I am going to have to move stuff out of the dining room as that table is very expensive, as are the candlesticks that are on top of it. I'm not looking forward to that.



Assuming you are wearing suitable protection, are you able to see inside the wall, whether directly or indirectly? (e.g., a mirror and flashlight) Or perhaps that unsavoury and risky task is being left up to the exterminator.
There isn't a chance in hell that I am going to try that. Those were royally pissed off wasps last night and I expect that their mood isn't much better today.


Unfortunately, wasps are one of the smarter members of the insect world, making them a little harder to eliminate.

The exterminator seemed to think that it would be a big job to figure out how they are getting to the basement (I am wondering if they are somehow getting in through those windows from the outside because the entrance that I identified is about 20-30 feet above those windows), but that killing them wasn't a big deal. But I expect that they will have to rip out a decent sized section of the wall.
 

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I'm afraid that we might have the same problem.

I have pulled out pot lights to change lights and had a bunch of dead wasps fell out.

Once day I also heard a strange noise from the soffits like something flying

How do I tell if we have an active wasp population in our walls?
 

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Funny story.

When we had our second baby my wife called me at work all panicky. She said she thought a water pipe had bust in the wall between the bathroom and the babies room as there were water spots appearing on the wall in the babies room above the change table. I told her to call a plumber who came, punched a hole in the wall, looked around saw nothing amiss, told my wife he thought the "water spots" were actually splatters of baby oil, then gave her the bill.

D'oh!
 

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I wouldn't wish that on anyone. It's also one of those things where, even after you believe you've gotten rid of them all, plus whatever nest was in there, any little buzz or unclassifiable noise will continue to elicit anxiousness and a much shallower sleep.
this, EXACTLY. holy shit that's my nitemare

How do I tell if we have an active wasp population in our walls?
 

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After I had been stung trying to get close enough to the nest with the spray in our garden storage shed, I was a little "bait-shy", not to mention in pain. My wife decided she was going to attempt it, and got dressed up in a manner that made her look like a Star Wars stormtrooper. There wasn't a square centimeter of unprotected space anywhere. What heavy armour does not bring in grace or beauty, it brings in courage.

But that was outside. Inside is a whole other circle of hell. And, as colchar indicated, a not insignificant part of the burden is moving stuff out of the way. Hell of a way to start off the school year.

There's always these sorts of things: Wasp Traps - Lee Valley Tools Obviously not a panacea, but a useful and simple adjunct.
 

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The exterminator has been and left.

He said there were a lot in there, and that they were clearly an angry bunch, but he wasn't overly concerned. He sprayed a ton of dust into the hole that I had made when punching the wall, and then went outside to do the same where they were getting in. He didn't need to rip out any parts of the wall. He said he could, but his advice was to let them die and then to let the nest just disintegrate on its own. He said I could patch the hole in a few days but I think I will leave it longer as I am in no rush to cut out a section of the wall in order to patch it - I would rather make sure they are all good and dead first. He told me to wait about a week and then to go up and seal the spot where they were getting in from the outside. Great, I am terrified of heights!

All of the ones that were inside the dining room were already dead when he and I went in and he expects that the ones inside the walls will be dead within a day or two.

He said this was about the 20th wasp infestation he has done this week, so we are hardly alone in having this problem.
 

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The exterminator has been and left.

He said there were a lot in there, and that they were clearly an angry bunch, but he wasn't overly concerned. He sprayed a ton of dust into the hole that I had made when punching the wall, and then went outside to do the same where they were getting in. He didn't need to rip out any parts of the wall. He said he could, but his advice was to let them die and then to let the nest just disintegrate on its own. He said I could patch the hole in a few days but I think I will leave it longer as I am in no rush to cut out a section of the wall in order to patch it - I would rather make sure they are all good and dead first. He told me to wait about a week and then to go up and seal the spot where they were getting in from the outside. Great, I am terrified of heights!

All of the ones that were inside the dining room were already dead when he and I went in and he expects that the ones inside the walls will be dead within a day or two.

He said this was about the 20th wasp infestation he has done this week, so we are hardly alone in having this problem.
Insomuch as it could have been worse, or drawn out longer, congrats. Fingers crossed for a decent night's sleep.
 
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