Wasps and sweat bees everywhere!


The wasps have a nest somewhere inside that little hole in the roof of my trailer. Do i just spray inside that hole after dark? Will they attack? Also theres always lots of sweat bees out on my porch. How do i get rid of them? How do i find their mest? Im 36 yo woman that lives alone n stays broke. I have nobody to help me with my issue. Please help.

q wasps and sweat bees everywhere

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  • The best time to spray a wasp nest is around dusk when they are not as active and yes, you can spray in the hole. My husband does it with wasp spray that shoots several feet. Peppermint spray is a good way to keep sweat bees away. They are pollinators, so it's best not to kill them.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 02, 2021

    Spray the hole with either wasp spray or WD40, do this at dawn or dusk when the activity is down. The spray will kill them and so will the WD40-that coats their wings and prevents them from flying. Have a place ready to run to so you can protect yourself if need be.

    The sweat bees are pollinators and you can lure them away from your entrance by planting flowers as far away as possible from where your porch is.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Aug 02, 2021

    you can spray into the hole in the evenings when they aren't as active just don't get very close to the hole you could also call an exterminator to do this

  • William William on Aug 02, 2021

    Spray the hole after dusk when most of the wasps are inside and dormant. Wasp sprays can shoot up to 25 feet. Then plug the hole/holes to prevent any from coming back.

    For sweat bees



  • Dee Dee on Aug 02, 2021

    Definitely spray the hole around dusk. If you can see the nest thru the hole make sure you get that too. After you kill the wasps, caulk the hole to seal it up.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Aug 02, 2021

    My parents swear that if you put up a gray plastic or brown paper bag, fill it with other bags so that it looks like a hornet's nest, that it will keep them away.

    As for getting rid of them, I would go to Lowe's and get the professional spray from Spectracide. It's in a black & white spray can. Shoot them on site.

  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 02, 2021

    While it's best to seek professional help, in case you want to get rid of a wasps nest in a roof by yourself, you need to be very careful, as some wasps are very territorial and aggressive. Their stings hurt really bad and can cause a histamine response also known as anaphylactic shock. It is best to get tested for allergic reactions to wasp stings before trying to do it yourself. You should wear protective gear and gloves that are available for purchase. Keeping a red or amber colored flashlight instead of the regular one is useful.

    It is best to destroy the nest as early as it is detected which is during spring or early summer as the nest will most likely contain the brood of worker wasps and will be less aggressive. If you can hold on until winter, then the nest can be pulled off by a hose spray as mostly wasps die during this season .Only the queen may cocoon itself to appear in spring again to lay eggs and start a new nest.

    Chemical methods like foam spray that can be bought from a garden center and can be applied to the nests from about six feet away. The best time to apply this aerosol spray is at dusk wearing protective clothing for safety against stings.

    There are powders too that kill wasps and need to be sprayed. With these methods it's best not to remove the nest immediately as the foraging wasps will return and hang around the nest area for a few days . If the nest is there , they will enter the nest and die from the remaining chemicals.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Aug 02, 2021

    Sweat bees are not aggressive and are important pollinators. They are indeed attracted to sweat and salty skin. You could wash up prior to going on the porch. Bees also have a distaste for lavender oil, citronella oil, olive oil, vegetable oil, lemon, and lime. These are all topical defenses you can add to your skin to keep bees away. You can also set out dishes of white vinegar in the area while you're out.

  • Betsy Betsy on Aug 02, 2021

    Hi Jen: Eeeeeeek! :O Try this:

    Wasp killer

    16 oz water in a spray bottle

    1/4 to 1/2 cup Dawn

    20 drops of pure peppermint extract


    Add dish soap to water at a rate of one tablespoonful of dish soap per cup of water in a spray bottle.

    Mix and spray the wasps. It will kill the wasps. That's it!

    If you have wasp nests on the ground, be advised, that nature usually informs all burrowing animals as to the wisdom of building a back door!

    When you pour your soap and water solution, run. You will need to repeat this treatment half a dozen times to be effective.

    If you have large or high nests to eradicate, put dish soap in a garden sprayer and deluge them.

    If you plan to spray wasp nests, be sure to do it at night and wear dark protective clothing. Place a flashlight or two away from the nest and opposite of the way you are going to run, turn them on, spray the nests and when the wasps emerge, they will see the lights and go towards them and not you. Be sure to run like mad into a darkened house. You don't want them to see you running towards a light, or they will follow you. If you can, instead of flashlights, use some tiki torches. They will fly into the flame and die.

    Here are a few sites that may help:



    https://www.bhg.com/gardening/how-to-garden/how-to-safely-get-rid-of-wasps-and-hornets/?did=554335-20200828&cmp=bhgdecorating_082820&utm_campaign=bhg-decorating_newsletter&utm_source=bhg.com&utm_medium=email&utm_content=082820&cid=554335&mid=39786595432 ;



    Good luck

  • In order to sweat bees you may insecticides containing prallethrin. But you can also mixing one part dish soap to four parts water. Spray all bees with this solution.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Aug 02, 2021

    You have a hive you need a proffecional.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 07, 2021


    Look up Bee keepers in your area !

  • Sharon Sharon on Aug 08, 2021

    Yes I spray nests with Wasp & Hornet spray when its cool, just before dark. Then get inside ASAP just in case. Aim the spray into the hole.

    Then for your sweat bees, make a cheap recycled soda bottle tray. There are lots of videos on YouTube.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVLqEb6ANig

    you can hang these using 3 large paper clips, and join them on a hook hung from the soffit.