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Old 08-14-2018, 04:03 PM   #1
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Wasp Begone, Bee Begone

Did I leave anything out?

Has anyone found or invented an ingenious way to deter wasps and bees from building nests in your RV while it's in storage?

I know some of you will come back with 'yeah, keep moving' (Bob) and we'll both get a laugh but that's not what I need/mean
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Old 08-14-2018, 04:04 PM   #2
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We used Peppermint oil on cotton swabs last year: not a single unwanted intruder!
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Old 08-14-2018, 04:28 PM   #3
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We used Peppermint oil on cotton swabs last year: not a single unwanted intruder!
Really? Wow. That's unusual for wasps and bees. Whoda thought? Certainly not me. Thanks!
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We used it around our rig, and inside our storage shed. (A favorite place for those "winged chainsaws" to build!)
It also kept the mice and chipmunks out!
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Old 08-14-2018, 04:40 PM   #5
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I use mothballs in all outside storage bins which works great at keeping insects and mice away. I also have a screen over my furnace exhaust...search RV furnace screen on Amazon...about $12.00 and works great.

The moth balls have 2 bags in a box and I just just place a bag in every access area around the RV. I even placed a couple under the hood when storing for the winter. After my problems from last winter I now place them in the generator compartment as well.

I started using the moth balls years ago to keep the mice out but have found they also keep all insects out.
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Thank you! Went out there today to try to do some things and had to keep dodging the little critters. They dive bomb you if you invade 'their' space. I thought about using wasp spray but don't know what it'll do to the coach's finish in this blazing sun.

I taped the fridge vents for now, wrote myself a note and taped it to the fridge. Picked up some insect screen and working through a way to attach it without leaving 'in roads' or making a mess of things.
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Old 08-14-2018, 05:08 PM   #7
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Thank you! Went out there today to try to do some things and had to keep dodging the little critters. They dive bomb you if you invade 'their' space. I thought about using wasp spray but don't know what it'll do to the coach's finish in this blazing sun.

I taped the fridge vents for now, wrote myself a note and taped it to the fridge. Picked up some insect screen and working through a way to attach it without leaving 'in roads' or making a mess of things.
They sell screens for that purpose in rv stores.
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Old 08-15-2018, 12:07 PM   #8
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If you want to kill flying critters quickly: try brake cleaning fluid!
No kidding... They die quicker than if you dropped a safe on them!

(I learned this from finding out that I had no Wasp-Killing products in my garage, and needed to try something else... )
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Old 08-15-2018, 12:14 PM   #9
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Bob...It's also the fastest paint remover ever made!! Be careful where you spray it!! A few of you mentioned peppermint oil and Q-tips...how do you do this? I didn't know wasps had ears.
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Old 08-15-2018, 12:36 PM   #10
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Bob...It's also the fastest paint remover ever made!! Be careful where you spray it!! A few of you mentioned peppermint oil and Q-tips...how do you do this? I didn't know wasps had ears.
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If you think that putting that in their ears it tough: you only have to do this to the females...
Try checking up under their skirts!
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Old 08-15-2018, 06:32 PM   #12
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If you think that putting that in their ears it tough: you only have to do this to the females...
Try checking up under their skirts!
So you're the one they're looking for...

and it's not a good thing
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:45 PM   #13
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If you want to kill flying critters quickly: try brake cleaning fluid!
No kidding... They die quicker than if you dropped a safe on them!
is this with or with out a lighter in front of the nozzle? if they dive bomb i want them to be in flames like a shot down plane!
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Try it without the lighter first. It might keep you from burning down your back yard!
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Old 08-16-2018, 12:41 PM   #15
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I used the peppermint oil in cotton balls for the attic in my house. Big bottle cost about $15. Threw them all over the attic and that worked.
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Never heard of that trick...gonna try it. You buy it at any pharmacy?
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Never heard of that trick...gonna try it. You buy it at any pharmacy?
Forgot where I got it but remember it wasn't a pharmacy. Then again maybe in your city who knows?
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is this with or with out a lighter in front of the nozzle? if they dive bomb i want them to be in flames like a shot down plane!
I've got a story about using propane, a lit rolled-up newspaper, and a wasp's nest...
Back about 45 years ago: my best friend had wasps build a nest on the bottom of a light that was just outside his garage door...
We waited until it was dark: about 9#0 PM...
He reached out the door, and suck a propane torch up into the opening of the nest...
...I stood at the ready, with a rolled-up newspaper...
After a couple of minutes: I lit the paper, and he pulled the torch. I reached out the door, and put the paper up into the nest....
http://www.thorforums.com/forums/att...1&d=1534423780

It was EPIC!! We had flaming bees trying to get out of there, a ball of fire right along the side of the garage, and the neighbors wanting to call the Fire Department!
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I've got a story about using propane, a lit rolled-up newspaper, and a wasp's nest...
Back about 45 years ago: my best friend had wasps build a nest on the bottom of a light that was just outside his garage door...
We waited until it was dark: about 9#0 PM...
He reached out the door, and suck a propane torch up into the opening of the nest...
...I stood at the ready, with a rolled-up newspaper...
After a couple of minutes: I lit the paper, and he pulled the torch. I reached out the door, and put the paper up into the nest....
http://www.thorforums.com/forums/att...1&d=1534423780

It was EPIC!! We had flaming bees trying to get out of there, a ball of fire right along the side of the garage, and the neighbors wanting to call the Fire Department!
"Think you used too much uhh, dynamite there Butch?" I got a cousin that would not hesitate to try that though. Thinking a bit, the still have Yard Guard that sprays a big cloud?
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Old 08-16-2018, 01:15 PM   #20
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There may have been a bit of overkill involved; but it was an EPIC scene!
It's just too bad that we didn't have a camera...

We DID have to re-paint his garage: the scorch marks were a bit... alarming!
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