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Old 04-28-2009, 01:18 PM
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Wasps coming out of my chimney (you bet I need help fast!)

Maybe 2-3 wasps per hour are lazily coming down the chimney and into the house. Iím not climbing on the roof (wasps or not), and Iím not shooting pesticide up the flue. But... itís a working fireplace. I have a collection of old newspapers and even a fire log or two (both natural wood and the fake Duraflame type). You can see the temptation.

My hope would be that by lighting a fire, the smoke/fumes (real wood, paper, or Duraflame?) would drive them abandon the nest and rebuild in parts unknown ó outside a direct inlet to the house. Iíll then call a chimney sweep to take care of the nest.

On the other hand, my fear is that the nest will fall into the fireplace, and Iíll have a house full of pissed off, flaming wasps flying about the house, the only conciliation being a shiny new Darwin Award.

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Old 04-28-2009, 01:25 PM
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I'd probably call a pro. A house full of pissed off wasps is not what I'd like for me or my family.
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Old 04-28-2009, 01:34 PM
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While waiting for a pro can you put a screen up covering the opening to the house so they have nowhere to go but up?
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:50 PM
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While waiting for a pro can you put a screen up covering the opening to the house so they have nowhere to go but up?
Fantastic idea, and great for the short term.

Hmm... now I'm starting to wonder if I could combine the two.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:54 PM
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Fantastic idea, and great for the short term.

Hmm... now I'm starting to wonder if I could combine the two.
Only if you're still jonesing for that Darwin award. Trying to start a fire with a screen over the flue isn't a great idea - it could restrict airflow enough to send smoke into your house. Plus of course the danger of igniting the screen. Can't you just close the flue & call an exterminator?
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Old 04-28-2009, 03:01 PM
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Only if you're still jonesing for that Darwin award. Trying to start a fire with a screen over the flue isn't a great idea - it could restrict airflow enough to send smoke into your house. Plus of course the danger of igniting the screen. Can't you just close the flue & call an exterminator?
I think he meant a screen between the room and the firebox, not the firebox and the flue. I could be wrong, but I think if it slowed airflow if would just put the fire out. I'd be more worried about the screen getting REALLY hot and warping or falling onto whatever is in front of the fireplace.


BTW, IMHO I would close off the firebox to the house with a screen or cardboard of something and call an exterminator. I wouldn't bother with a fire, that has the potential to make things much worse if it goes wrong (can wasps be vengeful?).

BTW2 there are some places that will come an remove wasp nests for free.

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Old 04-28-2009, 04:08 PM
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Only if you're still jonesing for that Darwin award.
Not if the OP uses a mesh screen.
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Old 04-28-2009, 04:32 PM
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I think he meant a screen between the room and the firebox, not the firebox and the flue. I could be wrong, but I think if it slowed airflow if would just put the fire out. I'd be more worried about the screen getting REALLY hot and warping or falling onto whatever is in front of the fireplace.


BTW, IMHO I would close off the firebox to the house with a screen or cardboard of something and call an exterminator. I wouldn't bother with a fire, that has the potential to make things much worse if it goes wrong (can wasps be vengeful?).

BTW2 there are some places that will come an remove wasp nests for free.
Regardless of whether the OP goes with screen+fire or just screen, I would not recommend a screen made of anything other than metal mesh. Wasps can and do chew right through paper products, drywall (I had this experience in a rental property - they gnawed right through the ceiling over one girl's bed, that was quite exciting), etc.

A screen intended for use with a fireplace works just fine with a fire going, that being what it was designed for after all. Just make sure there are no gaps around the perimeter of the screen through which wasps could come.
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Old 04-28-2009, 04:32 PM
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I don't see what the big deal is. Just burn them out. Most fireplaces have a glass door or mesh thing that you can close. If anything comes down it probably won't make it past the fire, let alone the spark screen thing. If anything does just wait with a fly swatter.
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Old 04-28-2009, 05:33 PM
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I don't see what the big deal is. Just burn them out. Most fireplaces have a glass door or mesh thing that you can close. If anything comes down it probably won't make it past the fire, let alone the spark screen thing. If anything does just wait with a fly swatter.
I don't think wasps would have a hard time getting through fire/spark mesh, it's a pretty open weave, and you have to figure they'd be pretty pissed off.
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Old 04-28-2009, 05:36 PM
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I say do it, but also film it, just in case it turns out to be amusing. You could be the next Youtube hit!
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Old 04-28-2009, 05:57 PM
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I'd go with the fire and expect a very mild situation. The wasps will fly up away from the heat and probably abandon the nest. Its possible that some will be overcome from smoke or heat and fall down but I doubt that any of them will be in any frame of mind for attack.

I've taken out live nests on my eaves by waving a torch below them. (yes, the hose was on and ready in case the nest caught fire)
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Old 04-28-2009, 06:05 PM
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I had this last year while I was really sick. I put on a fire and burned 'em out, then got an exterminator.
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:10 AM
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I say do it, but also film it, just in case it turns out to be amusing. You could be the next Youtube hit!
I second this! You only live once. Build a big fire!
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Old 04-29-2009, 06:19 AM
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This happened to me once. I attacked them with strong cleaning supplies that stunned them, one by one, and then chopped them in half.

I survived without stinging and eventually won the wasp war, but I don't recommend it.
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Old 04-29-2009, 11:36 AM
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I don't see what the big deal is. Just burn them out. Most fireplaces have a glass door or mesh thing that you can close. If anything comes down it probably won't make it past the fire, let alone the spark screen thing. If anything does just wait with a fly swatter.
I second this. crank up the fire and let heat/carbon monoxide do the work. If you put window screening in front of the fireplace make sure it's aluminum and not plastic or you'll set the house on fire.

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Old 04-29-2009, 12:23 PM
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Flea foggers will kill wasps.

Flea fogger in fireplace--cover front of fireplace--leave for a few hours--sweep up wasp corpses upon return.
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