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    Ground Wasps

    I have some Blue/Black Ground Wasps that have decided to take up residence under my cement patio. They're about twice as big as normal Blue Hornets, but haven't bit anybody yet and I'm not sure if they can sting or not, but would like to get rid of them. Any ideas?

    I've sprayed some buy stuff around the holes they come in and out a time or two, but they're still coming out!



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    Re: Ground Wasps

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    I have some Blue/Black Ground Wasps that have decided to take up residence under my cement patio. They're about twice as big as normal Blue Hornets, but haven't bit anybody yet and I'm not sure if they can sting or not, but would like to get rid of them. Any ideas?

    I've sprayed some buy stuff around the holes they come in and out a time or two, but they're still coming out!
    Sound like Cicada Killers. Big monsters! Fairly harmless to you though.
    http://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/downlo...strPubID=FS040



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    Re: Ground Wasps

    Set your deck on fire and start over.



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    Re: Ground Wasps

    yeah definitely cicada killers. they are intimidating as hell, but harmless for the most part.



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    Re: Ground Wasps

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    yeah definitely cicada killers. they are intimidating as hell, but harmless for the most part.

    Yep they are annoying but harmless. Get a tennis racket and start swinging.



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    Re: Ground Wasps

    Handyman had a good blurb about these recently.
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    Re: Ground Wasps

    The OP said blue/black, not yellow and black. Are those also cicada killers?

    I've seen the cicada killers around, as well


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    Re: Ground Wasps

    Quote Originally Posted by kkise View Post
    The OP said blue/black, not yellow and black. Are those also cicada killers?

    I've seen the cicada killers around, as well
    They look like Giant Blue Hornets.

    I sprinkled some Boric Acid in the entrance tonight. We'll see if it does any good.

    They may be harmless, but when you have one of those things fly a couple inches from you when you're grilling or company over, it's not fun!



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    Re: Ground Wasps

    Google 'mud dauber' and see if that's what you have.

    I've worked in an area very close to where mud daubers are busy building, and I've never been stung. Here's a quote from the ISU Insect Notes:

    "Wasps usually evoke a great deal of anxiety or fear. However, solitary wasps such as the mud daubers do not defend their nest the way social wasps such as hornets and yellowjackets do. Mud daubers are very unlikely to sting, even when thoroughly aroused. They may sting if mishandled."

    For those of you completely freaked out by spiders, it maybe useful to note that they often catch spiders, paralyze, and put in their nest with an egg.


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    Re: Ground Wasps

    12 gauge should work...... Or you could soak them with tempo.... But 12 gauge will definitely kill them.



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    Re: Ground Wasps

    Quote Originally Posted by bugs4cy View Post
    Google 'mud dauber' and see if that's what you have.

    I've worked in an area very close to where mud daubers are busy building, and I've never been stung. Here's a quote from the ISU Insect Notes:

    "Wasps usually evoke a great deal of anxiety or fear. However, solitary wasps such as the mud daubers do not defend their nest the way social wasps such as hornets and yellowjackets do. Mud daubers are very unlikely to sting, even when thoroughly aroused. They may sting if mishandled."

    For those of you completely freaked out by spiders, it maybe useful to note that they often catch spiders, paralyze, and put in their nest with an egg.
    I did google mud daubers. The picture is exactly like the blue/black wasps I've seen around.


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    Re: Ground Wasps

    Saw a "baby" cicada killer today. Really kind of neat to watch. This was along a corner of our drivewsy. Went out a few hours later and found the hole he emerged from



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    Re: Ground Wasps

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    I have some Blue/Black Ground Wasps that have decided to take up residence under my cement patio. They're about twice as big as normal Blue Hornets, but haven't bit anybody yet and I'm not sure if they can sting or not, but would like to get rid of them. Any ideas?

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    Growing up on a farm, we use to pour gasoline down the hole and light a match.



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    Re: Ground Wasps

    Quote Originally Posted by acoustimac View Post
    Sound like Cicada Killers. Big monsters! Fairly harmless to you though.
    http://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/downlo...strPubID=FS040
    I had to deal with these in my back yard last year. Most of them will only hang around until the early fall and either die out or fly away, but if you want to kill them off right away, spraying raid down the hole worked for me. Once you've destroyed the colony, keep the ground thoroughly watered (they like to burrow in dry ground, rather than moist ground).




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