I’m near Pittsburgh where brown paper wasps are very common. They are for the most part mellow and you can usually ignore them.
However, I may have a different type of wasp now, perhaps a tiny bit bigger and darker. Still, they could be paper wasps but they definitely have more aggression. One flew up my shorts leg and another in my face checking out my roofing sombrero.
They are entering the rafters through a gap between the dormer fascia and the main roof.
There is usually one meandering about, but it is now common to see 2 chasing each other. This is more aggressive than the typical mellow paper wasp.
So I think maybe I should do something.
I’m going to have to at least wear clothing that is not “open” at the bottom: pants tucked in boots, shirt tucked, and no wide brim hat.
I think about sealing off the gap and entombing them.
- Would be nice to have handfuls of foamy putty I could just bury the ends of fascia - something that would come off when I’m ready to shingle there.
- Spray foam: Expanding, nonExpanding poly urethane or latex or ?
- Shop Vac: Set up hose right by entry point, turn on and thin the herd.
- or ???
I don’t think any poison is going to work because they typically build the nest far back in the rafters easily over 12in away from the entry point.
What to do…