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#1 of 10 Old 03-12-2007, 02:50 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I just went to check my mail... and well My box was invaded with WASP! When we first moved in we found a old wasp hive in the box but it was like someone put it there.. we just thought it was some kids goofing around. Well today my mail is covered in them!
I tapped on the side of the box and they flew out and away but if they think it is a good place to live how do I change their minds?
I don't mind wasp, bees, or any other flying critter that stings as long as they stay out of places we put hour hands.
Or is this just a good reason to go ahead and buy a new box?
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Hee hee - I'm sleep-deprived and I was thinking "I didn't know that any WASPs were organized enough to do a mailout campaign" - you know, White Anglo-Saxon Protestants... never mind. It was funny for a millisecond, to me...

I would get a new mailbox. Or use some noxious chemicals on your little visitors. Wasps are nasty and pernicious beasties. If you let them take up residence you run the risk of your mail carrier getting stung, and that could be a lawsuit or something. (Worst-case scenario there - more likely, they'd just stop delivering your mail because your mailbox constituted a hazard.) Also, it would suck if your mail carrier was allergic to stings and ended up having an anaphylactic reaction at the end of your driveway.

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http://www.thefriendlytrapper.com/ He's a local celebrity I would get a new box. If you keep the old one, their scent or something could remain and keep them returning year after year. I am horribly afraid of stinging/biting insects, I would have had a bird if I found wasps in my mailbox!!!
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Definitely third the recommendation for a new box. We've never had wasps but we did manage to find a dead black widow spider in ours shortly after we moved here... Eeeek!
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Wasps are very territorial. (so the scent would actually work to your benefit.
I killed a nest on my rose bush last summer all by myself (a proud, strong mama moment)

I refuse to use chemicals for any reason--soooo, I waited until dusk when they would all be in their nest.
I lit one rolled up and twisted a piece of paper, then blew it out and stuck it in the hole to confuse the. They started buzzing but non came out.
Then I lit a second twisted paper on fire and stuck it up the hole and fried the little ba$tards. worked like a charm! And they haven't been back.

I was proud of myself.
DH and I had been stung that morning.
I have a total phobia/fear of them.
DH left for France that afternoon and was gone 2 weeks. I knew I couldn't let it grow that much bigger and risk DD bumping into it.
Mama took action.And ran into the house twice and shook the rest of the time.

After you rid your box of them, in addition to their lingering scent, you can also blow up a paper bag and tie it to the box. They'll think it's a hive and stay away.
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My first thought was "you checked your email box and there were Wasps in there"- is this some new computer virus? Then I realized you were talking about an actual mail box with envelopes inside!

I'd take today's mail out with tongs or thick gloves, and buy a new mailbox.

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My dp delivers rural mail and it is an all too frequent hazaed in the summer!
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Definitely third the recommendation for a new box. We've never had wasps but we did manage to find a dead black widow spider in ours shortly after we moved here... Eeeek!
See this is when I would freak out. The neighbors would have a free show to watch if I found any kind of spider in my box. (I won't plant flowers around the box for this reason).
This thought has now gave me the chills that won't go away. ... Thanks
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EW! we had that problem in our last apartment. we found a little wasps nest in the mailbox, and i had heard that they don't come back to old nests, so i wasn't worried. but then they built a NEW ONE right next to it. i kept on bugging my landlord about it, but they took forever to deal with it. so i bought some poison spray and waiting until it was dark, and sprayed the little &$*%ers. they were everywhere though, including in the walls of the building. they would make their way into the house through some water damage and sting us. we finally figured out that squishing them makes more come in, so we started sucking them up in the vaccume cleaner. ugh. gross.
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Spray the inside of the mailbox with some vinegar mixed with a little tea tree or camphor oil.

When this dries, spray it a second time with just the vinegar.

When this dries, spray the top of the interior with some silicone lubricant (like you use on squeaky hinges and garage door tracks.

The first two things will eliminate their scent. The last will make it difficult for them to attach their nest (it acts like Teflon!).

You might want to do all this on the underside of the mailbox, as well.

A mixture of ammonia and water (strong on the ammonia) will kill wasps instantly.

By the way, black widow spiders can't attach their webs to silicone-sprayed surfaces either.
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