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    Making them leave politely.

    I love my backyard. I mean it's not mine, it belongs to this planet. I haven't mowed it in about 3 years, so it's like a little space of barely touched nature. I enjoy it. So do squirrels and some stunning birds come to visit. I move my front yard regularly but leave my back yard alone ok? ok.

    Anyhow, as I like nature to be left go, so do other members of different spicies.

    So I have this plastic chair that has hollow handlebars on the bottom. I use it for sitting. Some wasps decided it would be a nice place to start a family. I don't blame them. They probably haven't got a clue what the chair is. All they know is that it protects them from rain and it has a nice sticky serface to build the roots for their house.

    When I get back from rides, the chair helps me to cool down and it's a great hydration station. On my last three rides, I haven't enjoyed my chair. Any time I sit, they get pissed and start flying around like a bunch of pissed off wasps. They haven't stung me yet because my reluctance to stay sitted stops them as they fly back into their new built home.

    I think I know what you are thinking. Just leave them a forclosure note with all the reasons explaned and give them about 7 days to pack up and leave. I haven't tried it, but I have this persistant assumption that they probably don't read Kings English.

    Other communication technique that I tried was to periodically tap the chair with my foot and sort of get the message across that they should leave and built their home some place else where it's not someones chair. Maybe by doing so they can spread a message across to the other tribes not to shoose the chair-like structure for future development.

    If foot tap technique does not work, I am gonna have to surrender the chair for which I have a complite right to sit in.

    Do you know of any other techniques I can use to "politely" convey my message? Forcefull ones are not an option.

    Thank you.

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    Try setting up a sprinkler by the chair during their active part of the day. Do this for consecutive days. Hopefully they'll abandon the nest. Btw, are they yellow-jackets?

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    From http://www.naturodoc.com/library/lif..._repellent.htm

    Making Your Own Natural Insect Repellent

    Herbalist Debra Nuzzi-St. Claire suggests combining the following essential oils to make a natural insect repellent:

    1/2 ounce citronella oil

    1/4 ounce lavender oil

    1/8 ounce pennyroyal oil

    1/8 ounce tea tree oil

    1/8 ounce jojoba oil

    Do not use this blend undiluted on your skin. Follow these instructions for diluting:

    To make an insect repellent oil that can be used on your body, add 16 ounces of jojoba or almond oil to the base oil mixture and blend thoroughly. For an insect repellent spray, add 16 ounces of vodka to the base oil mixture, pour into a spray bottle, and shake before using.
    I wonder if you whipped up some volatile oil type repellent and sprayed the chair and area if they would relocate.

    Myself, I go WWI on them and pour beach and ammonia together to make Mustard Gas. I've cleared several hives of ground wasps with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
    Try setting up a sprinkler by the chair during their active part of the day. Do this for consecutive days. Hopefully they'll abandon the nest. Btw, are they yellow-jackets?
    I haven't mowed that lawn in three years and you expect me to have a working sprinkler? Maybe I do, it's just beneath about 5 inches of leaves.

    They are a skinny, yellowish, angry looking bunch. They could belong to the family of yellow jackets for all I know.

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    Nuke them from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gitarzan View Post
    From http://www.naturodoc.com/library/lif..._repellent.htm



    I wonder if you whipped up some volatile oil type repellent and sprayed the chair and area if they would relocate.

    Myself, I go WWI on them and pour beach and ammonia together to make Mustard Gas. I've cleared several hives of ground wasps with that.
    Like I said, force is not an option. I tried sitting in that chair 3 times and they haven't stung me. I will try to be as polite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spock View Post
    I haven't mowed that lawn in three years and you expect me to have a working sprinkler? Maybe I do, it's just beneath about 5 inches of leaves.

    They are a skinny, yellowish, angry looking bunch. They could belong to the family of yellow jackets for all I know.
    Borrow your neighbor's sprinkler. Your only other alternatives are extermination or pain (as in wasp stings).

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    plug up the ends of the tubing after chasing them out.
    The search for inner peace continues...

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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
    plug up the ends of the tubing after chasing them out.
    You obviously haven't been around wasps before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
    plug up the ends of the tubing after chasing them out.
    Handlebars are not tubing. They have three square plastic sides with hollow bottom. Apparently chairs don't need to be built as strong as bicycles.

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    Maybe I should just go completely out of my way and remain seated. They haven't stung me yet, so it just might remain that way. If I go easy at first and don't move a lot, they just might leave me alone. After all they are close but out of my way.

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    Get another chair. One for you and one for them.
    We have met the enemy and they is us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spock View Post
    Handlebars are not tubing. They have three square plastic sides with hollow bottom. Apparently chairs don't need to be built as strong as bicycles.
    Add a fourth side and thereby removing the hollow bottom.
    Last edited by annc; 07-17-10 at 11:24 AM.

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    Use this.



    What, it's polite!
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    you should learn to embrace change, and mock it's failings every step of the way :p

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    I have no idea how to get rid of wasps, but, I enjoyed your original post alot. It was pretty funny. I also appreciate your effort to make nice with the wasps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nekohime View Post
    Use this.



    What, it's polite!
    Is it any wonder this dude sleeps alone??

    He shouldn't burn up that hair spray, he could use it for a new do
    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

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    I agree, get a new chair and wait it out with the other one until the bees are finished for the summer/fall. In the winter clean out the nest and plug the opening. Next year you'll have two chairs, invite a love interest over to sit and enjoy the nature preserve.
    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
    You obviously haven't been around wasps before.
    Sure I have, but playing nice with them always seemed a losing battle.
    The search for inner peace continues...

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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
    Sure I have, but playing nice with them always seemed a losing battle.
    I just wouldn't want to be the guy trying to cap the ends after coaxing them out My guess is that they'll be some pissed off

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    personally I'd worry less about insects feelings and more about my own comfort.
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    before you get a new chair make sure it doesn't have accessable hollow parts. if you want to keep your current chair, but don't want to kill the wasps, you want to seal up the openings of your cahir while the wasps are out doing thier waspy thing during the day. Wasps go home at night. Wait until the sun is high, and get out the... you guessed it.. duct tape! Tape over any openings in the chair, and when your waspy friends come home that evening, they will suddenly decide to find a new abode. It won't hurt them - wasps are pretty adaptable creatures.
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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    smoke em out? then seal up the chair with spray foam.
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    Daisycutter. It'll get rid of the wasps, and mow the yard. Might annoy the neighbors, though.
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    When some wild eyed eight foot tall maniac grabs you by the throat and taps the back of your favorite head head against the barroom wall, and he looks crooked in the eye, and he ask you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail."

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