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Old 07-08-2019, 07:03 AM   #1
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Dear Eliza, dear Eliza...

I was putting laundry away and noticed a massive wasp buzzing around our closet light. Of course I ran out out screaming because I’m irrationally afraid of them. By the time I came back with a solution of dish soap and water to spray on it, I couldn’t find it.

1) How would a wasp have gotten into my upstairs townhome closet?

2) How do I find this wasp now? It’s in our walk-in closet.

I am not scared of many animals, but I have an irrational fear of bees and wasps because I don’t know if I’m allergic or not.






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Old 07-08-2019, 07:09 AM   #2
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You will have to move out of your home, sell it as is, and start over with everything.

Alternatively, move to a hotel and refuse to move back until dh shows you the dead wasp.
There are no good choices here. I may not be very helpful but I obviously don't think you are irrational in this.
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You will have to move out of your home, sell it as is, and start over with everything.

Alternatively, move to a hotel and refuse to move back until dh shows you the dead wasp.
There are no good choices here. I may not be very helpful but I obviously don't think you are irrational in this.


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Lol

I'm sorry

I can't stand them either. Not by my front door and not in my house.

I'll pray you find him soon!!! I fly swatter at them to get them to move. They seem to be found dead more often than not when we've had them inside.
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Do you have atrick access in this closet? Or a window. Small spaces around either of thoes is an option for how it got in. Alternatively wasps can live in the walls and come in though the area around plugs and light fixtures.

If this closit backs up to any neighbors I would talk to them and see if they have seen any wasps.

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Old 07-08-2019, 07:33 AM   #6
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Do you have atrick access in this closet? Or a window. Small spaces around either of thoes is an option for how it got in. Alternatively wasps can live in the walls and come in though the area around plugs and light fixtures.

If this closit backs up to any neighbors I would talk to them and see if they have seen any wasps.

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Yes we do have attic access in the closet
I am now terrified of walls and plugs and light fixtures and want to move immediately


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I'm sorry. They creep me out, too.

It could have come in when you had a door or a window open. It could also be gone by now. Chances are it's just the one and it got lost. We had one in the kitchen last week. My kids were FREAKING OUT and screaming, but I left the door open for a little while and it just disappeared.

BUT, if you see any more, or your neighbors are seeing more than just the one, check the eaves for a nest. If your Homeowners' Association takes care of outside maintenance, could you give them a call and ask for a roof inspection? I've seen wasps under the gutters before.
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If you have hair spray, you can spray it on the flying wasp and it will fall to the floor so you can kill it. (This way you don't breath in any poison spray)

Every year, we get 2 that somehow make it into our kitchen. I guess they fly in when we open the front door and we just don't see them, but somehow I find them and it scares me to death. (One year our cat killed them.)
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If you have hair spray, you can spray it on the flying wasp and it will fall to the floor so you can kill it. (This way you don't breath in any poison spray)



Every year, we get 2 that somehow make it into our kitchen. I guess they fly in when we open the front door and we just don't see them, but somehow I find them and it scares me to death. (One year our cat killed them.)


Thank you! I do have hairspray and will use that next time.

I have looked in the closet twice and still can’t find it. I guess I’m just going to have to only wear pajamas and workout clothes from the dresser because I am NOT going in that closet.


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You cannot have a serious allergic reaction with your first sting. They don't hurt as badly as many people think. They can come in through a door, just like flies or mosquitos. I do understand, though. I really hate spiders. Spider bites are worse than wasp stings, imo. I'm the designated baseball bat wasp nest slugger in our family. My dh is phobic of them, too.

They are attracted to meat and sweets. I'd put a little bit a cooked meat in some sticky honey or syrup.

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My German Shepherd eats wasps. Catches them in the air. Wish I could loan him to you!

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Any kind of spray will temporarily disable it from flying, too. Whatever you have handy. Arm yourself!
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How about a tiny bowl of honey or beer to draw him out?

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It might have gone back out the way it came, and thus be gone already.
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It might have gone back out the way it came, and thus be gone already.


It might have.

It might also be hiding in my clothes ready to attack me. So... I’d rather try to draw it out and kill it.

I’m not scared of much, but bees and wasps really do bother me a lot.


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It might have gone back out the way it came, and thus be gone already.
Yeah...maybe it couldn't handle all the screaming or is waiting for the fire (I envision a wasp flying around the brunt debris of a house going 'well, that's inconvinant, but I can still work with this ' )

I tease, but I'd freak out in the same situation.

You mentioned upstairs.... I had a friend who had fire ants get into her baby's crib on the second floor of her house. Speculation is that they came in for some access to moisture since we were in dry heat wave.
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