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Old 06-01-2014, 08:36 PM
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Electric fly swatter that works on Wasps?

Hi,
This is my first post, so I hope its in the right section, but here goes:

I'm sure many of you have seen those battery powered electric fly swatters that look like small tennis rackets. I have a very large deck near the woods that is infested with a dozen or so yellowjacket wasp nests, and while I wait for the exterminator to come and take care of the situation I want to be able to stop anything that may attack me. They have shown to be very aggressive so far.

Does anyone know if any commercial electric fly swatter's are capable of killing something like a wasp, with its thick exoskeleton?

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Old 06-01-2014, 08:46 PM
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let the insect land or crawl on the device. legs or antenna contacting the electric wires will zap it.
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Old 06-01-2014, 10:22 PM
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let the insect land or crawl on the device. legs or antenna contacting the electric wires will zap it.
Right, I understand how to use it, but I don't want to waste money on one if it's charge isn't capable of killing the Wasp. Flies and Mosquito's are very "thin" compared to the exoskeleton of an average Wasp. I was wondering if these sort of devices really have the power for this use.
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Old 06-01-2014, 10:28 PM
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Wasps are not normally a problem. In fact I love them. We now have wasps so we don't have yellow jackets any more.

Several years ago my sun lent the snow cone makers his electric fly swatter at a music festable. they killed a lot of bees and yellow jackets with that thing.
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Old 06-01-2014, 10:55 PM
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let the insect land or crawl on the device. legs or antenna contacting the electric wires will zap it.
Right, I understand how to use it, but I don't want to waste money on one if it's charge isn't capable of killing the Wasp. Flies and Mosquito's are very "thin" compared to the exoskeleton of an average Wasp. I was wondering if these sort of devices really have the power for this use.

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Old 06-01-2014, 10:57 PM
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Wasps are not normally a problem. In fact I love them. We now have wasps so we don't have yellow jackets any more.

Several years ago my sun lent the snow cone makers his electric fly swatter at a music festable. they killed a lot of bees and yellow jackets with that thing.
Yellowjacket's are a kind of Wasp
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Old 06-01-2014, 11:43 PM
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let the insect land or crawl on the device. legs or antenna contacting the electric wires will zap it.
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Right, I understand how to use it, but I don't want to waste money on one if it's charge isn't capable of killing the Wasp. Flies and Mosquito's are very "thin" compared to the exoskeleton of an average Wasp. I was wondering if these sort of devices really have the power for this use.
i have used the device, used for fruit flies, on wasps in the indoors.
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Old 06-02-2014, 12:21 AM
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Can of WD-40 and a grill lighter; be careful not to burn down your house.
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Old 06-02-2014, 12:48 AM
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Can of WD-40 and a grill lighter; be careful not to burn down your house.
I don't live in the south, lol.
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:55 AM
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Yellowjacket's are a kind of Wasp

to me they are really different.
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Old 06-02-2014, 02:38 AM
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to me they are really different.
You're wrong. I wonder what type of critter the "wasps" are that have gotten rid of your yellow jackets, though.
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Old 06-02-2014, 02:53 AM
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to me they are really different.
Facts aren't subjective.
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Old 06-02-2014, 03:09 AM
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The tennis racket-like bug zapper I have runs on two AAA batteries and I've been able to insta-kill bees and wasps with it before (when they come inside our house and charge menacingly at me). It stings like crazy when you accidentally zap yourself, so I'm not surprised.
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Yellowjacket's are a kind of Wasp
Yellowjacket's what are a kind of Wasp?
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:07 AM
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Facts aren't subjective.
That is why I say they are really different. Their physical shape are completely different.
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:18 AM
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Yellowjacket's are a kind of Wasp
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Yellowjacket's what are a kind of Wasp?
Vespula germanica, Vespula vulgaris, Vespula maculifrons, Vespula pensylvanica are some.
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Old 06-02-2014, 04:53 PM
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Use your vacuum cleaner with the extension wand and the crevice tool. Sucks them righ up. Leave it in the garage for a day or two.
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Old 06-02-2014, 05:04 PM
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Use your vacuum cleaner with the extension wand and the crevice tool. Sucks them righ up. Leave it in the garage for a day or two.
many tough bugs, including wasps, can survive the ride.
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Old 06-02-2014, 05:30 PM
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I use an Executioner Pro that I bought from Amazon and it will kill wasps and yellow jackets, or at least burn their wings off so you can squish them.
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Old 06-02-2014, 07:34 PM
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That is why I say they are really different. Their physical shape are completely different.
I'm very confused. Yellowjackets aren't just a type of wasp. They're THE type of wasp. The most recognizable kind, that everyone means when they say "wasp."

Can you post a picture of the type of wasps you're talking about?
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:06 PM
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One day, out of idle curiosity, I worked my finger between the protective grill of one of those things. ZAP!

Um, yeah, I think that could kill a wasp. In fact, I think I'd rather be stung by a wasp than do that again.

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Old 06-02-2014, 08:12 PM
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I have one that works on 2 x D size batteries. packs a bit of a kick. Flies, mozzies and small moths disappear in a crackle, however big moths, bees and wasps take a bit more punishment. It tends to stun them not kill them but if you give a decent forehand swipe along with the zap, by the time their head is clear they aren't near you.

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Old 06-02-2014, 10:01 PM
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I'm very confused. Yellowjackets aren't just a type of wasp. They're THE type of wasp. The most recognizable kind, that everyone means when they say "wasp."

Can you post a picture of the type of wasps you're talking about?
What I have always called yellow jackets are the Black and yellow flying bug. The look somewhat like a bee. they can sting or bite you. That is what my family have been calling yellow jacket for over 70 years.

They go after sweet stuff and meat. If you are eating outside they will join you for your dinner and chasing them away can get you stung. I have seen them live in the ground or make large mud nests.

What I have always called wasps some would also call mud daubers. they make small nest of mud from 3/4 in to 3 inches around. and hang down from where they attach them. Their wings are thinner you can see through them Their middle part of the body is very narrow and round like a straw. If I could figure out how I would post a picture.

The thing I like about them is they are not aggressive. While trimming my roses if I drop my hand and hit one it just flys off. What I call a yellow jacket would have stung me. We use to have nests of the yellow jackets in the area so we could not eat outside until after dark. After the city started releasing the wasp that I am use to the yellow jackets have gone away. Now we can enjoy our back yard.

The two insects are very different.
So after almost 70 years I find out that yellow jackets are really wasps, interesting.
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:28 PM
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What I have always called yellow jackets are the Black and yellow flying bug. The look somewhat like a bee. they can sting or bite you. That is what my family have been calling yellow jacket for over 70 years.

They go after sweet stuff and meat. If you are eating outside they will join you for your dinner and chasing them away can get you stung. I have seen them live in the ground or make large mud nests.

What I have always called wasps some would also call mud daubers. they make small nest of mud from 3/4 in to 3 inches around. and hang down from where they attach them. Their wings are thinner you can see through them Their middle part of the body is very narrow and round like a straw. If I could figure out how I would post a picture.

The thing I like about them is they are not aggressive. While trimming my roses if I drop my hand and hit one it just flys off. What I call a yellow jacket would have stung me. We use to have nests of the yellow jackets in the area so we could not eat outside until after dark. After the city started releasing the wasp that I am use to the yellow jackets have gone away. Now we can enjoy our back yard.

The two insects are very different.
So after almost 70 years I find out that yellow jackets are really wasps, interesting.
I looked up mud daubers, and I can see why you'd be much more welcoming to those critters than to yellow jackets. I think wasps are a lot like snakes, in that there are a few mean, dangerous types and other non-dangerous types.

I think most people mean "nasty, mean flying insect thing to be avoided at all costs" when they say "wasp". At least, everywhere I've been. Maybe it's just differences in regional terminology.
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Old 06-03-2014, 01:17 AM
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I looked up mud daubers, and I can see why you'd be much more welcoming to those critters than to yellow jackets. I think wasps are a lot like snakes, in that there are a few mean, dangerous types and other non-dangerous types.

I think most people mean "nasty, mean flying insect thing to be avoided at all costs" when they say "wasp". At least, everywhere I've been. Maybe it's just differences in regional terminology.
When hey first started showing up I wasn't happy. I thought they would be a problem. But after noticing that with the "wasp" coming the yellow jackets were going. It became sorta OK. then as I watch them I realized they were not dangerous and kind of funny to watch.
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:12 AM
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I hate yellow jackets

What city is releasing mud-daubers? How well is it working to get rid of the evil ones? I'm allergic.
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:28 AM
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The two insects are very different.
So after almost 70 years I find out that yellow jackets are really wasps, interesting.
You can read more about wasps here; there are many, many different kinds of wasps.

For maximum terror factor, be sure to check out the Asian giant hornet, the paranoid gun nut/barbarian raider of the insect world. It's got a 3-inch wingspan, a 1/4-inch stinger, and it kills several dozen people every year in Japan. They make their living by raiding honeybee hives, killing all the adults by biting their heads off, and then carting off the larvae for food.
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