How to get rid of wasps in aluminum siding … for good!

After finding yellow jackets in my siding I tried everything to get rid of them… sprays, dusts, waiting… they just would not go away!  Tired of spending money I found a quick and easy way to take care of the pests for good.  This will work with any flying pest, too.

Items Needed:

  1. A Shop Vacuum
  2. Bleach
  3. Long Extension Cord
  4. An hour of time

I think you know where I am going with this, as it is pretty straight forward.  First, take about 1/2 gallon of bleach and put it in the bottom of your shop vacuum, then fill it about half way with water.  Place the lid back on and make sure the exhaust port is not open and the filter is connected to your vacuum.

Now you are ready to take out some wasps.  Carefully move your vacuum over to your siding hive and carefully move the suction tube close to where the wasps are flying in and out of their hive.  It is okay if you do not get it perfectly near the hive, within a few inches is perfect.  Next run your extension cord to the nearest outlet and plug in your vacuum and turn it on.  You will need to let it run for about 45 minutes.

After 45 minutes go back to your wasp killing machine.  You should see no bees coming in or out.  If you do, just give it a few more minutes, you can enjoy watching what is left get sucked into the tube.  If you have come out to find no wasps left you can walk up and bang on your siding with your open hand.  This will shake up the last of the wasps protecting the hive.  They will fly out and get sucked into your trap.

At this point you should be able to turn off the vacuum.  SLOWLY open it up and you will see just how many you caught!  Wait until tomorrow and see if any wasps are back.  You should be good to go, but if there are any just suck them up like the day before.

After a few days the queen should die and it will be over, you won.  What about the nest you say?  Well, new wasps will not come and use that nest so you can leave it.  When winter comes go outside and seal up any holes that the wasps were using.

Diablo 2: LOD Vista Errors

More video game problems? Yes! Always! This time I was trying to play Diablo 2 on my new Vista computer. The game will start and I get a black screen. This is the error i get to enjoy when I tab out: UNHANDLED EXCEPTION: ACCESS_VIOLATION (c0000005). I do a little googling without any luck, but found a solution! Hopefully this helps someone else.

Right click on Diablo II.exe
Go to Properties
Go to Compatibility
Check off run in 256 colors.

You are good to go!

Warcraft 3: Frozen Throne Errors

Error:  When starting Warcraft III Frozen Throne you get an error: “Sorry, Warcraft III could not be opened.”

Quick Fix:  

Download patch 1.21b

Run Warcraft III Frozen Throne

Update with


So today I broke down and bought the Warcraft Battle Chest.  I was trying to find a game my Macbook Air could play 😉  Anyways, I install and download the newest updates from the Blizzard FTP.  I start playing Warcraft and it was as fun as I remembered.  I then want to play Warcraft III, Frozen Throne expantion and to my dismay I find that it will not start!  It says “Sorry, Warcraft III could not be opened”  Some error… no other info at all!



Downgrade time!  I downgraded to 1.21b and the game started up.  I then connected to Battle.Net and let it update.  Now I can play on, fully updated without any problems.  By the way, here is the patch.

* Note:  If you have already connected to battle net and applied the patch from there you can still downgrade using the download above.