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.

16 Responses

  1. Nathan December 28, 2009 / 1:43 pm

    nice… I suppose this fixed your problem? (I also suppose that it is winter now and any wasps left over would now be dead).

  2. Andy August 31, 2010 / 1:27 pm

    Worked like a charm. Captured/killed all the wasps then sealed up the hole.


  3. John D February 3, 2011 / 10:45 am

    LOL! Wow, this almost seems “mean” to the poor little wasps :P But kudos on a practical and effective home-made solution to your problem.

  4. SEO in Richmond February 20, 2011 / 3:48 pm

    You like to walk on the wild side. Sounds risky. And FUN! LOL Usually I find yellow jackets in the ground. Soak a rag with gasoline, dump some down the hole, drop the rag on top, drop a brick on that. And…run. heh. One piece of advice is to do this at night when the bees are all in the nest so you won’t be harassed by ones returning to the nest.

  5. KyleCaulfield February 23, 2011 / 7:25 pm

    HA! Yes, I wanted to watch them burn … hopefully next time they will be away from the house ;-)

  6. Wasp Control June 10, 2011 / 2:35 am

    I had a problem with wasps last summer. I found a wasp’s nest in my loft and due to the size of the nest I had to call out a wasp removal company who were able to removal the wasps nest and seal up any holes. I’ve had no wasps since then. Great advice given above but I would recommend calling out an expert if there is a number of wasps due to the dangers.

  7. Vikki August 30, 2011 / 5:55 pm

    Wondering if they came back?
    We have a steady stream of wasps going in & our of a hole just under our siding right near our front door. The spray has done nothing. We are finding wasps in the house now though :(

    Hopefully my husband isnt too chicken to try this!

  8. John Wrigley September 17, 2011 / 11:41 am

    The vac works great, but I have been doing it every day for over a week and still they keep coming1 Last time I emptied the vac, there were hundreds of them in the bleach soup, all dead. they are also somehow getting through the window frame and into the bathroom.

    • KyleCaulfield March 14, 2012 / 4:42 pm

      John – Do you leave your shop vac on all night? I found I had to leave it on 24 hours a day for about 2 days until they died out. They also never came back and no other bugs reused the nest… Remember to seal your holes!

  9. Joe September 27, 2013 / 1:49 pm

    Thank you so much for this post. I had a nest above my front door, but it was inside the wall, so I could not see or get to the nest. I checked my crawl space (attic) and the nest was not there, either. They were going in and out through a gap above my front door. I tried sprays, powders and everything I could think of.

    One late evening, after dark. I taped up all but an inch of the gap above the door. I duct taped the hose of the shop back to end up right below the gap. I had to use a lot of duct tape. The next day, after work when it was still light, but I knew it would be getting dark in about an hour, I plugged it in. I collected several hundred that first day, but left everything set up. I waited two days and you could see there was not much activity left, but there were still a few there. I ran the shop vac again for 30 minutes, until I saw no more sign of them.

    This really worked. I would keep the system set up for a few days to make sure you get any stragglers.

    Thank you again, for helping me fix my wasp problem, without having to call a professional. I plan to seal up the gap with calk, to prevent this from happening again.

  10. Tom November 6, 2013 / 6:08 am

    Great idea Kyle. I read so many suggestions but most involved spraying (wouldn’t get right up into the wall) or calling in a professional (why spend the money?). Your idea was unique and so far, day one, it has worked.
    Going to check tomorrow and every day for the next few days until there is no activity.

  11. Brian August 9, 2014 / 12:23 pm

    Works like a charm even without the bleach. I have set it up a few times now and each time collect 100+ from the same spot. Once I see no bees for a couple days I will seal it up. Thanks for the tip.. awesome 0 cost solution.

  12. Kathy August 13, 2014 / 1:19 pm

    We (husband and I) use all kinds a pesticides and the Yellow Jackets Laugh at us ..For three weeks and did not kill any of them…Use this method and after following the rules ran for about an hour and watch from a distance the vacuum swallowing up the pest. Went out the next day zero Yellow Jacket. Thanks very grateful Kathy

  13. david young September 6, 2014 / 9:13 pm

    my problem is they are in behind the metal siding on our mobile home, behind the shower. there are so many that it sounds like water running. i dont want to remove any siding while it is hot weather or i will get covered up with them. what do you suggest? i really believe there are thousands of them.

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