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Anyone have any ideas on how to get rid of them? When I tug on a halyard . . . out they come . . . really pi$$ed. I’m sure a video of me dancing in the cockpit swatting the air would be a big utube hit.
 

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Wasps in mast

We had bees in Rio Dulce, Guatemala. First cousins, anyhow.

By all means, spray up the mast. The marina squirted stuff into the halyard exits.

The thing that seemed to work, finally, was to tie a messenger line to the shackle end of each halyard, saturate the last 20' or so of each halyard in full-strength liquid insecticide (coil them down in a bucket and pour the stuff over them), and pull the halyards up in to the mast.

Next day, use the messenger line to retrieve the halyards, re-soak, and repeat.

And again. And again. It took us about 3 weeks.
 

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Thanks! It never occurred to me that the little buggers were most likely using the halyards to walk up and down on the inside. Poison soaked messengers . . . perfect! Thanks

Night . . . absolutely!
 

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Call PETA down to take care of those little buggers... Didn't they get up set because someone swatted a fly... Well let them take each wasp out of your mast by hand.


Personally I don't think PETA would come to your boat to do the dastardly deed on those wasps.
 

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Gas em.

Bees can be exterminated by spraying them with a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher. The extinguisher must contain nothing else, just plain carbon dioxide. Stand upwind if possible
from Alternative Pest Control

I am picturing renting a CO2 cylinder from LiquidAire or equivalent, stuff a hose in a hole at the bottom of the mast, crack the valve open and let it fill the mast up. May also cause the formation of dry ice inside the mast which will sublimate with time, continuing to keep the mast filled. The only problem is that the CO2 is heavier than air, so the initial burst would need enough pressure and volume to completely drive the air out of the mast. The more holes you plug on the bottom the better results you would probably have.
 

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Try taking the top and spray tube from a can of wd40 and fitting it to a can of flying insect killer. Put the tube in the halyard exit and fog the inside. Here's the only problem - The wasps will come POURING out of there when you remove the tube. They will be dying and disoriented, but if there are a lot of them in there, they'll come flooding out. Have another can of spray in the other hand to defend yourself.

And definetly make a video....
 

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Thought about this a little more.. Heres another idea :
Take a trash bag and cut a small hole in the side, put the hole over the halyard exit and tape it to the mast.. put a insect fogger can in the trash bag and seal the bag with tape, set the fogger off by pushing the button through the bag..squeeze the bag to get more smoke in the mast.. ?!?!?
Tell us what you did !!!
 

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Are they using only one entry/exit? If so, this may work (tho your dock mates might not appreciate it): A friend of mine had wasps that had nested in the attic of his house. He secured a shop vac hose right at their entry/exit and fired it up for a day. Problem solved :D (I suppose you could duct-tape the other halyard exits to force them to use the one.)

Otherwise, if you're going to use a spray: You have to do it at night. And the cooler the weather, the better. (Makes 'em sleepy.) To make matters worse: You can't use light, because, if they are disturbed, they will go right for the light source.

We had a big ol' wasps nest at about head height in a fir tree between our house and the next-door-neighbour's on one side. It was in a bad place and it was flippin' BIG. I went out at about 02:00, set a flashlight on a play set, pointed at the nest, got well away from the light and zapped the nest. Then ran like hell.

Or just hire a professional.

Jim
 

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they really dont like smoke, burn the boat down they will go away

now for real, use the spray bee killer, to protect your self wear some sweats and put on tyvek coveralls. then find a way to protect your face, they cant get a good grip on the tyvek to get a stinger thru the sweats. they also make some foaming bee sprays now they you could foam the mast so they cant get out with out getting covered
 

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I can't recommend this for a boat, but gasoline in a spray bottle does a remarkable job on wasps. I had a nest in the wall (outside) of a house that I once lived in. I had learned the gas in a spray bottle trick when I did landscaping while in college. I loaded up the bottle with gas and started spraying their hole. I shot them all as they came out, pissed, and they fell to the ground, FAST! It took about 10 minutes of spraying for them all to come out but I got them all and I didn't get stung once.
Good Fun!
 
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