Absence of Body Or Alien Invasion?

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Absence of Body Or Alien Invasion?

big wasp nest on house

Scary? Yes!

Is it a Halloween prop or a science fiction horror film of alien invasion?

Is it arriving through a bend in space, And Materializing in front of your eyes?



But this is very much an earth bound phenomenon, even though winged beings with multi-faceted eyes and antennae on their heads does sound “out there”.

This is a wasp nest.  Yup!   A big one. And you can be sure it extends in up and under the shingle siding. You can see at least four shingle joints filled with the hive ‘paper’.

Even the window screening has been pulped and papered. Odds are there is a hole in the screen. This one is likely bigger than it looks, and it looks big.


Combating this ‘invasion’ successfully will require preparation and planning. 

If you’ve ever seen a wasp nest that has been disturbed you’ll have some idea how fast that “mouth” will spit out angry stinging wasps.

A big nest means there will be a lot of them and even though you know that, there’s always more than you think!

They have it good here and they don’t want to go.  So this is an invasion. They don’t want to share! But you need'em gone!

 Clocking this guy on the chin isn’t going to work.

1.     Smart homeowners will call in the pros. Easy, safe and practical.

2.     The adventuresome will buy the canned chemicals at the reno store. Buy more than two, follow all instructions, have a plan B, and be prepared to run like hell.

3.     The foolish will consider water blasting. This will certainly damage the nest considerably, you will get stung – repeatedly, and the wasps will still be there..

4.     The insane would consider fire. It could be successful. There are too many risks to list. The nest will be gone. But maybe the house too. And the wasps may not...

So be smart get a professional ‘exorcism’. Don’t let this demon haunt you. You can only apply so much calamine lotion. And it will still hurt.



What is better than presence of mind in a bad situation?.....Absence of body. 

Better to pay to be elsewhere.

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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
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Richie they don't know how to swim but they do know how to rebuild, usually in the same place.

You are right Malcolm, that's what calamine lotion is for. Little boys learn fast.

Nov 06, 2012 10:14 PM #8
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Robert, fortunately I haven't had a problem with them here in Alabama, but I did have to call in the professionals for my home in Illinois.  I noticed wasps entering a little hole in the fascia board of my house and sure enough there was a huge nest in the attic....their removal/expulsion was a job I gladly deferred to the pros!

Nov 06, 2012 10:33 PM #9
Ryan Moses
Realtypin - New York, NY

Very Humorous ,Great Analogy and useful tips.

Nov 06, 2012 10:56 PM #10
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

They should pay rent. .that is a lot of real; estate they are occupying. . .

Nov 06, 2012 11:30 PM #11
Anthony Daniels
Coldwell Banker - San Francisco, CA
SF Bay Area REO Specialist

Perhaps a big wad of bubble gum, placed strategically at the entrance hole.

Wait a few weeks, then hose it away.

Good pic.

Nov 07, 2012 12:22 AM #12
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Robert:  I have a sister-in-law that can die, if stung.  How did she find this out?  She got stung ... and almost died.  These stinging creatures can provide serious consequences to humans ... consequences we don't always know, until AFTER the fact.  Play it safe ... call a professional ...


Nov 07, 2012 12:24 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
It does look like something Alien. Definitely leave it to the pros.
Nov 07, 2012 01:00 AM #14
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Sounds like you made the right call Nick.

Thanks for stopping by Ryan.

Fernando, we'd probably have to include the bcakyard in the rental as they have exclusive use of it.

Well Tony, you can put the bubble gum in the hole. The swelling should be gone down in two weeks.

Hi Gene. I carried an epi pen for a few years. I had gotten 'over exposed' in a short time frame. Allergies have to be taken seriously.

Yes Kathy, right on both statements. I think an image of one of these has actually been used in a horror film, which then morphs into something even more sinister.

Nov 07, 2012 01:49 AM #15
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

If I saw a wasp nest that big I would definitely call in a professional.  There's no way I'd risk being stung just to try and do it myself.  Ouch!

Nov 07, 2012 03:06 AM #16
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I knocked one of those out of a tree as a kid with my basketball.  I waited about five minutes to retrieve my ball and got stung between one and two million times!

Won't a little duct tape over that mouth keep them all inside?

Nov 07, 2012 06:37 AM #17
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


years ago we had an invasion of wasps in our attic, just above my daughters room.  The sound of those wasps was unnerving.  We did call a professional who took care of the problem in no time. 

Nov 07, 2012 06:52 AM #18
Jon Karlen
Finish Line Realty - Shelbyville & Louisville Ky Real Estate - Shelbyville, KY
Louisville & Shelbyville Kentucky real estate

Wow thats amazing.  Would never consider touching that.  Hire a professional for sure!

Nov 07, 2012 08:06 AM #19
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Scary, indeed! What a big nest. Very wise advice to consult a professional on this one.


Nov 07, 2012 08:50 AM #20
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Robert - I would call the pros. I can't imagine any reason to do anything else.

Nov 07, 2012 01:43 PM #22
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Yikes! I would call a pro - some things are best left out of my hands and in the hands of someone who knows what they're doing!

Nov 07, 2012 08:40 PM #23
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Thank you for all your comments.

Brian, Evelyn, Jon, Gretchen, Erica, Wayne and Jean, Are all min agreement, bring in the pros.

And Jay, cxheck out comment #6 and duct tape will stick.........to itself.

Nov 09, 2012 08:56 AM #24
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Been there, done that, Bob! We found a nest in between the joists inside our foundation wall when renoing our basement! Scary!wasp

Nov 13, 2012 12:55 AM #25
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Well now Peg that's what I call an invasion. Sacrary indeed.!

Nov 15, 2012 10:58 AM #26
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Hi John, thanks for commenting. I agree about Charlies guy who relocates the beasties. It's better than spraying chemicals on your property.

Nov 24, 2012 06:53 AM #28
Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections
IHI Home Inspections 404-788-2581 - Canton, GA
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That is a massive invasion! Love your combat section of the post, too. Entertaining and informative material that has decidedly caused a "buzz" here in the rain, I would have to say :)

Dec 12, 2012 01:28 AM #29
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