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Posted by Michele on 21:38:10 5/14/2011 from 173.89.165.117:

Hey, John, I haven't been over here in a year or two. Thanks goodness, I haven't needed your help again until now.

I have lived in this house for 16 years, it was new when we bought it. NEVER had wasps in the house, some outside, never inside.

Well, been finding wasps inside for the last week. 1-4 each day. Our hot water tank is in a vented closet off my kitchen and I am 100% sure they are they are coming from there.

We thought perhaps they were coming in near the ceiling where the flue pipe exits into the attic, there is a gap there. But after 2 trips to the attic, we cannot find any evidence of wasps in the attic. We also temporarily sealed off the gaps around the flue pipe at the ceiling and they continued to come in. I actually heard the wasps fluttering against the metal pipe, also. I do not know how they are gaining access to house from there.
Could they be coming the flue pipe itself?
I know these are likely overwintering queens, could they have overwintered in the flue cap outside? Is this common?
If these are queens and overwintered in the flue cap, will they build a nest there too?
And if they are in the attic, will they build a nest up there in there is no way to get outside (I mean they do need food and water right?), or will they die off?

Of course I have seen some wasps outside near the eaves and soffits of the house, like we do every year. We sprayed some of the soffits outside to discourage nesting. This time of year they are just kinda flying around, not really nesting yet. We are in NE Ohio and the weather hasn't been warm enough until recently for them.
Sorry for the long post. Thanks John, you have always been a great help.

This is stressing me out because I have two cats who mean the world to me, and they are the first to find these wasps and think it's a game and try to catch them. The wasps are sluggish enough they may just do it. I have been lucky so far I was around to intervene. But I can't keep guard every minute. I am so worried they may be get stung. I actually have a friend whose pet was stung in the mouth or throat by a wasp or bee and the pet died before they could get it help.

Any advice, info you can give would help me. Appreciate it.



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