Getting rid of wasps hanging around a diving board is a prudent move lest the little stingers put a damper on your cool pool party. If you notice a wasp or two flying around the pool, there's surely a nest nearby -- most likely under the diving board. Wasps love water and can construct nests on nearly any horizontal or vertical surface. Wasp stings hurt -- a lot. They can even cause dangerous allergic reactions. So follow a few straightforward steps to banish the wasps and their nest -- pronto.
Saturate nests and holes with wasp spray. Examine all nooks and crannies of the diving board. Nests can hang beneath boards or in corners of board bases. Look for holes in the board or base paneling where wasps may enter and exit. Shake a can of wasp spray. Aim the nozzle of the spray and fire. Shoot the spray right at the nest or into the hole from which wasps appear. Spray long and hard until the nest or hole is totally saturated. Stand as far back as possible while spraying -- up to 20 feet if possible -- to prevent being stung by peeved and dying wasps.
Build a wasp trap. Empty and clean a 2-liter soda bottle, then cut off the top one-third of the bottle and remove the cap. Pour wasp bait 2 inches deep in the bottom of the soda bottle. Wasp bait can be any sugary, syrupy liquid such as soda or fruit juice. Or mix 1/3 cup of jelly with enough water to make it a thin liquid. Turn the top one-third of the bottle upside down and insert it in the bottom two-third so the nozzle is facing down toward the bait. Make sure it's a snug fit. Wasps enter the wide entrance of the trap but can't find their way out of the narrow bottle neck and eventually drown in the liquid lure. Position the trap under or beside the diving board.
Cover the pool. Drape and latch a cover or tarp over the face of the pool as often as possible. Wasps are attracted to still bodies of water to catch a drink. Eliminate the source of water and reduce -- and hopefully eliminate -- a nesting nuisance in your diving board.
Tips & Warnings
- Employ Step 2 on days when people are not swimming so they won't get stung by wasps attracted to the lure.
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