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SpectracidePRO Wasp & Hornet Killer is designed to kill wasps, hornets and yellow jackets and eliminate the nests where they live and breed. This product also kills mud daubers.  Dielectric breakdown voltage of 47,300 volts Fast knockdown  Jet spray reaches nests up to 20 feet away Kills the entire nest Kills returning wasps and hornets for up to 4 weeks
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Sprayed painted wood siding

I used the wasp and hornet killer on the exterior of my house and neglected to think about the fact that my siding is a painted wood. Are there any concerns and is the product known to stain or destroy the paint? Took care of the hornet best though no problem!
State: Wisconsin
Age: 25 to 34
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Hi Alicia. Glad to hear it worked so well! The formula you used isn't non-staining, so we always recommend testing it on home siding surfaces before treating a nest nearby, just in case.
State: Missouri
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Some got on door handle, wiped it off with a Clorox wipe, is it safe to touch now?

There was a wasp on my outside door. So I sprayed it and I think some got on the door handle. I wiped the door handle with a Clorox wipe, is that enough to make it safe to touch? People are constantly using the door and there is a baby in the house. I'm worried that the residue may be harmful if someone uses the door and then touches the baby.
State: Ohio
Age: 18 to 24
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Hi Taylor. Yes, wiping sprayed surfaces with an alcohol wipe is sufficient for clean-up.
State: Missouri
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What do I do about accidental indoor use?

I had a hornet in my office yesterday and a co-worker grabbed the spray and killed it without realizing it isn't supposed to be used indoors. I have cleaned all of the hard surfaces, but it got on the carpet, too. I occasionally bring my puppy to work - what can I do to make it safe for him again?
State: Maryland
Level of expertise: Beginner
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Hi Sandi. Washing all sprayed surfaces is a good start -- if you have windows or portable fans, let the area air out well before people go back in. No need to wash the carpet, but make sure it's dry before people or pets use the area again.
State: Missouri
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Why after the initial spray of the can does jet spray turn in to a spray that won't reach 8 feet I have purchased dozens of cans over past few years w

With similar results
State: Ohio
Level of expertise: Beginner
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We're really sorry you're having trouble reaching nests at longer range with SpectracidePRO Wasp & Hornet Killer. We'd like to talk to you about your experience and see if we can offer some suggestions. Someone from our Consumer Services team will be in touch by e-mail shortly.
State: Missouri
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How long do surviving hornets stay around?

The nest was spayed 22 hours earlier, no obvious
.action around nest, but one stealth survivor got me - I was about 20 yards from nest. Now I am afraid to go outside.
State: North Carolina
Age: 65 or over
Gender: Female
Level of expertise: Intermediate
City:Asheville
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The spray will continue to kill returning hornets for the next few days. Once you're not seeing stragglers buzzing around anymore (at least 24 hours after spraying), it's ok to remove the nest. Good luck!
State: Missouri
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Use on untreated lumber

I have a huge wasp nest on what is currently an unstained/unfinished tongue and groove porch cover. When my project is complete, the T&G will still be exposed. Will your dry clear or spray soak into the lumber and create dried liquid spots?
State: Washington
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This isn't a non-staining product, and we can't guarantee that it won't show spots on untreated lumber. We recommend testing on a small spot first.
State: Missouri
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Accidentally used inside

We had a yellow jacket in the kitchen, couldn't get it to leave, and I panicked because I'm allergic to them. I grabbed the spray and killed it. It got on the walls and part of the ceiling - of course it was only after that I realized it was only for outdoor use. What steps should I take?
State: New Jersey
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Hi Courtney. Wash all treated surfaces with soap and water and let the room air out until you can no longer smell the spray.
State: Missouri
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My dog at a wasp I sprayed two days ago. I am concerned - my vet said it was a dead wasp . Should I be concerned ?

My dog ate a wasp I sprayed two days ago with your product . I called my vet who said the wasp was dead and dried out by the sun and I should not be too
Concerned. IM still concerned . She said as long as it wasn't freshly sprayed I should t worry as its toxicity should be gone as it dries off.
Should o be concerned ?
State: New York
Age: 45 to 54
Gender: Male
Level of expertise: Beginner
City:Brewster
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No, you don't need to be concerned. If you'd like to talk to someone about it, though, please feel free to call our first aid hotline for people and pets at 1-800-633-2873.
State: Missouri
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Don't know where nest is. Can I spray where they hang out?

I have a huge wasp problem, but I'm not sure where the nests are since I have a lot of property with a lot of trees. They always come hang out on my roof and porch. Will it kill them if I just spray the roof and they walk on it? Would it come off and be harmful if it rains since i don't have gutters?
State: Texas
Level of expertise: Beginner
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Yes, you can also spray surfaces around your home where stinging insects frequent, like under eaves and around windows and doors. Follow the label directions under "To Kill Wasps, Hornets & Yellow Jackets." Good luck!
State: Missouri
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Can i use it for personal defense?

I read online that it is useful for personal defense and that you can spray it on an attacker to defend yourself.
Is this true? Does it work well for that?
State: Missouri
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Nicole
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We don't recommend using it in any way other than what's listed on the label.
State: Missouri
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I sprayed this into the underside of my recliner. Will it hurt my chihuahua or me?

I had a spider in my recliner. This was the only bug spray I had. I sprayed it all under the seat and foot rest. The smell is really strong. We have a very small living room in a very small apartment. There is me, 63 year old woman, My husband, 69 year old man. 2 dogs. 7 lb chihuahua and 20 pound terrier. I opened the windows to try to get rid of the smell.
State: Colorado
Age: 55 to 64
Gender: Female
Level of expertise: Beginner
City:Wheat Ridge
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You should never use this product indoors. Ventilate very thoroughly and do not re-enter (and keep other people and pets out too) until you can no longer detect an odor. Wash treated surfaces thoroughly with soap and water upon re-entering. This product is not labeled for use against spiders.
State: Missouri
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Any danger in plugging up an entry hole to house if spray is still wet?

I have sealed a hole where air conditioning hose enters house after spraying inside hole first. No bees, were present that I could see, I just sprayed as a precaution, but I sealed the hole with insulation material and caulking before letting spray dry completely - waiting only about 20 minutes. Is there any danger here? Will the spray dry on it's own without ventilation? No danger of fumes getting into house, just want to make sure wet spray sealed up air tight is okay.
State: Connecticut
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The spray will dry, but it will take much longer without any type of ventilation. If you're not concerned about fumes inside the home, there should be no issue.
State: Missouri
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How do you kill wasps in bathroom vent fan?

We have a bathroom upstairs with no window and a vent fan. Recently wasps have been able to get into the bathroom through the vent. It would seem that they have a nest in the pipe leading to the roof. I don't really want to spray this product in the bathroom, or down the pipe on the roof because the product will end up in the bathroom either way and it has no windows. Any recommendations on how to take care of the wasps in this vent? I have currently shoved blankets under the door in an effort to stop wasps from coming into the rest of the house.
State: Florida
Age: 25 to 34
Gender: Male
Level of expertise: Beginner
City:Lakeland
asked 11 months ago
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Wow, that's a tough place to kill wasps. We recommend either fogging with a product listed for use against wasps (we make one, Hot Shot Bedbug & Flea Fogger) or calling a professional. Without knowing how far up the duct the wasps have built the nest, you will likely need to call an exterminator.
State: Missouri
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Can I use the Commercial Wasp spray to spray up (literally up) a hole / nest under a window?

I see YJs entering a small hole under a window that is about eye level or a bit higher. I am worried whether I should spray from straight below, or should attempt to insert nozzle into hole or if I should spray from a more horizontal approach which wouldn't enter hive probably at all but could saturate the entry point.

My thought is maybe the second choice? Nozzle as close to hole as I can but I am worried that the can will be sideways and may not spray or that I will get badly stung as nozzle is not as big as hole
State: Missouri
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Yes, as long as you're spraying outdoors. If you feel you can safely insert the nozzle into the hole to saturate the entry, we recommend doing so. Be sure to treat at dusk when the insects are least active. Good luck!
State: Missouri
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Overspray went into swimming pool

I sprayed a nest by our pool and a little got into pool. Could see small amount of the sheen on the water in the pool.
Approximately less than a second of spray amount. One quick squirt but mainly the wind blew some in. Did not directly or on purpose spray into pool.

Is it safe to swim?
How long or what do I do to make pool safe to swim in?
State: Michigan
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You should shock your pool and wait a day or two before using it.
State: Missouri
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Can I use Spectracide Wasp and Hornet Killer right on the wasp itself and kill it quickly?

I am working in a garden and I don't know where the nests are but I am tired of getting chased away from the flower beds I am working on. And yes I run because I am terrified of wasps can’t help it. It is just an irrational fear! Plus it doesn’t help that they seem to love my brightly colored uniform t-shirts.
State: South Dakota
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We don't recommend it because of the high risk of stings and because it can be difficult to contact individual flying insects with a jet stream spray. If you encounter wasps often, you likely have a nest nearby.
State: Missouri
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how long will it last on plants if you get overspray on them? possibly got some on some stawberry plants

State: Minnesota
City:Forest Lake
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You should not eat the strawberries that you think might have been sprayed. We hope some of your plants were spared!
State: Missouri
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Cicacda Wasps

I have Cicada Wasp infestation. I have used the product SpectracidePRO ® Wasp & Hornet Killer with no success killing them after a direct application. Is there a product I can use to kill them beside by tennis racket? :-)
State: Georgia
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We recommend Spectracide Carpenter Bee and Ground-Nesting Yellowjacket Killer Foaming Aerosol. Spray to the nest itself (it will be more effective and safer!). Good luck!
State: Missouri
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Will this kill grass? Have a nest in a tree, under our front lawns grass.

State: Maryland
asked 1 year, 1 month ago
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Is the nest in the tree's roots? We would advise spraying the grass directly, but spray drift is ok.
State: Missouri
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Are carpenter bees the same as wood borers?

We have what we have always referred to as wood borers that bore holes in the wood and eventually destroy the wood decking. They leave wood shavings all around the hole. We tried wasp and hornet sprays but it doesn't seem to be affective.
State: Tennessee
Age: 65 or over
Gender: Male
Level of expertise: Intermediate
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No, a woodborer is a type of beetle (powderpost beetles are a common variety). Give Spectracide Terminate Termite & Carpenter Ant Killer a try instead (it will control woodborers and carpenter bees as well): http://www.spectracide.com/Products-and-Solutions/Wood-Destroying-Insect-Killers/Spectracide-Terminate-Termite-and-Carpenter-Ant-Killer2-Ready-to-Use.aspx
State: Missouri
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