Originally Posted by TeamCasey
I was hoping there'd be some pheromone or hormone type product out there that would make certains areas of the house undesirable.
I'm not above killing a hive, but I'd rather they just build it elsewhere.
Permethrin is about the only thing I know that acts as a repellent. It comes in many forms, sprays, powders, mixes and I don't know if sponging DEET on your deck would do it or not...
There isn't much you can do if a queen yellow jacket has moved into a wall or something and establishes a hive. Best to call an exterminator. For the paper wasps, which are the most likely problem (decks, grills, benches, picnic tables) I do think the best thing is a hose. With a variable nozzle you can knock a nest down with the straight stream and keep an attacking wasp away with a wide pattern. Gotta stay vigilent, though.