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Old 08-21-2018, 11:19 AM   #1
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Wasp nest in heater vent

I'm assuming it's the heater vent, but not positive. I have killed at least 100+ wasp with two cans of wasp spray and now I'm trying to get the cover off to go for the nest. Since it's just plastic, I don't want to break anything and I thought I'd check here and see if there is a recommended way to get the cover off. I have the two black plastic tabs lined up, but it's not moving. Pry it with a screwdriver?



The nest is behind the large cover under the word "Lite". Thanks.
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Old 08-21-2018, 11:29 AM   #2
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Think you are referring to the fridge vent as the heater vent looks like 3rd photo. Water heater looks like 1st photo. and fridge vent looks like 2ndphoto.
If you are talking about fridge vent, then line up the two small tabs on the bottom and wiggle them. There is a small rubber tab inside that will release from a rectangular hole. Once you release the bottom, there are two tabs on the top that will release bu pulling down. After you get rid of the bees, suggest you add screen to prevent them from returning.
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Old 08-21-2018, 11:32 AM   #3
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Without a picture not sure but it sounds like the refrigerator vent. If so, yes the plastic tabs turn 90 deg and you might need to gently pry with a screwdriver. I added stainless steel screen to mine to keep bugs out.
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Think you are referring to the fridge vent as the heater vent looks like 3rd photo. Water heater looks like 1st photo. and fridge vent looks like 2ndphoto.
If you are talking about fridge vent, then line up the two small tabs on the bottom and wiggle them. There is a small rubber tab inside that will release from a rectangular hole. Once you release the bottom, there are two tabs on the top that will release bu pulling down. After you get rid of the bees, suggest you add screen to prevent them from returning.
Awesome! Thank you VERY much for educating me! I knew I could depend on you guys to help! I will definitely add screen before putting it back on. Thanks again!
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Old 08-21-2018, 11:43 AM   #5
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Don't forget about adding screen to;
water heater door
stove vent
A/C cover
furnace vent
and anything else the little buggers can get in to.
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Old 08-21-2018, 11:47 AM   #6
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Be careful with the wasp spray it is petroleum based and it can damage plastic parts you have in that area.
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Old 08-21-2018, 12:39 PM   #7
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Don't forget about adding screen to;
water heater door
stove vent
A/C cover
furnace vent
and anything else the little buggers can get in to.
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I've found that a quarter will fit those plastic tabs on the refer vents perfectly.

As for going after the nest...wait until after dark when they are all inside asleep!

They'll be too sleepy to chase you...plus you'll get them all at once!

Still...be prepared to run just in case...
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Ok, here is an update on my wasp hunt/kill adventure. I finally had to get a fogger to chase them out and another 20-30 came out in a hurry. I just held it up to the vents and fogged inside. So... the wasps are gone, two HUGE nests have been destroyed, and the vent cover is now in my workshop where I am going to screen it. Thanks for all the excellent suggestions. Since I have plenty of scrap screen left over from re-screening the back porch, I'm going to screen everything with a hole.
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Since I have plenty of scrap screen left over from re-screening the back porch, I'm going to screen everything with a hole.
Not sure if that screen would be safe for this kind of project...

Most especially the furnace and water heater vents.
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