We find great satisfaction in hearing how our products help customers solve their pest problems.  Here is an actual account of how a suburban mother was able to use Xcluder Rodent Control Fill Fabric to fix a persistent pest problem and take the “sting” out of her son’s play dates. "At just the time when the neighborhood kids are beginning to regularly gather outside to enjoy the warmer weather I was reminded that I had some preventative maintenance to conduct.  For the past several years our basketball hoop has been taken over by large colonies of paper wasps and as you can imagine, they are not happy when their home is bothered by the constant pounding of the basketball against the backboard.

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Every time the children would begin playing, the wasps would come out and protest, and every time the wasps would protest the children would come inside and protest to me.  My suggestions to “swish” and throw “nothing but net” did not provide the adequate solution. Since I’m not a wasp whisperer, each year I have been forced to try to eliminate the problem using aerosol pesticides and/or foaming sprays.  This has never been a real solution for me though.  There are several tubes and hollowed areas for the wasps to nest, and I have never been able to quite get the sprays into all of the nooks and crannies where they reside.   Perhaps it’s partly due to the fact that I am not willing to get close enough to offer myself as a human sacrifice, or perhaps it’s because I’m a little hesitant to completely soak one of my son’s favorite toys with a poisonous and toxic spray.   My mother’s intuition tells me that just can’t be a good thing. So last fall I swore I was going to eliminate this problem in the spring before it ever starts.  And to remind myself I used one of my favorite tools, my cell phone.  I set an alarm to go off in March to remind me to “Xclude the Basketball Bugs.”   Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and in this case I’m bound and determined to prove him right. As you can see from the photo (above), my basketball goal is fairly typical as far as portable, adjustable backboard systems go.   There are several tubes in the back that allow you to adjust the height of the backboard, but perhaps in the hopes of cutting costs, the ends of the tubes are left raw, with no end caps.  The wasps really enjoy these tiny little areas. combs in tubeIf you look at the photo (at left), and look beyond the bolt you can see the little paper combs built up in the tube. The other area that needed attention was the plastic casing that protects fingers from getting pinched in the rim spring.  Here is a picture of how the wasps took over that little bit of real estate.  (at right) wasps in bball hoop Once I cleaned out that casing and all 8 tube openings I had quite the paper trail! The DIY eXclusion part of this project took only a few minutes.  I took the roll that was included in my Xcluder Starter Kit and cut 8 one inch pieces.  The roll is four inches wide so I had eight 1”x4” pieces.  Since there are bolts running through the tubes, I simply tucked half the strip of Xcluder up one side of the bolt and then folded and tucked the other half around the other side.  Xcluder has a springy and flexible texture, so it fills in the emptiness and stays nice and secure.  It took me less than 10 minutes to complete the entire process.xcluder in tube The last part of my project was the plastic casing covering the spring.  For this area I cut several larger pieces of Xcluder and used double sided tape to adhere them to the casing. Then after snapping the casing into place I filled the gaps with Xcluder so there were no openings to be found. So that’s it, a very simple eXclusion solution.  My son can now practice his basketball skills without being bothered and he shouldn’t come across any more “flying stingy things” until he encounters the New Orleans Hornets in his much anticipated NBA career."