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Haint blue ceilings do they keep the wasps from building nests?

Asked by bshebakitty (8points) March 21st, 2012

I am trying to find answers to whether or not wasps build nests on haint blue ceilings on porches, I have heard yes and no, does any one have any information for me?

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

What does “haint” mean?

FutureMemory's avatar

Good article explaining what Haint Blue is:

In the South Carolina Lowcountry, there’s a name for the blue of porch ceiling: haint blue.

Alphonso Brown, a guide with Gullah Tours in Charleston, S.C., explains that a haint is a spirit or a ghost, and in Charleston, many people also paint the trim on their houses blue to ward off evil spirits.

Other theories also exist. Some say blue helps extend daylight as dusk begins to fall, and many, including Brown, believe that it helps keep bugs away.

SpatzieLover's avatar

According to this article and the photos included the answer to your question @bshebakitty is a definite no.

I would think that if there were a paint color or type that would keep bugs at bay, in the day of the Internet, we’d all know about it and be utilizing it.

The best thing I can tell you to do with your porch ceiling is to paint it with a semi-gloss. I have a lot less sticking to the ceiling of my porch when it’s freshly cleaned, sealed with caulk and painted with a semi.

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