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yummersetter



Joined: 26 Jan 2008
Posts: 3241
Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 14 8:33 am    Post subject: Wasps? Reply with quote
    

None. Not seen a single one this year, apart from the Spring queens trapped in the window.

It's wonderful not to have to put on full beekeeping kit to pick the greengages, and I'm happy not to fret about the puppies playing with fallen plums and apples, but I feel uneasy when something as much a part of the summer as those varmints is missing.

earthyvirgo



Joined: 24 Aug 2007
Posts: 7972
Location: creating prints in the loft, Gerlan
PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 14 8:54 am    Post subject: Re: Wasps? Reply with quote
    

yummersetter wrote:
None. Not seen a single one this year, apart from the Spring queens trapped in the window.

It's wonderful not to have to put on full beekeeping kit to pick the greengages, and I'm happy not to fret about the puppies playing with fallen plums and apples, but I feel uneasy when something as much a part of the summer as those varmints is missing.


They're in the plum trees here but seem not to be aggressive yet.

EV

gythagirl



Joined: 18 Feb 2010
Posts: 1467
Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 14 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Pete noticed quite a few dead round the hive entrances yesterday - and they're def around on our plums - not in quantity though. Not reached your bit of Somerset yet!

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 39896
Location: yes
PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 14 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

plenty in york and the local bees ,wild and domestic,flies ,lepidoptra etc etc all seem healthy

i suspect there is a fairly low pesticide use in the city

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44791
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 14 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

YS, LOADS here, can I send you some?

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
Posts: 15051
Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 14 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Plenty at Whipsnade on Saturday, despite the rain.

Green Rosie



Joined: 13 May 2007
Posts: 10498
Location: Calvados, France
PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 14 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We have 2 nests in the house - one under a bedroom lintel and one on the porch. Spray has been bought.

Jam Lady



Joined: 28 Dec 2006
Posts: 2188
Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 14 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Paul was moving some cut-to-length firewood from up in the woods down to the log splitter. Got nailed by 5 yellow jackets, including a couple that went up his pant leg. Came down to the house and I stabbed him with his epi-pen. I went up, could not find the nest.

Next day went up in the early morning while still cool. Cautiously started rolling logs aside, using pickaxe to reach over log and roll towards me. Uncovered the ground nest (large enough that there was a palm-sized depression in the ground!) and sprayed the h*ll out of it.

We've also had a paper wasp nest about the size of a basket ball about 30 feet off the ground on the eave of the house, and another smaller one about 10 feet away. Called the pest control company. Man came, put on bee suit, got his 24 foot ladder, sprayed both nests. They don't remove the nests but eventually they'll fall down.

Have replaced the epi-pen (expensive co-pay but necessary to have available) and the firewood is down and split.

Lorrainelovesplants



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
Posts: 6521
Location: Dordogne
PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 14 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

plenty here. hate the little gits.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 7219
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 14 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Loads here too. I don't mind when they are being useful, but they seem at a loose end and looking for trouble atm

12Bore



Joined: 15 Jun 2008
Posts: 9088
Location: Paddling in the Mersey
PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 14 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Kill them. With fire.

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
Posts: 13517

PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 14 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Send me your empty plastic coke bottles. They're here with a vengeance and I'm making wasp traps to hang in the orchards.

Mustang



Joined: 15 Jul 2005
Posts: 768
Location: Sunny Suffolk
PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 14 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i noticed a few taking a close interest in the entrances of one of my hives, so made 3 wasp traps and placed one on each hive. Checked them today, and there are ex-wasps in all of them now.

Also took out a small wasps nest which I found in the garden.

Hopefully that'll keep them under control.

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