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Offline jdesq

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%$#& Yellow Jackets!
« on: September 13, 2007, 10:59:04 AM »
I have a small orchard ( 50 trees). When ever I have a good crop of fruit- the yellow jackets come. Then its a constant battle with my bees. The yellow jackets appear to be winning once again. I've close up all the openings but one on each hive. The beasts are all over my hives. What else should I do?

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Re: %$#& Yellow Jackets!
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2007, 11:06:08 AM »
You could screen your hives shut for a day, and put out big yellow jacket traps. There is a mason jar trap that you could make a bunch of to catch these little........

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Re: %$#& Yellow Jackets!
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2007, 11:29:35 AM »
just remember to bait your traps with something that won't attract the bees.  i have the same problem with my fruit trees.  those buggers are thick on the fallen fruit.....i have not seen a problem around my hives, but they are a distance away.

i have found bacon or cat food to be a good bait for the yellowjackets and those nasty giant wasp things.
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Re: %$#& Yellow Jackets!
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2007, 10:07:19 AM »
Yellow jackets like protien and BOLOGNA is a good bait for you traps!
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Re: %$#& Yellow Jackets!
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2007, 09:37:03 AM »
I like Dallas's suggestion of closing the hives and putting out traps for the yellowjackets. If they are drawn to the honey in your hives then they will go to sweet baited traps. Also, this may be a shot in the dark, but see if you can locate any of their nests, by following them. You could even catch one, and carefully attach a feather or light string to it to aid you in seeing where it goes, then before light, night or early morning, kill them.
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