OK, so you all know my death wish for the yellowjacket. You have read many posts where I have written about this very beautiful, but strong, bee colony enemy. Beneficial insect for the garden that eats bad bugs -- yes, killer of the bee colony -- definitely. Hmm....life to this beneficial insect, I don't think so, not on my property. I will leave the bad bug eaters to other forms of bad bug predators.
I found in a tray in my greenhouse about 5 days ago, a queen yellowjacket and several workers. Death. I squished them all. Yesterday on my bedroom patio on the house wall, I squished three more yellowjackets. They are coming out in full force, and I going out in full force. I am setting out the wasp traps around the apiary in early anticipation of my death wish.
After watching the yellowjackets around the colonies last year, and watching them carry off the guard bees, this activity of the pests is not going be a worry for my bees (or myself). I am on the yellowjacket death mission. This goes for the nasty bald-faced hornet too. If you ever get stung by that one, you will surely know about it. Have a wonderful day, great health. Guess I am going to go and buy a case of cheap beer. Cindi