- Jun 4, 2015
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.. I will listen and only listen to you as far as wasps and Hornets are concerned, after my problems a while back you stepped in and offered advice and give me a solution to the problem and lone behold my hive was safe from wasps within minuets of doing what you advised, before you helped i would kill every wasp and queen wasp i seen, now i do not need to as they are of no threat to my hive / hives, simply through one bit of DIY, i have a wasp trap but that is in the shed where it will stay till next year and the year after and so on unless the wasps in late Autumn become a nuisance , however if hornets do turn up and attract to my Apiary they will get the full shebang..I have no wish to get drawn back into the forum but I think this issue deserves comment because of the potential for wider environmental impact.
IMHO the advice to set traps in spring is plain wrong, naïve, ecologically destructive and absolutely counter productive.
In the fight against Velutina, the best friends that honey bees and bee keepers have are native species of wasp. Why?
Quite simply because wasps compete with Velutina. Remove wasp populations by killing queens in traps set in spring and you create the space which Velutina needs to establish itself. If you have healthy wasp populations they will suppress insect populations that would otherwise support Velutina and they will also compete aggressively and fight with Velutina.
I suspect that the UK has had hundreds of Velutina queens imported silently over the past decade in goods from France and elsewhere but they have failed to establish themselves. The last thing that beekeepers should be doing is creating optimum conditions for Velutina to establish itself by removing the native competition.
Moreover, native wasps around the hive are comparatively easy to deal with if you have the right knowledge. Just ask Millet! Velutina is much harder to control around hives so every little bit helps and that includes maintaining a healthy wasp population.
The best thing to do is simply monitor your hives for signs of hawking Velutina. If and when you see Velutina, that'll be the time to act. Don't be sucked into the maelstrom of paranoia circulated in the media and don't set spring traps on the off chance.