- May 5, 2013
- Reaction score
- HU15 East Yorkshire
- Hive Type
- Number of Hives
Generally by the time wasps are becoming a nuisance to hives the expansion of the nest is starting to wane, the sweet exudate from the wasp grubs is running short hence the adults search for other sweet feeding sources such as fruit, honey, human fizzy drinks and the like. There's a place for jam jar traps but not close to hives. Outside on kitchen window sills where the build up of dead wasps can be seen makes for entertainment.The trouble with wasps is that, unlike honey bees, they invade our personal space e.g. buzz your face, your drink, your food. Ten years ago one August we hosted a street party in our cul-de-sac. It was a bad wasp year (like this last year) and eating lunch/holding drinks etc was really unpleasant for our guests.
2020 was my worst wasp year ever in my apiary. Three colonies lost. I caught hundreds, probably thousands of wasps in one Apishield and two Waspbanes, but my guess is that the local queen wasps (never located) were laying at a faster rate than their daughters were being captured.
BTW: I found waspinators (faux wasps nests) useless.