Admin Are your relatives W.A.S.P.s from New Hampshire
wasp bottle traps, i set them up on the edges of the apiary---i cut 2ltr Cola bottle or water bottle top off1/3rd the way from the top and invert it in the bottom half...two holes for string and hang in tree
If you go to pretty much any beehive in the country in Aug/Sept you will more likely, as opposed to less likely, see a wasp trying to get in. If they get in, they most usually get killed. No need for beek to panic.
Keep strong colonies. Put entrance blocks in before wasps season starts. Don't set up wasp traps because they attract hundreds of them that wouldn't otherwise come.
Any sickly or weak or small colony, then vigilance is required. Go down to very small entrances is problem starts.
A old beek told me that a wasp will never travel through a tube! he sets up 3 or 4, 1 inch bits of hose pipe in a entrance block. he ses we never get any problems. except for wasp around the hive sting his bees.
Meant to say that I bought my nuc from Hebeegeebee, who was very helpful and even built a special nuc box with removable bottom so that I could fit it onto one of my Warre boxes.
Worked fine. Colony doing well. Two weeks ago I had to clear comb off the top of the frames, which the bees had decided really needed to be there) and just by letting it sit in a seive, got half a jar of honey from it...