Close the entrance down to just the smallest hole you can ... ideally one bee space - a Nuc will manage with this. Prop a sheet of glass in front of the entrance, the bees will find their way round it but the stupid wasps will just fly into it and hopefully knock themselves even more stupid.WASPS ARE ATTACKING OUR NEW NUC, What can we do?
Doesn't matter. The beauty about wasp navigation is that it is precise literally to within millimetres which means that even in constrained places, moving a nuc a small distance will be enough if the trap is then set in its exact original location. I know it sounds hard to believe but it's true and it's a technique that has been used in many other applications with resounding success but the use of such traps is only warranted if other measures aren't enough which hopefully they should be.Great advice Karol, however, all of our hives are next to one another in the front garden.
That's probably a little pessimistic. It would have to be a really bad wasp season for wasps to affect more than 5-15% of colonies, even nucs. That's not to say it won't happen but that's where bee husbandry comes in and taking effective measures, the most important of which is intercepting scouting wasps before they get a chance to communicate the location of the nuc(s) back to their nests.If they don't get this one they will get the next or the next or the next......
No problem - anytime!Thank you for your thoughts.
Just a piece of glass or polycarbonate - 2 foot or about 18" square but smaller will do it - just prop it up at an angle in front of the entrance. Depending on how big your pane of glass is and the height of your stand you might need to stand it on a couple of bricks or something to raise it up a bit. The bees will find their way around gaps at the side of the glass ...Can someone describe the glass trick a little more? Are we talking a big sheet covering the front of the hive or just a small piece in front of the entrance - or something inbetween?
Plus how close, a bee space or resting against the landing platform?
Sorry for all the questions, but also suffering robbing from a smaller colony.