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Dealing with wasps

Posted by blueberrytalk on October 19, 2016

Wasps can be distracted  from trying to enter honeybee colonies. A container of cappings is placed on the inner cover to give the honeybees a couple of days to lick off whatever honey the can find. Then the container with others is placed on the top of a colony. Wasps will be drawn to this for the last remains of honey rather than run the risk of trying to enter a hive. If you want to reduce the wasp population the picture shows how.

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Bothersome wasps

Posted by blueberrytalk on October 5, 2014

In the fall wasps seek entry into bee hives to steal honey. Here are some effective steps in deterring wasps.
1) After extracting, place the cappings in a shallow tray and feed to the bees between the inner and outer cover for a couple of days. Then place the tray on top of the colony. The wasps will be attracted to the trays rather than seeking entrance to the hives.
2) While the wasps are busy with the cappings use needle nose pliers to kill the wasps. A few trips to the apiary will reduce the wasp population in one day!

wasp ambush

wasp ambush

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