[NAFEX] yellow jackets, help!
bmayfield at opusnet.com
Fri Jul 18 14:18:21 EDT 2008
Several years ago during a bad yellowjacket summer the Washington
State Parks Department placed milk jugs partially filled with sugar
water at intervals in their freeway rest stop areas. The theory was
that the pests would drown themselves. I have never heard statistics
on how well it worked, but it might be worth trying.
At 06:35 AM 7/18/2008, Donna wrote:
>We have never seen the like of yellow jackets. I take that back, once we
>did in the 1980's when we set the kids to killing queen wasps in the spring.
>They kept count and killed 600. That year Mother Nature filled the vacuam
>with yellow jackets. It is an experiment we will never repeat! Anyway, the
>yellow jackets are so thick that I have been stung twice already, in July
>when they are not normally a problem. The first time was on my right index
>finger, as I stood on a ladder cutting a branch from a hickory to try some
>summer budding. The second time was dusk, one flew inside my shirt as I was
>walking along. Picking blackberries has required examining each fruit from
>all sides before touching it. We have discovered that MOST of them go to
>bed fairly early so we can pick blueberries. I have seen two holes where
>skunks have dug out nests in the woods, but the remaining nests are surely
>growing by the day.
> We have never managed to make a yellow jacket trap that worked. We
>bought one at Tractor Supply that has collected a total of 2 in a week. Do
>you all have any suggestions? Donna
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