[Market-farming] Insect Pressure
KAKerby at aol.com
KAKerby at aol.com
Wed May 30 12:34:17 EDT 2012
Sort of a similar situation here that I just learned about yesterday.
We're getting ready for hay season, and the big cab-over-engine flatbed we use
to move hay bales is now very much inhabited by either wasps or hornets. I
don't want to go the "wasp bomb" way, but we can't get close enough to
tell even where the nest is. Might be way up in the engine compartment, or
they might be flying through a vent to/from the cab itself. Unfortunately,
the windows are rolled up and we can't get the doors open without getting
stung to even see if they found some entrance/exit into the cab. I'm not
sure how to proceed with clearing this vehicle other than the so-called bomb.
Any ideas? If they were honeybees, I'd be delighted to have another hive
and I could vacuum them while wearing my bee suit in perfect safety. But
hornet and yellowjacket stingers go right through those suits. I'm not
looking forward to this particular farm project. Not at all. Time for an
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In a message dated 5/30/2012 7:54:33 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
barkingcatfarm at mindspring.com writes:
On May 29, 2012, at 5:29 PM, <_clearviewfarm at bluefrog.com_
(mailto:clearviewfarm at bluefrog.com) > wrote:
I certainly see plenty of wasps in my greenhouse, though. Is there a
preferred OMRI approved control or just knock ' em down at night?
Unless they are posing a threat to us working nearby, we leave the wasps
alone, as many varieties help with caterpillar and other pest control. If
they are posing a stinging threat to humans, we just wait till dusk and knock
down the nest. The exception here are yelliwjackets, which are very
aggressive. Only OMRI approved control that I know of other than knocking the nest
down (which is dicey with them due to their temperament) is to have a
licensed exterminator remove them with a vacuum. In our case, we hired a
beekeeper after one of our workers found them nesting in our rosemary bush.
The paper wasps, potter wasps, great golden digger wasps, and red wasps
just ignore us.
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