bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Friday, October 12, 2007

Spot the pest

I heard that someone locally was wanting to get rid of “wasps”. So I called. The conversation went like this:
I hear you are concerned about some wasps?
- Yes
How do you know they are wasps?
- Because they are buzzing around.
But they could be bees?
- No, they sting.
But bees sting too.
- Oh.
Have you been stung?
- No.
Are they causing a problem?
- Two or three came in the house yesterday and another one today.
Why do you want to get rid of them?
- Because you have to, don't you?
- Oh.
I suggest that if they aren't bothering you and if they are wasps, you can just wait for the first or second frost -- that will kill them.
- Oh.



Blogger Ryan said...

what if they were bees? also what do wasps eat anyway?

5:00 am  
Blogger Turlough said...

If they were bees, I'd certainly visit and see if they are being a nuisance and what the options might be -- either relocation or something altogether nastier.

I think that wasps gather aphids and other protein when raising young in spring and early summer, but switch to sweeter things later in the season when brood rearing declines. And that's when people start to notice them.

9:10 am  

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