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Old 08-15-2009, 07:22 PM   #26
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Interesting thing here this past week with yellow jackets. They are always here for the month of August. Some years more some less as there populations cycle through. Anyway, I wrote I think in the bitch thread about my cat who I know think got stung in her mouth with one.
To keep the ants out of the kibble at night I set a small green tea cup in a bowl of water for each cat. In the day of course the yellow jackets just were having a feeding frenzy in there but then the bowl of water was full of dead yellow jackets. Anyway, it was just horrendous the amount of Yellow jackets around so DH put penny royal around the tea cup rim and that stopped them for many hours at a time.
Suddenly one day they were all gone. Vanished. One day we had many next day not one. So, my question is what they heck happened with that? I am sure there is more than one nest on our property and we weren't actively killing them. Unless. All Yellow Jackets who ate from the bowls for several weeks took it back to the nest and fed the young and everyone died? That is a theory eh?
OK, I need a grant to figure this one out. But for now I do suspect that cat kibble fed to yellow jackets wipes out their nests. That is a really big scientific leap there and I don't expect it to hold up under close inspection.
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Old 08-15-2009, 11:53 PM   #27
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Quite a co-incidence.

Not ten minutes ago I finished treating a yellow jacket nest with one of those sprays..,

Now we wait until morning to see if it worked.

I was celaning out a rock garden when I found the nest last week. Sort of found it that hard way. Owie! (I only got one sting..,)
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:19 PM   #28
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Anyone have any experience with black wasps? We're pet-sitting for my sister this week, and there seems to be a swarm of them in her backyard, congregating under the awning on her glider swing. I tried looking them up online, and I'm certain they are not "great black wasps" as they're not big enough. They're only about an inch long; it looks like they might be some kind of mud-dauber? Everything I've read says they're non-aggressive, but will sting if aggravated. There were about 20 of them on the underside of the canopy yesterday afternoon -- we're heading over there in about 30 minutes and I'll do another count.

I hate to kill non-aggressive wasps since they're such beneficial insects, but I don't want to leave these there to sting someone else, either. Opinions?
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:02 PM   #29
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When they are lit upon something and not getting ready to fly off, look at their wings. If they fold them down more or less flat to their body, they are the mud-dauber type. If they stick up at an angle from their body, they are the paper nest stinging aggressive type.
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Excellent -- thanks, Susan!
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Dispose of it into a floor home at night when they aren't traveling any longer. If it's document wasps in a clinging home I'd earlier use some type of apply.
That is pretty much what I was thinking, but you said it way better than I ever could.

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You too have issues with wasps on your documents? Bummer, isn't it?
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Dispose of it into a floor home at night when they aren't traveling any longer. If it's document wasps in a clinging home I'd earlier use some type of apply.
That must have been some kind of awful google translation..,

"If it's document wasps I'd earlier use some kind of apply."

WTF?????
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That must have been some kind of awful google translation..,

"If it's document wasps I'd earlier use some kind of apply."

WTF?????

Google translate messed up "paper wasps" and turned it into "document wasps".

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