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Re: Yellowjackets!


Auralie,
noticed a remarkable drop in yellowjackets on the grapes, credited the heavy
rain. Then DH mentioned he used his shop vac to collect most of them. Just
waited til they were flying, then got them with the wand. Maybe this would
decrease the ones that are targeting your hummer feeder. No danger to
bumblebees & no poison. This should work with any vac, if you don't mind the
mess. The wind tunnel type might collect them alive. If so I'd let it sit a
couple days before emptying.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, August 23, 2004 11:01 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Yellowjackets!


> Well, rats, Auralie...durn wasps; wonder why they are ignoring that
> bottle of sweetness; not like them as they generally hit anthing like
> that.  Maybe you have to take down the hummer feeder for them to find
> that bottle.  Poor bumblebee:-(
>
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
> > Thanks for the suggestion, Marge.  I tried hanging a bottle of a
> strong sugar
> > water solution, even painted the top of the bottle with honey.
> After two days
> > it has trapped one bumblebee - I don't really have a problem with
> them - but
> > the yellowjackets have ignored it completely.  They're still
> swarming the
> > hummer's feeder, but he seems to be a bit bolder about sharing.
> The other
> > day they would actually chase the hummer - today I saw him chase
> one of
> > the yellowjackets.
>
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