Re: Benefits of yellowjackets
[QUOTE=OhioBee;1346871]I think this is a very interesting topic. I have had (and continue to have) serious yellow jacket/hornet issues in my apiary this year. Prior to having hives completely picked clean as described above, I found queenless hives and hives with spotty brood patterns. Another hive I have about two miles away is very healthy with no yellow jackets in sight. However, my home apiary is being marauded by them. Even in the cold weather now (40-55) and in rain, as today, they are flying around and entering the hives at will. I reduced entrances down to one bee width and they still go in. I never see them coming out carrying anything, and I know the bees are inside still, but can't open the hives because it is so cold.
I placed traps around the perimeter of the apiary (mountain dew, also rotting meat) but nothing attracts them except the hives themselves. Suggestions? I'm thinking my last two hives are essentially toast at this point. I'm just waiting for the snow the provide relief.[/QUO
Apple juice with a splash of apple cider vinegar works very well for bait for me for wasps and hornets. Add a couple tablespoons of white sugar and mix, a piece of banana peel and a couple of drops of dish soap. Don't neglect the dish soap as it disrupts the surface tension and wasp then can't walk on the surface.
Zone 3b. If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got!