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Dealing with wasps above inner cover

 
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EricConcE
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Location: Aveiro, Portugal

PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:39 am    Post subject: Dealing with wasps above inner cover Reply with quote

Hey everyone
During mid fall I've been noticing several wasps returning above the inner cover of one of my hives in particular. They don't seem to be posing much of a threat as the hive is completely sealed in these areas. I was just wondering if anyone had some insight on how to keep wasps out of the area.
-I currently have several "Waspinators" [basically fake wasp nests] that I'm looking to test out once I move the hive to my new location.
Thanks for all insight!


-Eric C.
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Che Guebuddha
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Location: Hårlev, Stevns Kommune, Denmark

PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my location Wasp Queens build new nests in May-Jun so I keep an eye under the roofs and remove the nests as soon I see them. They don't seem to build nest after Jun.
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AugustC
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of wasp nests seem to turn up around may in my area too.
When this is in a bait hive I remove them immediately so it is still available for bees. When it is elsewhere provided it is no direct threat to the bees or my children I will leave them alone. I have also used wasp traps when they have become an issue for the bees but a strong colony is often sufficent to look after themselves.
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