Yellow jackets

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Martyd, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. Martyd

    Martyd

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2017
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have yellow jackets so bad my wife won't go near the pond or sometimes even in the back yard. I thinking of illiminating the fish and mixing dawn with the water. Will this kill the plants? I have tried the traps etc. they inner he traps for the pond. I live in rural wash lots of old buildings for nest. There are over 100 bees on the water at any one time. You can't walk by with out a bee hitting you while coming to or leaving the pond. Wife wants me to destroy he pond.
     
    Martyd, Oct 4, 2017
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. Martyd

    IPA

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2017
    Messages:
    402
    Likes Received:
    248
    Location:
    63b Chesapeake-Pamlico Lowlands and Tidal Marshes
    That's terrible. I hope you can find a solution to still keep your pond.
     
    IPA, Oct 4, 2017
    #2
    peter hillman likes this.
    1. Advertisements

  3. Martyd

    bettasngoldfish Maria

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2013
    Messages:
    2,984
    Likes Received:
    2,016
    Location:
    North East Ohio-Zone 5
    Oh, I would not like that situation. Have you contacted an exterminator? They may be able to help you get rid of the yellow jackets. That way you can keep the pond.

    If not, I'm not sure that Dawn dish soap will kill plants. Maybe you can advertise them for "free" if the person interested will come and get them out of the pond?

    What kind of fish do you have? Will you be able to re-home them?
     
    bettasngoldfish, Oct 5, 2017
    #3
    peter hillman likes this.
  4. Martyd

    peter hillman Let me think for minute....

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2015
    Messages:
    1,260
    Likes Received:
    1,394
    Location:
    Reno N.V.
    Try to follow them to their nest then do what needs to be done. Been lucky this year hardly a pair of them.
     
    peter hillman, Oct 5, 2017
    #4
  5. Martyd

    mrsclem mrsclem

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2008
    Messages:
    2,489
    Likes Received:
    2,127
    Location:
    st. mary's county, md.
    I have yellow jackets as well as the giant hornets. Found a recipe that works. Mix sugar water- 1 part sugar to 4 parts water, a small amount of vinegar and a couple of drops of dish soap in a bucket. They love the stuff and it kills them! You want to put the traps away from the pond or areas where people are.
     
    mrsclem, Oct 5, 2017
    #5
    teeemkay, IPA and cas like this.
  6. Martyd

    Lisak1

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2013
    Messages:
    6,545
    Likes Received:
    7,349
    Location:
    Northern IL
    Are you sure they are yellow jackets? Has it been particularily dry where you are? Perhaps you could put another water source in their path and that would stop them from coming to the pond for water. If they aren't aggressive and chasing you, I would hesitate to kill them... especially if they are bees and not yellow jackets.
     
    Lisak1, Oct 5, 2017
    #6
    HARO, Tula, RobAmy and 1 other person like this.
  7. Martyd

    bagsmom

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2014
    Messages:
    1,013
    Likes Received:
    1,125
    Yellow jackets are awful! On a side note, I have an obnoxious, rude carpenter bee. He can't hurt me, but drives me nuts when I'm by the pond. He must have a nest/egg hole in the wood on my house somewhere, and he simply does NOT want me sitting in my chair by the pond. He will hover right by my face, then make a circuit around the pond -- then does a fast ZOOM right up to my nose. So far, my bad language has not intimidated him at all. LOL

    Good luck with the yellow jackets. They are really bad.
     
    bagsmom, Oct 5, 2017
    #7
    HARO, qclabrat and MoonShadows like this.
  8. Martyd

    IPA

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2017
    Messages:
    402
    Likes Received:
    248
    Location:
    63b Chesapeake-Pamlico Lowlands and Tidal Marshes
    The giant hornets are probably eastern cicada killers and non-aggressive towards people even if they appear menacing in behavior. I believe only the females can sting.
    IMG_0730.JPG
     
    IPA, Oct 5, 2017
    #8
    HARO likes this.
  9. Martyd

    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2010
    Messages:
    33,196
    Likes Received:
    17,809
    Location:
    Frederick, Maryland
    We have a ton of yellow jackets, right now feeding the bees, the yellow jackets come from everywhere to get the sugar water, the smell of it attracts them. I never see them in the pond or near the pond getting water. Bees yes tons of them, they don't bother me at all.

    A beekeeper posted this as a way to attract them and wipe out the queens to be.

     
    addy1, Oct 5, 2017
    #9
    Tula, IPA and Mucky_Waters like this.
  10. Martyd

    JBtheExplorer Native Gardener

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2013
    Messages:
    3,496
    Likes Received:
    5,689
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Well, carpenter bees are attracted to holes. Sit still and see if it crawls right in! :LOL:
     
    JBtheExplorer, Oct 5, 2017
    #10
    HARO likes this.
  11. Martyd

    Faebinder

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2015
    Messages:
    1,173
    Likes Received:
    649
    Location:
    Hershey, PA
    Put lotsa yellow jacket traps from online and that will handle it. Get rid of them after that.
     
    Faebinder, Oct 6, 2017
    #11
  12. Martyd

    Magzire

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2016
    Messages:
    310
    Likes Received:
    117
    Location:
    Kildare
    What actually kills them, the dish soap or vinegar?
     
    Magzire, Oct 6, 2017
    #12
  13. Martyd

    Abe

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2017
    Messages:
    55
    Likes Received:
    83
    Location:
    Kelowna BC
     
    Abe, Oct 6, 2017
    #13
  14. Martyd

    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2010
    Messages:
    33,196
    Likes Received:
    17,809
    Location:
    Frederick, Maryland
    I can't use something like that we would lose a ton of bees. The sugar water and vinegar would attract them. This time of year even a drop of sugar water has the bees swarming to it.
     
    addy1, Oct 6, 2017
    #14
  15. Martyd

    mrsclem mrsclem

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2008
    Messages:
    2,489
    Likes Received:
    2,127
    Location:
    st. mary's county, md.
    Its the dish soap that kills them. I haven't seen a honey bee in months!
     
    mrsclem, Oct 6, 2017
    #15
  16. Martyd

    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2010
    Messages:
    33,196
    Likes Received:
    17,809
    Location:
    Frederick, Maryland
    lol we have around 800000 during prime summer time.................hundreds drinking from the bog and small ponds all of the time.
     
    addy1, Oct 6, 2017
    #16
    HARO likes this.
  17. Martyd

    qclabrat

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2016
    Messages:
    654
    Likes Received:
    363
    Location:
    NJ
    I don't usually use techniques to bait pests anymore, like mosquitoes and japanese beetles. My position is that it just bring more to your general area. You do get satisfaction in seeing them in the trap, but you've also attracted them to you from the surroundings. I've now just use simple repellents for the mosquitoes and look for flower (roses) varieties which are not favored by the beetles. Same goes for the garden. I'll only grow crops which the caterpillars don't destroy, though this year the slugs were enemy #1.

    as for your attempts to rid the pond of the "yellow jackets", as others have suggested, first correctly identify the bug then use the right method to control or eliminate. Without more details on your setup and correct ID of the pest, it's hard to give you any more advice. Though I suspect there may be a nest somewhere nearby as wasp/hornets can be very territorial. I don't think the pond water or fish are attracting the pests (someone please validate this for me). Look for signs of nesting above and below ground. For us, we've been getting lots of small ground hornets in NJ, in the past few years. Walk by their hole and they swarm you. Very mean critters.
     
    qclabrat, Oct 6, 2017
    #17
  18. Martyd

    Tula

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2013
    Messages:
    3,855
    Likes Received:
    2,948
    Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Fascinating video...didn't know about the protein.
     
    Tula, Oct 6, 2017
    #18
  19. Martyd

    HARO Pondcrastinator

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2011
    Messages:
    4,679
    Likes Received:
    4,620
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Those little buggers keep getting meaner all the time!
    tpwwasp.jpg
    John
     
    HARO, Oct 9, 2017
    #19
    addy1, cas and j.w like this.
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.