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Wasps killing bees

I've noticed more wasps this year so I've put the fizzy drink traps out but not catching many and have excluder on.

I have butterfly and bee boxes up last few years and was starting to see more but the wasps are killing everything.

Is it just my area, or are other counties noticing this too?
Any other ideas how to keep them down ...or just get rid of wasps, what do they provide to the ecosystem... Bees pollinate our food sources....

Cork Wyandotte
Thursday, September 9th, 2021

I think wasps pollinate our food sources as well.

craigmartin
Friday, September 10th, 2021

Oh didn't know that Craig.
So maybe wasps are our new pollinators...

Cork Wyandotte
Saturday, September 11th, 2021

I am not sure what you mean by "our new pollinators" because I think that they have been pollinating plants since the beginning.

craigmartin
Monday, September 13th, 2021

I heard that wasps are not native to Ireland.
Bees are. Wasps are from Asia.
Correct me if I'm wrong.
I'm new to it and still learning.

Cork Wyandotte
Monday, September 13th, 2021

There are many types of Wasps and they are native. Usefull too in that they take out alot of garden pests over the spring/summer

Pheasantbotherer
Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

All God's creatures lol

nedzer
Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

Wasps are very important ecologically. They are predators by nature and at the same time pollinate. Worker wasps collect tiny bugs and insects that prey on plants,vegetables, ect and feed their young larvae and transfer pollen along the way. The are providing a dual purpose. Wasps are then fed by the larvae which secretes a sugary food which is protein rich. When august comes the nest winds down and workers are pushed out and not needed anymore. This is when they become pests. They are hungry and looking for sweet alternatives feeding. This is they torment beehives in august,eat into apples sip fizz,drink cans, ect.The end of a worker's life is starving to death.
Now as for killing bees;
If wasps come across a week honeybee colony and gain entry they will eat the honey and take the honeybee larvae back to feed their own young. Bees have died defending the hive and kill a lot of wasps at the same time. And the bee larvae are gone and so is the honey so the remain bees die off.

roostercroweburn
Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

And yes the wasps are in great numbers this year.

roostercroweburn
Wednesday, September 15th, 2021


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