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Post Posted: Sep 7, 2019 7:33 am 
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Two days ago, the wasps all but disappeared! From one day to the next it went from 50+ at a time to just a few to none. I guess their season ends that abruptly. I tried several tactics to get rid of them earlier. Spraying them with the hose was effective in getting rid of them for five or ten minutes. Best way was to put the feeders out as soon as hummers arrived, at dawn, bring them back in around 7:00am when the wasps came out, then back out for the hummers when the wasps went away around 8:00pm until dark. Then, of course, in for the night.

Most of the hummers come by at dawn and dusk, anyway.

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Post Posted: Sep 7, 2019 9:38 am 
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Husband says wasps go from nest to source and are dormant from dusk to dawn and in cool early morning. They are after water and will go from the nest to the the source. Try to locate the nest, wait till they're dormant, spray the nest and remove it or just remove it and they won't come back. He also said paper wasp makes nests in the ground but they're not deep so a shovel will be enough to remove the nest. He also said that if they are coming from outside your property, you can put the wasp trap at the perimeter of your property in the path, getting what they need there, much less likely to come after your hummingbird feeders.


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Post Posted: Sep 8, 2019 7:41 am 
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I think they may have moved into a crack in my siding under the deck. I will send Steve's grandson (a grown man, not a little boy!) to look for it and do what you said. Thanks.

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Wasps like to nest in open spaces, bees like cracks and crevices, so check around. I hope you get them and the birds can feed in peace. At my former house, the Hummingbirds used to come to the Hawthorne Honeysuckles along the picture window. Awesome birds.


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[quote="Monchiladas"]Wasps like to nest in open spaces, bees like cracks and crevices, so check around. I hope you get them and the birds can feed in peace. At my former house, the Hummingbirds used to come to the Hawthorne Honeysuckles along the picture window. Awesome birds.[/quote]

Not necessarily. Recently at a friends home she had paper wasps make a nest under a low pressure treated deck off her back door, they were accessing the very large nest from between the narrow gaps in the boards at ground level. They sprayed the gaps at night and were able to safely use the back door again.


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Thanks for adding that important info and pointing out about your friends low deck. I asked hubby to be more specific. He says they look for open spaces (voids) and make thier nest; roof eaves, trees, holes in dirt. They like to burrow? Bees like to get inside walls, meter boxes, through cracks and crevices. Hope thats clearer. I hope Aspenleaf gets them and I'm glad your friend got them.


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Thanks. I've put my Hummingbird feeders out for three day without a single wasp! I will have to remember they don't last all summer so next year I can see light at the end of the tunnel. :lol:

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They're back. In full force.

I have several feeders and by chance, put out the ones with white flowers on them, rather than the bright yellow bee-proof baskets. I have had only a couple wasps briefly this morning. I read that they are attracted to yellow.
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Regardless, Hummingbirds are eating peacefully undisturbed.

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They think sharks are attracted to yellow too. Quick, paint bird feeders and surfboards some other, not so interesting, color!


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I agree...it's nuts! I have a problem with them (yellow jackets) getting in the house!
They are finding their way in somehow and I cannot locate their point of entry! Arghhh!
I didn't put up a trap this year and now regret that I didn't. I wonder if it's too late?
When is "wasp season" over?


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Post Posted: Sep 12, 2019 11:35 am 
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Need to create a club, wasp hunters. Hunt down the nests, run them out...


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