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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    That was a picture of the bottom frame of the glider. showing the metal flower.
    I just meant I don'[t know what else could be attracting your lone bumble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedidiah View Post
    I just meant I don'[t know what else could be attracting your lone bumble.
    ah. yep me neither. I didn't see it yesterday though. I don't mind bumblebees at all so he is welcome to stalk my glider all he wants. I just need to take care of the wasps which seem to get worse each summer. Any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    ah. yep me neither. I didn't see it yesterday though. I don't mind bumblebees at all so he is welcome to stalk my glider all he wants. I just need to take care of the wasps which seem to get worse each summer. Any ideas?
    As I have mentioned elsewhere, I ignore wasps unless they take up residence where people are close to the nest. When I want to get rid of a nest I just use Wasp and Hornet spray. For aerial species the spray will reach a long way up (just don't stand directly under the fallout), and I have had excellent results with spraying it in the entrance of subterranean wasps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedidiah View Post
    As I have mentioned elsewhere, I ignore wasps unless they take up residence where people are close to the nest. When I want to get rid of a nest I just use Wasp and Hornet spray. For aerial species the spray will reach a long way up (just don't stand directly under the fallout), and I have had excellent results with spraying it in the entrance of subterranean wasps.
    These wasps seem to build tiny nests everywhere, on my porch, on my deck, under my porch light, on my eaves, in my bushes. I get rid of one and two more pop up. None ever get really big. Most are about the size of a golf ball.
    I think they are yellow jackets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    These wasps seem to build tiny nests everywhere, on my porch, on my deck, under my porch light, on my eaves, in my bushes. I get rid of one and two more pop up. None ever get really big. Most are about the size of a golf ball.
    I think they are yellow jackets.

    What are you doing to get rid of those small nests? If you do not kill the queen she will just start over again.

    Some years yellow jackets are just everywhere, some years not so many. Up here they seem to follow the population of aphids. When there is a boom for aphids there are lots of yellow jackets the next year., etc.
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    I did finally get into my last survivor hive today. It was going strong. Not as strong as the first one, but strong.

    Little by little I am getting my yard straightened out. Modified my last hive stand today.
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    I went back to see what I wrote last year. Last year I lost 3 out of 4, this year 3 out of 4 made it through.

    I am changing my strategy for beekeeping. Instead of harvesting all the honey, I will in the future just harvest what seems excess to the needs of the hive. I will be expanding my apiary from 4 to 6 hives to up the chances of getting bees through. There is supposedly a project going on which will provide an isolated mating yard which will give me a chance to save a strain of bees that is strong on wintering. I am still buying cold climate queens every year, and it would be nice to be able to raise reliably hardy queens (at least more reliably). Changing my focus from honey to bees.
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