I am not at all proud of this picture. It really shows how things can get out of hand. As if the bees don’t have enough to put up with the bad weather without wasps stealing what little they have left. This is the edge of a wooden feeder with a bad seal. Much as we like to use natural materials there is something to be said about using plastic, as feeders anyway.
When wasps make it into a nucleus hive devastation like this can happen. Killing the whole lot off.
We have been plagued with wasps for the last month and no matter how many we catch there are more to follow on. At first we used simple open traps with fruit juice, soft drinks or leftover jam as bait. The stripey monsters have learned how to get out once they get what they want. And there are just too many hiding places around here for us to find the nest.
We make it a little more difficult for wasps to make their way out now by putting narrow entrances in confusing places. Hopefully this will work until these wasps die off for another season.