Is it true if you feed yellow jackets and wasps they are....

sunnybunny(Z8Northwest)July 25, 2009

less aggressive? I have a bee friendly yard and this year notice more honey bees and other types than yellow jackets or wasps. I had a nest in my garage wall and I tried every thing to get rid of them safely. My husband finally resorted to pretty toxic chemicals because we have a neighbor who is deathly allergic to bee and yellow jacket stings. I do not want to do that again if I can help it. Do they die in the winter like bees? Someone told me that you can feed them and keep them happy so they won't be so aggressive. I have dogs a child and I would prefer this method. She advised putting out meat in the fall. Does this work? Please advise.

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No. The agression we see from wasps is in defense of the nest. They will still aggressivly defend their nest regardless of how well they are fed.
If anything, better conditions will allow them to reproduce more quickly and cause an even bigger problem in the form of more nests in a smaller area.
As far as having them forage in your yard, no problem. Just like foraging honey or bumble bees, they are non-defensive when away from their nest.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2009 at 8:42PM
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definately do not feed them, you will only attract more. If you know where their nest is, sevin dust is a good way to kill yellow jackets and wasp.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2009 at 9:49PM
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brendan_of_bonsai(4b AK)

This will work, even in there nest they will be far less aggressive, but you may find that its not worth it. The population will grow and you will spend a lot keeping them full. I had a smoke house collapse this summer and lost 2 salmon to the lawn below (an 8 lb fish and a 6 lb fish, cleaned headed and boned) it took roughly 40-100 (fewer at first, more later, hence the spread) yellowjackets 5 days to clean up the mess. when they are full they can barely fly. Part of the problem is that yellow jacket foraging behavior is very off-putting they buzz in close and inspect you, because they can smell you and can tell you are made of meat. The unease and tension leads to poor human behavior and a sting, that or someone foolishly steps on the clearly marked nest buried in the underbrush and the lean colony members capable of flight take off with a bloodlust unrivaled in the civilized world.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2009 at 5:19AM
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