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Swarm Anyone? HELP!

Posted by ibarbidahl 9 (tampa-ish) (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 9, 13 at 8:55

Have a swarm need removed... ASAP it's at work.

email me this morning (813) 767-9665

Barbie


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RE: Swarm Anyone? HELP!

Check your local Craigslist. In Jacksonville, there are several postings for bee hive removal. I think you are in the Tampa area? Tampa Bay area's Craigslist is linked below. Good luck!

Carol in Jacksonville

Here is a link that might be useful: Craigslist - Tampa Bay Area


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Yup, lots of listings for Tampa - see search results linked below.

Carol

Here is a link that might be useful: Tampa bee removal (craigslist)


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Thanks. I called the entomology department of USF first due to their proximity and 2 hours later I stillhaven't heard back. So, I called the Tampa Bay Beekeepers Society. :-)


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Could you please let me know if you find someone good? I have wasps.


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I never got a call back from USF. I ended up calling the Tampabay BeeKeepers Association.
Unfortunately they won't help with wasps.
Sorry!


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  • Posted by katkin 9b/10a PSL,Fl (My Page) on
    Fri, Sep 13, 13 at 7:10

Chinchette, you'll probably have to call an exterminator to get rid of wasps. If it's not too many, you can buy wasp spray. They shoot a stream you can reach the nest from far way with.


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I think my wasps might be underground. Can't find the nests.


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The only wasps I have encountered that swarm underground are yellow jackets. There are others I am sure, but these are the only ones I have run into... literally. I got stung enough to get light headed and woozy, and I am not allergic to them.

While not immediate, one cheap way to kill off a swarm of yellow jackets is to get one of those yellow jacket traps from most any store that normally carries outdoor supplies. The yellow colored ones have worked best for me. The little vials of bait they supply work okay, but you can find better and cheaper recipes to make your own online. If you set the trap in a shrub around your house, you should notice a marked decrease in yellow jackets within a week. Empty the traps weekly (maybe more in the summer, I did mine in early spring) and rebait. In about a month's time, maybe two, you can take the trap down and call it good.

Early spring of 2012 I could not go outside wearing a yellow shirt or with a hotdog with mustard without being accosted by yellow jackets inspecting me. I could not figure out where they were coming from, only the general direction, so I put the trap up on that side of the house. After a month of having the trap up, there were no more issues. After the second month and finding no more dead hornets in my trap, I took it down. I have not had an issue since. When you look up hornet bait recipes, try to pay attention to whether the bait attracts just yellow jackets or a wide variety of wasps/bees. One recipe I used, wish I could remember which one, attracted and trapped way too many different pollinators.


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  • Posted by katkin 9b/10a PSL,Fl (My Page) on
    Sun, Sep 15, 13 at 6:23

Chinch, you could just keep spraying the ones you see, you will get them all, if you keep at it, but it will take some time that way. If the nest isn't too big, it might be only a couple of days.


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Homemade wasp/yellow-jacket traps appear fairly easy to make. I haven't made one, but they look similar to my slug traps which were easy. From the pictures, it is a water bottle or soda bottle cut in half, with the top half inverted and inserted into the bottom half. Bait it with sugar water, apple juice, fruit juice and/or meat (instructions vary) and from the pictures on the web, catch a ton of them. If you try this, let us know how it works.

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-make-a-homemade-bee-tra-124242

http://utahpests.usu.edu/htm/utah-pests-news/summer-2009/wasp-trap/

http://www.prairiestory.com/2010/09/homemade-wasp-trap.html

http://www.fatal-funnel.com/easy-to-use-wasp-trap/

Carol

Here is a link that might be useful: Google Images - Wasp Trap

This post was edited by love_the_yard on Sun, Sep 15, 13 at 17:21


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