Wasps - important?

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  1. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 Chicken Obsessed

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    what do wasps do? Because I want to get rid of them and I've heard they basically just go around fricking **** up but if they're important, I won't. But I'm scared of them. Well, bees too, but I realize how important the bees are so I wouldn't get rid of them, but wasps are just MEAN. And super scary. And we have sooooo many bees and things on our property :(
     
  2. lularat

    lularat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't like wasps either, but they do eat aphids and other pests. I leave them alone, as long as they don't build nests to close to my house. They can get quite mean if disturbed.
     
  3. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 Chicken Obsessed

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    Yeah, I guess that's true. But that's the problem, they tend to build under the deck railing or roof overhang :(
     
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    As long as they are not nesting on my buildings, or in areas that my family frequents, I leave them alone. but when they build nests on my home or other buildings, they've gotta go... and I'm not too friendly towards them when I get rid of them! But, I do pride myself in getting rid of a lot of nests without resorting to spray. I once watched a big old white tailed wasp fly down and snag a fly. She then carried the fly a ways, and systematically munched the fly until there was nothing left but a little round pellet... about the size that would fit in one of the cells of her nest. I gained a new respect for wasps that day!
     
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Some wasps are important pollinators, others prey on parasitic insects. I also have a live-and-let-live policy towards them, and in years of outdoor activity have only been stung on 2 occasions. Smarted, but nothing life-threatening.
     
  6. KDOGG331

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    Yeah, I guess you guys have good points. Idk, maybe I'll try fake nests or something. I've never really been stung either I guess but we use the deck. Even if we don't eat on the table, we grill on the other one (we have 2, a smaller one with the grill and a lower one that's bigger and has a table and whatnot) so if they're right on the railing next to the grill, it's a problem. But maybe I'll try to just trap them or something. Also, sometimes I won't eat outside cause I'm so scared of them. They sometimes land on food and are so pesky. But I can't swat them so it's like "what now?" Lol
     
  7. lazy gardener

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    There are wasp lures that can be made out of soda bottles. I'll let them live, but I won't tolerate being dive bombed when I'm enjoying my meal. An other pet peeve is yellow jackets. I have much less tolerance for them, as they love to prowl around in the mulch in my garden. I use a butterfly net to snag them, then it's crunch time.
     
  8. KDOGG331

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    That's a good idea and oh yeah, the yellow jackets are the ones that tend to land on the food!! I mean, it's not necessarily a swarm but there's often one, sometimes several, and even if there aren't, Im scared that there could be. And oh yeah, that's a problem! Ya could get stung if you dig around.
     

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