Yellow Jackets and Paper Wasps

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by centrarchid, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Over last week or so something has changed greatly with these two types of critters. The yellow jackets are hunting my yard heavily where grass is cut short early in morning. They appear to have wiped out all the smaller grasshoppers. They also harass hens on eggs and newly hatched chicks. I think they are interested in rotten egg smell. Yesterday I went about busting up clutches getting hit hard by the yellow jackets as they activities seemed to indicate accurately a high percentage of rotten eggs. This late in season my capacity to rear chicks is greatly reduced since forage base will collapse before chicks are harvestable. The yellow jackets seem hell bent on making the forage base collapse sooner. The paper wasps are doing something I have never seen before while in nest. Late yesterday I could see extreme activity on one of the nest under eave. Upon close inspection I could see they were removing their own pupae they were still white and eating them. That is like your your teenage kids eating your twelve your olds. Males have also emerged and they where doing a lot of the eating.
     
  2. Naunnie

    Naunnie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, as Summer ends Yellow Jackets get more aggressive. We have started seeing a lot more too! The nests are full and the demand to find food is at its highest. I have been battling them all summer! I have read all the extra rain has increased this years population too.
    Here is an article I found interesting. http://www.techletter.com/Archive/Technical Articles/yellowjacketslate.html
     
  3. Teery

    Teery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have noticed allot of them lately as well in my grass.
     
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    This also the time of year I see bald-faced hornets getting more numerous and I guess for same reasons. They frequently catch and eat the yellow jackets.
     
  5. quigley257

    quigley257 Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you call yellow jackets and ground bees the same thing? Are they the same? I found a nest earlier this year in the ground near the sidewalk. They were a little too aggressive where they were located so I dispatched the nest and sealed the entrance. I have noticed a ton of the yellow ones in the yard catching bugs lately but don't know where their nest is. The big black and white Bald Faced Hornets are fun to watch as they hunt other flying insects. They help keep the fly numbers down around the coop.
     
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    There are many species of yellow jacket and at least some of those are called ground bees. I suspect those seeing right now would be called ground bees because they are the small side for yellow jackets, The bigger kinds seem to be more in the woods. Owing to numbers I am seeing multiple nests are involved.
     

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