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If you can’t beat ’em…

August 19, 2014

We came back to Finland from Canada a few weeks ago and the capital area was suffering from near drought conditions. It felt like the summer of 2010 all over again. Back then it was dry and the stinging insects were out in force. I also discovered that yellow jackets were a relative new comer to Finland.

The first day home and out in the back yard, we noticed: They’re back – and there are lots of them, AND they’re hungry.

The Little Miss even got stung by a bumble bee. It wasn’t pretty. 😦

Eating supper out on the deck was not a good idea because we were getting dive bombed by yellow jackets and they were welcoming themselves on to our plates.

The solution? (Not poison… The occasional fly swatter, yes…) I bought cherries and now they’re happy and out of our food.

I rigged up a yogurt container, put a couple of cherries in it and hung it in our back yard. Problem solved. When they’re finished devouring the cherries, I go and grab a couple more out of the freezer and pop them into the container. What amazes me is how little time it takes these stingers to completely take apart a piece of fruit!

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<shrugs>

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Urmas permalink
    August 19, 2014 1:05 pm

    Um… are we talking about yellowjackets — “the common name in North America for predatory wasps of the genera Vespula and Dolichovespula” — in general or German Wasps in particular?

    Yup, German wasps are newcomers. And hornets (Vespa crabro) have made a comeback. But in addition there are other “yellowjackets”: Dolichovespula adulterina, Dolichovespula loekenae, Dolichovespula media, Dolichovespula norvegica, Dolichovespula norvegicoides – taiga-ampiainen, Dolichovespula omissa, Dolichovespula saxonica, Dolichovespula sylvestris, Vespula austriaca, Vespula rufa and [PHEEW!] last (but by no means least) Vespula vulgaris.

    I bet they all like cherries though. They’d be fools not to. 😉

  2. August 19, 2014 1:05 pm

    We’re bombarded with those stinging bugs in Turku as well. I might take your hint and put a humane trap for them outside, too! Thanks!

  3. August 20, 2014 2:23 am

    If you can’t beat ’em, feed ’em! 😀

  4. anonymous permalink
    August 25, 2014 3:21 pm

    Are you trapping them or feeding them?

    • August 26, 2014 6:57 am

      I’m feeding them.

      • anonymous permalink
        August 26, 2014 12:06 pm

        Are you sure that’s wise? You don’t want any more of them, do you?

      • August 28, 2014 5:30 am

        Well, they have stopped annoying us and yellow jackets do not nest in the same location twice (from what I understand). I think it is okay.

  5. October 20, 2014 12:24 pm

    What a great solution! I will keep this in mind for next summer.

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