Bee Problem

Anyone Know How To Make A Liquid That Attracts Bees? Because I Use A Mixture Of Sugar Water & Flavoring And It Doesn't Work To Well So Can Anyone Help.

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Goodhart9 years ago
Hmm, which kind of bees? Honey bees, wasps, hornets, bumble bees, yellow jackets? I have personally watched one, then two, the 6 or 7 yellow jackets swarm to a small piece of lunch meat dropped at a picnic once (I thought this was weird until I looked them up :-).
Twilight (author)  Goodhart9 years ago
Um anything for wasps? thx i need to get rid of yellow jackets and wasps mainly
I mainly use brake cleaner, wonderfully nasty stuff in the auto parts department (try Wal-Mart, auto parts stores, etc). Aerosol can, squirt the nest (from 10 feet away!), the vapors do most of the work. When just about all dead, then I knock down the nest.

Although 2 years ago I ran afoul of an underground nest, got stung several times. 1 can of automotive starting fluid + 1 butane lighter = blowtorch, followed by the brake cleaner, then the bucket of water I had handy. About 8 stings until done, but they haven't been back since. :)
Yellow jackets are technically a wasp and yes, if they are the preditory type (like yellow jackets) they are meat eaters.
Well, like all wasps, yellow jackets prey on a variety of insects and other arthropods. Yellowjackets will also forage on foods that people eat, especially at outdoor gatherings because of their attraction to meats and sweet foods. Other then the use of regular store bought bait, I don't know of anything else (besides the meat, and sweet foods) that will attract them,
I know, one time a bunch of 'em stormed our picnic and carried off a slice of sausage. It took seven of 'em, but they did it. After I saw that happen, I hauled my butt outta there.
They rarely fly and eat, normally the other way around. Eat first, then fly away.
They appeared to be getting it as takeout. That was new for me. It was pretty wild, and that was when I discovered that my Home Depot only carried five hornet traps at one time... maybe I overdid it. But it got rid of my carnivorous-bug problem in a hurry!
Big Bwana9 years ago
If you have problem with honey bees, contact a local honey producer, or apiaries in your local area, alot will come and remove the bees and queen for free (( a pound of workers and 1 queen last year cost over a $150 )) And they know what they are doing, and come with the proper protective equipment... And they will put those bees and a hive and take care of them, and not just kill them off, they might even give you a few free bottles of honey to try... (( Ask for some Comb as well it's very nice when it's fresh and dripping honey from a hive ))
skeptikool9 years ago
Bee problem? Unless someone has avoided the news for the last four or five years he/she would know that the biggest problem with bees has been their disappearance - in such numbers as to have farmers and gardeners really worried about crop yield due to reduced pollination.

As a keen gardener, I was prompted to post an Instructable that required one do nothing. Lacking a picture, I did not do so. (I'm sure this situation prevents the posting of many ideas not requiring graphics)

I was about compost some kale that had grown shoulder high and that was loaded with blossoms about to turn to seed. Although in an urban setting, bees were very active around them, so I delayed the pulling of the plants until the blossom stage was finished.

I've also hung a couple of drilled logs to attract the benign and beneficial mason bee.

On the wasp problem, as a child, I recall getting stung on the tongue by a wasp that feasting on the same plum jam sandwich as I. There you go. Plum jam. Irresistible.
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