Protect your hive from Wasps and Yellow Jackets (useful DIY tips)

Introduction

Did you know that Wasps and Yellow Jackets can be a major nuisance for beekeepers? Here are some helpful DIY tips for protecting your hive against these pests.

What are Wasps and Yellowjackets?

Wasps and Yellowjackets are two types of bees in the family Vespidae. They are small, black, and yellow insects that can be a nuisance to homeowners. The most common wasp in the US is the common yellowjacket, which is actually not very aggressive. However, the bigger European yellowjacket can be quite territorial and can attack people if they provoke it.
Wasps build nests out of mud, straw, and other soft materials. They can be a nuisance because they build wasps’ nests in areas where they are not supposed to be (near windows, on roofs, under siding). In addition, they can sting humans if they get too close to their nests. Wasps also produce a painful stinging secretion from their abdomen that they use to paralyze their prey before feeding on them.
Yellowjackets are similar to wasps in that they build nests out of mud, straw, and other soft materials. However, yellowjackets do not produce a stinging secretion and instead rely on their powerful mandibles to capture their prey. They will also fly into buildings looking for food (usually small creatures like insects or spiders).
If you see a wasp or yellowjacket Nest nearby

Can Wasps and Yellowjackets destroy my hive?

Do I need to do anything to protect my hive from wasps or yellow jackets?

Here are some useful DIY tips to help keep your hive safe from wasps and yellowjackets!

If you have a colony of social Wasps or Yellowjackets, then they may be causing some damage to your hive. However, there is no need to panic – there are many things you can do to protect your hive without having to use any toxic chemicals.

The first step is to understand how these pests work. Wasps and Yellowjackets are attracted to the honey and larvae in a colony, so it is important to keep them away from your hive. You can do this by using a barrier around the hive – such as a wooden frame with gaps punched in it – or by placing some leaves and sticks around the outside of the hive.

You may also want to consider installing a screened bottom board on top of the hive. This will keep most invaders out but will allow honey bees through. Make sure that the screen is fitted properly so that the bees cannot get through and build their nests on top of it.

Another way to protect your hive is to install an alarm system. This

How to protect your hive from Wasps and Yellowjackets

If you live in an area where Wasps or Yellowjackets are a common problem, it’s important to protect your hive from them. Here are some DIY tips to help:

1. Install a bee-proof window: A great way to keep Wasps and Yellowjackets out of your hive is to install a bee-proof window. This ensures that the bees can’t get inside and wasps and yellowjackets can’t get in. You can find bee-proof windows at most hardware stores.

2. Use a screen: Another great way to keep Wasps and Yellowjackets out of your hive is to use a screen. This prevents the bees from entering through the top of the hive, where they may be more likely to be stung. You can find screens at most hardware stores.

3. Make a barrier: If you don’t have access to a bee-proof window or screen, you can create a temporary barrier by placing newspapers around the outside of the hive. This will prevent Wasps and Yellowjackets from getting close enough to sting the bees.

How to identify the different types of Wasps and Yellowjackets

There are many types of wasps and yellowjackets in North America, and each can be a dangerous pest. Here are some tips to help you identify the different kinds of wasps and yellowjackets and protect your hive from them.

1. Look for the size and shape of the insect.
o Wasp: Smaller than a bee, with a slender waist and rounded wings. Yellowjacket: Larger than a wasp, with blunt wings and a protruding abdomen.
2. Listen for the sound of their wings beating.
o Wasp: A gentle tap; Yellowjacket: A louder jarring noise.
3. Watch for the color of their body and wings.
o Wasp: Mostly black with a yellow stripe down its back; Yellowjacket: Mostly yellow with black markings on its wings

DIY tips to protect your hive from Wasps and Yellowjackets

If you’re looking for ways to protect your hive from wasps and yellowjackets, check out these DIY tips!

1. Install a screen cover: This is one of the simplest and most effective ways to keep wasps and Yellowjackets out of your hive. Just install a screen cover over the opening in your hive, and you’ll be good to go!

2. Use a deterrent: One easy way to deter wasps and yellowjackets is to use a deterrent. There are many products on the market that will work well, so it’s up to you to find one that works best for you. Some examples include cayenne pepper, DEET, garlic, or propolis. Just be sure to read the instructions before using them!

3. Make a nest trap: If wasps and yellowjackets are getting into your hive, you can make a nest trap to catch them. Simply place some sugar water in a jar or container, and then add a piece of paper towel or cloth to the top. Once wasps or yellowjackets land on the paper towel or cloth, they will get trapped inside the jar or container.

4. Use a smoker: If all

What smells do Wasps hate?

In the summertime, yellow jackets and wasps can be a nuisance in your home. Here are some useful DIY tips to protect your hive from these pesky insects:

-Make a Smelly Trap: Hang a small container with rotten fruit or vinegar inside your home. The smell will attract wasps and yellow jackets, who will then fly into the trap and die.

-Use a Wasps Vacuum: If you have an indoor vacuum cleaner, you can use it to suck up wasps and yellow jackets. Make sure to move the vacuum around the entire area before you turn it off, as they can hide in small crevices.

-Block Off Entry Points: Block off entrances to your home using cinder blocks, rocks, or pieces of wood. This will make it harder for wasps and yellow jackets to enter your hive.

What smells do Yellowjackets hate?

One way to deter wasps and yellow jackets from entering your hive is to create a repellent scent. Some popular smells that wasps and yellow jackets hate include garlic, lemongrass, and peppermint. You can make your own repellent using these ingredients: 1 cup of soy sauce, 1 cup of water, 2-3 tablespoons of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and set aside. When you need to use the repellent, spray it around the outside of the hive.

Protecting yourself from Wasps and Yellowjackets

There are a few things you can do to protect yourself from wasps and yellowjackets.

1. Make sure your home is well-sealed and draft-free. This will help reduce the number of available nesting sites for these pests.

2. Keep areas around your home that are frequented by these pests clean and free of clutter. This will make it harder for them to build nests.

3. Use an insecticide that is specifically designed to kill wasps and yellowjackets. Do not use products that are labeled for use on other insects, as they may also kill the honeybees in your hive.

4. If you do get stung, wash the area with soap and water and apply a cold compress if necessary.

Conclusion

Protecting your hive from Wasps and Yellow Jackets can be difficult, but with a bit of preparation and common sense, you can keep your bees safe. Here are some of the most common wasp and yellow jacket nests, along with some helpful tips on how to deter them from attacking:

1. Make use of natural barriers such as tall trees or shrubs around the perimeter of your hive, or install a wire mesh screen around the entrance.
2. Keep all food storage areas clean and free of clutter. This will help keep down flying insects.
3. Install ventilation screens in building entrances to allow hot air out, and keep them closed during cold weather to trap warm air inside.
4. Make use of EPA–registered insecticides labeled for use on honeybees (or similar) only when necessary, following all safety guidelines carefully.
5 Screen your porch or balcony – If you have an outdoor porch or balcony, screen it off from the hive by installing a fence or wall. This will help keep the wasps and Yellowjackets out while allowing the bees to continue working.
6. Keep your hive clean – One of the easiest ways to protect your hive is to keep it clean. Remove any dead honeycomb, expired food, etc. This will help prevent parasites and bacteria from building up and compromising the health of the colony.
7. Use natural deterrents – One effective way to deter wasps and yellow jackets is to use natural deterrents like lemon juice, cedar oil, or garlic cloves. Simply smudge these ingredients around the outside of the hive entrances, or mix them into a spray and apply it throughout the colony area.
8. Avoid using pesticides – Pesticides can be harmful to both humans and bees, so it’s best to avoid using them if you can. 

Jaco Stander

My name is Jaco Stander. I’m from Cape Town, South Africa. I’m a registered beekeeper with the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform & Rural Development in South Africa. Registration number WC808. I live on a small holding where I keep my 16 beehives. Taking care of bees is a very rewarding feeling, contributing to keep our bee colonies growing and thriving, and as a bonus, enjoying that sweet pure raw honey!

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