I am having a devil of a time with these bees. I have been spraying with wasp and hornet killer but it is not working. I have killed a few but they are increasing in #. Bad pictures but can you ID and advise how to terminate.
Thanks Tom. Those are great pictures. You are right they are not aggressive if left alone, and I would leave them except they are inside a hot tub on my deck and I have two small boys that are not afraid of bugs.Hi,
they look like german wasp.
They build realy fantatstic nests, in roofs, in trees, everywhere, where it is an protective environment, so that the nest will be safe.
There are other species, who live in the earth - it is a big variety.
They built one nest for one queen. If the queen is gone, the nes is not used anymore.
I saw an old barn buy a friend of of with more the 35 nests side by side.
I usually leave them if they are in an environment, that does not hurt anybody. Because if You leave them live their life, they usually are non-agressive and are wonderful subjcsets for macro shots, escpecially in the morning, while they are a little clumsy, untyl the totally warm up and become speedy!!
If You have little childrens around, I would consider on doing something: if they are swallowed, they panic and sting.
If this happens in the mouth ore deeper it can be very dangerous.
They are able to sting more than once and do not commit suicide, because the sting is not provided with a barb, which forces bees to do that, whose scrotum is partially ripped out in oder to leave the poison-bladder and the sting inside the victim.
The contact poison, which is standardly used here was first made out of Chrysanthemum Flowers and is called Pyrethrum
If the nest is too big and/or You are scared, call a profesional!.
BTW: Those professional here are called "Kammerjaeger" which is translated as "Chamber-Hunter".
Wow you do have experience. We do usually handle things like this ourselves down south don't we? I have located the entrance and they are chewing on it to make it bigger and I can open an access panel right beside it but the nest is not in sight. It is funny when the access panel is open the bees fly in though their small entrance then right back out the panel opening so I can't tell where the nest is. This is in a hot tub. I was hoping I could find a different kind of spray...this spray will kill them but it says "keeps bees away for 4 weeks" but really only keeps them away for 4 secondsWell your a southern guy, got to be tough. :smile: If you want to do battle with them and save money, just watch them in the late evening, you will find their nest and entrance. After dark cover up good, and if you need to, pry open a board and make a run for it, :biggrin: most likely they will stay on the nest. Spray them good. I have had to deal with many like this, heck I even lost a 60 HP tractor to them one time if I had not just taken it out of posi traction, it would have gone in the creek:tongue:
Do you have a picture of a nest? I have seen hornets nests of course...are these different?I had to deal with several *small* nests of these at my last house in Manchester, in the roof, in the shed and in a tree. You can get here a spray that shoots a tight jet to hit the nest from 10 feet and then retire quickly. Any that return to the nest die quickly. A great shame because the nests are things of beauty.
I found a queen wasp checking out my bathroom yesterday so I conducted her outside. She was about 3/4" long or more.
The big roundish nest I have always called a hornets nest. I have seen and sprayed some of the smaller open cell nests in there but that did not get rid of them so I figured it was something else. There are also some of what we call "mud dobber" nest in there too, but those are larger bees I think.Have a look at these pictures:
or do a similar search on google, using "wasp nest" and display "images".
Well explained, Tom! Nothing left for me to say, except that there are some very similar species related to the German wasp which are not so easy to separate from a photo.Hi,
hornets and wasps are in the same family. hornets "are just bigger wasps"
Some wasps and hornets bult the same style of nests, but the size might not be an indication, of what creature is in. Their exist tremendously large nest of wasps, where someone migth consider it is a hornets nest.
You can only determine them by size: hornet are 1/3 or more large than wasps and are common in two coloured version: black/yellow and just black ones.
The muddish nest is from earth wasps, who, as the name say, built their nest in the earth- mouse holes etc. so it is better to use these materials, which is more resitent to water, as the common one)
Other use wood or materials like bees.