European Hornets

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Jacobs
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European Hornets

Post by Jacobs » Mon Oct 03, 2011 3:21 pm

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We shall fight them on the concrete!

We shall fight them on the hives!

We shall fight them in the air!

(apologies to Winston Churchill)

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Re: European Hornets

Post by red rambler » Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:06 pm

Looks like a very personal response.

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Re: European Hornets

Post by Jacobs » Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:49 pm

They're back! I saw 2 European Hornets snatching honey bees at dusk this evening. I guess everything is happening early this year.

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Re: European Hornets

Post by Wally » Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:53 pm

Badmitten racket time......

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Re: European Hornets

Post by Jacobs » Wed Jul 08, 2015 5:39 am

Raids are on the increase. I used my trusty cap to knock down and kill 3 hornets in front of my home hives yesterday. I was able to kill 3 of the queens very early in the season and hate to think about the number of European Hornets I would be dealing with if all had established nests.

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Re: European Hornets

Post by WannaBee1 » Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:54 pm

Anyone in Guilford County seeing European Hornets this year? I'm hearing about them doing a lot of hive damage in Union County. Does someone know if there traps for these that won't attract or harm honey bees? Thanks in advance for any information and/or advice.

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Re: European Hornets

Post by Jacobs » Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:19 pm

I haven't seen European Hornets yet. The queens that are out early are usually quite large. If I see them at the hives and can kill them, it really cuts down on the numbers I have to contend with later in the season. I am seeing yellow jacket queens in the back yard searching for potential hive locations. They are larger than regular yellow jackets, but considerably smaller than most European Hornets.

I haven't tried traps of any kind. Old GCBA hats work fine for me when I am knocking them down on my driveway pad and stepping on them. I am a bit rusty on my swing and will need to get into practice for this season.

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Re: European Hornets

Post by llbstones » Fri May 01, 2020 12:50 pm

Iv seen where you can make a bait and kill the colony. You take the ingredient (fipronil) in the dog flea med, mix it with a canned chicken/tuna type meat that the hornets/yellow jackets will go to and they take it back to colony, feed to queen/brood. Just make sure nothing else like an animal can get into it or drag it off.

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