Hello every one. I am new I have one hive since april 08.
I am feeding them 2 to 1 sugar and water. Today I saw several
yellow jackets trying to get in most of them were turned away
but I saw two get in. Does any one have any comments on this. Thanks
Hi and a big WELCOME!!!...It's not anything I'd worry about...As you stated, most were turned away. Those that did get in probably spent too much time fighting off bees to have gotten more than a hard-earned nibble.They are not likely to return....I have seen about 5 bees latch onto a yellow jacket, and they all fell down thru some knee-high grass. About a minute later, the bees came back up and took up station on guard.
You guys need to get robber screens. I love them. Get Brushy Mountains "front doors" and then cut a notch in the top left that the bees can use as an entrance/exit. Put the doors on at night after all the bees are home. When the go to leave the next day, they'll find their new "door" and reorient to it, so that they can get back in when they return from their travels. Meanwhile, the YJs will smell the brood and honey through the original front door and will try to get in at the bottom which is closed off. They never catch on that there's an entrance up top.
I'd say those are yellow jackets from what I can see.
Short story; Yellow jackets live under ground & are meaner than !?%&# I guarentee !
Had a three point post hole digger, neighbor lady ask me to dig some holes for a pole barn,
digger started to dig, hit a nest, I jerked digger out of the ground, jumped off still running tractor,
I got 5 stings, lady got 8, digger flopping around, and yellow jackets attacking it. Slipped up along side
and shut off ignition. Went back next day to get tractor.
I understand they don't die like a honey bee, after stinging either, they are good for go again !