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Old 08-19-2013   #41
 
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Got off Main yesterday and bees are epic. Yellow Jackets by the thousands and bald faced Hornets. 15 people and 40 stings. Only 1 camp with minimal bee impact, Easter Egg. Traps helped but only so much. We easily killed/trapped 500-1000. Great trip still but the BEES. Good luck.

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Old 08-19-2013   #42
 
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Bees or yellow jackets/hornets?


The honeybees are getting a bad rap because of their nasty cousins!!!
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Old 08-19-2013   #43
 
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yellow jackets and hornets. Edited the post. Sorry to offend. Large number of big honey bees doing there thing with no issues to river use. The Bald Faced Hornets just cruzed the river and camps at all times of day. Big black suckers. Would not cancel trips but pre-prepping meals to avoid kitchen time will help. Had to walk around while eating often, sitting on back of boat alone helped. Worked 5 full seasons on Salmon and had 1 night with similar yellow jackets conditions. Never 6 straight nights. Friend got off Lower yesterday said yellow jackets were bad as well. Lets hope for a cold wet spring next year.
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Old 08-19-2013   #44
 
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I'm not personally offended.

Trying to teach my kids the distinction right now.
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Old 08-19-2013   #45
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If every group for the rest of the season brought 10 traps each is it possible to eradicate the hornets or at least put a real dent in the population? and I thought deso was bad.
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doubtful. They are feeding the larvae right now and each nest can have thousands of workers. The queen continues to lay eggs during the summer as the workers are successful, which seems to be the case right now.

Only way to stop the #s is kill the queen and that isn't gonna happen with traps.

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Old 08-19-2013   #47
 
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From wikipedia:

"Adult workers chew and condition the meat fed to the larvae. Larvae in return secrete a sugar material relished by the adults; this exchange is a form of trophallaxis. In late summer, foraging workers change their food preference from meats to ripe, decaying fruits, or scavenge human garbage, sodas, picnics, etc., since larvae in the nest fail to meet requirements as a source of sugar."

(Mostly, I just thought that was interesting; maybe, only maybe, relevant to their potential upcoming behavior and that of boaters seeking relief. I know they were all about meat late July/early Aug.)
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Anyone got a bee report? Putting on in a few days and wondering if I still need bee keeper outfit.
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Old 08-24-2013   #49
 
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Friends who just took out yesterday said the yellow jackets were still horrific. I too am launching in two weeks and hoping for a cold snap to reduce thier numbers.
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This is the worst time of year for yellow jackets, they will not abate until a good freeze comes. Yellowjackets and Other Social Wasp Management Guidelines--UC IPM Some sites suggest ammonia with water near food tables may help to repel them.
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