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Reproduction Cycle of Wasps

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Reproduction Cycle of Wasps

How Do Wasps Reproduce? When Is It Too Cold for Them? Ahh, the birds and the bees talk…this time about WASPS! What’s a Wasp’s Life Cycle? Since there are many different types of wasps, 30,000 identified species, in fact, let’s focus on one, the Eastern yellow jacket – Vespula maculifrons. This easy-to-identify black-and-yellow-striped social wasp has pestered many picnics and backyard BBQs, since it loves sweet, sugary foods. The yellow jacket life cycle begins with a fertile queen, who builds a nest and uses stored sperm to create worker wasps. These workers continue building the colony, and die off at...

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How to Create a DIY Carpenter Bee Trap

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How to Create a DIY Carpenter Bee Trap

If you are a hands-on kind of person, building a carpenter bee trap might be the perfect project for you! In a few steps, you can create your own DIY version of a carpenter bee trap. We have provided step-by-step carpenter bee trap plans that you can follow along with. But first, here is a helpful video:  Make Your Own Wood Bee Trap  First, you’ll want to gather all your materials. For this homemade carpenter bee catcher you will need: 4x4 cedar or pine post anywhere from 5” to 8” in height. Untreated wood works best! Standard mason jar 6” wide...

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Treatment Differences Between Wasps & Carpenter Bees

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Treatment Differences Between Wasps & Carpenter Bees

If you’ve ever been the victim of a surprise bee sting (or worse yet, a wasp sting), you know just how unpleasant the experience can be. However, while bees and wasps may at first glance appear similar (read about how to identify different types of wasps and carpenter bees vs. bumble bees), the two species’ ability to sting, their venom and even the pain index of their stings can differ significantly. What to Do for a Wasp Sting Before we can talk about how to approach wasp sting treatment, it’s important to know the  behaviors of two commonly misidentified stinging...

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Natural Enemies of Carpenter Bees

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Natural Enemies of Carpenter Bees

While nature rarely bestows a vengeful disposition on any of its creatures, you might be surprised to find that there are a few natural predators of the carpenter bee, if not exactly outright enemies.  Carpenter Bee Predators  If you thought carpenter bee damage was limited to the proportion of how much chomping they can do boring their tunnels and nests into the wood siding of your home (among other places), think again! Though not necessarily their fault, carpenter bees invite even more structural damage to your home by their mere presence.  Let’s explore why... Carpenter bees attract pesky woodpeckers which...

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How to Repair Carpenter Bee Damage

Repair Carpenter Bee Damage

How to Repair Carpenter Bee Damage

It's finally fall! The air is crisp and the leaves are changing. Carpenter bee season is coming to an end, but that doesn't mean the end of carpenter bee maintenance. Fall is the absolute best time to plug any carpenter bee nests, in order to prevent young carpenter bees from emerging and continuing their wood burrowing ways. There is a bit of a debate on how to successfully plug up a carpenter bee nest. One known method is applying wood putty at a nest's entrance hole. This method can be satisfactory when time is short and you need to keep...

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