timing for yellow jacket nest placement

Asked March 11, 2018, 4:02 PM EDT

i want to have my traps out early enough to capture the queens. i live in the hood river valley. i've seen honey bees grazing blossoms in my yard. Is this too early? The bait is expensive and the directions say it is only good for two weeks so i want to use it as efficiently as possible

Hood River County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question about yellow jacket control. First, here's an article about them, and how they differ from bees: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/lifes-picnic-yellow-jackets-0

Since both yellow jackets and paper wasps are beneficial insects, selective control of them is urged. The queens are beginning to emerge from their over wintering sites now, so traps can be utilized over the next (warming) weeks. Here is another Extension article with suggestions on their control (pages 5 and 6): http://extension.oregonstate.edu/crook/sites/default/files/yellowjackets.pdf

You might want to consider making your own trap, as suggested in the article, which is less expensive and easily re-filled. Hope this is helpful. Good luck!