Catching yellow jacket queens
I want to put out traps to catch the queens as they emerge from their winter hiding spots. I am in a rural field setting outside of Portland. Is there a certain month to set out the traps. I figure if I catch one queen, that is one less nest around my house this summer. Also, what would be the suggested bait. I found meat is good bait for workers in the summer, but maybe the queen is looking for a different nourishment as she emerges. Thanks for any suggestions.
Thank you for your question. You are correct that yellowjacket populations can be reduced (but not eliminated) by trapping the queens in the spring. I think you will find the following Extension article helpful in this regard: http://pubs.extension.oregonstate.edu/em9093/yellowjacket The article relating to trapping and monitoring, referenced above, is here: http://pubs.extension.oregonstate.edu/em9093/overview-trapping-and-monitoring-options Understanding life cycle, as well as nesting areas, is key to population control. Hope these are helpful. Good luck!