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Bees and wasps are flying all over our backyard!

April 2003

Now that Spring is here, the bees and wasps are flying all over our backyard! I can hardly walk out there, and forget trying to sit and have a nice lunch without these pesty things practically swarming. Help! What do I do! Any advice would be most appreciated.

We've had a lot of success with the Rescue Trap (see It uses an attractant and the wasps fly in and can't fly out. We've put up numerous traps around the perimeter of our property and haven't had a problem since then. You do need to rebait every couple of months or so, but you can buy the attractant separately from the traps so that's good! You're probably talking about yellowjacket wasps, since ''bees'' aren't attracted to meat or drinks. Some people supplement the attractants in the Rescue traps with protein and juice, depending on the time of year, but we've found it to be too much of a hassle to remove the old meat or moldy juice from a trap full of buzzing yellowjackets, if you know what I mean! Apparently, if the meat or juice has gone bad, it acts as a deterrent to the yellowjackets--not at all the effect we were looking for. Good luck getting this problem under control! Christina
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