This is a plea to stop using pesticides on wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, etc.
The Rusty Patched Bumble Bee is officially on the endangered species list. These bees live all over the US, but mostly in the NorthEast. It is imperative that we all learn how to live with our pesky stinging pollinators friends like wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and flies (yes flies are pollinators), and the pretty ones like butterflies, hummingbirds, bumble and honey bees. Without the rusty Patched Bumble Bee, there will be no apples, onions or alfalfa (cows eat alfalfa so this is connected to hamburgers and ice cream), just to name a few of the 70+ foods that they pollenate.
Every time my neighbors sprayed insecticide on a wasps nest last year, my bumble bees were walking (a sign of trouble) and dead within a few days. I smelled the insecticide as it was carried over to my property by a gentle summer breeze. I asked to see if I was correct. We have a 5 acre field of wild flowers and I love it when it hums with native bees buzzing around.
Bees are a magical little beasts that live complex lives. They do all of the tedious work of pollinating our plants so we can eat. They give us this gift along with excess honey and wax, harvested by beekeepers. It has been reported that there are so few bees in China that people are now pollinating plants with paint brushes.
When you see a nest forming, it is possible to move them without harming them and yourself. It is a careful skill, that isn't difficult to learn. Bees are busy keeping themselves and their queens warm when temperatures fall below 50 degrees F. That is the perfect time to move a nest. Protective gear, such as gloves and netted hats, are helpful. You can always call a bee keeper for advice or for them to do it.
Please Bee Aware of our little friends and stop using insecticide. Thank you.