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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 7:50 am    Post subject: wasps Reply with quote

A friend of mine ( in a rural area ) is absolutely plagued with wasps at the moment, but they are behaving very oddly, generally flying low, getting into her house and she then finds them on her floors, seemingly rather "sleepy".
By contrast, while I am also in a similarly rural area about 10 miles from her, I have yet to see any wasps at all in my entire garden....or house.
Would anyone have similar experiences of there "sleepy" wasps....and what may be the cause, this early in August ?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any chance that your friend is washing her floor with something they find attractive and they are drunk after gorging on it?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had so many wasps last year that I cannot believe how few there are here this year.

I have not had sleepy low flying wasps before but I do recall that fermented fruit can make wasps drunk.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll ask about the floor washing regime ! But the wasps are apparently flying low outdoors too......and Kim, I also had wondered about something like fermented fruit and mentioned that to my friend.
It is interesting that you have very few wasps too, considering how easy a winter we had which presumably would have helped the over-wintering queens to survive.
Maybe there are far more complicated reasons for all these things.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you sure they are wasps as there are a lot of hoverflies about at the moment, If they are wasps sometimes lime trees have a necrotising effect on them or fermented fruit as mentioned above.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, absolutely positive that they are wasps..... and yes, there are a lot of those stripey hoverflies around just now....I know what you're referring to.
I think it must be something in their diet that is affecting them, it's the only thing that makes any sense.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Curious, keep us posted if you hear anything , I will ask about see what i can find out.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Greengage !
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If anyone feels left out or neglected by the WOIL (Wasps Of Ireland League) just let me know. I'll send them a few dozen to make them feel better!
Wasps have been displaying similar behaviour in and around my house, too. There are certainly lots of them up around my fruit bushes. There must have been at least a dozen on a bunch of blueberries the other day. They paid me no heed, even when I picked from the bunch next to them. I guess they were all on the blueberry wine!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's very interesting Good Guy, maybe the good summer has ripened fruits earlier than normal and the wasps are over-indulging. Thanks for letting me know, I'll pass that on to my friend who is being driven demented by her local wasps.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loads of dozy wasps flying/stumbling in the back door of our house here in Galway.
Less aggressive, more bumbling.

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