How to collect and relocate a Paper Wasp Nest to Protect Honey Bees

How to collect and relocate a Paper Wasp Nest to Protect Honey Bees


people often ask me how I collect and
specifically place the northern paper wasp I used them for protection for my
honey bee apiary and look what happened we had a storm last night we had an inch
and a half of rain winds thunder lightning I come out this morning and
what’s laying on the deck this little paper wasp nest and these are the nurse
wasps that are on it they’re females and they’re attending to eggs and larvae in
here so now what do we do can we pick them up and put them somewhere else we
sure can and that’s what this video is going to show this is the overhang of my
bee Observatory shed and this is where they fell from who knows where they were
exactly attached because all the paper came with them but I’m going to show you
how to house and reattach them somewhere of your choosing
they’re pretty passive I’m taking this video very close to them of course it’s
early in the morning it’s nice and cool temperatures are gonna rise and I want
to put them in some shelter before that happens so let’s go in the woodshop I
have a scrap bin handy I’m just gonna pull some scraps out of here and make a
little shelter for them and attach it to might be observatory building here it is
I’m going to use hot glue high temp hot glue by gorilla so I’ve stuck these
parts together and we’re gonna turn it upside down I’m going to put a dab on it
I’m gonna carry it out here and there it is my little glob of hot glue which is
now in the process of cooling the gorilla hot glue has a longer working
time so I can grab this little flange with my forceps here and that will
insulate the main part of this nest from the heat of the glue so we’re going to
stick that right on there using these forceps and I am wearing big logs just
in case they’re passive but they could deliver a sting and they do it in a
really low-key way they just land on you and put their stinger in really slow and
here let’s take a close-up look of the paper now one of the reasons it’s
building is Popular’s because they use the cellulose from it to make their
nests and I want that I put these little paper wasps nests around my apiary
because they displace Yellowjackets they don’t like Yellow Jackets and neither do
i because Yellow Jackets will eat my bees
but these paper wasps they don’t eat bees look at the larvae in the cells
here you can see them moving around there are eggs in there and I’m just
positioning this because before I turn it upside down again I want to make sure
it’s going to be attached correctly and they feed these insect pests that they
gather from your gardens the fields and meadows they chew them up and bring them
back the adult wasps we’re looking at here are only drink nectar they can’t
beat solid foods and I want this nest to get bigger and I want more of them
around because the more of these I have around the fewer Yellowjackets all not
around so here it is they’re all in place that was a very easy procedure now
I’m gonna stick it here part of the overhang but I’m gonna put it off to the
side and you may be wondering why the heck are you putting paper wasps right
where people are gonna come and go well I’m the only person generally who comes
and goes for this building and they won’t even care I’ve had paper wasps of
this species inside the building right where I sit and take notes and observe
my bees and their inner observation hive behaviors so this is going to be in a
perfect spot right here and because I put these little side pieces on a nice
cover for them they’ll be able to come and go and not be exposed to the weather
and they can continue to raise their baby
wasps a couple of stainless steel screws in here and we’re all done I could
probably use just one but I’m going to put two in just for kicks rough cut
lumber this is pine you can see the edge of the pine trees still on it and I use
this for a lot of my random projects around dealing with insects and I have
other boxes full of these in my apiary they don’t bother the honeybees and all
now let’s take a close-up look of an edge you can see their eggs right in the
closest cells and they have hexagonal cells much like honey bees do only these
instead of being made of wax are made out of cellulose and their saliva fun
huh this is the environment that they’re in we have a nice big meadow here some
early linden trees there and the sun’s coming up let’s take a closer look
inside some of these cells we can see this female worker is feeding the larvae
they’re the library move around and they do as I mentioned before consume little
caterpillars they can – bugs spiders insect pests they get
pre-chewed by these female workers so when they go out and snatch something to
feed these larvae they chew them up first
discard the feed and the non-essential parts and then they just feed the little
pellets of protein to these developing larvae so here we are now look we’ve
disrupted them we’ve reattached the nest and they’re very passive they don’t even
care that I’m here taking this video so that’s how you do it it wouldn’t matter
if there is a larger group early in the spring you’ll see a little pine cone
shaped nest and sometimes they’ll just be getting started and you’ll just see
the Queen and then later on the workers will hatch out and then they’ll start
taking over the duties of feeding this larvae and looking them in there look at
the eggs so what I’ll do probably later on give you updates on the nest as they
develop and more hatch out and pretty soon there’s a bunch of fun but that’s
how you relocate a paper wasp nest I appreciate that you took the time to
watch this and Yellowjackets are little jerks but when it comes to friendly
wasps that you want to keep around these northern paper wasps are fantastic
thanks for watching have a great day

39 thoughts on “How to collect and relocate a Paper Wasp Nest to Protect Honey Bees”

  1. Hello Fred, I thought that I was the only one who didn't mind having wasps around, I just wish I had the good ones. I have yellow jacket nests in my chicken coops, I didn't even notice them at first, they don't bother me, I take them out before they get to big. I have lots of red wasps here though. I have a few nucs that I put mated queens in with a frame of brood, honey, and an empty with follower boards. People have commented that I shouldn't have them next to my strong hives and I can see their point. But I have a theory, I think it's safer for them in the apiary where the stronger hives control the wasps. I can't even put out a swarm trap without red wasps moving in and I spray them on a regular basis.

  2. I have a new appreciation for paper wasps. We’ve been knocking them down at our Ledbetter place and squashing them. I think I will try to move to transplanting them. You’re right, they aren’t aggressive. Now I feel bad for my past transgressions. Well, repent and move forward, I guess.

    Fortunately we have not found any hornet footballs. I do t think we’ll try to relocate any of those but you’d probably get lots of hits How brave are ya?

  3. Fred, thank you for the information on paper wasps. I really enjoyed watching the video and learning more information. I unfortunately will always need to be 100% protected because of allergies. Looking forward to purchasing a suit down the road to begin "Carefully" into the hobby. Thanks again for your videos…

  4. Whatever floats your boat, I agree those wasp appear to be very passive bit but the wasps around me will have you for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, plus a little afternoon snack and desert just before bed.

  5. Well Fred. The wasps we got out here in Northern California are mean. I work on Cell sites for a few Telecom companies and everytime i open a door on these outdoor sites they are on me. So i have spray. I need to work in there. And its hard to get work when i got 10 or 16 wasps trying to sting me…

  6. I have paper wasps in the attic of my summer house. There are about 50 softball-sized nests and two large nests, one about beachball size and the other, even larger at about 30 inches across! I've teetered on exterminating them or not as we don't use the attic at all but my wife and young son seem to be very sensitive to insect bites. What would you do?

  7. Ive moved them too. They don’t seem to associate me with the picker-upper-grabber that I use. Not as smart as bees maybe?

  8. Interesting. I thought at first you were talking about yellow jackets. Got stung once and I could visibly watch my hand swell up. Hurt!

    So black paper wasps. Great to know!

  9. I have a lot of paper wasp nests at my house. They are far too high to get the nests down. I would leave them anyway because I have zero yellow jackets out here. The paper wasps come and feed at the bee feeders sometimes.

  10. I thought about putting yellow jacket traps around my bees, but a local beekeeper told me that those insects are able to chew and creat openings in figs fruits which provide access for the bees. I think it's a good thing during this durth.

  11. paper wasp aren't that dangerous for bees, the real problem is the hornets, i have a lot but i can't find their nest, if so i will relocate them in hell.

  12. Thanks for the education. Not sure I've ever seen one of these in the UK but if i did i'd have likely got the WD40 out – ignorance isn't always bliss.

  13. I know you’ve talked about these guys before. But I honestly had no idea that they were that good at keeping the yellow jackets at bay! Awesome! Enemy of my enemy is my friend… 🤣

  14. This was cool I always thought they were a danger for my bees I have a nest at my house and I told them yesterday that they get to live because u liked them, and said they were good to have around. Question for u do u feed any kind of food stimuant to your bees for brood build up or do u feel it is a waist of money what I am looking at is Amino B Booster, Vitamin B Healthy And Honey B Healthy they say use all 3 together for healthy bees and to build the brood up but that is almost 90.00 in money for the 3 I try my best to do every thing for my bees to help them out but I do not and just cant waist money if they do not need this. thanks and have a great day keep the videos coming they are great

  15. Unfortunately I don’t have any paper wasp around. Any other methods to keep yellow jackets away from the hives? I have removed their nest from my area, I guess there coming from my Naber’s areas

  16. We have ground "hornets" that are black and orange. They are virtually non aggressive and they eat all the spiders around my house.

  17. Not only does THE MAN spare the Paper Wasps lives, but he also gives you a perfectly valid reason for why you should. Two thumbs up Bro! Hey Fred, any chance you could provide some guard bee demeanor? Like how to read their attitude. From "I don't care that your there" VS mildly annoyed to "One more step buddy & we're launching an attack!"

  18. We have the black and yellow paper wasps people always confuse with yellow jackets, will these do the same job? Protect the honey bees and kill yellow jackets? We also have mud daubers are those good to keep around your Apiary? I'm in northern Illinois chicago area

  19. You are an honorable man. Me?! I'm the chicken who Comes out with a hazmat suit, javelin pole, and a flame thrower.

  20. There's a guy who does that in Germany with hornets and everything.
    Here's the link if you're interested:
    https://youtu.be/R9QdAAG-LRc
    I do apologise that it's all in German though!

  21. So my question would beeeeee…
    I don't think I have any of these Northern Paper Wasps around where I live here in SW Washington State. What we commonly have are the yellow and black wasps that look similar to yellowjackets, European Paper Wasps. I can tell they're wasps because they look just like yours: greatly reduced waist, dangly legs when landing, same nest structure, etc. I've always tried to kill them in the past. Yellowjackets build their nests underground. Should I be keeping these paper wasps to deter yellowjackets?

    Picture of what we have here…

  22. Yes paper wasps are quite passive. Or i should say non aggressive. Many times I've been eating outside and have a few check out what i am doing, land on me, i consider it a friendly hello as I have yet to be stung. Although they usually pass on a bit of watermelon or apple i am having.

  23. I got stung by a bunch of these guys some 40 times when I was younger… It was a really bad time, one of the worst stings I've ever experienced, many times over… I accidentally wrecked their whole nest knocking over a dead tree. They were not happy.

  24. Wasps and hornets. BIG difference in temperament. I've always left wasps alone- because they've left me alone. Hornets are a different story.

  25. I never thought about them as being beneficial to my garden. You have totally changed my opinion about them and I will change my behavior as well. I will either relocate them or leave them alone depending on where they build their home. Thanks

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