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Carolyn from Cleveland,tn writes,
09/04/2012:

If honeybees come come into contact with this will it the kill all others in it's hive?

Honeybees are too beneficial. Some collateral damage acceptable. I do not want to eliminate an entire hive in the process of killing yellow jackets.

Answer:

If honeybees enter the station and consume the bait they could potentially carry it back to the colony. To avoid having this happen you can try to bait using protein based baits only. Honeybees are usually only interested in carbohydrate or sweet items and usually will avoid protein based baits or meat baits. Yellow jackets do change their nutritional needs and sometimes will only feed on protein based baits and at other times will only feed on carbohydrate based baits. You can put out a couple of plates containing food items (raw fish or chicken, cat food, juice, jelly, beer) and see which items they forage on to determine what kind of baits would be acceptable at this time.

Answer last updated on: 09/04/2012

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