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  •  You can avoid having wasps build their nests. (7+ / 0-)

    Since they are territorial you can buy a fake wasp nest and hang it up where they can see it on a fly over. They won't build where they see another wasps' nest.

    Basically they are beneficial in that they eat other insects and they can keep rodents away. We had to get rid of a nest because a neighbor's child was allergic to their stings. After that the garden under their nest was eaten to pieces. They were keeping some destructive insects at bay.

    Years later I talked with a biologist for the city who said she hates when she has to get rid of wasps nests because they are so beneficial. I had a nest in our run down shed and in two years I was never stung. The biologist said if you walk very carefully around the nests they won't sting, but if you come on the scene like a bear you will get stung.

    To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Sat May 11, 2013 at 06:26:20 PM PDT

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    •  They are beneficial (2+ / 0-)

      I had an aphid infestation on my huge yucca plant, they were covering the bloom stalks and nothing I tried worked. I washed them with soapy water and power sprayed them off, back the next morning. One day of wasps and they were completely gone.

      I unfortunately am allergic as hell, so I can't let them build on my house. They have to go, but they are free to build in the trees, anywhere that is not too near me.

      "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

      by high uintas on Sat May 11, 2013 at 09:30:53 PM PDT

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