Wasp nest in raised vegtable garden

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  1. Gwen austin

    Gwen austin Gardener

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    Hi guys,

    Was out picking some carrots for tea. I have a standing raised vegetable bed about 2 feet high and 6 foot wide. Its pallets and thick fabric control, filled with 2 tons of soil. (there is a picture in my albums if I'm not clear by the description). So back to the issue. I clearly have a wasps nest underground as up came the carrots as well as a few stings and lots of angry wasps. I went back after treating the bites and sure enough the middle pallet I can clearly see wasps(********) going in and out.

    I've read through the advice given back in 2005. The common belief is when they die in the winter they won't re-use the nest next year. As it's a vegetable bed I'm not keen on using any kind of chemical, unless absolutely necessary.

    What's the advice guys? Do I buy a can of the foam and DIY, get an expert to remove it, or ignore them until they die and pick the veg needed at night when they are asleep?
     
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    Personally, I'd blitz them, but then I've been battling ownership of my house and garden for 13 years with the damned things. Bear in mind that everyone only has so much tolerance to the stings before one too many causes anaphylactic shock. Vinegar is the best antidote to wasp stings.
     
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      I would not take any chances working around a nest at this time of year, it will be full of warrior wasps which will attack. The best time to treat a nest yourself is when it is very small and only females are yet active...I've dealt with three such myself with the rentokill nest destroying foam. You need a clean shot at the nest though, otherwise I would get in a professional, or wait until winter and see if the cold gets them as you say. :smile:
       
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        As I've got older i care more and more about nature.
        To me a bee is a precious insect and if one gets into the conservatory I'll carefully put a glass over it, and slip a card under to release the little darling.. Even individual wasps too.
        But a nest of wasps... Try a picnic with lemonade or fruit salad..
        They'll ruin it for sure.
        Whilst they've got their rightful place in nature one's garden cannot be one of them.
         
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