bees/wasps eating my swingset


Old 08-02-06, 01:04 PM
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Angry bees/wasps eating my swingset


I have a bee/wasp that is actually eating away at my child's swingset. I live in Ohio and it's quite hot this year. I have never seen this before, but it appears that these wasps are actually eating away at the surface of my swingset. If I feel the wood, it feels kinda fuzzy (like a peach) where they have eaten away at it.

I am wondering if there are any traps/baits that I can use that will kill them.

NOTE: These are not carpenter bees. They are not drilling holes, but instead eating away at the surface of the wood.
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Old 08-02-06, 08:35 PM
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Hi Goodoldjosh,

Sounds like Polistes wasps - your basic paper wasp. They make their nests out of wood pulp and will choose unfinished wood to chew. You can use a wood preservative or clear sealer on the wood to prevent the wasps from chewing. Here's a site with helpful info.

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