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Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Mrs Green

Hi :)

Thanks for commenting on our site earlier today; great to see a new face. It seems that wasps are a problem for quite a few of us this year. I wonder why that is?

It's so cold the wasps need somewhere warm perhaps ;)

Let us know if you come up with a solution - we're just going for a 'live and let live' this year and we'll try and maintain the health of our compost a bit better next year. It's been a good learning experience!


Mrs Green - thanks for the comment. We'd added more brown stuff to our compost to try and get rid of the fruit flies, and I think this might have a part to play in making it attractive to the wasps.

It rained tonight so I left the lid open to make the compost wet and see if that moves the wasps on. If this does not work then we will just let it be till a good frost comes!


We had some suspicious wasps exploring our compost bin lately - having already had a wasp's nest last year (above our front door -ug) I'm afraid I boiled the kettle and tipped boiling water into it to move them on... I don't know how good that is for the compost (!) and I'm not sure about an established nest - you don't want to make them mad!! Leaving it open and letting the rain in seems a good plan - I do that occasionally, just in case. Anything to make it less attractive to them...


What's the current state?


Graham, the wasps have gone. It seems that letting a little rain in did the trick. We're now back to trying to add more 'brown' stuff to keep the fruit flies down!


Just in case there are non-gardening types reading this: "brown stuff" is material like paper, cardboard and wood. No "dirty protesting" here...

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