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amatuer
Feb 2, 2017 4:08 PM CST
I live in the U.P. of Michigan where we currently have 20 degree temps and tons of snow.
I have a 3ft stump on my property that last fall was infested with yellow jackets. The stump is in an area that is free of snow, and I'm wondering if I can chainsaw the stump down to ground level right now, while the insects are, I assume, dormant. Just want to be sure I'm not messing up the ecology of my property.
Thanks in advance for your prompt response.
Martin Bacher
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Philipwonel
Feb 2, 2017 4:29 PM CST
Ownce its around 40... 50 f. They cant fly. Just like honey bees.
I'd do it now. Then cover with snow. Unless you like yellow jackets.
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Weedwhacker
Feb 2, 2017 9:02 PM CST
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Welcome to NGA, Martin ( @Amatuer ) !

I agree that you could try cutting the stump off now, the wasps should be completely dormant. Although, if the stump happens to be in an area where the wasps aren't bothering you (or posing a threat to anyone else), I'd opt for leaving them alone; they're actually quite a beneficial insect. If you do need to get rid of them, I'm wondering what you plan to do with the stump once you cut it off? Maybe burn it?
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plantcollector
Feb 2, 2017 9:15 PM CST
Only the queen lives though the winter all the other workers die. The queen hibernates in the ground and will not use the same hive in the spring.
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woofie
Feb 2, 2017 9:21 PM CST
Yellow jackets die off in the winter. It is only the females that over-winter. They carry fertilized eggs that will be deposited in new nests in the spring.

edited to add: Great minds, Heath. And the last I heard, yellow jackets weren't an endangered species. :-)
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Feb 2, 2017 9:25 PM CST
They are when I find them in my yard. Whistling
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Feb 2, 2017 9:35 PM CST
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Weedwhacker
Feb 2, 2017 11:26 PM CST
LOL, Heath -- it definitely depends on where they decide to live around here, too; we have a lot of woods around us, if they would just stay out there instead of building nests under our deck and in the GH we could live in harmony...

Martin ( @Amatuer ) -- I would suggest editing your original post to remove your email address, given that this is a public forum. Smiling
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amatuer
Feb 3, 2017 8:48 PM CST
Thanks so much for all the help!
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stone
Feb 4, 2017 8:24 AM CST
Weedwhacker said: if the stump happens to be in an area where the wasps aren't bothering you (or posing a threat to anyone else), I'd opt for leaving them alone; they're actually quite a beneficial insect.

If you do need to get rid of them, I'm wondering what you plan to do with the stump once you cut it off?


Down here in the deep south.... Our yellow jackets seem active all winter...

You mentioned harming the local ecology.... I think that concern is valid.

I used to pile brush (&set a fire), on top of a nest when it was in a garden bed that I wanted to rework... But it got old... Always made me feel bad to harm the garden help.... After a while, I just found a different bed to work till the bees were finished.

Seems a bummer to remove a stump that is attractive to the critters.

I've never understood the compulsion to take out those stumps anyway...

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