Cruelty-Free Bee Nest Removal
We're getting ready to paint the trim on our house and we have three nests that have to go. (Two yellow jacket and one wasp.) We've been using the live and let live approach, but none of the painters will touch our house with three nests. I'm NOT willing to use anything to kill the bees. Since they're not honeybees, I don't know if a beekeeper would take them or not. My other thought is to wait until Spring to paint (yes, I'm that vegan) so that the hives would be abandoned (right!?!) and we could remove them without upsetting the bees.
I don't have any advice but good luck with the bees.
Sometimes wasps vary, but if there's a colony, there's a chance there'll be a queen bee. With Apis mellifera you can just sweep them into a box, make sure the queen is with them, and move them somewhere else. I wonder if it's the same for social wasps? Also, will they have enough time to prepare for winter if you move them now?
this probably isn't the best option, but could you wait to paint until spring?
i really admire you MDV!!!