We’ve had entrance reducers on all our hives for the past few weeks, and it doesn’t look like we can remove them any time soon because the wasps (a.k.a. yellow jackets) are everywhere. They’re constantly trying to get into the hives. Here’s a photo showing about six wasps blocking a ventilation hole (most of the screened holes in our ventilator rims are filled with wasps):
The next photo isn’t pretty. You’ve been warned.
It’s a wasp decapitating a drone:
The drones are still being evicted from the hives in massive numbers (see the Expulsion of the Drones video). They’re piling up dead outside the hives. It’s a feast for the yellow jackets. I’ll be happy when the first cold spell kills them all off. Wannabe urban beekeepers take heed: A small backyard or a balcony swarming with wasps isn’t much fun, and the hives will attract wasps in a big way.