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Mar. 4, 2012, 10:30 AM
Anyone know if wild turkeys eat yellow jackets?
We have quite a group of turkeys living in our woods and frequenting our yard. Would love it if they would find and decimate that pesky yellow jacket nest somewhere in the nearby woods - I am so tired of dodging those things all summer long while trying to clean/fill my hummingbird feeders and do other yard work!
Mar. 4, 2012, 10:48 AM
Most likely not, considering they don't want to get stung just as much as you or I! LOL!
Mar. 4, 2012, 11:07 AM
We have yellow jackets and wild turkeys and have never known the turkeys to really eat any bees.
Turkeys here eat many seeds and crickets and beetles of all kinds and just bugs that crawl or hop, not really flying insects.
I guess if they came across one just walking on the ground, they would not ask if it sting, just eat it.:lol:
Mar. 4, 2012, 04:24 PM
Doubtful they will go after them...
Mar. 4, 2012, 06:26 PM
Nope. Their bare heads alone should tell you that turkeys won't be interested in wasps or bees.
Mar. 4, 2012, 07:03 PM
If you want to help control ground dwelling wasps look for Red Velvet Ants. They are around, but people often kill them. Theynlook fearsome but won't bother you. If you have them, they will help control wasps/bees in your yard.
They lay their eggs in the wasp larvae.
Mar. 4, 2012, 07:09 PM
Ours are taken care of by our all-too-resident skunk population. They LOVE bee/wasp larvae, & their thick fur helps to protect them from stings as they dig out the nest in search of their "worm candy". We've had more than one Yellow Jacket nest dug out & destroyed overnight by skunk.
In fact, skunk can become quite a problem for beekeepers because of their lust for larvae. They don't give a whit about the honey, but the bee larvae & pupae? Skunk yummies.
Mar. 4, 2012, 09:15 PM
The praying mantis loves a good insect-based diet.
This natural wasp killer will wait completely still until it quickly snaps up and traps victim wasps flying by.
The praying mantis will discard the head of a wasp shortly after catching it, and continue to suck the nutritious content from its thorax, until devoured.
Some species of birds, like the purple martin, eat many insects including wasps.
A purple martin is the largest American swallow, and spends most of its life in flight feeding upon flying insects.
Many people build homemade nest boxes to house a purple martin, so it will control insect problems.
Adult dragonflies will also hunt prey while they are in flight.
Flies Moths Beetles Wasps
Black bears are the least carnivorous in their species, and maintain a diet of things like berries, herbs and protein-rich insects, like wasps.
Black bears are most likely to eat wasps in the summer, because they need the protein for energy.
Wisconsin, badgers play football, but in the wilderness they eat wasps.
Badgers will dig up a wasp nest, slurping up the larvae and additional wasp food base
Each of these animals work their part in the ecosystem eating wasps; however, controlling pests as a homeowner must be handled in a different way —unless you want to eat the flying critters.
There are natural wasp killers that you can explore, without having to get a pet badger.