Wood-munching wasps wreak havoc at beauty spot in Harden, near Keighley

Wood-munching wasps wreak havoc at beauty spot in Harden, near Keighley

Friends of St Ives members with one of the gates that has been attacked by wasps: from left, Sandra Kemp, Christine Riley, Susan Hart, Kath Gabbitas and Pam Laking (7810622)

Friends of St Ives members with one of the gates that has been attacked by wasps: from left, Sandra Kemp, Christine Riley, Susan Hart, Kath Gabbitas and Pam Laking (7810611)

Friends of St Ives members with one of the gates that has been attacked by wasps: from left, Sandra Kemp, Christine Riley, Susan Hart, Kath Gabbitas and Pam Laking (7810603)

A wasp at work on one of the gates at St Ives (7810583)

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WOOD-munching wasps are wreaking havoc at a popular beauty spot.

The insects are chomping wooden gates and seats and using the material to build their nests.

Now despairing guardians of the picturesque St Ives estate, at Harden, are appealing for help to thwart the invaders.

"We recently spent £2,500 on special wooden gates for our history garden but the wasps are taking big chunks out of them," said Pam Laking, chairman of the Friends of St Ives.

"The gates are now very rough to the touch and they look awful.

"The wasps are also eating seats and they've had a go at the cafe's wooden storage door.

"Seemingly they chomp the wood and take it off to their nest.

"A lot of time and money has been spent improving the estate for our visitors and people are enjoying the history garden, so when you see the damage being caused it is very upsetting and disheartening."

Mrs Laking has issued an SOS in a bid to take the sting out of the problem.

"We would love to hear from anybody who may be able to suggest a solution," she said.

"We've been unable to find the nest to deal with that so are looking for other answers.

"There is apparently a mixture you can make and apply to wood which deters wasps, but we've been unable to discover precisely what and the proportions.

"We desperately need people's advice.

"The gates and seats are a wonderful part of St Ives and we want them to be here for along time."

According to wasp control websites, it is common for the insects to forage for wood for nest-building purposes.

Untreated garden decking and unprotected wooden sidings on houses are often targeted.

Numerous improvements have been carried out at the St Ives estate in recent months, including weeding and the clearing of a pathway through the mansion's garden to provide disabled access.

Mrs Laking can be contacted on 07958 780391.

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12:58pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Behind_the_8-Ball says...

"Wood-munching wasps trigger massive hyperbole outbreak in Keighley News..."
"Wood-munching wasps trigger massive hyperbole outbreak in Keighley News..." Behind_the_8-Ball
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7:22pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Ian-Holt Roberts says...

Wasp and hornets nests are made from trees ( wood ) SITUATED not far from water, having taken many a wasp nest using the grubs for fishing the way to find the nest was simple .Follow the fly of the wasps from where they are feeding ,if you loose the first wasp just stop and another will come along and follow that ,and so on you will eventual locate the nest normally in a hole in the ground or in a loft .Now the fun starts ,many years ago I used fireworks ,sulphur and saltpeter (dont think you can get this now) and even used cigarettes ,By placing the smoking object in the entrance to the nest and blocking the entrance with a sod the smoke enters the nest and makes the wasps unconscious during this period dig out the nest NOT A LONG WAY IN THE GROUND move 30 or 40 YARDS away avoiding the wasps that are returning to the nest and destroy the nest .
Wasp and hornets nests are made from trees ( wood ) SITUATED not far from water, having taken many a wasp nest using the grubs for fishing the way to find the nest was simple .Follow the fly of the wasps from where they are feeding ,if you loose the first wasp just stop and another will come along and follow that ,and so on you will eventual locate the nest normally in a hole in the ground or in a loft .Now the fun starts ,many years ago I used fireworks ,sulphur and saltpeter (dont think you can get this now) and even used cigarettes ,By placing the smoking object in the entrance to the nest and blocking the entrance with a sod the smoke enters the nest and makes the wasps unconscious during this period dig out the nest NOT A LONG WAY IN THE GROUND move 30 or 40 YARDS away avoiding the wasps that are returning to the nest and destroy the nest . Ian-Holt Roberts
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7:41pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Ian-Holt Roberts says...

MRS LAKING SAYS she is unable to find the nest ,what she should be saying is nests ,there may be dozens of nests within a 100 yds area normal in old mouse holes at the side of path ways .The path running between the 17 and 18 th hole and the 1 st and 2 nd was a very good area many years ago ,remember they prefer to have their nests near to trees so they do not have to fly far and of course they like water .
MRS LAKING SAYS she is unable to find the nest ,what she should be saying is nests ,there may be dozens of nests within a 100 yds area normal in old mouse holes at the side of path ways .The path running between the 17 and 18 th hole and the 1 st and 2 nd was a very good area many years ago ,remember they prefer to have their nests near to trees so they do not have to fly far and of course they like water . Ian-Holt Roberts
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3:49pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Ian-Holt Roberts says...

The comments that the wasps are chomping large sections of the gates away is a little over the top ,it is true that the wasps are eating part of the gates ,thin needle like groves are clearly visible ,indeed the wasps can be observed chewing on the wood .As the wood does not appear to have any finished coating to its surface I would suggest that if the gates were treated with a coat of wood preserver of some description then the problem would be solved .With regards to the nest or nests it took the wife and I approximately 50 seconds to locate a nest situated under the stone roofing of the building opposite the gates .
The comments that the wasps are chomping large sections of the gates away is a little over the top ,it is true that the wasps are eating part of the gates ,thin needle like groves are clearly visible ,indeed the wasps can be observed chewing on the wood .As the wood does not appear to have any finished coating to its surface I would suggest that if the gates were treated with a coat of wood preserver of some description then the problem would be solved .With regards to the nest or nests it took the wife and I approximately 50 seconds to locate a nest situated under the stone roofing of the building opposite the gates . Ian-Holt Roberts
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