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By J. Wynn Rousuck | May 15, 1997
Spring seems to have brought an influx of WASPs to Baltimore, or at least plays about WASPs. A.R. Gurney, one of the foremost chroniclers of the breed, is represented currently at Theatre Hopkins with his "A Cheever Evening," and tomorrow the Vagabond Players opens his more personal 1988 comedy, "The Cocktail Hour."In this autobiographical work, a young playwright returns to the upstate New York home of his blue-blood parents to inform them that he is writing a play about them. Miriam Bazensky directs a Vagabonds cast including Trisha Blackburn, Erik Delfosse, Stanley Morstein and Kitty Shaw.
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
My new compost pile is attracting swarms of wasps. How do I handle this? Compost piles need many insect species on their decomposition team, but wasps don't make the cut. Late in summer, wasps crave sugars - making a nuisance of themselves at picnics and crawling into soda cans. However, in spring and summer they are beneficial predators who capture pest insects to feed to their offspring. So, their feasting on the sugars in kitchen scraps of your compost pile is a temporary situation.
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2012
We had a big wasps' nest last summer. We were told that it's safe to remove the nest after frost, but we still see wasps. When will they be gone? It takes a hard freeze to kill the worker wasps. They die, and the newly mated queens abandon the nest and winter elsewhere. In the spring they start a new hive somewhere else. No wasps will reuse an old hive. Wasps, as well as yellow jackets and European hornets, all behave this way. This fall has been mild. When normal winter temperatures kick in, you won't see wasps anymore.
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2012
We had a big wasps' nest last summer. We were told that it's safe to remove the nest after frost, but we still see wasps. When will they be gone? It takes a hard freeze to kill the worker wasps. They die, and the newly mated queens abandon the nest and winter elsewhere. In the spring they start a new hive somewhere else. No wasps will reuse an old hive. Wasps, as well as yellow jackets and European hornets, all behave this way. This fall has been mild. When normal winter temperatures kick in, you won't see wasps anymore.
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
My new compost pile is attracting swarms of wasps. How do I handle this? Compost piles need many insect species on their decomposition team, but wasps don't make the cut. Late in summer, wasps crave sugars - making a nuisance of themselves at picnics and crawling into soda cans. However, in spring and summer they are beneficial predators who capture pest insects to feed to their offspring. So, their feasting on the sugars in kitchen scraps of your compost pile is a temporary situation.
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By Ellen Nibali, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2012
When do I put down grub killer in the spring? Spring grubs are big, but they are barely eating now and not damaging your lawn. Don't waste your money on these grubs. Also, applying grub killer in spring sickens wasps that are predators of grubs. You've probably seen these beneficial wasps hovering over your lawn, looking for grubs to attack. Natural controls usually keep grub populations under control. A few grubs are normal and keep the predators around. Rarely is lawn damage caused by grubs.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2011
Maryland's newest terrorist life form — the brown marmorated stink bug — may eventually meet its archnemesis in the form of a tiny prizefighter of a wasp from Asia. The parasitic wasps that are being raised in quarantine in a Delaware laboratory are not glamorous-looking bugs. They are black, stocky and about the size of the comma in this sentence. But they are uncommonly efficient at hunting down and injecting their offspring into stink bug egg masses. In true horror-movie fashion, the larvae consume the stink bugs from the inside out. When the wasps grow into adults, they chew their way out, procreate — and go on the hunt for more stink bug eggs.
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September 22, 1996
I'm noticing a large number of yellow jackets flying out from the top of my aluminum siding. Should I seal up their entrance hole? Can I use a household wasp and hornet killer against them?Sealing the entrance hole will only force these unwelcome guests to make an exit hole elsewhere in your wall. Household wasp and hornet insecticides are fine for visible, outdoor nests but should not be sprayed into wall voids. You'll be introducing a wet, flammable substance with little chance of actually destroying the nest.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | November 12, 2004
Being deceptive can be costly - particularly if you're a wasp. Researchers at the University of Arizona caught female paper wasps, matched them by size and videotaped them as they fought inside plastic dishes - staring each other down, grappling, running at one another and trying to bite and climb on one another. They noticed that wasps with tiny black spots on their faces tended to be more dominating. But when they painted tiny black spots on some of the less dominant wasps, the impostors were beaten up more often than before.
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By Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali,Special to The Sun | October 7, 2006
When cleaning windows, we found piles of grass and dead insects packed inside the storm windows. What kind of insect do we spray for? Is it in the walls now? Not to worry. In summer, the grass-carrying wasp frequently makes her nest in window tracking. Sometimes you can spot these little wasps flying by with a blade of grass. The dead insects were tree crickets that she fed her young. Just clean up the nest and, if you like, plug any holes where she gained entrance to the tracking. No spraying is necessary; these wasps are predators of other insects.
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2012
How early in fall can I plant grass seed? I hear fall is the best season. The ideal planting window for cool-season fescue begins, surprisingly, in mid-August. Temperatures begin to temper then, yet the soil is warm and fosters quick germination of the grass seed. Of course, if you're in a drought, you'll probably want to wait until there is some moisture in the soil. The window for planting lasts until mid-October. There is also less competition from weeds in the fall. So the sooner the better, especially if you know leaf removal will be necessary later in autumn.
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By Ellen Nibali, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2012
When do I put down grub killer in the spring? Spring grubs are big, but they are barely eating now and not damaging your lawn. Don't waste your money on these grubs. Also, applying grub killer in spring sickens wasps that are predators of grubs. You've probably seen these beneficial wasps hovering over your lawn, looking for grubs to attack. Natural controls usually keep grub populations under control. A few grubs are normal and keep the predators around. Rarely is lawn damage caused by grubs.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2011
Maryland's newest terrorist life form — the brown marmorated stink bug — may eventually meet its archnemesis in the form of a tiny prizefighter of a wasp from Asia. The parasitic wasps that are being raised in quarantine in a Delaware laboratory are not glamorous-looking bugs. They are black, stocky and about the size of the comma in this sentence. But they are uncommonly efficient at hunting down and injecting their offspring into stink bug egg masses. In true horror-movie fashion, the larvae consume the stink bugs from the inside out. When the wasps grow into adults, they chew their way out, procreate — and go on the hunt for more stink bug eggs.
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By Joe and Teresa Graedon | September 14, 2009
Question: : I was at a child's birthday party, and wasps and bees were flying all over while the food was out. Someone said to get self-sealing plastic bags (sandwich size is fine), fill them with water and put them on the table. The wasps disappeared. If I hadn't seen this with my own eyes, I never would have believed it. I went to another party, and the host had put plastic bags of water all along her deck and anywhere people were sitting. There were no bees or wasps, and she lives out in the country.
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By Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld | March 26, 2009
I have a huge wasp nest in my tree that I didn't see until the leaves fell. I'm worried about the wasps swarming out in spring. Those roundish gray papery nests are built primarily by bald-faced hornets, black and white native wasps. They are voracious predators of caterpillars, spiders, grubs and many pest insects, which they feed to their young. Often their nests go unnoticed unless disturbed by mowing or commotion. Although one nest can have hundreds of wasps, all workers die in winter and only queens survive.
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By Ellen Nibali and David Clement and Ellen Nibali and David Clement,Special to the Sun | July 21, 2007
Something is making perfect inverted cones in the soil beside our house. Should we worry? These clever funnel-shaped traps are made by antlion nymphs, also known as doodlebugs. When ants walk on the trap's dry crumbly sides, they fall into the bottom of the trap where an antlion hides, waiting to eat them. If you dig at the bottom, you'll find this brown dusty predator with its long pincher jaws, who is intercepting ants before they get into your house. My hollyhock leaves are turning red and yellow.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | March 10, 1997
Nine aviators, all members of the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) during World War II, were honored yesterday by the 175th Wing of the Maryland Air National Guard.The ceremonies attended by nearly 100 people at Martin State Airport in Middle River were part of the Air Guard's celebration of Women's History Month.The WASPs unit, which formed in 1943, played a critical role in freeing men for combat. The women flew every type of aircraft in the military inventory at that time, said Elaine Danforth Harmon, 77, one of yesterday's honorees.
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By Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld | March 26, 2009
I have a huge wasp nest in my tree that I didn't see until the leaves fell. I'm worried about the wasps swarming out in spring. Those roundish gray papery nests are built primarily by bald-faced hornets, black and white native wasps. They are voracious predators of caterpillars, spiders, grubs and many pest insects, which they feed to their young. Often their nests go unnoticed unless disturbed by mowing or commotion. Although one nest can have hundreds of wasps, all workers die in winter and only queens survive.
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By Liz Smith and Liz Smith,Tribune Media News | May 14, 2007
WHAT DID the WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) go to the hospital for?" Answer: "The food!" This is in the Assouline book A Privileged Life: Celebrating WASP Style, put together by super-WASP Susanna Salk. Amusingly, it has a foreword by a nice Jewish boy from West Hartford, Conn., one Steven Stolman, a fashion mainstay of Southampton, Long Island's Main Street. Inside are all those WASPs we've come to love - Babe Paley, Brooke Astor, Kate Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Lilly Pulitzer, Lee and Jacqueline Bouvier, Edie Bouvier Beale, C.Z. Guest, Ben Bradlee, George Plimpton, Gloria Vanderbilt, and guys from Harvard and Yale.
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By Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali,Special to The Sun | October 7, 2006
When cleaning windows, we found piles of grass and dead insects packed inside the storm windows. What kind of insect do we spray for? Is it in the walls now? Not to worry. In summer, the grass-carrying wasp frequently makes her nest in window tracking. Sometimes you can spot these little wasps flying by with a blade of grass. The dead insects were tree crickets that she fed her young. Just clean up the nest and, if you like, plug any holes where she gained entrance to the tracking. No spraying is necessary; these wasps are predators of other insects.
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