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What is the deal with all the wasps (and other bugs) all of a sudden at BG? Last night two rides (Alpengeist and Mach Tower) were closed due to wasps. While eating outside near Trappers I was assaulted by mosquitoes and flies. I know it has been a wet season, but it has never been this bad.
 
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What is the deal with all the wasps (and other bugs) all of a sudden at BG? Last night two rides (Alpengeist and Mach Tower) were closed due to wasps. While eating outside near Trappers I was assaulted by mosquitoes and flies. I know it has been a wet season, but it has never been this bad.
I don’t know this happens every year around this time and they spray at the rides but it doesn’t help that much but they have to close the rides for guest safety
 
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https://phys.org/news/2012-10-bees-wasps-busy-autumn.html


Bees-
In late summer and fall, worker bees labor long hours, collecting enough nectar to feed and maintain the colony throughout the winter. Bees visit flowers to obtain carbohydrates (nectar) and protein (found in the pollen). Late-blooming flowers that feed the bees include asters, chrysanthemums, goldenrod and Russian sage.
"As the days shorten, the bees know it's time to go into this food-gathering mode," says Delaney. "If supplies run low during the winter, beekeepers can feed bees various sugary concoctions—for example, sugar syrup, corn syrup or granulated sugar in the form of sugar boards. But wild bees are out of luck in this regard. Their colonies may not survive if they didn't make adequate preparations."
For the most part, bees hunker down and stay in the hives all winter. On unseasonably warm winter days, they will come out to remove waste from their abdomens and the hive, clean themselves, and forage. Of course, there isn't much to forage in the dead of winter so provisions gathered in fall are critical to the success of the hive.


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"In late summer and fall, when the queen wasp stops laying eggs, the worker wasps change their food-gathering strategy," says Delaney. "Earlier in the season, the wasps were busy collecting insects – a protein source – for the colony's young. But now they're intent on getting sweets and carbohydrates for their own consumption."
Adult wasps have just a few weeks to binge on carbohydrates before they die off at the first hard frost. They deserve some fun, considering the good that they do.
"I don't think many people realize that wasps are beneficial insects," says Delaney. "But they are true carnivores and engage in a lot of insect collecting earlier in the season. They are predators of a number of pest insects, including mosquitoes, flies and beetle larvae."
 

Zimmy

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they have had bees up there as long as I can remember. Something about them being attracted to the lubricant.
 
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There have always been bees, but this nest is especially bad. It reminded me of the old HOS days when Griffon would go through the fog, except that instead of fog it was a swarm of bees. :p
 
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Nicole

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There are wasps (or something) at the top of Griffon every year. I’ve always thought of them as a scare zone at HOS. I believe it is a common problem on tall coasters. In fact, there are discussions all over the Forum about the issue. Here is the most useful, in my opinion.
 
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Some insects have been stirring trouble at Busch Gardens this season
By Alexa Doiron
wydaily.com
October 16, 2019

Fans of roller coasters at Busch Gardens might’ve been disappointed the past few weekends as some of the rides were temporarily closed.
Cindy Sarko, director of consumer activation for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, said that during particularly hot weekends, such as the ones this past month, wasps tend to migrate to the top of tall rides. This poses a safety hazard for riders and employees, so for everyone’s well-being, the rides were closed during the day.

“They’re just up there flying around,” Sarko said. “They’re looking for the highest point and most of our attractions are tall. So before we even open the attraction, we are always checking.”

The wasps have specifically been interfering with the rides Mach Tower, Griffon and Apollo’s Chariot.

Sarko said the park has not received complaints from guests about the rides being closed and employees try to post ample signage both at the park and ride entrance so guests are aware if certain rides are closed.

Every morning, an employee checks each of the rides for safety concerns and Sarko said this fall has just been especially bad with wasps because of the unusually warm weather. Sarko said she can’t recall wasps being an issue in recent years.

“If they’re flying around, we aren’t going to open the ride,” she said.

Sarko said the park does not spray for the wasps, but instead waits for them to go away on their own, which typically happens in the evening as the temperature goes down. As the Howl-O-Scream season continues and the weather gets cooler, Sarko said hopefully this will not continue to be a problem.
“The safety of our guests, employees and animals is our primary concern,” Sarko added in an email.

 

Nicole

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I want to say that I totally understand why and I am not condemning the park but...

I am covered in bug bites from Wednesday night. I noticed the all over the place, and now I am super itchy. I guess I am going to pull out the KD Deep Woods Off for BGW.
 
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horsesboy

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I doubt it's so much that they stopped spraying but the skeleton staff probably are not empty trash bins and other things like normal so there are probably just more places for them to breed. Also the other growth noted in some post will both attract them and also let them breed.
 
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