fig tree

Could any one tell me how to stop the wasps from attacking and getting to my figs before I do.  Wasp traps do not work - I have missed out and battled for the last two years.   Also the plums are being attacked.  Any simple ideas please?  Thanks


  • It is usually the birds ( starlings in my case ) which come after the figs.......they generally just "try" each one which then leaves the fruit open to the wasps.

    If you have wasps in your garden then you really just have to share the fruits of your labour.

    You could try picking the figs just before they ripen ( when they start to "split" at the end ) and keep them in something like egg cartons indoors for the last few days.  They will then ripen for you rather than anyone elseimage

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    The cure is to slip paper bags over the figs just before they are ripe. Secure with a rubber band.

    It is no good trying to ripen them off the tree. They will never reach a state of luciousness.

    Or you can drape fine netting over the whole tree. Scaffolding netting is too fine for wasps to get through.
  • Invicta2Invicta2 Posts: 663

    My Grandma used to put out an almost used jam jar with the lid on an hole big enough for wasps to climb through. She usually used a strong scented jam like raspberry. The wasps climbed in but then were unable to escape. She caught loads this way. Unfortunately I don't remember how she disposed of the jar and its contents. This was in rural north wales in the Sixties where they seemed to have plagues of wasps back then.

  • Whilst I agree that you can't ripen figs off the tree from scratch, if you time it right you can finish them off indoors as described.  I offered the suggestion as I have found it works for meimage

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