Stinging insects, such as bees and wasps, can be one of the more painful pests with which to deal. They are bold, flying insects, and can choose just about any location around your yard to make their nest. While these insects play an important role in our environment by pollinating plants, they can pose a serious danger to those who are allergic to their stings. If you are concerned about a bee or wasp infestation, then here is what you need to know about how to keep bees and wasps away from your home.
Beware Aggressive Species
According to the University of New Hampshire, there are more than nine different species of yellow-jacket wasps in the state. Additionally, there are many more aggressive types of flying insects throughout all of New England that include bumblebees, paper wasps and bald-faced hornets. Often, it is impossible for a person to tell what type of stinging insect is swarming their home without getting close enough to be stung. Therefore, it is best to assume that any bees or wasps near a person’s home are aggressive so that the appropriate steps can be taken to prevent stings.
Bee and Wasp Control Methods
If a person finds bees or wasps near their home, then they will need to eliminate them before they build a larger colony. For a small hive, simply removing the hive can eliminate the infestation immediately. Due to the increased risk of stings when removing a hive, many people prefer to spray the hive with a pesticide. When doing so, it is important to wear protective clothing while staying as far away as possible. To make the home less attractive to bees and wasps, a person may also keep flowering plants away from the home and clean overhead eaves and corners where wasps may build their nests.
Know When to Call a Professional
Although it may be tempting for homeowners to handle an infestation on their own, there are several times when it will be necessary to call a professional. Those who are allergic to bee or wasp stings should never attempt to remove a hive on their own. Additionally, larger hives can contain thousands of bees. If the swarm becomes aggressive, a person may require hospitalization to recover from their injuries. In instances such as these, a professional bee & wasp removal service can help to remove the bees while making recommendations for ways to prevent another infestation.