Wasps and Bees

As summer arrives, it’s once again time to light the grill up and host backyard parties. The summer months also see the return of bee and wasp populations, which aren’t only annoying for outside festivities but pose a risk for you and your guests.

Since warmer weather allows insects to emerge weeks early this year, we could anticipate bee and wasp populations to be higher than normal. Keep on reading to learn more about these stinging pests and what to do if you notice a problem.

Why these pests are harmful?
We all know the nuisance caused by these insects. For people that are allergic, however, stings can be fatal. In the event you or someone in your family has never been stung, it is a great idea to carry allergy medicine just in case.

A mass attack triggered by disturbing a nest could also lead to serious harm or death. A lone nest can house tens of thousands of pests. Wasps, as well as some bees, can sting multiple times.

Deciphering a bee from a wasp
These are usually mistaken as the same buzzing pest. Having said that, it’s important to know the difference should you be stung and need help.

Bees are usually round with a celestial body, fuzzy legs and tend not to sting unless provoked. Wasps, meanwhile, have a longer, slimmer body and a smooth surface, and are proven to be more aggressive.

The way to prevent stinging pests
While it is never a good idea to attempt to remove a nest yourself, it is possible to take steps to prevent these pests from visiting your yard:

  • During an outside event, cover sugary drinks and avoid letting food sit out for longer than necessary.
    • Seal garbage and compost bins as best as possible.
    • Fill holes and cracks around your house to help avoid possible nest locations.
    • Set out a trap in your lawn and away from the action. Commercial cubes can be found, or you may make your own with syrup, soda, or fruit as bait.

What a professional removal involves
If you locate a nest on your property, be sure to alert everyone in the house so that nobody accidentally provokes the insects.

A thorough treatment by Pest Experts entails a trained technician discharging a potent dust inside the nest. The area should be avoided in the hours following treatment, and the pests should be dead within 3 days. A second treatment is essential on some occasions.

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