As the winter season comes to an end and spring approaches, insects of all types begin to emerge from hibernation. While ants, flies, and mosquitos can be quite annoying, larger flying insects such as wasps, bees, and hornets can be much more intimidating. Here’s how to prevent a bee and wasp infestation this spring.
The Problem with Stinging Insects
Flying insects like wasps and bees are scary to us because they sting! While the effects of these painful stings are usually temporary, they can pose a far more severe, or even life-threatening danger to those with allergies to them.
Most of the time, stinging insects mind their own business, but when your home becomes their territory, they won’t hesitate to defend it. Some species, such as Bald-Faced Hornets, have a reputation for being notoriously aggressive. Just coming into close proximity with them can result in many painful stings. Obviously, you want to avoid this from happening, so what can you do if you have a bee, wasp, or hornet problem?
How to Prevent a Bee or Wasp Infestation
Your ultimate goal is to stinging insects as far away from your home as possible, here are a few tips you can use to prevent bees or wasps from getting too close (or even inside) to your home.
Plant Flowers a Reasonable Distance from Your Home. Flying insects are naturally attracted to flowers, so obviously, if you want to keep them away from your house, you may consider moving your flower beds a little farther into your yard.
Regularly Inspect the Exterior of Your House. Be sure to carefully check areas such as soffits, the corners of windows, and the undersides of decks. These are common areas where flying insects tend to build their nests.
If you notice any small nests, remove them immediately. Wasps multiply very rapidly, so the sooner you can eliminate the issue, the better. You can purchase a variety of sprays at your local hardware store to terminate the wasps.
Repair Cracks and Holes ASAP. Small holes and cracks in siding are also common locations where flying insects love to live. Any small opening can be prime real estate for pests. The last place you want an infestation is in your walls, so be sure to cover or repair any cracks or holes ASAP.
What to do if You Already Have a Problem.
It may be that your bee or wasp problem has grown into an all-out infestation. If this is the case, your best option is to contact a pest control specialist. There are different ways of addressing the problem, depending on the type of insect you are dealing with. A trained professional can help you ensure that the problem is completely eliminated and that it doesn’t occur again.
Give Us a Call!
If you have noticed bees or wasps in or around your home, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can help answer any of your questions regarding pest control, and help you eliminate any infestations safely and efficiently. Our experienced team of licensed exterminators is dedicated to providing the very best pest control services to the Bloomington and Colombus areas. Call us today to set up a free inspection!