How to Deal with Bees and Wasps in Your Backyard

Posted by Matthew Rathbone on February 15, 2023 · 3 mins read

Are you tired of seeing bees and wasps buzzing around your backyard? While these insects play an important role in our ecosystem, they can also be a nuisance and even dangerous if provoked. In this article, we’ll show you how to safely and effectively deal with bees and wasps on your property.

DIY Wasp removal recommendations

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Understanding Bees and Wasps

Before we dive into how to get rid of bees and wasps, let’s first discuss some basics about these insects. Bees and wasps are both members of the Hymenoptera order and have similar physical characteristics, such as two pairs of wings and a narrow waist. However, they have distinct differences in behavior and appearance.

Bees are typically fuzzy and brown or black in color, while wasps are slender and have bright yellow and black stripes. Bees are generally harmless and only sting when threatened, while wasps can be more aggressive and attack unprovoked.

Preventing Bee and Wasp Nests

The best way to deal with bees and wasps is to prevent them from building nests on your property in the first place. Here are a few tips for doing so:

  • Seal any cracks or gaps in your home’s exterior to prevent bees and wasps from entering.
  • Keep garbage cans tightly sealed and away from outdoor seating areas.
  • Avoid wearing strong perfumes or scented products, which can attract bees and wasps.
  • Trim back any overgrown bushes or trees that may provide a nesting location for bees and wasps.

Safe Bee and Wasp Removal

If you do find a bee or wasp nest on your property, it’s important to handle it carefully to avoid getting stung. Here’s what to do:

  • Put on protective clothing, such as long sleeves, pants, gloves, and a hat.
  • Wait until dusk or dawn, when bees and wasps are less active, to approach the nest.
  • Use a commercial insecticide spray specifically designed for bees or wasps to kill the insects. Follow the instructions carefully and use caution when spraying.
  • Wait a day or two before removing the nest to ensure all the insects are dead.

When to Call a Professional

If you have a large bee or wasp infestation on your property, or if you’re allergic to bee or wasp stings, it’s best to call a professional pest control service. They have the experience and equipment to safely remove the insects and prevent further infestations.

In conclusion, bees and wasps may be a common sight in your backyard, but they don’t have to be a nuisance. By taking preventative measures and handling nests safely, you can enjoy your outdoor space without worry. And remember, when in doubt, it’s always best to call in the professionals.