How to Get Rid of Wasps and Bees: How to Protect You And Your Property
Bees and wasps can be a nuisance when they invade your property. Not only are they annoying, but they can also be dangerous. Therefore, if you have a bee or wasp problem, it is crucial to take action immediately.
Gecko Pest Services offers bee and wasp removal services to get rid of these pests quickly and safely. We will also provide tips on protecting your property from future invasions.
Encountering Wasps and Bees on Your Property
If you have ever been stung by a wasp, you know how painful it can be; not only are they painful, but wasps and other bees can also be dangerous. They can cause property damage and pose a threat to your health. Wasps and bees are attracted to sweet things like fruits and flowers. Unfortunately, they are also attracted to garbage.
If you have wasps or bees on your property, it is essential to take action immediately. Fortunately, wasps and other bees are not active during the Fall and Winter months as the insects are seasonal pests for spring and summertime. However, wasps, Yellowjackets, Hornets, and Bees can all sting, and their venom can cause serious health problems for some people who are allergic to bee stings.
Out of all these flying pests, Hornets and Wasps are more likely to sting you. Generally, getting rid of Wasp nests is not complicated or time-consuming, but they are best removed quickly and efficiently.
What Do Homeowners Typically Use to Get Rid of Wasps and Other Bees?
Ridding yourself and your property of Wasps and Bees can be challenging if you don’t know how to deal with the situation. Many homeowners turn to chemicals to kill bees and wasps, but this is not always the best solution.
Usually, pesticides are not effective, or they are misused, and they can be dangerous to your health and the environment. Still, homeowners can use a few methods to get rid of wasps and other bees. These methods include:
- Homeowners can also try to remove the nests using a dusting product like diatomaceous earth. This product is safe to use around children and pets and will kill the wasps and other bees when they come into contact with it.
- Believe it or not, you can also use hot soap and boiling water to remove nests. However, this method is a bit more dangerous as you must carefully not splash the boiling water on yourself.
- Pesticide Sprays can be effective if used correctly. However, you should always follow the instructions on the label and be sure to use the pesticide in a well-ventilated area. Usually, these sprays contain pyrethroids and pyrethrins, which blast the wasps and other bees with potent neurotoxins.
Before you jump in and start using these methods to rid yourself of your bee problem, you should take time to learn about the different types of bees and wasps. This way, you can be sure that you are using the suitable method to get rid of the correct type of bee.
What are the Different Types of Bees and Wasps?
There are many different types of bees and wasps, but the most common ones are carpenter bees, honeybees, bumblebees, hornets, Yellow Jackets, Mud Daubers, and Paper wasps.
- Carpenter bees are large and black, and they nest in wood. They bore into the wood to make their nests and can cause severe damage to your property.
- Honeybees are much smaller than carpenter bees and are usually golden or light brown. They live in hives and make honey.
- Bumblebees are also small and live in hives. They are black with yellow stripes and are essential pollinators.
- Hornets are large and aggressive. They build their nests in trees and bushes and can be very dangerous if they feel threatened; they can be especially dangerous when near structures.
- Yellow Jackets are small and aggressive, with alternating black-and-yellow patterns on their body. They build their nests in the ground and are attracted to sweet things like fruits and flowers. People call them “meat bees” because they are attracted to meat. They will next be in the ground, trees and shrubs, or even logs.
- Mud Daubers are small, long, and thin. They build their nests out of the mud and are found on the side of buildings or in garages. Paper wasps are small, thin, and brown or black with yellow stripes. They build their nests out of paper and can be found under eaves or in trees.
Now that you know a little bit more about the different types of bees and wasps, you can start to get rid of them using one of the methods listed above. Remember to use caution and follow the instructions on any pesticides you use.
Preventing Wasps and Bees From Invading Your Property
There are several things you can do to prevent wasps and bees from invading your property:
- Trim trees and shrubs to prevent them from nesting there.
- Seal cracks and crevices in your home where they might nest.
- Keep food and garbage sealed tight, so they aren’t attracted to your property.
- Finally, use wasp traps to catch them before they have a chance to build a nest.
If you have full protective gear, wear it and locate the nest. Next, check multiple areas on your property to determine how infested your property may be; wasps and bees can have various nests. Once you’ve done that, identify the type of pest, and you can choose the method of wasp and bee removal that is best for you.
Both boiling water and water with soap are effective methods of wasp control. The soap option is slightly better; however, it will likely take multiple buckets to destroy the nests you’ve found.
How a Professional Pest Company Can Make Wasp Removal Easier And Safer
Let’s be realistic: the boiling water and soap methods may be effective but also dangerous. In addition, each nest will require multiple buckets leaving you open to being stung. If you don’t have the time or patience to do this or are worried about being stung, your best option is to call a professional pest company like us, Gecko Pest Services.