(NC) — From minor irritations to severe allergic reactions, don’t let bees and wasps be a buzz-kill this year. Bee- and wasp-proofing should start as soon as temperatures begin to rise, as colonies begin anew each spring.
“The most important element of wasp control is the prevention of future nests on your property,” says Alice Sinia, PhD, a resident entomologist with Orkin Canada. “It is much easier to proactively prevent a single queen than to treat a colonized nest.”
Wasps and bees like to nest in protected areas such as dense bushes, tree branches, fence lines, wall voids or under the eaves of a structure. These steps to protect your property are suggested by Orkin:
• Regularly inspect the perimeter of your home for nests. If you suspect the presence of bees or wasps, reach out to your local pest management professional to evaluate and remove the nest. Bees and other pollinators may be protected by local or national laws, so contact your pest management professional for advice on how to handle your specific situation.
• Caulk any cracks or crevices around the exterior of your building.
• Avoid attractants such as brightly coloured and fragrant flowers. Choosing outdoor décor with dark or neutral colours can discourage flying pests.
• Cover any food sources left outdoors, such as picnic spreads, pet food, garbage containers and compost piles.
It is important that you do not try to eliminate nests on your own. Wasp and bee stings are typically a minor nuisance, but in some cases, severe allergies or side effects can occur. By partnering with a pest management professional and taking proactive steps now, you can help reduce the sting of flying pests all year.