While bees and wasps have many physical similarities, their impact on your health, yard and ecosystem varies by species. The nests of these pests can help identify which of these flying fiends are buzzing around your home and allow for proper removal of nests in your yard.
Bees and wasps can leave painful stings on unexpecting victims. These stings can not only leave you and your family itching for hours but can cause severe allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Stings can cause welts or an elevated skin surface around the sting site and leave a central white spot where the stinger punctured the skin. Toxic reactions may also occur when there are multiple stings and there is an excessive amount of venom in the body.
While some species are more aggressive than others, it is important to leave any nests undisturbed and contact a professional to determine removal strategies. Disturbing a nest can cause colony members to attack in defence of their colony.
Bee Gone, Bees and Wasps
Pollinators like honey bees are protected, as they are crucial for the ecosystem. Having a professional safely remove bee and wasp nests is essential to protect these pests and leave your property pest-free. To prevent bees and wasps from making their next nest in your yard:
- Clean up all spills around your property immediately
- Cover outdoor trash cans with a tight-fitting lid
- Plant flowers and fruit trees away from heavily trafficked areas
- Paint, stain and weather-treat wooden structures like railings
- Remove debris from the yard
Don’t let bees and wasps be the buzz around your home. Download this guide on identifying bee and wasp nests or talk to your pest management provider for an inspection and proper nest removal.
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The typical diets of wasps largely include other insects and arachnids. Wasps also feed on sweet liquids like nectars.