Bees are essential to the environment because they pollinate plants, flowers and trees. But all bees and wasps have stinging potential. Honeybees are our top pollinators and usually won’t sting if you leave them alone. However, non-pollinating wasps, such as hornets and yellow jackets, are typically more aggressive and invasive.

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Perhaps one of the most blatant and in-your-face problem pests- bees. Bees and wasps are small but when they build a nest or honeycomb, they come by the tens and sometimes hundreds. The most common spotted bee hives and nests are found in rafters and around the upper trim of homes, but that does not mean this is the only place they make them. Nests have been found on patio chairs and furniture, window wells, barbecues, and other outdoor utilities. Basically, if something has been outside for more than a few days, there is a possibility bees or wasps have nestled into a new home in one of its tucked or hidden corners.

Bees are virtually harmless when not bothered but can still become a problem even if you are not intentionally provoking them. Whenever there is a bee allergy among family members, our team strongly recommends getting inspected a couple of times each season to keep you and your family safe. As mentioned above, bees’ nests can be found anywhere and the risk of running into a small, hidden nest is not worth it. If a person accidentally grabs an item that bees or wasps have built a nest on, it is likely they will get a few stings. Killing bees is not always the answer, especially since they play such a vital role in our ecosystem by pollination. Our experts understand this and we have created lures and traps to catch not only bees and wasps that have been caught indoors, but also outside in yard areas. If a nest has been on a house for a long period of time, a trap will not likely catch and retain all of the insects inside so removing the nest and terminating some bees may be a last resort option. This is another reason to get inspected regularly, infestations can easily get out of hand.

A common misconception about wasps is that they do not serve as pollinators. This is false, as they also feed on nectar the same as bees do. They are much peskier considering they will sting for no given reason and do not die or lose their stinger after an attack. There is an upside to wasps and hornets as well though; they eat other insects and keep home gardens pest free. Removing wasp and hornet homes helps move the colony to a new location so there are not as many roaming about your yard and house. Our team can make this work in your favor and place repellents at certain areas of the home and yard to constrain the wasps to one particular garden area. Our treatments for wasps are similar to that of bees. If the infestation is serious we can and will use natural insecticides to lessen the numbers safely and in an environmentally friendly way.

If you have any allergies or notice a larger than average population of either bees or wasps at your home or place of business, reach out to our team for a professional inspection to find a natural, eco-friendly solution.