Bees, wasps, and hornets are positive contributors to our ecosystem but they can as well be combative towards people when they perceive them as a threat. They are known for their ability to give painful stings that emanate into allergic reactions and pose other health implications for property owners including family and friends. These three pests appear so similar but are quite different in their attributes. Bees, wasps, and hornets are usually attracted to food sources which include; fruits from fruit trees, garbage, pet food left outside, insects, grubs and larvae in the soil, sweet drinks, and honeydew from aphids. Aside from food sources, these creatures also look out for nesting locations that provide shelter for them. Favorable nesting sites for these pests include; eaves, porch ceilings, overhangs, tree holes including holes in the ground.
MAKE YOUR NEW JERSEY PROPERTIES LESS ATTRACTIVE TO BEES, WASPS, AND HORNETS
These pests can make our environment and properties less fun and recreational due to fear of stings and you or anyone could be allergic to stings. Hence, the following steps or tips must be taken to ensure that your property becomes less attractive to them;
- Resist keeping pet foods exposed for an extended period.
- Cut down trees with holes on your property as they are perfect for nesting.
- Empty outdoor trash cans as soon as you can and while they are still filled always ensure they have tight-fitting lids.
- Minimize the number of flowers on your property space or rather grow them in an area that is distanced from structures, decks, pools, and places your family hangs out.
- Always ensure that food is kept and preserved properly as well as open drinks.
- Clear out food crumbs and clean up drink spills whenever they occur rather than leaving them for extended periods.
- Cover-up cracks and openings on your home exterior that could grant access to these pests.
Provided that there is an infestation there are also control measures to ensure that they do not become predominat on your property space. Bees, wasps, and hornets control involve the application of chemical insecticides and the removal of the nest physically. Control measures of these creatures are best implemented at night because they are mostly asleep and at this time are usually back in their hive. They are also less combative at night and it is important that during treatment, pets and children are kept safely out of sight.