Keeping Homes and Lawns Safe from Wasps and Bee Infestations
July 13, 2018
You've probably noticed that we have stinging pests in Port St. Lucie. There are several stinging insects that call South Florida their home. And, when we talk about stinging pests, we're not usually referring to bumble bees--as we pointed out in a recent blog. Bumble bees are largely solitary bees that do not have the social behaviors that make stinging pests such a threat, like the ability to swarm. Let's take a look at some that do.
What is most important to understand about honey bees is that they lose their stinger when they sting. For this reason, you don't have too much to worry about when you see one honey bee zipping around. The problem with honey bees is when you run into an entire bush covered in honey bees or they come pouring out of a hole in the side of your home. And, if those honey bees are Africanized honey bees (also referred to as killer bees) it is going to be a very unpleasant experience.
Next, in terms of a stinging threat, are paper wasps. While an individual paper wasp can sting multiple times, they don't prefer to sting at all. As long as you keep your arms to your sides and briskly move away from a paper wasp, you're not likely to get stung. But paper wasps are nest protectors. If you accidentally stir up a nest, it can ruin your day.
The worst stinging pest in Port St. Lucie has to be the yellow jacket. These are aggressive insects that protect their nests, swarm and give chase for several yards, and they can develop nests in the ground. All it takes is the vibration from a lawn mower to stir these bad-tempered wasps up.
Why Stinging Pests Are Bad In The Summer
The warm, humid conditions in summer inspire wasps and bees to be active. This can bring them into contact with humans. They'll buzz around plants as we're tending to those plants. They'll buzz around picnics while we cook and eat our food. They'll buzz around swimming areas since they are attracted to the smells of sweet perfumes and suntan lotions. And, toward the end of summer, wasp and bee populations are at their peak.
Stinging Pest Prevention
There are some things you can do to protect yourself from these and other stinging pests when you go out into your yard:
- Be aware of your surroundings. If you notice bees or wasps buzzing around a hole or gaps in the side of a building, be cautious.
- Refrain from having a picnic near trash receptacles. Wasps are drawn to trash.
- Keep food in containers until you're ready to cook it or consume it.
- Keep drinks in covered containers and drink from a straw when you're outside.
- Avoid wearing clothing with flower patterns.
- Avoid smelling like a flower when you're outside.
- Avoid waving your arms at a stinging insect.
- Be aware that chemicals used to kill bees and wasps are toxic to humans as well.
- Refrain from standing on a ladder or hanging out a window when dealing with a nest, and always wear protective clothing.
Ongoing Reduction of Stinging Pests
The best way to avoid being stung in your yard is to have ongoing pest management. Here's why:
- Wasps and bees can establish their nests in some pretty strange places. Your pest control technician has seen a lot of strange stuff. They use this experience to locate nests on your property so those stinging insects don't surprise you.
- Pest control technicians use well-established pest management protocols to remove nests from your property in a way that is kind to the environment.
- Your technician performs routine nest removal. When you don't have nests on your property, there is much less of a chance of contact with stinging pests.
- Your pest control program will address a wide range of bugs in your yard. When they do, this will affect wasp populations because wasps feed on those bugs.
- Your pest control technician knows what lures stinging pests onto your property and will be able to guide you in ways to resist them.
- Your pest control technician is aware of guidelines set forth by federal agencies to protect pollinators. That is why it is always best to have a professional deal with honey bees.
For more information about ongoing pest control service, give us a call today. We'll help you take the sting out of summer pest problems. Literally.
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