Most people look forward to the warm weather of spring each year, but you are not the only one who will enjoy the climate. When the temperature rises, bees and wasps will search for new places to build their nests, and your yard could be an ideal location.
The sting of a bee or wasp can cause pain, itching and skin irritation for most people, but it can be a little more serious for those who are allergic to the venom. The good news is that you can take several steps to safeguard your property and family from these stinging insects.
One of the best ways to stop bees and wasps from taking over your yard is to locate and eliminate nests in the early stages. You can do so by filling a spray bottle with soapy water and looking in common nesting spots, such as the sides of buildings, under picnic tables and near your porch. The soapy water will prevent the insects from flying, and they will die as a result.
Setting a few traps around your yard is a great way to protect yourself and others from painful stings. You will need to get some empty bottles and cut the tops off, and you will be moving in the right direction. Next, you will fill each bottle half full of sugar water and put the top of the bottle back on upside down, creating a funnel. If you place these traps around the corners of your home, bees and wasps will be attracted to the sugar water and get stuck.
Wasps are territorial and won't appreciate other wasps building nests in the area, which will start a conflict. To stay out of trouble, wasps will avoid areas that already have wasp nests, and you can use this information to keep your yard free from these pests.
If you fill brown paper bags with air and hang them around your yard, wasps will think that nests are already in the area and keep their distance from your property. Placing one or two bags outside should do the trick if you have a small yard, but you will need to use a few more if you have a lot of property. While this approach will prevent new wasps from entering your yard, it won't cause existing nests to relocate.
You can take many steps to keep bees, wasps and other pests away from your home and out of your yard, but at-home solutions won't always provide you with positive results. If you have not had much luck despite your best effort, the team at Tim's Pest Control can give you a hand.