Being stung by a wasp or bee is a painful experience and can be life threatening to anyone who may be allergic to stings.
However, it is possible to reduce these risks by taking sensible precautions when outdoors and ensuring that wasp or bee nests are properly managed.
Take care when dealing with wasps – they have a potent sting and can attack in large numbers if disturbed.
A single nest may contain hundreds of wasps which may swarm and attack if disturbed. If the location of a nest puts people at risk, then it should be professionally destroyed.
The queen builds a small nest, made from chewed wood that gives them their distinctive papery walls, in the spring and lay the first batch of eggs. These eggs quickly develop into workers that soon take over nest building activities for the remainder of the season. By mid summer, wasp nests can reach considerable size. Common sites for a wasp nest include under the roof eaves, behind shutters or in sheds.
This risk from these insects increases towards the end of summer – it is preferable to destroy wasp nests earlier in the year before wasps become aggressive.
How to Destroy Wasp Nests
To locate the nest, watch the flight path of returning wasps. If the nest is near the home, keep nearby windows closed. If you suspect the nest is in your roof or in a wall it is then almost always best to call a professional. Many wasps including yellow jackets frequently construct their nests below ground and when this happens they can be especially difficult to treat. Sometimes nests are below concrete slabs or piles of rock or vegetation.
Do not attempt a DIY treatment if you suspect you are sensitive to the sting of wasps, if the nest is indoors or the nest is inaccessible. DO NOT treat a wasp nest when on a ladder or from a raised height unless you have bee proof clothing including a headnet.
If honey bees have invaded your home then you have the added concern of honey left behind once a colony is eliminated. Sometimes secondary insects invade or the honey drips and comes through the wall. Considering bees are highly beneficial to the environment they should only be controlled when they pose a direct threat to your home or family.
If a bee nest represents a high risk (such as a nest in the home or a hospital or near those who are allergic to bee stings), It may be possible to remove the nest with the assistance of a beekeeper.
Termite Choices will only destroy a bee nest or colony if it is considered a threat to people. When possible we will try to find a bee-keeper to remove the hive.
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