How to Keep the Bees and Wasps Away

Fall has arrived, and so have the bees and wasps. They seem to be everywhere you turn, including your home!

When the cooler weather arrives, bees and wasps are hard at work. They’re creating nests and harvesting as much nectar as they can to sustain their colonies for the winter. While they’re vital for the planet, the last thing you want to do is have a run-in with one of these stinging insects. Whether you’re allergic to them, or you just don’t want to get stung, here are some tips to help you keep bees and wasps away from your home.

Take Care of the Trash

Wasps and bees are attracted to waste, particularly food. To keep them away, make sure you keep up with your garbage. Empty all indoor waste receptacles as soon as possible, and try to keep them covered. Keep your outdoor trash cans and recycling bins covered, too. Also, make sure you clean them out after they’ve been emptied. Wash the bins down with a mixture of bleach and water to get rid of anything sweet that could possibly remain inside of them, such as syrup or fruit juice.

Avoid Sweet Scents

While fall-scented air fresheners like apple spice and cinnamon smell lovely to you, bees and wasps also think they smell delicious. If you want to keep these pesky insects away from your home, avoid using anything that has a sweet scent. This includes soaps, lotions and perfumes, too.

Stay Up with Maintenance

Inspect your home and other structures around your property.  Wasps like to make nests in cracks and crevices, which makes things like broken soffits an cracked siding the perfect place for these pests to call home. It also wouldn’t hurt to have roofers come and take a look at your roof to see if there are any nests that have been made. You should also closely examine your doors, windows and screens. Make sure they open and close properly, and that there aren’t any cracks or slits that bees or wasps could fit through and make their way inside. Check your landscape design westhampton and look for rodent holes or burrows. If you find any that aren’t being used, fill them in to prevent wasps from making nests inside.

Remove Water

Dispose of any pooling water on your property. Check flower pots, garbage cans, buckets, and anything else where water could collect. If you have a pool or fountains, keep them covered. Water attracts bees and wasps, so you want to remove or cover all water around your home.

Try a Decoy

Wasps are usually territorial and won’t build a nest near another one. You can find wasp decoys at home and garden centers. Set up a few around your property to help deter any wasps from taking over your territory.

Try Traps, Too

Another way that may prevent you from having an unpleasant interaction with a wasp is by using a trap. Wasp traps are lure these pests inside with a sweet treat, such as sugar water. Once they fly inside, they can’t get back out. You can buy wasp traps, or you can make one yourself. To make a DIY wasp nest, just cut the neck off of a plastic soda bottle, remove the cap, flip the neck over and place it in remaining portion of the bottle; tape the two pieces together, add some sugar water and voila!

Be Aware

If you notice any swarms of bees or wasps on your property or in your house, or entering and exiting a location, there’s a pretty good chance that you have a nest. Don’t try to remove the nest yourself. Instead, contact a long island exterminator. You don’t want to put yourself in a dangerous situation. Bee and wasp nest removal is a job that is best left for an experienced, professional pest control company.

If you think you have an issue with bees or wasps, or to learn more about how you can keep these bothersome insects at bay, give us a call today! We’ll make sure that you and your loved ones are protected from bee and wasp stings this fall season.