As the summer continues, so should your enjoyment of the warm weather from the comfort of your Tri-State home. It’s the time to put charcoals on the grill, perform lawn care, and spend warm evenings on the patio. However, it’s also a time when stinging insects are more active and easily irritable. Bug spray may have protected you from mosquito bites, but repellents won’t shield you from painful stings.
The wrath of a bee or wasp swarm is usually triggered by getting too close to a hive. Most bees and wasps usually won’t attack if left alone. Yellow Jackets are also on alert, typically becoming more active as they build their nests, especially during the hottest times of the day. More aggressive and boasting a larger colony, their presence alone is enough to put a damper on your outdoor activities.
You can learn more about these pests and their behaviors by clicking here. While it’s easy to accidentally stumble upon a bee or wasp colony just walking around your yard, beehives and hornet nests are usually found in the following places:
- Deep within the walls of your homes
- Outdoors scavenging for human food
- Shrubbery and trees
Stings can be quite painful for both you and a family member. It may even lead to a hospital trip if the sting triggers an allergic reaction. The risk is increased with wasps and yellow jackets, as their stings release a chemical that alerts others to join the attack. Paper wasps and yellow jackets are also capable of stinging multiple times as they don’t lose their stingers after the first sting, unlike other types of bees and wasps.
It’s tempting to pick up a chemical spray from the hardware store and spray any bees or wasps you see flying around your home. However, this does little to solve the problem, as homeowners often fail to locate the colony. The result is hours spent unsuccessfully trying to eliminate these pests.
Some over-the-counter sprays also contain components that are harmful to children and pets. Our experts know which safer sprays to use, saving you time and money in the process.
Bees, wasps, and yellow jackets should only be approached by experienced professionals due to their aggressive and territorial nature. Contact your Tri-State pest control experts by calling 877-546-9575 so that you can go back to enjoying your summer in peace.