Invading Bees and Wasps Can Create Havoc for a Homeowner

You don’t have to be allergic to wasp, hornet or bee stings to want to avoid these buzzing hazards. Bee, hornet and wasp stings can be painful and if you are allergic, lethal. Of course, you never know how many stings it will take before your body’s defense system kicks in and you do develop an allergy, which is a very scary thought, particularly if you have a nest of hornets or bees hanging by your front or garage door. It’s even worse if you see any of these creatures flying out of a hole in the wall inside your home. That means there’s a nest inside the wall and time for a professional to handle it, even if you’re not afraid to do it yourself.

Coping with any type of wasp, hornet or bee problem is dangerous, but allowing it to continue is just as bad. You might consider the “do-it-yourself” method and secure a can of pesticide from the local grocery. However, in many cases, these pesticides won’t do a complete eradication of the problem, because either they aren’t potent enough or are used improperly. When that occurs, you have one angry group of lethal buzzing weapons ready to take on anyone in their way, which is normally the person attempting to kill the bees, wasps or hornets.

You don’t have to be allergic to any insect to suffer severe problems when a swarm of them attacks you. The stings are painful and can be hazardous if you have a swarm attack you, regardless of allergies. Allowing a professional to handle the problem is the best way to eliminate it. They know the techniques and have the appropriate chemicals to eliminate these insects from your family area. Of course, there’s always the option of doing nothing.

If you choose to allow bees, wasps and hornets to continue living peacefully near you, be aware. While some of these insects, the honeybee and bumblebee are relatively placid unless disturbed, others are truly pests. Some types of wasps and hornets love sugary drinks as much as your kids do. They’ll join any outside barbecue or picnic and especially love sipping out of cans and cups left unattended. That’s an invitation for a problem waiting to happen, particularly if you have small children.

There are beneficial members of these groups you might want to consider saving. Braconid wasp larvae feed on hornworms, the green caterpillars that people often call tomato worms. Honeybees pollinate vegetation of all types helping fruits, vegetables, and other plants to continue their lifecycle and reproduce more plants or fruit and vegetables. Bumblebees do the same. A trained pest control expert can help you identify the beneficial insects and create a plan that might not require destroying them if the nest is at a safe distance.