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How to Protect Your Family from Bees and Wasps

With summer comes the promise of warm sunny days, playing or working outside and spending time by the pool. This means bathing suits, shorts and bare feet season is approaching. It also is the season for insects to be out in full force. Among these insects are bees and wasps. It is possible that you or your loved ones could have a nasty encounter with bees or wasps this summer. How do you keep your family safe from being stung? Keep reading for ways to keep your family safe this summer.

Bees vs. Wasps

It is important to be able to tell the difference between bees and wasps. Bumblebees are larger and rounder, typically yellow with black stripes. Honey bees are smaller and can appear to look like yellow jackets. They are not usually aggressive and do not sting unless they feel threatened. Wasps, however, are small and have a thin body. They are also aggressive and will attack anything that they feel is too close to their nest.

Nests

Bees are more sociable creatures which means that they like living in large colonies. They will nest in hollow areas, such as hollowed trees. If they can’t find a suitable nesting area, they will create a nest out of a wax-like substance wherever they find it convenient. Wasps can either be in groups or alone, but always be aware of their nests which is made out of a paper-like substance and can be located higher off the ground, or even below ground. Both bee and wasps nests can be found near the outside of your home or even inside of your home, such as in your attic or garage.

Prevent Bees and Wasps from Entering Your Home

In order to prevent these pests from entering your home, some preventative measures should be taken. Be sure to seal all of the cracks in your home, such as your window and door seals. Also be sure that any holes in your window screens are patched. Keep trash cans tightly shut as wasps are attracted to decomposing food matter. When picnicking outside, try to eat in an enclosed area such as a screened tent. Make sure to properly dispose of your food after leaving your picnic site as well.

If you find a swarm of bees and/or wasps around your home, it is likely that there is a nest nearby. It is highly recommended that you do not try to remove the nest on your own, as it can be extremely dangerous! If you have a bee or wasp infestation, don’t hesitate to contact Dayton’s Pest Control immediately!

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