We can’t promise your wasps and bees won’t be back next year, but we can help you to get rid of the nasty wasp and bee nests that already exist around your home. Use caution whenever you deal with bee hives. If you don’t feel comfortable with these steps, or you have an allergy to bee stings, call an exterminator. We can’t guarantee that you won’t get stung, as bees and wasps can be unpredictable. Here are some tips for summer bee control.
Bee Control: Waiting It Out
Above-ground nests of hornets and paper wasps become most apparent late in the summer when the colonies are largest. If the wasps are not causing a problem, it’s best to wait until the nest is abandoned in the fall before removing it. The nest can be safely removed in the winter or, if left alone, will break up during late fall and winter.
Bee Control: Wasp Traps and Wasp Killer Sprays
Commonly sold wasp traps are only effective against yellow jackets. They are not attractive to paper wasps or hornets and will not help you control them. For exposed nesting species, such as paper wasps, insecticides can easily be sprayed directly onto the nest with excellent results.
If you need a quick fix to get rid of a beehive or wasp nest, a wasp killer spray can be used. Apply it several times before trying to touch the nest.
If you’re going to spray wasp nests, take a few safety precautions. Wear long sleeves, gloves, a hat with a towel draped over your neck and even a face mask. Beekeeping protective clothing is ideal, and if you have recurring bee problems, a suit is well worth the money.
The most important element of wasp and bee control is to destroy the nest. Aerosol “wasp and hornet” sprays can be used to knock down bees or wasps around the nest. Always approach the nest at night when bees are reluctant to fly. Some wasp killer sprays shoot up to 22 feet so you can remain a safe distance from the nest.
Bee Control: When to Call a Pro
If possible, hire an exterminator for extreme circumstances. They are trained professionals who can quickly, thoroughly, and safely remove beehives from anywhere on your property.
Destroying beehives in vents, attics, crawlspaces or hollow areas can be difficult, often requiring the help of a pro. Honey bee hives contain honey that must be removed after the bees are eliminated because it will rot and attract other pests.