Pest Control for Wasps & Bees
Wasps and Bees are a common summer pest in Alberta. They will build their nests in dry sheltered sites around your home. They are a nuisance around food and can become a safety hazard for pets and children.
Bee & Wasp Control & Extermination
These pests are usually avoided due to their stingers and propensity to use them on humans. While no one wants a nest of either pest nearby, bees can only sting once and usually don’t bother humans unless provoked-they prefer the pollen collected in flowers over your turkey sandwich. Wasps on the other hand are more aggressive, and can sting multiple times, especially if they have a large colony.
Bees and wasps become an especially problematic pest when they build nests in or around your home. They will seek out dry, hidden locations such as underneath floorboards, inside walls, or tucked into corners of eavestroughing.
How Do You Know You Have a Bee / Wasp Problem?
If you are experiencing high numbers of bees or wasps in your home or garden, there is likely a nest nearby.
Tips to Prevent a Bee / Wasp Infestation
- Bees and wasps can enter any structure or object that contains a hole that is a quarter of an inch or larger. One of the first things you can do is locate possible entry points and seal them off. Keep screens for doors and windows in good repair.
- Keep outdoor garbage in a sealed container with a tight-fitting lid.
- Destroy abandoned animal burrows (e.g. gopher holes) before gound nesting wasps inhabit them.
- Cover and/or remove food leftovers & waste to reduce wasp encounters. Wasps become more aggressive in the late summer months when foraging for food.
To Get Rid of Nests Around Your Home Or Business
Due to the complex nature of their colonies and ability to seriously harm humans, bee and wasp nests should only be removed by trained, certified, and experienced pest control experts like the team at Assassin Pest Solution. This is especially true for large and/or hidden nests of bees or wasps.
If you wish to apply your own bee or wasp pest control measures, the following tips can be effective within a household or commercial setting:
- Wear protective clothing, headgear, and eye wear to avoid stings. Use tape to seal off sleeve cuffs.
- Attempt control measures on a cool evening as the colony will be more settled at night. This is especially important with wasps, who will become extremely aggressive once disturbed.
- Work with at least one other person to ensure safety & support.
- Ensure you are familiar with all the safety precautions and protocols required before applying any insecticides or chemical treatments.
About Bees & Wasps in Alberta
Bees are flying insects of the order Hymenoptera, which also includes ants, wasps and sawflies. There are about 20,000 species of bees. Bees collect pollen from flowers. Bees can be found on all continents except Antarctica.
Some source info from: City of Calgary
Wasps are paraphyletic with respect to bees and ants and that all 3 groups are descended from a common ancestor. The most commonly known wasps such as yellow jackets and hornets, live together in a nest with an egg-laying queen and non-reproducing workers. They are the exception as most wasp species are solitary in nature. Adult female wasps independently breed throughout their lives. Many of solitary wasps raise their young by laying eggs on or in the larvae of other insects. The wasp larvae eat the host larvae, eventually killing them. Wasps are a solitary insect that tend to act as parasites to almost every pest insect. This make them a valuable part of biological pest control in horticulture. For example, they can be introduced to solve a white fly issue in a tomato crop.
Some source info from: City of Calgary
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