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You spot a beehive or wasp nest in a tree on your property, or under the eaves of your roof. What steps should you take to assess the situation, remove the hive or prevent future infestations?

Some Important Things To Remember

Most bees & wasps are not aggressive and will avoid contact with humans unless their hive is threatened. The white faced hornet is an exception to this rule, as they can be both territorial and aggressive towards humans. 

Both bees and wasps play a vital role in the ecosystem as the primary pollinators of flowers, fruits and other plants we eat daily. Wasps are important for agricultural pest control because they consume the smaller pests that feed on the vegetation that’s important to plant growth

If you are stung, don’t panic. Only about 5-7% of people are allergic to bees and will require further treatment.

PRO TIP – You have no way of knowing what type of stinging insects you may be dealing with on your property, or how many of them there are inside the colony. Always bring in a pest or bee control expert to safely handle the infestation.

Where You Will Find Hives

Most species are capable of building nests wherever there is shelter from the elements, this can include:

  • Trees near your home
  • Inside of bushes
  • Inside utility boxes or sheds
  • Inside your home’s attic
  • Inside old tires or abandoned vehicles
  • Inside exterior walls of your home
white faced hornets nest

Dealing With An Infestation

  1. Limit contact with the hive and keep pets and children away from the area. If the hive is in a common area or near an adjacent property, give your neighbor a heads up too.
  2. Call a professional. The bee & wasp experts at Richland have the specialized tools and professional equipment to treat the hive safely and effectively.
  3. Speak with your technician to discuss possible solutions for preventing future infestations on your home.

Preventing An Infestation

One of the best ways to prevent infestations is to deny the insects opportunities for shelter. You can accomplish this by:

Using caulking and mesh wiring to seal cracks and crevices around your home

Contacting Richland Pest & Bee for our annual Bee Barrier prevention treatment

Proactively removing tires, vehicles and other debris from your property

Keeping bushes and plants trimmed down

Sealing sheds and outdoor storage units

The Bee Barrier prevention services are delivered in the beginning of the nesting season in spring and early summer. We treat wood, aluminum and vinyl structures in order to repel wasps and solitary wood destroying bees, such as carpenter bees, by applying a safe liquid application. Although we can’t completely eliminate them from foraging for food on your property, this liquid barrier will prevent them from creating nests in your home. 

If you find a nest on or near your home, make sure to contact the experts at Richland Pest & Bee Control to safely eliminate the nest, and provide some options for seasonal protection from future nesting on your home with our Bee Barrier! Give us a call at 1-800-308-9126, or contact us online today! 

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