Richland Pest & Bee Control’s Bee Barrier is a specialized service that prevents and limits dangerous stinging (Yellow Jackets and Bald/White Faced Hornets) and wood destroying insects (Carpenter Bees) from nesting on or within a structure. The chemical is placed on the structure specifically where wasps and wood destroying bees are attempting to nest. The process works similarly to how mosquito repellent works on your body. However, in this case wasps & wood destroying insects will be repelled from the structure.
Is it safe for honeybees, butterflies, and other important pollinators?
The chemical is placed in localized areas where wood-destroying insects (Carpenter Bees) and stinging insects (social wasps) are searching to nest. It’s important to note that the treatment is designed to prevent these creatures from nesting on, or within, the structure, but will not stop these insects or beneficial pollinators from coming onto your property entirely. Because we follow important environmental regulations, it means that pollinators will be free to visit plants on your property without harm. We DO NOT useneonicotinoids for this process, which are known to be harmful, and even deadly, to bees.
What if I already have a nest? Can I still do the preventative treatment?
When we arrive at the job site our technicians will do a safety check and preliminary inspection. Richland professionals will make sure all safety guidelines are followed by the client as outlined in our preparation guidelines that are sent prior to service. We will want to ensure safety for those within the structure and the environment on the exterior of the structure. In concert with our safety check process, our team of professionals will look to identify nests that are currently established on the structure, if any exist. If there is a current infestation of wasps or carpenter bees we will treat the area in conjunction with your Bee Barrier application. If the species found are considered pollinators, such asHoney Beesyou will need to have a Bee Keeper or Apiary safely relocate them.
How long does the treatment last?
The chemical that we apply will last approximately 60 days before naturally breaking down. It will not wash away in the rain, but we do ask that you do not power wash, stain, or paint your home within 90 days after treatment as it may interfere with the chemicals.
Overwintering wasps begin each season by looking for a new place to build a nest. Because we apply the chemical at the beginning of the nesting season each year, by the time it has broken down the majority of wasps have already begun building their nests in another location. This keeps your property safe throughout the remainder of the year as it is unusual for these insects to start building a new nest when the season is well underway.
Is there a guarantee?
Yes! Once applied, we guarantee that you will be protected from nests built on or within the structure for the remainder of the calendar year. However, it’s important to note that it is normal to see bees, wasps, and hornets on your property, especially in hot weather. We cannot stop stinging insects from foraging or scouting on your property, we prevent them from nesting on or within the structure while keeping pollinators and the environment safe.
Nests that form off of the structure, such as in a tree on the property, or ground nests in the yard or bushes, are not included in the guarantee. That’s because those areas were not initially treated with the preventative chemical, so therefore they cannot be guaranteed. However, if you choose to opt-in to our Pest+ Prevention package plan with your Bee Barrier treatment, then nests off of the structure will be covered under that plan. The only exception would be if the nest is in an area that cannot be treated due to environmental safety regulations.
Richland Pest & Bee has completed the Pollinator Awareness certification through the National Pest Management Association. Chemicals applied professionally by Richland Pest & Bee are aligned with preserving pollinator habitats. Whenever possible, we try to focus on repelling and preventing bees as opposed to eliminating them.