Unless you know what you’re doing it’s tough to get rid of bees, wasps, and hornets. One wrong step when you perform this job, and you’re covered with painful stings.
Toward the fall of the year the stinging insects are everywhere aren’t they? Look down at the grass, and you won’t miss seeing four or more in one glance.
I keep a hummingbird feeder in front of my deck. (I really enjoy watching those little birds hover in to get a drink.) I keep colorful flowers all around that feeder to tell the hummingbirds that it’s a friendly place for them to feed.
But the stinging insects like that nectar too.
They’re all over that feeder, and as summer moves along the crowd of stingers around the feeder, and in those flowers, grows to near cloud like proportions. I can’t chase them away.
To get rid of bees, wasps, and hornets you have to find their nest. And they build those nests in some hard to get to places some times. The best way to find a nest is normally to follow the stingers back to it.
During my pest control days I had a lot of calls for these guys.
I remember one call to a child day care where yellow jackets kept flying around the kitchen door. The door led out to the back yard where the children played during nice weather. Thing was I didn’t find a nest anywhere near that kitchen door.
And as it turned out that nest wasn’t even at the back of the house. I watched the bees a while, but when they left the area of the door some went over top of the building, some took off for either side. I couldn’t get a sense of direction from them that particular time.
So I started walking around the building. When I got to the front side I started seeing more yellow jackets in the air. I stopped to watch them again, and finally followed them to a hole in the ground right next to the building foundation.
I sprayed some insecticide for bees in the hole, and those yellow jackets erupted out of there like lava from an angry volcano. I couldn’t get away fast enough. They swarmed all over my insecticide applicator (I dropped it real fast), and up my arm.
By the time I backed away I had stings all over that arm.
Another call I got was to an elementary school. This school was square shaped with a courtyard in the center. Kids went into that courtyard for recreation time.
In a tree at the center of the court was a pumpkin sized hornet nest. Those guys are wicked you know. I went back to the truck and got a bee and hornet spray that reached from 12 feet away. I just don’t take much risk with hornets or wasps. I let the entrance to the nest have a shot, and out they came.
Good thing I was a few feet away. When those rascals come bubbling out of the nest they’re moving pretty fast.
Knowing the right pesticides to use, and the proper way to use them, takes care of the problem – and most of the time you can do it without getting stung. Sometimes you just can’t avoid those stings. You have to be careful.
The hardest part about getting rid of bees, wasps, and hornets is finding out where they live. Once you do that the treatment is a simple task most of the time.