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Bee & Wasp Identification & Prevention

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What are bees and wasps?

The bee and the wasp are two examples of stinging insects like to call Florida's outdoor spaces home. Both are helpful to the environment but dangerous when nesting in our yards because of the stingers located on their back end. Bees are pollinators and feed on plant nectar and pollen, while wasps are predatory and hunt and feed on other insects.

If bees or wasps are nesting on your property, it is likely one of the following species:

  • Bald-faced hornets
  • Bumblebees
  • Carpenter bees
  • Honey bees
  • Mud daubers
  • Paper wasps
  • Sweat bees
  • Yellow jackets

Are bees and wasps dangerous?

Without a doubt being in close contact with bees, wasps, and their nesting sites is dangerous. While not all stinging insects are aggressive, all will guard their nests and protect themselves from harm with their stingers. The venom they inject with their stings is potent enough to trigger reactions in people. Depending on the person and the severity of their allergy, a response can range from slight swelling at the sting site to anaphylaxis. Their ability to sting is why bees and wasps are so unwelcome in our yards.

Below are some other reasons why stinging insects are such unwanted pests:

  • When carpenter bees nest in things like wood shingles, trim, furniture, and play structures, their tunneling behaviors and nesting galleries cause damage to and weaken those structures.
  • If a stinging insect were to build a nest within your walls, after they abandon it, it will decay and cause moisture issues, along with attracting other insects that want to feed on the decay in your home. 
  • Trying to eat outdoors can become impossible when you have a swarm of stinging insects flying around, getting into your drinks, and landing on your plate of food. 
  • Ground nesting stinging insects make doing things like mowing and walking in your yard without fear of being stung difficult.

Why do I have a bee and wasp problem?

Bees and wasps are some of the most opportunistic outdoor pests living throughout Florida. They will take advantage of any space that offers them a nesting site and access to food (plant nectar, pollen, proteins, and sweets).

Our yards offer a multitude of things that bees and wasps can use to their benefit.

  • Trash cans and recycling bins
  • Gardens, flowerbeds, trees
  • Grill areas
  • Outdoor eating areas
  • Dense landscaping
  • Clogged gutters, leaky spigots, and birdbaths (water sources)

Where will I find bees and wasps?

Wasps and bees nest in various places, but all will choose a place that offers them shelter from the rain, wind, sun, and predators.

Some prefer to nest in trees, shrubs, utility poles, and roof eaves. Others like yellow jackets prefer to nest in the ground or under woodpiles or landscaping ties. Pieces of weathered or untreated wood provide suitable nesting sites for carpenter bees

Though bees and wasps are most likely to nest outside, our homes also provide them with suitable nesting sites, such as chimneys, crawl spaces, and wall voids.

How do I get rid of bees and wasps?

The threat bees and wasps pose to people, and our properties mean that they are pests that can't be allowed to nest in our Casselberry yards. If you are dealing with a bee or wasp problem in Casselberry, please reach out to us at Rowland Pest Management. We are your go-to wasp and bee removal experts.

Our professionals know how frustrating these pests can be and how they can limit where you spend your time in your backyard. To give you back your yard from stinging insects, our professionals will remove their nests and then provide you with the help necessary to keep them from returning.

Learn more about our wasp and bee control services or schedule a free inspection by calling today! We are always here to help. "When we roll in… bugs roll out!"

How can I prevent bees and wasps in the future?

Use the following helpful tips to prevent bees and wasps from making your Florida property a place they want to be.

  • Place garbage bins and recycling bins away from the exterior walls of your home.
  • Food and sugary drinks attract bees and wasps to outdoor eating areas. Always clean up after eating outside.
  • Maintain your yard to remove overgrown vegetation and yard debris that bees and wasps can nest in. 
  • Cut tree branches back from your home.
  • Place caps on chimneys and repair damaged roof shingles and siding to keep stinging insects from nesting in your home. 
  • Plant mint in garden areas. Bees and wasps don't like its smell, and it will help to deter them.

To learn more about our residential pest control options and commercial pest management solutions, or schedule a free inspection, please reach out to us today! We offer financing options to ensure our customers throughout Florida have access to the pest control services they need. We are always here to help.