How to Prevent a Wasp or Bee Infestation
Trying to figure out how to repel bees and wasps? Although both bug species are hugely beneficial to Australia’s biodiversity, they can become a painful problem in more ways than one. Don’t let it get to that point – avoid making the choice between a weekend BBQ outside or a run-of-the-mill meal indoors and put a stop to nesting before it begins. How? Take a moment and check off the following guide below – prevention is easier than you think!
Wasp and Bee 101: Do Wasps Take Over Bees Nests?
No, but they do attack bee hives, habitually testing its defences until they break through, killing the bees they find inside. Wasps collect and store carrion to feed to larvae, preferring to eat something sweet like a bee than a sour beetle.
Store Food in an Airtight Container in the Pantry or Cool it in the Fridge
Wasps and bees love sweet things. They’re attracted to sugars and protein, so if you find yourself baking up a storm or accidentally leaving a few cake crumbs on the bench, you may find yourself inundated with a bunch of different pests, including generally outside insects. Additionally, minimise the opportunities both bees and wasps have to make inside nests, decluttering your space regularly.
Shut Your Doors
At Canberra Pest Control, we’re thankful for screen doors. Go ahead and leave the big ones open, provided you have a screen protecting you from the elements, animals and creepy crawlies. Wasps and bees will fly inside given the chance, so don’t supply the opportunity!
Take Care of Your Yard
Keep rodents and other pests (including wasps and bees) away by maintaining a lovely lawn, keeping the area clear of rubbish and fallen fruit or vegetables if you’re growing produce. Be mindful of puddles and patches of stagnant water – do you need to improve yard drainage?
Close Bin Lids
Bees and wasps, alone with rodents and roaches, are dedicated dumpster divers. Ruin their fun by ensuring your inside and outside bins have close-fitting lids, secured by weight, latch or lock. Is your council bin a bit on the light side? Pop a brick on top of the lid as a make-shift lock and make the time honoured rubbish raid almost impossible for pest species.
Seal it Up, Buttercup
Minimise the chances of a wasp or bee nest in your walls by taking a long walk around the house, paying close attention to ground level crevices and gaps that could act as entry points for flying scouts. That tiny crack in the brickwork could be all they need to invade and start building a thriving hive!
What if They’ve Already Left Their Mark and You’re Afraid They’ll Come Back?
Short of professional nest extermination and a specialist treatment, the specifics surrounding how to prevent wasps nest coming back is purely anecdotal. What has worked for someone in the past may not work for you, and it’s probably not safe anyway. Your best bet? Talk to Canberra Pest Control and make sure the only buzz you hear is the vibrating of your mobile phone after you took it off silent. Reach out today on 6242 7779.