Bee on the look­out this spring

Stanstead Journal - - OBITUARY -

(NC) From mi­nor ir­ri­ta­tions to se­vere al­ler­gic re­ac­tions, don’t let bees and wasps be a buzz-kill this year. Bee- and wasp­proof­ing should start as soon as tem­per­a­tures begin to rise, as colonies begin anew each spring.

“The most im­por­tant el­e­ment of wasp con­trol is the pre­ven­tion of fu­ture nests on your prop­erty,” says Alice Sinia, PhD, a res­i­dent en­to­mol­o­gist with Orkin Canada. “It is much eas­ier to proac­tively pre­vent a sin­gle queen than to treat a col­o­nized nest.”

Wasps and bees like to nest in pro­tected ar­eas such as dense bushes, tree branches, fence lines, wall voids or un­der the eaves of a struc­ture. Th­ese steps to pro­tect your prop­erty are sug­gested by Orkin: home for nests. If you sus­pect the pres­ence of bees or wasps, reach out to your lo­cal pest man­age­ment pro­fes­sional to eval­u­ate and re­move the nest. Bees and other pol­li­na­tors may be pro­tected by lo­cal or na­tional laws, so con­tact your pest man­age­ment pro­fes­sional for ad­vice on how to han­dle your spe­cific sit­u­a­tion.

ex­te­rior of your build­ing. coloured and fra­grant flow­ers. Choos­ing out­door dé­cor with dark or neu­tral colours can dis­cour­age fly­ing pests. such as pic­nic spreads, pet food, garbage con­tain­ers and com­post piles.

It is im­por­tant that you do not try to elim­i­nate nests on your own. Wasp and bee stings are typ­i­cally a mi­nor nui­sance, but in some cases, se­vere al­ler­gies or side ef­fects can oc­cur. By part­ner­ing with a pest man­age­ment pro­fes­sional and tak­ing proac­tive steps now, you can help re­duce the sting of fly­ing pests all year.

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