Having a swarm of hornet or bees invade your home or business can cause worry and panic. With the onset of warm weather, these foraging insects are normally drawn to human activity as they offer plenty of food sources from garbage cans, flowering plants, BBQs, and water. Also, with enough shelter under playing structures, eves, and sheds, bees and hornets have everything they need in your property to make a home.
These flying insects pose a threat to you, your family, and your pets. Fortunately, if you want them removed from your property, we can do it for you. At Eastern Pine Pest & Wildlife, we offer pest management services, including bee and hornet control in Lynnfield MA. Our pest exterminators can safely get rid of nests found on and around your property.
How Can You Keep Bees and Hornets Away from Your House?
To prevent bees and hornets from coming to your house, you can:
- Use Wasp Traps – Make traps using the top or bottom half of a plastic bottle. Cover it with honey or syrup that naturally attracts hornets and bees. Hang it by a thread on the patio so that any insects coming in the direction of your house will be distracted and get trapped inside the container.
- Plant Herbs Around the House – Plants such as peppermint have a strong scent that repels these insects. Growing them near your house effectively keeps bees and hornets away. You should also avoid having flowering plants very close to your house as they attract these pollinators.
Removing Hornets and Bees from Your Property
If bees and hornets have already invaded your residence, here are some methods you can use to remove them:
- Smoke the Nests – Insects will flee at a moment’s notice if they sense there’s a fire nearby. To smoke them out of their nests, make a fire close by at night. This is a sure-fire way of getting them to abandon their home.
- Use Peppermint Oil Spray – Just like peppermint plant repels the insects, so does peppermint oil. Make a solution using water and pour it into a spray can. This is a strong repellant that will drive the insects away from their nests. While they’re gone, you can take down their nests to prevent them from coming back.
Precautions to Take When Removing Hornets and Bees
When disturbed, stinging insects attack. This will happen when you try to chase them away from their nests, so you should take precautions by wearing protective clothing. The fabric should be thick enough and cover every inch of your skin. In addition, cover your face with netting and get as far away from the hive once you have lit the fire or sprayed the can of peppermint.
What Should You Do When Bees or Hornets Sting?
If you're stung by a bee, remove the stinger using a dull-edged object. Unlike bees, hornets have a smooth stinger that doesn't become detached from the flying insect after a sting. It's important to ensure the stinger isn't left in your body to stop toxins from flowing.
Next, use a cold compress to help with the pain. You can also take an antihistamine orally or apply it as a cream to alleviate swelling and itching. Then, elevate the area of the sting, depending on where it is to also reduce swelling.
Stay Safe from Stinging Insects
Eastern Pine Pest & Wildlife can help you get rid of any threatening stinging pollinators within your compound.
Call us today on 781-334-8655 for bee and hornet control in Lynnfield MA.