How to Deter Bees and Wasps from nesting
Monitoring is vital if you want to avoid bees and wasps, especially if you know the area you are occupying has this pest problem. It is always easier to prevent a problem before it happens, rather than to wait for them to invade your home or garden.
Wasp Deterrent Tips
- Check for nests – Check your home and garden for nests, usually walnut or golf ball in size at the beginning – early small nests have fewer wasps and are easier to treat quickly. Look for nests in garages, sheds, cavity walls or under eaves.
- Secure bins – Ensure outside containers have tightly fitting lids. Keep bins at a distance from doors and windows, so wasps are not attracted to the contents.
- Keep windows and doors shut – To prevent wasps from entering your home.
- Keep a safe distance – If you have spotted a nest, make sure you keep children and pets away from the area.
How to Deter Unwanted Bees
- Seal potential entry points – Bees can enter any structure or object that contains a hole that is a quarter of an inch or larger.
- Apply treatment to the scout bees – deter them from informing the swarm of the potential nesting spot. As a result, the swarm moves on to another location. However, the trick is to take action quickly as bees can move in suddenly.
- Remove outdoor mess – can also prevent bees from nesting in your yard. Unused appliances or lawn equipment found in gardens can attract honey bees since they provide sufficient shelter for a hive to thrive.
- Remove all traces of the honeycomb – pheromone scents left on the honeycomb can attract newcomers if your home was previously occupied by honey bees.