Tuesday, July 18, 2006


It's mid summer and soon wasps and bees of all kinds will be going bonkers. Some things to consider when dealing with wasps and bees....they all sting and they all hurt. People have different reactions to stings and unfortunately might not know the reaction until they are actually stung. It is advised that if a nest is observed to steer clear and let the professionals handle it. Bees and wasps will nest just about anywhere, holes in a fence, holes in walls, under eaves, under fences, in the ground, on old pallets, inside abandoned cars, in your attic. Wherever they can squeeze into and start building a nest and be safe they will go. There are lot's of bees and wasps that people deal with everyday. Wasps, Yellow Jackets, Paper Wasps, bald Faced Hornets, Honey Bees, Bumble Bees, Cicada Killers, Digger Wasps, Mud Dauber Wasps, the list can go on and on. Some things to consider. If you come upon or near a honey bee nest and they start to "head bunt" you. Keep your cool and calmly but urgently move back away from them. Don't go Bazerk and start swatting because it could cause an alert response and you'll be in the morning paper the next day as the one who was attacked by bees. (Avoid at all costs) Honey Bees will sometimes warn you by "head bunting" to say to you, "Get back, this is our space" If they swarm and attack then run fast, run hard and get away, don't panic and stop and fall down in a ball because then you are doomed. If you notice bees or wasps flying into a hole or you stumble upon a hornet's nest then stop and watch their flight pattern, they will fly in one way and out the other. When you have pin pointed their flight pattern then my strong advice to you would be to NOT DISTURB THIS FLIGHT PATTERN. Even if you have to cross the street to avoid it. My next words of wisdom will be words to live by. If you find the hold Bees or Wasps are flying into especially if it is a hole on your outside wall of your house, DO NOT PLUG THAT HOLE UP!!!! I know people who will wait till it's dark and the activity seemed to stop and go out and caulk that hole thinking that the bees will be trapped and die. Let me tell you this, they will not die, in fact they will find their way into your house sooner than later. Cover their hole and they will find another way out and it's often by chewing a hole through your drywall on the inside and out into your living room. Another example is that they cover the hole at a fence, etc, in the morning when activity is low. Then by mid afternoon there are hundred of wasps or bees trying to get back into their hole and they are agitated and stinging anyone who passes by. NEVER COVER A BEE HOLE! Bees are tough customers...that's why people invented bee poles that allow exterminators to treat from far distances and that's why people invented bees suits and all that kind of stuff. Call your local exterminator.

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