Sunday, August 05, 2007

Bee watch

With the start of August upon us we have to address the issue of bees, wasps, and hornets becoming aggressive and steps to take to try to avoid getting stung. August and September are frantic months for bees and they often times get very aggressive and make there presence known at picnics and barbecues. So what can we do? First of all try to identify areas where wasps might be hanging out. By now they would have set up shop under your deck areas or in the corners of your eves or overhangs. Paper wasps are the biggest culprits. You will notice cones or umbrella homes and often several of them in an area. If you are brave, and these nests are easy to get to, you can spray them down yourself at night when activity is low and by using extreme caution. If you are nervous or not sure then I suggest hiring an exterminator to come out and take care of the problem. By eliminating the nests you will ease the stress of being outside and having to be bothered by bees. You can also buy traps at your local hardware store and place them on the outskirts of the area you will be hanging out. Next thing is to be careful what you have outside with regards to foods. They will no doubt crash your barbecue if you have fruit and sodas out in the open. Anything sweet will attract them so try your best to keep these foods covered or at a minimum. If you have cans of soda out on the table be sure to keep them covered as a bees may get into the can and your next sip can give you a stinging sensation!

1 comment:

Pablo said...

For those of you who are not aware Bees are in fact becoming quite rare and endagered. Who will polinate all the wonderfull fruit,veg,flowers and honey we buy when they are gone? The farmer, I don't think so....give em a break and when necessary a wide birth they die when they sting so i'm sure they'd rather not mess with us just look for food to survive. As for wasps they are aggresive and should be avoided at all costs, although i was camping recently next to a wasp nest (2m away) and didn't get hassled one bit. So take care as Bees are different to Wasps don't kill the wrong one's.