With summer heat comes the inevitable arrival of buzzy pests. Bees and wasps, feared for their stings but relied upon for their pollinating capabilities, take over yards nationwide. How can you reduce the number of these pests in your yard to tolerable levels? With these bee and wasp abatement strategies from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Integrated Pest Management Tactics for Controlling Bees & Wasps
• Put food away immediately after mealtime.
• Clean up spills of sticky, syrupy liquids and foods immediately.
• Keep trash cans and dumpsters tightly sealed, emptying them frequently.
• Eliminate standing water, which draws pests of all kinds, fixing leaky faucets and areas with poor drainage so that they remain dry.
• Plug holes in your building structure that could allow pests entry.
• Ensure the structural integrity of vents, and window screens. Preventing bees and wasps from entering your building is the best defense.
Other Tips for Reducing the Population of Bees & Wasps on Your Premises
• Consider composting indoors, as these pests can be drawn to open compost piles.
• Clean up rotten fruit and vegetables in the garden to avoid attracting pests.
• Don’t swat wasps. They release chemicals when squashed that can incite nearby wasps to attack. Learn what to do in the vicinity of wasps.
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