More Bee and Wasp Myths

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The last thing we did last month was talk about bee myths, but let’s twist this a little for our next batch.  A lot of people see bees wasps and hornets as the antagonists of their life story, so by contrast that makes them their action hero.  Here’s the thing though, in that climatic battle of good and evil, hero and villain, there are lots of things that you really shouldn’t be doing.

Now I don’t know who’s fault it is that this first one is out there, but you can’t destroy a nest by hitting it with a baseball bat.  If you take a swing at that thing, it’ll infuriate the entire swarm and you’ll have a massive problem on your head, much more than the mere nest you had a minute ago, and even if you do manage to kill some of them, they release a pheromone that attracts other bees and wasps.  So if you have a friend who thinks he can take on a colony with a bat, be a bro and just tackle him or something.

Something else that won’t work is just spraying the nest with water.  It really won’t do anything, they tend to survive the rain, but if it does do anything, it’d probably just be irritating the bees.

Another thing people think is that nests can be destroyed by freezing them.  While that one really is true, you have to bear in mind how you’ll be doing it exactly.  If you have liquid nitrogen, I’ll go a head and give you a maybe, but if you want to remove it and stick it into a freezer… let’s not.  Again, this will disturb the bugs inside and they’ll be lashing out at you.

In a similar vein, you can’t get around having bees and wasps simply by getting rid of dandelions and not planting flowers.  Similar to people, as awesome as it is to not have to drive far for work, they’re still willing to travel for it, and sometimes these guys will nest miles away from the flowers.  So unless your whole neighbor hood hates gardens, that might not fix it.

Next, while bees and wasps usually aren’t as active at night, it still isn’t exactly safe to try to remove the next just because it’s dark.

As another stealth don’t, you shouldn’t be filling in holes in your wall to try to kill the insects inside.  If they burrowed to get in there, they can burrow to get out, and you may like that path much less than their first choice.

All in all, if you’re having a bee, wasp or hornet problem, stay safe and give us a call.

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