Bees and other insects tend to build their nests in house walls, next to windows, or on balconies. If you have one in your place, you’re probably thinking seriously about removing it to keep you and your family safe from any unpleasant situations. But you’ll need to make sure you proceed with precaution, as removing a bee’s nest isn’t easy and you may be better off calling in a pest control Long Island expert.
Step 1. Identify your new tenants
It might not seem important, but it’s always good to know what you’re fighting against, as it can help you protect yourself better in case of allergies. Generally, in these nests you’ll find bees, hornets or wasps. In most cases, you can tell the difference by the nest, as bees make theirs out of wax, while other insects use mud, wood fiber, and paper. If you can’t see the nest, try to find any dead insects around your home and check their bodies. If they are hairy, you’re dealing with bees. A smooth exterior means the nest belongs to hornets or wasps, which are generally aggressive if you disturb their home.
Step 2. Check if you can save the bees
Bees are important pollinators, but having them in your home’s walls will most probably cause serious damage to your house. However, you can contact a beekeeper and discuss possibilities about moving them to a safer place. This is often a complex and expensive operation with little chance of success, but as each case is different, you might want to think it through before making the decision to exterminate them.
Step 3. Call for professional help
Removing a nest is a dangerous operation, especially if you want to do it during spring or summer. As long as the insects are flying around, they can be aggressive, and wasps and hornets can sting several times. Depending on the size of their nests, a hornet colony can have as many as 700 hornets inside, and wasp colonies can be five times more numerous. Bees are also very hostile when someone tries to destroy their nest.
Dealing with hundreds of threatened insects all by yourself is not a wise thing to do and many homeowners try pesticides unsuccessfully first and end up calling an exterminator after spending considerable amounts of time and money on products.
If spending all spring and summer avoiding bees doesn’t bother you, you could try to remove the nest by yourself in late winter, when the number of insects is smaller or, in some cases, they’re all gone. Make sure you have destroyed the nest, or the queen might come back next spring and start rebuilding.
Michael Peggs is the founder of content marketing agency and SEO agency Marccx Media, where they specialize in SEO and Content Marketing. Before Marcxx, Peggs worked at Google in business development, forming digital media and advertising partnerships. He is also a blogger and podcaster, hosting the iTunes Top 10 New & Noteworthy podcast You University – The Personal Branding Podcast.