As a homeowner, one of the concerns that you may always have is bee control. However, you might not know how you should go about preventing and dealing with bee infestations. You can use this guide to learn more about bees so you can prevent a bee infestation and also know what to do in case one occurs.
What Bees Are Attracted To
To know how to prevent bees from nesting in or around your home, you need to know what attracts bees to nest in the first place. Bees want to nest in an area that is already hollowed out, so they can build their nest or hive around and within that structure.
This means that they would ideally choose a hollowed-out tree as their nesting ground. However, if you have a hole in the exterior of your home that is as small as a quarter of an inch in size, those bees could also find hollow spaces in your walls, ceilings, or attic space in your home to nest.
Bees do not see the difference between these areas and hollowed out trees. They simply see it as a safe structure in which to build a nest.
How to Know If Bees Are Scouting Your Home
If you do not currently have a bee infestation in your home or yard, then there are ways to detect a problem before a nest is even formed. The sign to watch out for is a swarm of bees. A swarm of bees is a large group of bees that travel together and generally congregate around a tree branch or other partially covered area.
The swarm consists of a queen bee as well as drones, worker bees, and scouts. Most bees in the swarm will stick together while the scouts will wander off to look for an ideal nesting ground. If you see a swarm in your yard or near your home, you can be certain that bees are scouting the nearby area for a nest.
How You Can Prevent Bees from Infesting Your Home
The best way to prevent bees from infesting your home is performing home maintenance tasks. You will want to inspect your home regularly for any points of vulnerability. For example, go up to your attic on a sunny day. Look for any areas where the sunlight is penetrating your roof or walls. If you have beams of sunlight getting through, then insects like bees can probably get through as well.
Examining the foundation of your home and looking for cracks can also be helpful to finding areas of vulnerability in your home. The sooner you find and address these areas, the better your chances of preventing a bee infestation. In addition, the best time of year to do this is just before spring. Spring is the time that bees will scout out their new home.
Maintaining your trees is also important in the bee infestation prevention process. You do not want to have any hollowed-out trees or tree branches that bees could easily find and make their home.
What to Do If You Have a Bee Infestation
If there is already a bee infestation in your home, then it is important to contact pest control professionals right away. While you do not want a beehive in your home, you also do not want to destroy the bees entirely as bees are becoming more and more scarce.
Pest control companies can offer you bee removal services. They will work to safely relocate the hive without killing the bees in the process. This is done by creating an alternative nesting site that can be removed and encouraging the bees to leave their current nest by disturbing it. This can also include simply taking and relocating the hive as is.
Then, the pest control professionals will bee-proof your home by sealing off entry points and applying chemical deterrents that will keep bees from considering your home.
Now that you know these facts about bees and how they interact with your home, you can contact a pest control company at the first sign of trouble around your home.