Bees play an important role in our ecosystem, but having bees in and around your home can be a nuisance. For people with bee sting allergies, the insects' presence can even be dangerous. If you prefer to enjoy the work of bees from a distance, here are a few things you can do to keep them away from your home and yard.
Manage The Trash
Bees can be drawn to sweet juices, fruit, candy, and other similar foods. For this reason, it's a good idea to keep the lids to your trash can shut and to securely close garbage bags so these items don't fall out. Keep trash cans ready for garbage day as far away from your house as possible to help prevent bees from coming inside.
Reduce Lawn Clutter
Bees looking for nesting areas may find exactly what they are looking for in rarely used items, such as lawn equipment, or playground equipment. Remove items that aren't used often and place them in the garage or a storage shed. Keep your outdoor items clean, and keep an eye out for stray bees that may be looking for a place to nest. You can also have your local pest control company use chemical treatments on playground equipment to keep the bees at bay.
Keep Your Yard Free From Holes
Different types of bees and stinging insects nest in different ways, but eliminating holes is an important part of bee prevention. Some bees and wasps create nests in the ground, so keeping an eye out for holes in the yard is one way to prevent them from calling your property home. Fill the holes with dirt, and if you suspect you already have a hive growing, call your local pest control company.
Inspect Your Home's Exterior
In addition to looking for holes in the grass, you'll want to look for holes in the exterior of your home as well. Carpenter bees tend to make their homes in wood, while mortar bees make their homes in the mortar between bricks. Inspect your home regularly for small holes in mortar or wood, and seal them to prevent bee infestations. If you suspect that bees have already begin creating a give inside of your home's walls, do not seal the holes, as eliminating the exit could lead to bees entering your living space. Instead, call a pest control expert.
Talk to your local pest control company to find out more about keeping bees away from your home and property, and arrange for an inspection if you suspect you already have a bee problem.