In the last few months of warm weather, right up until the first frost, the bees are all the buzz! You’ll notice them on your front porch, on your walks at the park, and sometimes they are wandering from your backyard into your home.
Bees such as honeybees are typically friendly, looking to pollinate wild and home garden plants. They are protected species and it is illegal for them to be killed. However, their cousin, the wasp can be much more aggressive. CTV’s article, “Beware bees’ more aggressive cousin: the yellow jacket” talks about the importance of calmness and avoidance. It’s in our initial reaction to swat or even yell at these pests once they come close in proximity. However, this knee-jerk reaction is the wrong response. Any aggressive behaviour actually encourages wasps to become more aggressive and entices them to sting! The best approach is to slowly and calmly back away. Keep fragrance and bright colours to a minimum as they also attract them.
The most common wasps in Canada are the yellow jacket, bald-faced hornet and the paper wasp. They like to make their homes in small holes or crevices. This can be under your deck, or on the ground level. This can be dangerous for many home owners who may not be aware of the nest. Be careful to inspect areas where your children play in the backyard or when going into your garden around your home. If a wasp nest is around, you want to be careful to avoid it as any disturbance could upset and aggravate them!
If you find any wasps making their nest, be sure to check out Advantage’s pest control products to help eliminate these pests. If any allergies pose a threat, call Advantage Pest Control to help deal with the problem.