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Wasp and Bee Awareness

As we welcome the crisp embrace of Autumn, the world around us undergoes a captivating transformation, painting landscapes in hues of gold and rust. However, amidst the beauty of this season, it's essential to remain mindful of the increasing activity of certain insects. Bees and wasps, in particular, become more noticeable as they prepare for the colder months ahead.

Bees are incredible creatures with a vital role in pollinating our plants. They sting only when their hive is threatened or they feel endangered, such as when swatted at or stepped on. Typically, they don't sting while foraging for nectar. However, the sight of numerous bees or wasps gathering in one area may suggest the presence of a nearby colony. These nests can be found in diverse locations, from trees to pipes, holes, behind shutters, under roof eaves, or even on outdoor equipment like ladders.

Bee and Wasp Prevention

 There are some small things you can do to prevent them from nesting on your property:

  • Remove food sources - remove ripe or rotten fruits and berries around your garden. Move bird feeders away from your home and make sure no pet food is left outside.
  • Patch up cracks- seal off all entry points for wasps and bees, including all tiny cracks around the edges of siding and where power lines enter the house.  
  • Place wasp-repelling plants around your property - consider placing wasp deterrent plants such as mint, basil, wormwood, marigold, pennyroyal, and geranium for natural protection. 
  • Check for nests - locating nests before they develop and grow larger is important. Regularly check your garden's sheds, garages, wall cavities, and trees for newly developed nests.
  • Seal garbage cans and cover compost piles. Wasps aren’t picky and love old rotting food just as much as freshly cooked meals. In warm months, wasps crave protein-rich foods; in colder months, wasps become sweet junkies attracted to every sugary substance.

If you find a bee or wasp nest on your property, seek professional help to remove these. Never attempt to remove them yourself, as they can be dangerous.

Wasp and Bee sting first aid

Now we know how to prevent bee and wasp nests on our properties, we need to ensure we know what to do in case of a bee or wasp sting. Nobody wants to be stung by a bee or wasp, but if you or a family member happen to be stung, knowing what to look for is important.

Follow the below steps:

  • Remove the stinger as soon as possible. Tweezers are the preferred tool but fingernails or the edge of a credit card also work.
  • Clean the sting site with soap and water.
  • Apply a cold pack to reduce swelling and pain
  • Take ibuprofen to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Elevate the affected limb if the sting site is on an arm or leg.

If your friend, yourself or a family member experiences any of the following symptoms after being stung by a wasp or a bee, seek medical assistance immediately:

  • Hives, consistent itching
  • Flushed or pale skin
  • Breathing difficulties, including a swollen tongue and throat
  • A rapid or weak pulse
  • Dizziness and fainting
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Loss of consciousness

Still worried about wasps and bees on your property?

The best way to prevent a wasp or bee sting is to control their numbers with professional pest control. If you have or suspect a pest problem or would like to know more about protecting your home from pests, get in contact with Rentokil today. Your safety is important to us.

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