Bee and Wasp Control: The Times of Year to Find and Dispose of Nests
As spring finally approaches, you’ll soon start to see bees and wasps flying around and beginning to build their nests. In some parts of the country where there was a mild winter, you might see this earlier than usual, though wasps and bees generally start to build their nests by June.
Where should you look for these nests, especially for wasps before early summer starts? You’ll want to locate the nests by then since wasps and yellow jackets start to become more aggressive when you head into late summer and early fall.
Scoping Out Wasp Nests
Paper wasps are the most common that build nests under vertical surfaces. This usually means under eaves on your home, or any overhang that’s natural or man-made. Early June is the best time to scope out these nests and eliminate them with a professional exterminator.
While these nests are smaller in the early summer, it’s when the queen has her colony of wasps already in progress. You’ll likely see them flying in and out of the nest during the day, so location of the nest is easier.
Your biggest challenge is when a wasp’s nest becomes concealed in a hidden place away from human contact. If the nest is in a location that isn’t a threat to humans, it’s best to leave it alone since the wasps won’t harm you if you stay away from them. However, if you suspect a nest is in between a wall in your home or in your attic, you’re going to need professional assistance.
In no way should you attempt to discard these nests on your own since it could be dangerous. For concealed nests, it may require drilling a hole in a wall in order to gain access to the nest for professional disposal.
Keep in mind a wasp nest in the winter is old and safe to pick up and dispose. When the weather gets cool, wasps can’t survive, so any that were still in there wouldn’t be alive.
You don’t typically see many honeybee nests around because they generally come from beekeepers. Then again, you might find some eventually in your yard. Most of the time, honeybees build nests in trees, and they may even sting you if you inadvertently invade. While honeybees die after they sting you, they don’t become much of a problem after late spring ends.
The same goes for bumblebee nests that build nests in similar places, including in structures so they stay hidden.
Let us help you eliminate these nests this spring here at Capitol Pest. Don’t let a bee or wasp nest get out of control on your property, especially if you have kids or pets around who play outdoors considerably during the season.