Bethesda, MD Bee and Wasp Control Services
Bethesda boasts beautiful trails, incredible dining venues, and an array of flowers, shrubs and flowering trees. While April cherry blossoms and late spring flowers might be a delight for passersby, they can also attract a different crowd. Bees and wasps flock to blooms and blossoms to do their important job of pollination. Unfortunately, many also make their way into homes or outbuildings, where they can cause structural damage and pose safety risks.
Why Do Bees and Wasps Love Bethesda?
Home and business owners in Bethesda know that they can look forward to warm, humid weather throughout the spring and summer months. The great weather is a plus if you enjoy being outside, but it also creates conditions that pests such as bees and wasps love. zz
Bees and wasps are pollinators. They serve an essential role in nature, and there wouldn’t be so many flowers, fruits and vegetables without them. As pollinators, they’re attracted to blooming plants and trees where they can gather nectar. That means the beautiful spring and summer blooms in Bethesda are very attractive to these flying insects. When they stay close to trees and flowers, they’re fulfilling a natural role and don’t bother people unless they feel threatened.
Unfortunately, the situation changes as temperatures drop. Bees and wasps must find a warm place to stay out the cold months. Known as overwintering, seeking a warm area to nest during cooler months is crucial to the survival of bees and wasps. Homes, businesses and outbuildings often become a target for insects who need to overwinter.
Bee and Wasp Infestations 101
Bees and wasps enter houses through doors that are left open, holes in screens, or gaps and cracks around windows and other structural features. They often enter during cool months to find a place to overwinter, but they may also enter during warmer months to find a nesting site. Many flying insects are also attracted to food and water sources in homes and businesses.
Once they’ve entered a building, bees and wasps will build nests wherever they can. This can lead to serious damage to wallboards and ceilings. These flying pests can also sting in droves and cause serious problems for those who are allergic to them. Of course, stinging or biting bees and wasps can also seriously injure or kill family pets.
There are many different types of bees and wasps, but they all share similar appearance characteristics. Most range from 10 to 20 mm in length and are yellow, brown, metallic blue or metallic green in appearance. Both bees and wasps have two sets of wings and tend to have pinched waists.
Handling a Flying Insect Infestation
Bee and wasp infestations are relatively easy to identify. Most home and business owners either see a nest or notice a large number of the flying insects inside their building. If you suspect an infestation at your property, call Capitol Pest right away. These pests can be dangerous and should only be handled by a properly trained technician. Once the infestation is eliminated, Capitol Pest can create a proactive plan to keep pests out in the future too.