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Bee and Wasp Prevention in West Palm

2013 April 2
by pestfinder

Florida’s bees and wasps are a vital part of the environment. Florida crops pollinated by honey bees raise nearly $200 million in tax revenue each year. Unfortunately, bees and wasps can also be a troublesome pest when they build their hives near homes and other buildings.

Are they dangerous?

Bees and wasps are a nuisance for a number of reasons. Most varieties of these insects are protective of their nests and will aggressively sting anything they perceive as a threat. Their stingers are venomous and result in painful irritation and swelling of the skin. People with allergies can have serious reactions to the venom, and between 50 and 100 people in the US die each year from bee stings. In addition to the risk of painful stings, carpenter bee infestations can result in significant property damage. Carpenter bees build their nests by boring into wood, and they damage and deface hundreds of wooden structures in Florida each year.

Most infestations can be detected by keeping an eye out for large numbers of bees and wasps. If a swarm of the insects is moving in the same direction, they may be traveling to a common nesting place nearby. Bees and wasps are often attracted to homes by sources of food. The best way to prevent an infestation is to keep outdoor garbage and recycling containers closed. You can also build birdfeeders and bird baths on the premises. Many bird species feed on bees and wasps as well as their larvae.

Dealing with Bees, Wasps and Hornets is best left to the professionals

Once they have infested an area, getting rid of a colony of bees or wasps is both difficult and dangerous. Hiring a professional exterminator is the safest and most effective way to solve the problem. Professional pest technicians have the skill and experience necessary to get rid of the infestation without aggravating the swarm.  Protective Pest of West Palm is highly trained in controlling bee and wasp populations, and offer free quotes.

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