The Best Way To Keep Bees & Wasps Away From Your Maryland Yard This Summer

7/28/2020

We all look forward to summer because it means time off from school, vacations, swimming, and outdoor fun. However, flying insects can ruin or disturb all of that. Bees and wasps are feared by many Maryland residents because they sting. The result of this can be fatal to certain individuals. In the very least, it can lead to a hospital visit. Plus a few species of stinging insects are capable of destroying property. Though these bugs help the environment with their pollination and feeding practices, folks understandably don’t want them around their home or business. Find out which bees and wasps frequent the area, and how to prevent them with Capitol Pest’s help.

a carpenter bee making a nest in a fence

Common Bees & Wasps in Maryland

Honey bees are 19/32 of an inch long. Their oval bodies are typically black or brown with yellow or brown stripes. They don’t hibernate but are most active in spring. Plant pollen and nectar are what they consume primarily. As their name suggests, they’re known for producing honey. They use their gland wax to build large nests. Should they sting you, it will be very painful. You’ll experience redness and itching at the site. Those allergic to their venom may faint, be nauseous, and/or die.

Carpenter bees range in size. The larger ones can be close to an inch long. Color-wise, they vary from purple-blue, blue, black, or greenish-black. Smaller ones are about 5/16 of an inch long. Their metallic bodies are dark, with a couple of yellow marks. These bugs shred and make holes in unfinished and weathered wood. Siding, decks, fences, doors, window sills, and lawn furniture are their prime targets. While the males don’t sting, the females definitely can⁠—and their stings hurt

Paper wasps are about an inch long. They have yellow markings on their dark brown bodies and have black wings. They’ll surround attics, window sills, eaves, foundation voids, and door frames, looking for sheltered spots to inhabit. Nests are made of their saliva and plant material. The final product looks like paper, hence their name. When they sting, it causes pain and possibly an allergic reaction. 

These insects are able to sting several times in seconds. Each sting increases medical risks.

Preventing Bees & Wasps

To make your property less attractive to bees and wasps, do the following:

  • Groom flowers, plants, and shrubbery frequently.

  • Greenery should be two feet away from your front door.

  • Keep your lawn clean and remove debris. The same goes for vents and gutters.

  • Garbage should be regularly removed and put in an airtight container.

  • Clean your porches, decks, and roof eaves often.

  • Don’t leave food on your patio, and wipe up spills. 

  • Call Capitol Pest if you have other critters that bees and wasps feed on. 

Capitol Pest Bee & Wasp Control 

You may think you can remove a bee or wasp nest on your own, but this is not advised. Even if a nest seems abandoned, coming in contact with it is dangerous. Using a retail insecticide isn’t a good idea either. You could agitate the bugs or misapply the product. Contacting Capitol Pest is a safer bet. Our team will locate areas of bee and wasp activity and properly eliminate nests. Our treatments are affordable and come with guarantees. We use the latest and greatest technology. Call today for a free estimate and inspection!

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