Wasps and bees aren’t just a nuisance — they can be downright scary. The fear of these flying insects is intensified if you happen to be allergic to their stings. But even if you’re not allergic, if these insects get close, you’ll quickly find yourself performing acrobatic stunts to stay away from them.
Many people try to avoid killing bees because they are necessary to our planet, but wasps don’t generally feel that kind of love from the general public. When things get out of hand, however, you might find yourself in need of a good wasp and bee killer as a way to regain the tranquility around your home.
The effect of using insecticides in your backyard
For the most part, experts caution homeowners from using insecticides as a wasp and bee killer. The reason is simple: they don’t like it. You might get away with spraying a single wasp or bee, but spraying an entire nest can spell trouble. What you’re likely to do is upset them — especially certain species — and that’s just asking for trouble. Plus, spraying insecticides willy-nilly around your backyard can be detrimental to some plants, not to mention possible exposure to pets or children. If you insist on spraying, be sure to exercise caution.
Removing a nest from your backyard
Having a nest of bees or wasps in your backyard is not only unsightly, but the large number of these flying sting machines that come in and out all day can be downright dangerous. However, it is very important that you do not attempt to destroy or remove a nest yourself. Doing so will upset the wasps or bees and you may be stung multiple times. If you’re dealing with bees, you should first contact a local beekeeper. Often, these men and women will safely remove a hive and take possession of it. If you have wasps, or a beekeeper is unable to take the hive, contact your local pest control company to dispose of it for you or to advise you on your next step.
Setting up a trap in your backyard
If you don’t have a full-blown nest to deal with, then you can create your own wasp and bee killer. All you need is an empty two-liter soda bottle, a stapler, and some sugary water. Start off by cutting off the top — around 5 inches or so — of the bottle. Then flip it upside down so that it’s pointing down into the rest of the bottle. Staple it securely to keep it from slipping, and then fill the container with a few inches of sugary water. The sugar will attract the bees and wasps, and once they hit the water, they’ll drown.
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