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Bees to Buzz Off
have built a nest in the wall of my house. What can I
Before deciding on a solution, it is helpful to first
determine what type of bees you have:
yellow jackets, wasps, hornets, or mud daubers. Not
all stinging insects are aggressive or necessarily dangerous,
unless you or someone in your family is allergic to
their bite or sting.
It is hazardous to remove stinging insect nests unless
you fully understand the nature of the insect and what
needs to be done to avoid serious harm. If the insects
pose a direct threat, it may be necessary to call in
a professional. In some areas there are professionals
who specialize in the non-chemical removal of nests
for certain types of stinging insects such as yellow
jackets. The collected nests are then sold to pharmaceutical
companies that make anti-venom from the dead insects.
As an alternative, you can request that they relocate
the nest to a wooded area or field. Of course, if you
find a professional willing to provide this service,
there would most likely be an additional charge.
Stinging insects have a short life cycle, and cold
weather generally kills off the colony. Therefore, if
the nest does not present a clear danger, you may want
to leave it alone and simply let nature run its course.
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