Every summer, people on Long Island have to deal with an onslaught of bees. But don’t fear! There are a few simple steps you can take to prevent being stung by a bee.
What Are the Signs of Bees?
If you notice bees around your home, take steps to avoid being stung. Bees are attracted to light, so make sure you have curtains or blinds on all your windows. They also like sugar, so avoid leaving sweets out on the table when there are bees around. You may hear buzzing sounds or see flying insects around the house; this is a sign that bees are present as well. If any of these signs occur near your home, it’s important to leave them alone and leave their removal up to a professional exterminator who has experience dealing with swarms of honeybees.
What Attracts Bees?
- Flowers, pollen, and nectar. Honeybees are attracted to flowers and will gather the nectar from them in order to make their own honey. They also collect pollen from plants to feed their young.
- The color blue. There’s some debate as to why this is true, but it appears that blue attracts bees more than other colors do—especially when the blue color is moving around or flashing at different speeds!
- The smell of sweet things (for example: fruit). If you’ve ever been stung by a bee while munching on a piece of melon or berries, then you know how important it is for bees to be able to find food sources quickly!
How to Prevent Bees and Bee Stings
- Keep flowers, trees and shrubs trimmed. Bees are often attracted to areas with lots of pollen and nectar available year-round such as flower beds, trees, and shrubs. If you have these in your yard, keep them well maintained so they don’t become overgrown.
- Remove trash and debris. Trash is an allurement for bees as it provides a place to nest if they’re unable to create one themselves (like under a loose bit of siding). Make sure your trash cans are secure so that there’s no way for them to get inside.
- Keep food and drinks out of the yard. Don’t leave any food or drink outside if you’re going to be sitting outdoors for an extended period of time—bees are attracted not only by the scent but also by movement! Just make sure everything is properly sealed up before bringing it back into your house or garage after picnicking outside on those hot summer days!
Protect Your Yard from Bees This Summer
If you’re looking for the most effective way to protect your yard from bees this summer, Suburban Exterminating can help. We provide effective control of bees and other stinging insects that are causing problems in and around your home. Visit our home pest control page for details about our available pest control plans for Long Island homeowners.