Buzzing Hives in Your Garden Keeping You Indoors?
Have you noticed the loud buzzing sound coming from your yard? Maybe the buzzing has gotten loud enough to warrant you having a closer look around your property to see where it is coming from. Upon closer inspection, you find that you have a tree in your yard that is filled with clusters of flowers and each of those clusters seems to have every bee and wasp in the neighborhood buzzing about excitedly. So, what do you do? Call an extermination company first to make sure it is not worse than it looks.
The Bee-Bee Tree
There is a new tree making its home in Maryland, and it is being called the bee-bee tree. It is also known as the Korean evodia. It can grow to be up to thirty feet tall and is often mistaken for an ash tree. These trees can be either male or female meaning that the male or female flowers are on separate trees; however, they both produce very large clusters of flower heads.
This tree tends to bloom during the hottest and driest part of the summer, so it is a favorite among beekeepers, but the same isn’t true for other landowners and homeowners who may be close to this tree. It is a bee magnet and may require a call to your local extermination company.
Getting Rid of Bees
Even if you have never heard of this tree and are nowhere near one, bees and wasps are still an annoyance and a problem when they have taken up residence in your garden. To keep them from invading your home, there are a few things you can do in addition to calling an extermination company to come out and do some regular maintenance.
Patch Up Cracks
If you have any tiny cracks along the siding or edging of your home, they need to be sealed up, or the bees will make their way inside. You also want to patch up any holes you may have in your window screens as well. The best time to this would be early spring before the nests become too active.
If you find a wasp nest in the area you are sealing off; you need to make sure it is removed; otherwise, they will find another way to get inside. They will not simply die off if you seal them in. They may even resort to chewing through the drywall.
Wasp traps are an easy DIY project for the home. Simply saw the tops of a few two-liter bottles and invert them so the wasps can’t escape once they go inside for their treat; add some sugar water and hang them around your property.