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How To Prevent Bees And Wasps If You Live In Southern California

Living in Southern California comes with many advantages. Nice weather, great beaches, beautiful people, these are just some of the reasons to live in Southern California. However, living here also comes with its drawbacks. For one thing, we still have to contend with stinging insects, in particular, bees and wasps. For some people, just seeing a bee or wasps creates fear. And for some, being stung by either of them can mean significant health problems. So how can you prevent bees and wasps in Southern California? With a little preventive maintenance, and some extra care when you’re outside.

Seal holes

If you want to keep bees from taking up residence in your yard, it takes a little bit of prevention on your part. First, you’ll want to seal holes that are in your home or other structures

Walk around your home, shed, barn, etc., to look for any holes that a bee might see as an entry point to their next home. Bees only need a quarter of an inch opening to get inside a building, so if you see any holes this size or larger, you should seal them as soon as possible.

Reduce clutter

Next, you’ll want to reduce the clutter. Bees have been known to improvise when it comes to finding the perfect place for their hive. They will take up residence in old lawn equipment, inside of unused planters, and any place that a human rarely goes. Be diligent in your lawn and garden upkeep, and you’ll reduce the number of sites a beehive can exist.

Keep a lid on trash

Wasps and bees alike are attracted to your trash. Keep all garbage, recycling, and compost bins sealed tight to discourage them from nesting in or around your bins.

While you’re outside

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, chances are you’ll meet a bee or wasp, or both. To avoid being stung, be extra vigilant to not become a target.

Take extra precautions while exploring or working in wooded areas, orchards, picnic areas, and gardens. When you’re working outside, check under eaves, inside attics, around window frames, and even around vents, anywhere you think an insect may nest.

If you picnic outside, don’t put out your food until you’re ready to eat, and be sure to repack and seal your food once you are finished serving.

Go barefoot at your own risk. It’s possible that you may accidentally step on a bee. Open-toed shoes and sandals may also put you at risk.

Avoid brightly colored clothing while outdoors. White and beige are good colors if you want to avoid stinging insects. If you are working, hiking, or just outside in an area known for bugs, tuck long pants into boots or socks. Wear gloves if possible.

Bumblebees are now endangered

Bumblebees are now on the endangered list and should be protected at all times. They are an integral part of our food supply, and without bees, we won’t have a lot of the food we have today.