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Taking the Sting Out of Your Community’s Buzzing Neighbors

March 25, 2024

During the spring and summer months, there is an increased possibility that your residents may encounter bees and wasps. Although they are relatively harmless (only one or two people out of 1,000 are allergic or hypersensitive to stings), the presence of these winged creatures can prompt frantic calls to the management office.

Most communities have interior pest control scheduled as part of their regular maintenance plan. Addressing challenges with bees and wasps that have chosen to make your property's breezeways, stairwells or building eaves their home, generally falls outside of this scope of work. And since these insects, while sometimes a bother, are vital to the overall ecosystem, some consideration should be given on how to manage them as opposed to simply killing them.

Understanding Our Winged Neighbors:

Before we dive into management strategies, let's take a moment to appreciate the valuable roles wasps and bees play in our environment. Beyond their buzz, these little creatures are essential pollinators and natural pest controllers, that help keep our ecosystem in balance. 

Preventive Measures:

Regular inspections and maintenance can help identify and address potential nesting sites and minimize the likelihood of infestations. Simple steps like sealing cracks and keeping outdoor areas clean can deter these insects from settling in unwanted areas.

Professional Help:

Sometimes, we might need a little extra assistance. Pest control professionals are the go-to experts for safely relocating nests or addressing infestations with minimal disruption to the environment. Make sure any pest control professional you bring on is fully licensed and insured.

Natural Remedies:

For bees specifically, planting bee-friendly flowers or using non-toxic deterrents can help keep our buzzing buddies at bay without harming them and act as an eco-friendly solution.

In conclusion—in our vibrant apartment communities, managing wasps and bees is all about finding the sweet spot between safety and harmony. By working together, staying informed, and considering the positive effect bees and wasps can have on the ecosystem, we can create an environment where everyone feels right at home.

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