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Bee Control Help

Hey Guys, I am looking to take the attack to the bee's this year instead of waiting till mid summer for them to have me surrounded. First year, the bees made a small nest about the size of palm of my hand in backyard above the patio door. I quickly used the one shot spray on it and knocked it down. They never came back there for rest of summer sweet.

Last year, my backyard was clear of bees, but i started noticing bees around the side of my house. The bees were going into the brick/mortar behind the ac unit were the wires go into the house. I sprayed them, killed about 20 or 30. Then noticed the bees were trying to make a new whole thru the bricks next to the A/C unit. I was spraying about 3 or 4 holes daily. Eventually I had to call the experts they used the powder got all the way into the nest behind the bricks. No more bees for rest of summer. Funny part is I had 1 of those fake bee hives 1 foot away from the a/c unit and that still didn't deter the bees.

So now this year, its still cold out so the bees aren't here yet, how do I stop, prevent, deter them from getting anywhere near my backyard, house, bricks anything. Is there something I can spray on all my bricks they dont like, or a special bees trap that will kill em b4 they just happen to pick my yard as they home again? I watched billy the exterminator on tv always rave and use this some natural eucalyptus based product, where can I find that in Toronto and spray everything in site in it?

Any help will be much appreciated, thanks RDS.
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Are they bees or wasps? If bees, why do you want to get rid of them?
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OttawaGardener wrote: Are they bees or wasps? If bees, why do you want to get rid of them?
They are wasps. Got that confirmed.
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HiClass wrote: They are wasps. Got that confirmed.
Ok just checking! Bees good, wasps (mostly) bad. Easiest is probably store bought wasp spray.
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OttawaGardener wrote: Ok just checking! Bees good, wasps (mostly) bad. Easiest is probably store bought wasp spray.
yeah, i've noticed with the sprays those are only good once the wasps have arrived. Is there anything I can spray that will deter them from even coming.
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HiClass wrote: yeah, i've noticed with the sprays those are only good once the wasps have arrived. Is there anything I can spray that will deter them from even coming.
I think that is the case with most sprays. Perhaps a foam spray may work as the foam may leave a residue?
I had bees in my walls last year (also getting in behind the brick and then found an entrance to get between the wall) and used spray and got nowhere. Used the foam after and it worked.
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You can use a fake wasp nest as wasp tend to be territorial. Hang in close to the area before they come back and they most likely will avoid the area. Find out why type of wasp, this will be of much use in your fight.
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As the above poster said a fake nest or a wasp trap with orange juice in it.
Both items are usually available and Dollarama.
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koffey wrote: You can use a fake wasp nest as wasp tend to be territorial. Hang in close to the area before they come back and they most likely will avoid the area. Find out why type of wasp, this will be of much use in your fight.
Thanks for the advice, sadly the fake wasp nest did absolutely nothing. I had 1 hung the entire summer, the wasps instead made a nest 1 foot away from the fake nest.

My lil friends are Paper Wasps, and I'm really determined not to let them take over my yard this year!
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If you use a trap, a few drops of dish soap will kill them faster. And some vinegar will keep bees out of the trap (good), but the wasps don't care.
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HiClass wrote: Thanks for the advice, sadly the fake wasp nest did absolutely nothing. I had 1 hung the entire summer, the wasps instead made a nest 1 foot away from the fake nest.

My lil friends are Paper Wasps, and I'm really determined not to let them take over my yard this year!
Interesting, paper tend to only get nasty when the nest is threatened and a fake nest normally works. Are you sure last year they were not already nesting? Cause that won't help. Nests need to be place PRIOR to a new nest build.
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koffey wrote: Interesting, paper tend to only get nasty when the nest is threatened and a fake nest normally works. Are you sure last year they were not already nesting? Cause that won't help. Nests need to be place PRIOR to a new nest build.
100%, i put the fake nest out pretty early in spring and the location where the paper went in was right beside the fake nest. There's no way I would've missed seeing any paper bees going in and out, especially with it being electrical wires there, and me removing my tarp from the AC unit early in season as well.
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So far I got 3 of these traps, 1 on each wall surrounding my house, caught 2 bees in 1st 24hrs. I've noticed these bees dont look like the normal worker paper bee's ive seen in middle of summer. I am hoping these are the female queen bees, but who knows.

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Hoping everyone is talking about wasps and not bees?
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Bees or wasps? Does the OP have pictures?
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OttawaGardener wrote: Me too. Bees - important pollinators! - are in decline, and need our help. http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can ... ly-garden/ I have no lawn, and have a pollinator-friendly garden
I agree with the important pollinator part, I also agree that they are very important to to our planet and am happy you have a bee friendly garden but...if these bees decided to nest between the walls of your house and make huge hives to you can hear the in the house and honey is spreading to the inside walls.....I suggest even you would also become a bee terminator.
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Pete_Coach wrote: I agree with the important pollinator part, I also agree that they are very important to to our planet and am happy you have a bee friendly garden but...if these bees decided to nest between the walls of your house and make huge hives to you can hear the in the house and honey is spreading to the inside walls.....I suggest even you would also become a bee terminator.
True :) I hope that never happens!
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OttawaGardener wrote: Ok just checking! Bees good, wasps (mostly) bad. Easiest is probably store bought wasp spray.
I dont think anything living inside your wall can be considered good....

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