Bee on the lookout for the black and yellow army this summer

The flowers are in bloom and the black and yellow Perth pest army is back in force. Bees are excellent at helping keep your garden alive by delivering pollen from flower to flower. However, when they have a hive near the home they’re not always a met with such enthusiasm.

How to treat a bee sting

Bee stings are never very pleasant and can be deadly if you are highly allergic. If this is the case, calling a pest control specialist is the best way to ensure you remain sting free. If you do get stung, clean the area with soap and water to remove any residual venom, use an icepack to help reduce swelling and take an antihistamine.

Watch out for wasps

Bees are sociable insects largely helping to redistribute the pollen around your garden and making the delicious spread honey as a by-product – wasps are a very different story. Think of them as bees’ very grump relative, as wasps are generally more aggressive. As well as pollen, wasps also collect insect larvae, meat scraps and even small sigh to feed their offspring. While they are naturally good at removing caterpillars and mosquito infestations from your pond, their aggressive nature might be an outdoor deterrent.

What to do if you get stung?

Unlike bees who are stung and done, wasps can sting multiple times making them even more dangerous for people with severe allergies. Possible side effects of multiple wasp stings include muscle breakdown, kidney failure and in some serious cases, death. If you believe you have been stung by a wasp and are experiencing symptoms including swelling, dizziness and difficulty breathing you could be having a severe allergic reaction and should seek medical attention immediately.

Common places to find infestations

If you notice a large number of bees or wasps around your home this could mean you have an infestation. Common places to find beehives or wasp nests are undercover areas such as garages, sheds, attics or alfresco rooves. They may also have set up home in trees or around a compost bin. Use caution around any suspected nest areas to avoid being stung.

Time to call in the professionals

Bug Busters are highly trained pest control professionals fully equipped to deal with whatever pest problem, swiftly and effectively. If you think you have a pest problem at your Perth home or business, contact Bug Busters on 9493 1313 or simply fill out an online enquiry form.

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