Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, and you know what that means – outdoor BBQs! Warmer weather and people feeling safer attending gatherings means that this upcoming holiday weekend is sure to be packed with outdoor events and family fun.
While you are planning your menus and packing the coolers, don’t forget to plan ahead for bees. These uninvited guests can cause some real frustration for party guests. They can also be dangerous for those who are allergic to bee stings. Instead of hoping for the best, there are some things you can do to prevent bees and other insects from infesting your outdoor BBQ this Memorial Day weekend. By following these tips, you can ensure the party goes off without a hitch and everyone stays safe.
Why are bees attracted to your BBQ?
Bees are attracted to smells. The foods cooking on your barbeque and the side dishes on your picnic table all release odors that can be very alluring to bees. Bright colored foods, especially those that smell sweet, remind bees of flowers where they typically collect nectar and pollen.
How can bees be dangerous?
In most cases, bees are not a real danger to humans. They are not usually aggressive unless they are provoked or their nest is aggravated. Swarming bees might look intimidating, but they are also generally harmless.
However, bees can become aggressive when they feel threatened. Bees need to protect their queen along with the brood and their stores of honey. If they feel like danger is imminent, they may sting you. Bee stings are generally slightly painful and irritating, but nothing more.
But this is not always the case. People who have aggravated bees, either on purpose or by accident, could be attacked by multiple bees and experience extensive bee stings. Cases like these can be very serious and necessitate a trip to the emergency room. For people who are allergic to bee venom, even one sting can be dangerous and even lethal.
Most people who have an allergy to bees are aware of it and come to outdoor BBQs prepared with an EpiPen. If you are hosting a party where bees could be an issue, it isn’t a bad idea to have an EpiPen on hand.
How can you prevent bees from crashing your party?
The number one piece of advice for anyone who is hosting an outdoor gathering this Memorial Day weekend is to avoid disturbing any bee hives on your property. We often hear of stories of people who try to rid their property of bees by spraying a hive, using pesticides or some other ineffective or harmful method. Instead of attempting to remove bees yourself, call in the experts at a professional live bee removal company. Experienced technicians, like those from D-Tek Live Bee Removal, can be dispatched to your home right away to safely and humanely remove and relocate your bees. They can even bee proof the area to prevent future infestations.
Another tip for preventing bees at your BBQ is to manage the odor of food and beverages. Cover all food securely to prevent the delicious smells from attracting bees. You can also put the food in an area away from where people will be sitting. Trash cans can be very attractive to bees. Be sure to tightly cover the trash can with a secure lid and keep them away from eating or lounging areas.
Do you need help relocating your honey bees this summer?
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