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First Published May 30, 2015, Updated July 2019,

When the weather warms up, so do your gutters – so be on the lookout for pests that can infest your gutter system! Whether they fly, slither or crawl, they are all looking for new places to call home. 

When Do Bees, Wasps & Hornets Nest?

However, there’s one family of bugs that pose more of a threat to your family’s safety than others: bees, wasps and hornets. 

In the eastern United States, the queens establish their new homes by the month of June. If you are noticing more of a “buzz” around your home than usual, these critters may be seeking residence under your gutter system.

Environments for Invite Bees, Wasps & Hornets

Bees, wasps and hornets often look for damp or moist areas to nest, as water allows members of their colonies to hunt other insects. Be sure to do a perimeter check around areas of your home that contain standing water before you and your family start spending weekends outside. Have your home’s gutter system inspected, examine the area around your home’s foundation and check under your deck as these areas are most common for water collection. 

If you come across bees, wasps or hornets hanging around a certain area of the house, you can be sure a nest is nearby.

DIY Removal of Bees, Wasps & Hornets

If you find one of the homes of these pesky bugs, here are our best tips on safely removing them from your home:

  • Purchase a pesticide that is nontoxic to humans. 
    • We suggest herbicides like Roundup and 2,4-D.
  • Spray the nest at dawn or dusk when bees, wasps and hornets are inactive.
    • Repeat the spraying processes over three to four days or until you are certain all the insects are gone.
  • Once you’re sure the bugs are gone, you can remove the nest with a broom (if it is too high). If you choose to remove the nest yourself, be sure to always use gloves and protective glasses and take every precaution against pesticides and against falling.
    • We recommend calling in a pro and avoiding climbing a ladder yourself.

How a Gutter Cleaning Pro Like Ned Stevens Can Help with Bees, Wasps & Hornets

Even if bees, wasps or hornets haven’t found a home there are a few things you can do to prevent a nest from forming this summer. Keep all foliage from touching or leaning against your house. This is especially true of gutters that have any low-hanging trees around them or gutters that are full of debris. Also, make sure that there is no water damage around the roofline of your home. If there is, this is a sign that your gutters may need to be repaired.

Remember that the best way to deal with bees, wasps and hornets is prevention. Pests love damp places. Your first line of defense is making sure your gutter system is in working order and that water is flowing away from your home. Lucky for you, Ned Stevens has you covered.

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