Re: House and garden experts: Bee repellent?
I'm no bee expert, but I've dealt with the same problem you're having. We have a pond and a small thicket of woods in our backyard, so bees, wasps and hornets like to nest in the neighborhood. I think you might be able to find something down at the local home improvement store.
Another option is calling around to local exterminators. There are a few around here that have a "bee and wasp" package. For a fee (I think one offered to do it for $100), they'll come and spray the gutter areas, the deck, and if you have a problem with chipmunks like we do, they'll hit those old chipmunk holes too (bumblebees love to nest in those holes). That usually takes care of it for the summer. Some will offer to come out again for free if you have any problems the rest of the summer. Others may have a plan where they will come out 4x or so during the summer to spray and charge you $400 to $500 to do it. I think that unless you have a serious problem, it's totally unnecessary to have them come out that many times. Once should be enough in most areas.
From our own experience, we had 5 or 6 nests in the eaves of our house and yellowjackets had attempted to build nests on our deck so often that I'd have to go out with a can of Raid every few days. We did two things and haven't had much of a problem since. 1. we had the exterminator come out and spray the eaves and the deck. 2. We refinished the deck 2 years ago (probably due again this summer). That was in 2004. I'm not sure if the two are related or not. I just know I haven't had to deal with the bee wasp problem since. Check up with me later and I'll let you know how it goes this summer.
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Last edited by Yachtzee; 04-16-2006 at 07:15 PM.