Bee killers are insects that prey on bees and other pollinators. They can pose a serious threat to the health and diversity of your garden and the environment. Some common bee killers are wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, robber flies, and bee wolves. In this article, we will show you how to identify and control these bee killers using natural and safe methods.
How to Identify Bee Killers
The first step to control bee killers is to identify them correctly. Here are some features that can help you distinguish them from bees and other beneficial insects:
Bee killers usually have a slender body with a narrow waist, while bees have a more robust body with a hairy abdomen.
Bee killers often have bright colors or patterns on their body, such as yellow, black, red, or orange stripes or spots, while bees are mostly black or brown with yellow or white markings.
Bee killers usually have smooth and shiny wings, while bees have veined and translucent wings.
Bee killers often have long antennae, while bees have short antennae.
Bee killers usually have a stinger at the end of their abdomen, while bees have a stinger that is hidden inside their abdomen.
How to Control Bee Killers
Once you have identified the bee killers in your garden, you can use some natural and safe methods to control them. Here are some tips:
Avoid attracting bee killers by keeping your garbage cans covered, cleaning up food spills, and removing fallen fruits from your yard.
Provide water sources for bees and other pollinators, such as birdbaths, fountains, or shallow dishes with pebbles or marbles. This will help them stay hydrated and avoid competing with bee killers for water.
Plant flowers that attract bees and other pollinators, such as lavender, mint, sage, sunflower, or zinnia. This will help them find food and shelter in your garden.
Use traps or repellents to deter bee killers from your garden. You can make your own traps by cutting a plastic bottle in half and filling the bottom half with a mixture of water, sugar, and vinegar. Then invert the top half and insert it into the bottom half to create a funnel. Hang the trap near the bee killers’ nest or activity area. You can also use natural repellents such as mint oil, citronella oil, or eucalyptus oil to spray around your garden.
Remove or relocate the bee killers’ nest if possible. You can do this by wearing protective clothing and gloves and using a long stick or hose to knock down the nest. Then place it in a sealed plastic bag and dispose of it safely. You can also contact a professional pest control service if you are not comfortable doing this yourself.
Bee killers are insects that prey on bees and other pollinators. They can harm your garden and the environment by reducing the pollination of plants and crops. You can identify and control them using natural and safe methods such as avoiding attracting them, providing water sources for pollinators, planting flowers that attract pollinators, using traps or repellents, and removing or relocating their nests. By doing so, you can protect your garden and the environment from these pests.