Sweat bees are considered a top pollinating bee even though they are very small. Many people never really notice them until a sting occurs. The problem with sweat bees is that they are very attracted to human sweat, more specifically the salt in our sweat.
Sweat Bees & Stings
The sting from a sweat bee is not very impressive as far as bee stings go. Yes, they are sharp, sudden, and last only a few seconds. Unlike many stings from wasps which are far more painful and in comparison, to the sting of a honey bee, sweat bee stings are almost a mild annoyance – Still, they are an annoyance.
Sweat Bees Are Highly Beneficial
Sweat bees are very beneficial to agriculture and home gardeners. These little bees can out perform honey bees when it comes to pollinating flowers and gardens around your home. They are an economic boon to commercial agriculture too. So, how do you control beneficial insects that are also a pest?
Controlling Sweat Bees
There are a number of pests that are also highly beneficial to humanity and sweat bees are just one of them. As such, spraying pesticides is not always that answer. When it comes to bees and pollinators, we are recognizing how valuable these little organisms are to our yards and to the price that we pay for food. No bees, not many food choices.
In this situation, it is best to proceed with control methods that are more ecologically friendly. One of the reasons that we are experts in pest control is that we understand the behaviors of pests and we can use that knowledge to help homeowners reduce pest populations naturally.
When it comes to sweat bees, they are ground nesters and they prefer to make their nests in small cavities that they excavate. Some of these bees are so small that they are often confused with gnats. Their small size and nesting habits combine to make controlling them ecologically friendly.
One trick is to make sure that the dry and sandy areas of your yard are covered with big-grade wood chips. These small, little bees will find a new place to build nests because they cannot overcome the larger wood chips to access that ground. They are also very specific to where they construct their nests. The soil must be dry and loose – generally sandy.
The problem with this trick is that sweat bees have a wide territory and they pay no attention to fences. What that means is that if your neighbors are not working to control the sweat bee population in their yards, then controlling methods will not work well.
Another trick is to plant aromatic plants such as mint. They seem to not like mint at all. In bad years, when the weather is very humid and warm, you may have to result to using traps that kill the bees and thus thin their populations. There is a right and wrong way to do this. So, if sweat bees are driving you crazy, reach out to our team and let us explain your options for controlling these little bees.
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