Natural Pest Control
Ah, summer. The time for cookouts, outside fun and, sometimes, unwanted visitors to your yard. One of these unwelcome visitors are ground bees (much like wasps, which we wrote about how to get rid of naturally a while ago).
I was out in the front yard a few weeks ago picking up some branches that came down after a rainstorm and our daughter came up and told me she had seen bees coming out of the ground. I was skeptical at first, as I had mowed the grass recently and done some other yard work and had not seen any bees. But, she took my hand and led me over to where she saw them. Lo and behold, there they were, small black and yellow bees flying out of the ground.
I wanted to get a better sense for the bees and their behavior, so I watched them a while. They were very small, only about an inch long. They were also not very aggressive towards me as I watched them, which made me think that they were not yellow jackets. However, I did not know for sure, and I had heard before that yellow jackets could nest in the ground and be docile at first and get very aggressive later in the summer. So, I started researching ground bees to determine what type they were and how I could get rid of them naturally if it made sense to.
Wasps, one of nature’s most feared and gruesome creatures. Their long thin and thick bodies often remind us of something almost primeval. Anyone who has ever done battle with wasps around their home knows what awful creatures they can be. I am one of those people.
Last spring, there were wasps everywhere around our house. They were buzzing by our front porch, hovering around our cars, flying over our heads and pretty much constantly around us anytime we were outside. As we try our best to be green, we tried to live with them, knowing that if we did not bother them, they would not bother us. However, they were everywhere, so it was very difficult. Then, one day, a wasp got trapped between the storm door and the front door of our house. When our daughter came home and opened the storm door to get into the house, the wasp darted out and stung her. I will never forget the sound of her cry when that happened.
That was the day that I decided that the wasps had to go. But, I still wanted to be green about it, so I looked into how to get rid of wasps naturally and here is what I found (we recently wrote about how to get rid of ground bees naturally as well).
I went out to check on our compost bin the other day and saw a bunch of ants around the bottom of it. I have had a pretty bad relationship with ants in the past. They have invaded our homes, gotten into everything and have generally caused problems for us. So, I was not all that thrilled to find them exploring our compost bin. However, rather than run for my favorite natural ant killer, Terro, I decided to do some research on ants in compost to see if it was really a big deal to find them in your compost bin and, if so, what you can do about it. Read more on Ants in Compost…
If you own or rent a house, chances are you probably have had to deal with ants getting into your home. While ants serve a much needed role as nature’s vacuum cleaners, if they get into your house, they are annoying little buggers!
My first reaction when I used to see ants in my home was to grab a chemical ant spray and douse them. However, spraying ants with chemicals is very bad in two ways. Read more on Natural Ant Killers…