As the weather gets warmer and restrictions lift, restaurants are back to business. This year, especially with outdoor dining more popular than ever, it is time for bee prevention for outdoor dining. Chances are you are past the carpenter bee season which is in the spring.
Summer means an increase in insects that fly and sting, like bees and wasps. If your business is related to the Restaurant and foodservice industry, you may face special challenges concerning flying stingers. Summer is the best time to allow your customers to enjoy outdoor dining — it’s also peak season for bees. “Late summer and early fall are (sic) when stinging insect colonies reach their peak population levels,” says Dr. Jim Fredericks, chief entomologist for the National Pest Management Association.
With bees at your business, the risks are high for safety measures and conditions for customers. Whatever the nature of your food business, bees and wasps do not belong there. Bees and wasps don’t generally carry diseases like ticks and mosquitoes, but their sting can be dangerous.
- Anyone who is allergic to the venom experience additional, more serious reactions like difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat, dizziness, and loss of consciousness. In some cases, a bee sting can be fatal.
- Your customers and employees are at risk for multiple stings if a single bee or wasp feels threatened. Increased insect stings are not just bad for your health, but can be bad for your business.
- The damage to your business’s reputation if associated with bees is fatal. No customer enjoys buzzing bees with their meal.
It is possible to reduce the number of incidents with bees. The nature of a restaurant requires the presence of food and drinks which can attract bees and wasps. Fortunately, there are several ways to discourage or prevent unwanted attention from bees and wasps and their resulting stings.
Enclose Garbage cans
- Assure to not leave any garbage cans outdoors. Wasps and bees are attracted to look for sweet, sugary food like fruit and juice as well as protein-based food like meat. Keep lids on tight and regularly clean up food and crumbs from tables, chairs, and floors, especially in outdoor eating spaces.
- Hang up hornet and wasp traps to lure them if you can’t keep them away from the garbage and diners. Traps may contain sugar water, meat, and even vinegar to attract and contain flying pests to keep them away from people.
- Bees have a particular taste when it comes to flowers, so avoid planting bee-tempters near your outdoor seating.
Look for Nests
- If you see a lot of bees in the area, it may mean that there’s a nest nearby. Many bees that sting are triggered because they feel they and their nests are being threatened. If you are not near a nest, it’s unlikely that you will be stung unless the bee feels like it needs to defend itself.
When to Call Someone for Bee Prevention?
Sometimes bees and wasps establish a hive or nest in close proximity to your place of business. When this happens, bees and wasps are more likely to visit, and the risk for stings increases. For more information on our approach to bees and swarming insects, we have a services page that deals with that in detail. We are able to rid of the buzzing problems and assure your customers enjoy their outdoor meal. For our expert advice on solving your problem, fill out the form below or simply call Boo at 724-601-3223.