The weather could not be better.
The grill is heating up, the dogs and burgers are almost done, the beer is ice cold, the music is playing and everyone is having a great time. However, you and your guests are not the only ones. Since Bees, Hornets, Wasps and Yellow Jackets love to party as well, you need to be careful. The last thing you need on a perfect day like today is to have these unwanted party crashers disrupting your party. You may ask, who invited them anyway? Depending on where you have placed your flowering plants, you may have been the one asking them to join the fun and food. It’s usually at this time that you may observe that spring and summer ritual - that interesting dance. You know which one - the hands and arms flailing wildly, the fancy skipping along with the crazy body gyrations. The dance is a result of these party crashers attacking you and your guests. We may get a good laugh as we watch someone unwittingly perform that interesting dance for us, but if they are allergic to their sting, it’s not a laughing matter.
As the major pollinators of flowering plants, Bees, Hornets, Wasps and Yellow Jackets also assist in the reduction of many insect pests. Understanding their behavior, social or otherwise, will provide us with important information that may allow us to avoid a nasty encounter.
Since they are considered a beneficial insect, management would be undertaken only when they pose a threat to you or your pets. A key points to remember: There are several groups of insects that mimic the appearance and behavior of Bees, Hornets, Wasps and Yellow Jackets as a defensive mechanism designed to protect them from predators. Before you decide to take on the assignment of evicting them from your party, make sure to have a well trained professional do it for you (unless you’re interested in performing that interesting dance yourself).
Remember, they love to party.