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Those Pesky Ants

Growing up, I lived in a sprawling farmhouse in the country. This beautiful home was constantly filled with the sounds of laughter and the smells of delectable food being prepared in the kitchen. Unfortunately, our home was often invaded by some unwanted guests, ants. Pesky ants would welcome themselves into our living room, kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, and bathrooms. One night, I crawled into my bed only to discover I wasn’t alone. Ants had somehow climbed onto my bed! These destructive ants even ate holes in some of the clothing hanging in my closet. Is your home filled with unwanted, biting ants? On this blog, you will discover the latest methods pest control specialists use to rid homes of pesky ants.


Those Pesky Ants

5 Ways To Protect Your Dog From Bee Swarms & Large Nests

Logan Watson

A few bee stings may be harmless to a human, but they can do all types of harm to a smaller animal like a dog. If a swarm of bees attacks and stings your pet, then the animal's body can swell up, causing breathing issues and leading to a possible death. If you do have a bee problem, there are multiple ways to help protect your dog from the swarm. These preventative measures can go a long way in stopping an attack and keeping your dog out of harm's way.

Dog Urine

If a dog's diet includes sugar elements, then their urine will likely be an attractant to bees. Dogs tend to pee in the same spots over and over, so this can lead them to a collection of bees that are feeding off the urine. To help keep bees away from your canine's bathroom spot, it's a good idea to hose off the area a few times a week. This will help disperse the urine and keep the area clean. Bees will be less-likely to go to this area, and your dog can go to the bathroom in peace.

Dog Food Locations

Another attractant for bees is dog food. Proteins and sugars act as a natural attractant for the bees, and if you feed your dog outside, it could be drawing bees to the area. By temporarily moving the food indoors, you can protect your dog until professionals can complete the proper bee removal.

Other exterior foods like bird feeders may also attract the bees. Keep your pet away from the bird feeder, or relocate the bird feeder to an area that is unreachable by the dog.

Independent Time & Dog Activity

It's common for dogs to go outside on their own to relax, play, and explore. Before a professional arrives, you should try to limit this time as much as possible. This is especially true if you have a dog breed that likes to dig a lot, like a dachshund. Without proper monitoring, your dog could easily dig up a nest and suffer through multiple stings. To help keep your dog active and away from the bees, consider a boarding location until the bee removal specialists arrive. This will allow your dog to continue their proper exercise and routine while avoiding the dangers of the bees. Many professionals can come to your home within a few days to help get you back to your regular routine as soon as possible.

Swarm Locations

It's easy to study the habit of a bee before the professional arrives. By watching a few of the bees fly around, you can see the spot where they eventually land at. This is likely the nest location, especially if one of more of the bees land here. When you witness this location, it's a good idea to keep your dog away from it as much as possible. A snooping dog can easily sniff out and disturb the nesting area. Within seconds, a swarm of bees could unleash on the pet. If possible, block off areas to prevent your dog from accessing them.

Bee Removal

Once the swarm and nest are located, nothing should be done except for keeping your animal away. It's important to call professionals for the bee removal. They have the gear, equipment, and knowledge to safely remove the bees from your home. During an appointment, it's a good idea to keep your pet indoors or at another family member's house. This will ensure that the dog doesn't get stung by any lingering bees that fly around. A professional can also give you further instructions to help prevent any accidental stings to the dog.

If your dog is accidentally stung, it's best to get them emergency vet treatment as soon as possible. Every dog reacts differently and may have a bad reaction to various types of bee stings.