Counties such as King County have resources and policies in place to help protect nature. If you need to remove bees, hornets and/or wasps from your property, especially in your yard or on the exterior of your home, then removal can be a delicate situation if you want to follow County regulations and suggestions.
Here are some of the policies and resources in place from the County website:
In order to effectively remove noxious weeds, the program may selectively apply a low toxicity herbicide, which has been reviewed and approved by the King County IPM Steering Committee. These approved herbicides have been identified as being the most effective at controlling a particular noxious weed, while exhibiting the lowest risk and toxicity characteristics. KCNWCP does not use insecticides or any other product that is acutely toxic to honey bees.Full article: https://kingcounty.gov/en/legacy/services/environment/animals-and-plants/biodiversity/defining-biodiversity/species-of-interest/pollinators
This excerpt from an Endangered Species Bulletin article sums up the problem: “Pollinating animals are critically important to the maintenance of virtually all terrestrial ecosystems, yet the population status of most pollinating species often goes unnoticed. Butterflies, moths, bats, birds, bees, beetles, flies, ants, and wasps assist almost all flowering plants in their reproduction, helping them to develop the seeds, foliage, nuts, and fruits that ensure the survival of innumerable wildlife and human populations worldwide. Sadly, many pollinator populations are declining precipitously around the world.” This article, by Dr. Kim Winter, also lists examples of guilds of pollinators that are listed under the Endangered Species Act — birds, bats, butterflies, moths, and beetles.
Honeybees are also in decline. They are suffering from what is being called Colony Collapse Disorder. Do an internet search on the phrase, and you will uncover countless articles and papers. Bumblebees are in decline too. Simply stated: our pollinators are in trouble, and if our pollinators are in trouble, so is our food supply, and so are we.FULL ARTICLE: https://kingcounty.gov/en/legacy/services/environment/animals-and-plants/biodiversity/defining-biodiversity/species-of-interest/pollinators
We offer natural insect removal services in Seattle, King County, and throughout much of the Western side of Washington. You are welcome to look at our service area here: Service Area
You also are welcome to take a moment to watch a short video about recent natural wasp and hornet removal jobs we have performed in the region:
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