IPM is a comprehensive approach to solving pest problems that focuses on the big picture. Instead of simply trying to eliminate a pest, IPM involves changing factors that favor pests, while using safer, less-toxic methods that are effective and environmentally sound.
Correct pest identification is key, as is keeping an eye on your garden on a regular basis to observe any damage or problems before they get out of hand. See the attached sheet for a list of easy IPM approaches. For more information, visit the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources website.
There are several groups and companies in the Los Angeles area, such as Backwards Beekeepers, that will relocate your hive. For more information, click here.
Avoid using chemicals and sprays with harmful ingredients. Remember to use Integrated Pest Management techniques whenever possible (see IPM information above).
Do you like bees? More importantly, do you like food? We depend on bees to pollinate hundreds of fruits, vegetables, and oilseeds. Many plants would not produce a food source for us without the ingenuity of our hard working bees. To United States agriculture alone, the annual value of honey bee pollination can be counted in billions of dollars. Bees pollinate about one-sixth of the world's flowering plant species and some 400 of its agricultural plants.
“Bee” careful when using pesticides around your house to kill ants, spiders and other bugs. Bees are just as susceptible to all-purpose bug sprays. Spray drift can actually carry toxins clear around the block. Sprays that run into an active sprinkler can be carried into the sewer. Downstream, those powerful toxins can kill fish that never harmed anybody’s lawn. And remember, some of those little “bugs” are actually beneficial to your garden.