Honey Bee

The honey bee is a beneficial insect that supports our food chain. However, this bee can be very aggressive if the colony has become “Africanized.” Honey bees can also cause problems when they use man-made structures to live in. If a bee colony has adopted your home as their own, control measures are appropriate.

Honey bees prefer to nest in rock crevices, hollow trees, and sometimes in the walls, chimneys, and attics of structures. You won’t often see nests hanging from tree branches, but if you do see a swarm in the open, they are most likely looking for a new home. They are active pollinators that are known to be vital in many industries.

Africanized honey bees are extremely dangerous. It isn’t easy to tell “regular” bees apart from African honey bees, but their behavior is a good indicator. They are more defensive of their nests and will send out more bees to attack a potential threat than other types. These bees are also less selective about where they make their nests.

Because honey bees are so beneficial to the environment, extermination isn’t always the best option. Treatment options include removal and relocation as well as extermination. Our pest management professionals will inspect any hives that are on your property to determine whether the bees are a threat before deciding on a treatment plan.

More docile honey bees are still capable of causing painful stings. Unlike wasps, bees can only sting once. If a stinger is not immediately removed, the injury can become even more painful. Those who are allergic can have more severe reactions. “Africanized” bees are dangerous, so it is best to avoid beehives altogether.
Avoid approaching honey bees, especially if you are not aware of which type you may have. Professionals have the gear, equipment, and knowledge to effectively treat dangerous bee colonies and remove beneficial ones.
If you see these bees around your garden, it is not an indication of an infestation. But, if you see bees flying in and out of a spot on your home, you probably have one. You are more likely to attract a swarm of bees if you have a healthy flowering garden. To prevent hives, keep your trash cans and sources of water closed and make sure to caulk any openings that will allow bees to make your home their home.

 

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