If you have bees living in your trees, the walls of your home, or even in your basement, you likely want them gone – and fast. However, bees and other stinging insects play a vital role in our environment, meaning you don't want to engage in a mass execution of these pests. Some, like the honey bee, are beneficial to the local ecosystem.
Due to the eco-importance of bees, you should know the basic ecology and types of bee infestations, as well as what to do if you encounter a bee problem. If you're experiencing a bee problem, you can count on Hello Pest Control for your stinging insect removal needs.
What are bees?
Flying insects that are closely related to hornets and ants, bees, are a common pest that many homeowners have to deal with at one time or another. Honey bees are orange and black, have dense feathery hairs on their heads, bodies covered in pale hairs, and six legs. Their barbed stinger visibly extends from their abdomen. Honey bees also have pollen baskets on their back legs.
Honey bees are crucial to the local environment and responsible for the pollination of many flowers, crops, and other plants. Named for the honey that they produce from plant nectar, they are also eco-important. Honey bees are responsible for millions of dollars in revenue each year from their production of honey and beeswax.
Honey bees are social and live together in groups. They are also the only stinging insect whose colony can survive for years. These crucial pollinators build nests quickly and can multiply rapidly if left unchecked. In just three weeks, they can create a nest the size of a full five-gallon bucket!
Are bees dangerous?
While honey bees are crucial for agricultural and ecological success, when they create a nest in your home or business- they become dangerous and unwanted pests. Bees create the risk of dangerous, life-threatening stings occurring on your property.
Additionally, bees can become aggressive in hot weather or if they don't have enough plants nearby to pollinate. They are also extremely protective of their nests. Some bees will chase you for quite a distance if you get too close to their nest.
Bees also attract other unwanted pests, like skunks and other insects that feed on their honey. Additionally, if bees place their nests behind your home's walls and then abandoned it, not only will the honey-filled hives attracted feeding insects, but the wax and honey will eventually melt and cause damage to insulation, drywall, and flooring.
While most stings from honey bees are not fatal, the stings from other types of bees, such as wasps and hornets, can be excruciating. For people who are allergic, they also present the risk of anaphylactic shock, a life-threatening reaction. Therefore, any stinging insect nests should be removed as quickly as possible.
Why do I have a bee problem?
Mid-March until the beginning of July is known as the "swarming" season in most areas of the United States. During this period, bees will begin to collect pollen to feed on and store for the winter season.
During this period, the hive can become overcrowded, and will often split into multiple colonies. It is at this time that your home or business can become an attractive site for these pests. They will look for an area that provides shelter for a new hive. Properties with lots of gardens, trees, landscaping plants, and other flowering vegetation also attract bees. Like any animal, they like to build their nests close to food sources.
Where will I find bees?
You will find that honey bees live together in large colonies, usually having between 20,000 and 80,000 members. Members of the colony include workers, males (drones), and a queen.
Bees thrive in a variety of environments, both man-made and natural. In nature, they often build their nests in orchards, gardens, wooded areas, and meadows. They like to place their nests in protected areas like tree cavities, rock ledges, dense shrubbery, and under tree branches, staying out of the view of predators.
If they decide to use your home as a nesting site, they will typically place their nests under roof eaves, decks, and next to or inside of chimneys. Keep in mind that you won't always find bee nests out in the open. They can often be situated in inaccessible areas like wall voids or in eaves. Portions of your siding or roof may need to be removed to find the nest.
How do I get rid of bees?
If you begin to notice an excessive amount of bees in your home, yard, or garden, you could have one or several nests on your property. Calling a beekeeper or pest management technician is always the best route to take to eliminate bee problems. Professionals will be able to identify how the bees are getting in, and what makes your yard or home so attractive. With methods of exclusion and remediation, at Hello Pest Control, we will remove bees from your property in the safest way possible.
How can I prevent bees in the future?
While stopping bees from wanting to nest on your property is difficult; implementing the following prevention tips is helpful:
- Bees can enter any structure that has an opening at least a quarter of an inch in size. Inspect your home's exterior walls, foundation, and roofline and seal any spaces you find. Doing so will also help you to avoid other pest problems.
- Eliminate water sources making sure gutters are clear, storing containers upside down when not in use, and not overwatering garden areas.
- Reducing the amount of clutter you have outdoors on your property can also help. Unused lawn equipment, appliances, or downed and isolated trees are all great habitats for bees.
- Cut shrubbery and tree branches back away from your home's exterior walls.
- If your home has had problems with honey bees or other stinging pests in the past, make sure you remove all traces of honeycomb or hives. Pheromone scents that are left behind on these structures can attract newcomers, even if the hive has long since been abandoned.
Call Hello Pest Control
We provide safe removal of honey bees, hornets, yellow jackets, and other stinging insect nests and dwellings. There are dozens of types of stinging pests found in New York. While most can inflict painful stings, not all of them need to be messed with right away.
Contact us for bee removal to avoid the elimination of our ecosystems important pollinators. We can remove and relocate bees and other stinging pests in a safe, environmentally friendly way. With our help, you won't have to worry about getting yourself stung. If you need help removing a bee or other stinging nest from your property, reach out to Hello Pest Control today!
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