Look In The Sky, It’s A Bird It’s A Plane, No It’s A Swarm Of Killer Bees
Bees, wasps, and other flying insects can prove to be a persistent problem in certain regions, especially because these insects live in colonies and can multiply exponentially over a period of time. While most bees do not sting, it is better to keep away from their nest and to protect yourself and your family by getting rid of the infestation. If someone is allergic to bees and is stung by one, they might go into anaphylactic shock, and in that case you should call an ambulance immediately, other than that, bees are pretty harmless and in some ways are beneficial for the eco system.
Not every flying insect is a bee. In our business as pest control specialists, we generally encounter five different types of bees and sometimes our clients mistakenly refer to wasps as bees. If you have a bee problem, the following information will be of great help to you:
Appearance and Nesting Preferences
Wasps and bees are different in appearance. Wasps have a narrow waist and shiny skin, while bees are robust and hairy. Commonly, three types of wasps are encountered in residential and commercial areas:
- Paper wasps
Wasps need to be eliminated as soon as identified, and the nesting environment that attracted them in the first place needs to be removed.
The types of bees we usually encounter are:
- Bumble Bees: They are large, hairy, and dark in color with golden stripes across their tails. They nest in holes in the ground, wall cavities, undisturbed compost heaps, and under sheds.
- Honey Bees: Chances of infestation by honey bees are low, but they can make themselves at home in your chimney, wall cavities, or roof. They usually prefer hollow trees as a location of their hive, and can attack if you get too close to the hive. They are dark and furry, and are similar to a wasp in size.
- Carpenter Bees: These look the same as honey bees but they live alone. Their nesting preferences include soft mortar in old houses and domestic air bricks. These bees can also infest your home in large numbers but they do not form or live in a hive.
- Mason Bees: These bees prefer naturally occurring holes, crevices, and joints in wall masonry. Mortar that has a lot of lime or sand is an ideal place for them, and walls that receive sunlight for the most part of the day are also a nesting preference for these bees. They are harmless and do not attack.
- Africanized Honey Bee: Also known ass the “killer bee,” is the outcome of the African bees and the European honey bees mating together. These bees are very hard to differentiate from honey bees. This type of bee has a very aggressive temperament and poses a great threat to humans and animals. These bees are also easily angered by loud noise and vibration along with large dark colored moving objects that are within 50 to 150 feet of the colony, and potentially may attack.
Interesting Facts About Bees
- The queen is capable of producing 1000 to 2000 eggs a day.
- Workers only live 5-7 weeks in the summer.
- Bees are social and live with 20,000 to 80,000 worker bees in a single hive.
- Swarms form when the queen is failing or the colony is too large.
NoMorePest Bee Solutions Made Easy
NoMorePest will first do a thorough inspection and will identify the type of bees your property is infested with. Not all kind of bees have to be eliminated and in some cases the local authorities have to be called so that the bees can be collected and transferred. In some cases, we may need to use pesticides and other methods of pest elimination.
Once the colony has been killed, we will give you the option of opening up the wall to remove the honeycomb and developing larvae to prevent the development of secondary pest problems such as wax moths, dermestids, and other scavengers.
We will also identify the source of infestation, and will teach you how to prevent a future bee infestation.
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