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If you've spent anytime outdoors during summer months then you know all about bees. They are yellow and black and the often induce more fear into people than the situation warrants. Bees do sting, and people with allergies can be affected seriously. If a colony of bees sets up a hive around your property, children playing nearby, mowing the lawn or outdoor activities near that hive can be seen as aggression and stings can happen.
Beehives should not be messed with without the right equipment and safety measures. Western Exterminator are bee control and bee removal experts and we safely remove hives, prevent their return, and use environmentally sound methods that will not interfere with commercial hives and pollinators.
Probably the biggest sign is the increased bee activity around your home. Guard bees tend to stay relatively close to the hive and will investigate any perceived threat. If they find a threat, they send out a chemical alarm that will cause more bees to come to the situation and repel the threat. Hives can be visible and under eaves and decks, or they can be in the ground, which makes them harder to see.
Don't assume that if you don't see a hive that there might not be one nearby.
If you find that you have a problem with bees around your home or property then call Western Exterminator professionals at 800-937-8398 or use the online form to talk to one of our experienced specialists today.
There are many types of bees from all around the world and they have varying habits and temperaments. Some of the most common in North America are:
Honey Bees - probably the most common and the ones you are most likely to find around your home.
Bumblebees - the short, fat, bees that you see on flowers during the summer. They rarely sting.
Carpenter Bees - set up their homes inside soft wood and can cause property damage similar to termites. Males do not have stingers, but will fly around humans who get close to the nest.
One of the things you hear a lot about these days are Africanized honey bees or “killer bees”. Originally brought to Brazil in the 1950s, these bees were designed to be hardier in warm tropical climates. the cross-bred bees were highly defensive of their hives. An accident let the bees loose and they swarmed over South America, finally arriving the States in the 90s.
Africanized bees look a lot like their European counterparts, but there are some key differences:
They are usually smaller
They will build hives in the ground more often than European bees
They will defend hives more aggressively and in larger numbers than average honey bees.
They have more guard bees around their hive to look for threats
Their threat radius is much larger than those of European honey bees
They will chase after threats much farther than European bees, up to thousands of feet in some cases.
Africanized bees can be very dangerous and if you feel there might be a hive near you, call a Western Exterminator bee professional right away.
A Western Exterminator pest control professional has years of experience in finding beehives and removing them safely and effectively. We have the right equipment, training and methods to remove a beehive and then work with you to find ways of preventing further bee infestations. Our approach uses less chemicals by stopping further bee problems.
We use methods that are environmentally friendly to other bees in the area used by commercial beekeepers and we work to protect pollinators. We always follow local, state and federal regulations for bee removal and prevention.
A Western Exterminator will remove bee hives and prevent them from returning. Contact us online or call 800-937-8398 today.
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