Bee Control

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Bees

If you've spent any time outdoors during summer months then you know all about bees. They are yellow, black and often induce more fear into people than the situation warrants. Bees do sting, and people with allergies can be seriously affected. If a colony of bees builds a hive around your property, any outdoor activities such as children playing in the yard or mowing the lawn, near that hive can be seen as aggression and stings can occur.

Beehives should not be touched without the right equipment and safety measures. We at 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.

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We will discuss your pest problem, schedule an appointment and provide a quote and recommendations.

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Our state certified pest specialists will come to your home or business and provide treatment.

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We'll make as many visits as you require to ensure your problem is resolved. 

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Signs of Bees

The biggest sign of a bee problem is increased bee activity around your home.  Bees will stay relatively close to the hive and will investigate any perceived threat. If bees find a threat, they send out a chemical alarm which 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 built 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 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.

Bee Stings

Ouch! Bee stings can hurt, and if you are the 1 in 1,000 people who are fatally allergic to bee stings, the sting could be tragic. How does a bee sting? Whenever a bee feels threatened they will sting their barbed stinger into the skin. This stinger will have venom that has a protein inside of it which will cause the skin to pain and swell. For those who are allergic, a bee sting can provoke anaphylaxis or a more serious reaction to the body’s auto-immune system. 

Type of Sting

The type of sting will depend on the bee species; a honey bee for example, will leave their stinger in the skin, and if the stinger is not removed within 15 seconds of the sting, the severity of the sting will increase. It is rare for a person who is not allergic to bee stings to die from being stung multiple times from a single bee. The lethal dose for a honey bee sting is estimated to be about 8.6 stings for the average person that is not allergic. 

DIY Bee Sting Treatments

DIY treatments like creating a paste out of water and baking soda or even rubbing mud with a little water, will work with less serious stings. However it is always best to seek medical attention if you are stung multiple times or if the pain continues after a few days.

How to avoid bee stings

To prevent bee stings it is always best to 

  • Avoid wearing scents like cologne or perfume in a bee ridden area. 
  • Not walk barefoot in vegetated areas like clover covering. 
  • Avoid wearing brightly colored clothing

Bee Nests

There are over 4,000 species of bees in North America alone. Of those bees, there are three common nests that these bees make.

  • Wood nesting or cavity nesting bees - These types of bees nest in many different cavities, such as dead tree logs, or in the ground. The female bee will make cells out of old tunnels of other insects like beetles. Once she lays her eggs in each cell filled with food for her brood, the female bee will flee the nest leaving her brood to grow on their own.

  • Ground nesting bees - Makes up 70% of the bee population in North America, will nest in the ground around vegetative areas, like clover covers or areas with thick forest covering. The nests themselves look a lot like ant nests, with dirt mounds over grass, but the biggest difference is that the entrances to these nests are bigger, about three inches across. These types of nests are not easily visible and will most likely be more of a threat to your lawn appeal than people, as the bees themselves do not have stingers. The nests are also not harmful to the lawn or yard it's on; it actually helps the soil aerate!

  • Bumblebee Nests - Nest underground despite the popular belief that they nest in exposed areas like tree branches. Most will find old rodent burrows or other shelters that avoid direct sunlight. If bumblebees do nest above ground, it would be in the grass or in a hollowed out tree. The cells are not neatly packed hexagonal shapes like honey bees, but is cluttered together and messy looking.

Africanized Bees

One of the most talked about types of bees are Africanized Honey Bees or “killer bees”. Originally brought to Brazil in the 1950's, these bees were designed to be hardier in warm tropical climates. These cross-bred bees are highly defensive of their hives. An accident let the bees loose and they swarmed over South America, finally arriving in the States in the 90s.

Africanized bees look a lot like their European counterparts, but there are some key differences:

  • This type of bee is smaller in size

  • More likely to build hives in the ground than European bees

  • Defends hives more aggressively and in larger numbers than average honey bees.

  • More guard bees around their hive to look for threats

  • 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.

How to Get Rid of Bees

Bees are essential for our environment; these insects help pollinate plants that help grow our ecosystem. If you or someone on your property is allergic to bees, there are safe ways to get of bees.

Identification

One of the first things you should do when trying to get rid of bees around your property is to properly identify the bee. Bees can be easily mistaken for hornets, which are a lot more dangerous and require other removal methods. The safest way to remove bees is to call a local beekeeper in the area to remove the hive or nest. Western Exterminator works with local beekeepers to help move hives safely from properties.

Call a Professional

If you must get rid of bees by extermination, there are many DIY methods you can do like spraying a solution of vinegar and water on the hive. However, unless you have the proper equipment to handle swarm of bees, we highly recommend calling a professional. Western Exterminator have netted hats, specialized suits and bee poles to help eliminate bee swarms and hives. If you have bees in or around your property, please contact Western Exterminator today to get an inspection.

Western Exterminator Bee Control Experts

The professionals at Western Exterminator have years of experience in finding beehives and removing them effectively. We have the right equipment, training and methods to remove a beehive. After the hive is removed we will then work with you to find ways of preventing further bee infestations. Our approach uses fewer chemicals by stopping future bee problems.

We use methods that are environmentally friendly to other bees in the area and we work to protect pollinators. We always follow local, state and federal regulations for bee removal and prevention.

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