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How to Get Rid of Bees

Bees are crucial to the environment because they pollinate plants. But they can cause problems for people when they produce painful stings. In rare instances, bee stings can result in unpleasant symptoms in individuals who are allergic to them. Learn some tips that will keep bees away so you can sit back and enjoy your time outdoors. Do not try to get rid of bees yourself - this should always be left to a professional. Contact Western  Exterminator or call us at 888-674-1128 for help.

The first step of getting rid of bees is making sure the insects in question are actually bees and not another type of stinging insect like paper wasps or yellow jackets. Next, you’ll need to identify which kind of bee it is as treatment best practices can vary by species. Some bees you may run into are listed below.

How to get rid of bumble bees

Bumble bees are typically black with yellow marks and have a hairy look. They are capable of stinging more than one time - making them different than honey bees - and their stings are painful. Some bumble bee queens use a cavity (typically underground) to nest; others nest in a grass clump. Bumble bees can also use deserted bird nests. 

Despite their ability to pollinate flowers, bumble bees should be controlled if the nest is in or near your home. A professional can treat them; reach out to Western Exterminator today. A Western Exterminator pest specialist has been trained to identify bumble nests both aboveground and underground and then remove them safely. All bumble bee nests should be removed for your property to effectively get rid of the stinging insects.

How to get rid of honey bees

Honey bees are commonly orangish brown. They are pollinators; naturally, they are key to the environment. But as some people know from experience, their stings hurt.

In the U.S., you’ll most often find two types of honey bees - the European honey bee and the Africanized honey bee (or “killer bee”). The European honey bee is located in much of the U.S. but the Africanized honey bee was found in areas such as southern California, southern Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico as of 2007. Honey bees reside as colonies. If you run into them apart from the hive, they’re not likely to sting unless you provoke them (for instance, if you step on them). Still, guard bees can show aggression if you draw close to the entrance to the hive. The stingers of worker honey bees are barbed and if stung, you should remove the stinger right away.

To help deter honey bees, do not position flowering plants near places where people are around often, such as sidewalks and doorways. If honey bees are in your home or on your property, contact Western Exterminator to set up a time for an expert to inspect the issue. Do not try to remove the hive.

How to get rid of carpenter bees

Carpenter bees derive their name from their making holes in wood to raise offspring. About ½ to one inch long, they have shiny, smooth abdomens, unlike the hairy abdomens of bumble bees. Females create passages in wood by drilling into it, and young carpenter bees grow in the passages.

Male carpenter bees do not have stingers; females can sting, but they don’t do so often. If they are not treated, carpenter bees can bring on structural damage. These creatures like bare wood and seldom target painted wood. One method that may discourage them is painting and staining wood. But to most effectively eradicate carpenter bees, reach out to Western Exterminator to speak with a professional about the problem.

How to Get Rid of Sweat Bees

Perspiration draws in sweat bees, which explains their namesake. They are small and typically occupy nests in the ground. Sweat bees are solitary bees and pollinate crops. Still, they are capable of stinging mildly. As they are helpful creatures, try to steer away from getting rid of them. But if sweat bees must be controlled, their nesting region can be treated by a pest professional. Get in touch with Western Exterminator to find an expert today.

Other tips

To reduce the chance of a sting, it may help to skip cologne or perfume and dress in light colors - it’s good to wear pants, long sleeves and socks - if you plan to be outside for a while.

Consult with a professional

Your safest bet is to talk to an expert about how to get rid of bees - you don’t want to agitate these stinging insects and make the situation worse. Call a beekeeper, or contact Western Exterminator to take advantage of our pest experts’ advice. Our pest specialists are equipped with protective suits and bee veils so you can feel confident they are prepared to deal with bees. We also have bee poles that we can use to reach nests. With our expertise, your problem is in good hands.

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