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Bees are important to the ecosystem because they provide pollen to plants, which plants need to grow. However, when a group of bees decides to builds a hive near your home, they can become a danger to people, especially if the hive is disturbed.
Bees are known for being voracious defenders of their hives. They are less aggressive than hornets or wasps, but they will attack a potential threat. A bee nest in yard can be problematic especially in residences where small children are present. For those who have allergies to bee stings, living in close proximity to bees can be dangerous and even life-threatening.
Ehrlich pest control technicians are experts in bee control solutions that are safe for your family and safe for the environment.
We obey all state and local laws regarding removing bees.
If your home is experiencing a bee infestation, contact Ehrlich at 1-800-837-5520 for help or schedule free inspection online.
Ehrlich technicians are trained using all of the right equipment and methods to remove bee nests from around your home. Doing so takes special training because certain bees, such as honey bees, are protected and vital to the environment. That's why Ehrlich will only remove a bee's nest if there is a viable threat to people in the home.
The method of removing bee nests can vary depending on the size of the nest, where it's located and what types of bees are present. This is why a site inspection and initial consultation is so important.
Bee stings most commonly occur when a person unknowingly disturbs a nest. Generally, bees are passive and just want to be left alone. However, each bee has a specific role that they play and there are some bees in hives that are designated to protect the nest. These protector bees will fly out en mass and attack any perceived threat. Some bee species are particularly aggressive.
Bees are different than other stinging insects. They have a barbed stinger that causes it to become stuck in the skin of the person stung. This causes the stinger to rip out of the bee when it flies off, killing it. Wasps and hornets have smooth stinger that allow them to sting again and again.
Most people find the sting painful, but other than some redness and maybe some swelling, the injury will heal. For a select few, however, the reaction to the bee sting can cause a severe allergic reaction that can cause difficulty breathing and anaphylactic shock that can be life threatening.
There are many types of bees and not all of them are aggressive. In fact, some are very docile and will not bother those who do not bother them. Some species of bee don't even have stingers.
Bee species you might encounter include:
Honey bees are one of the most common types of bees that people encounter in their daily life. They are yellow and black with slender bodies that often cause confusion with hornets or wasps. They are not usually aggressive.
Honey bees have been known to swarm around perceived threats to their nests and will sting to fend them off. They will also swarm in order to establish a new colony.
Carpenter bees are large, hairy bees usually seen flying around on their own rather than in large colonies. Carpenter bees do not sting because they don't have stingers, but sometimes fly around aggressively to try and intimidate any threat.
Carpenter bees bore into wood to lay eggs, leaving large oval holes. They can do damage to homes and wooden structures around your property.
Bumble bees look a lot like carpenter bees, but are usually smaller and appear to have fine hairs all over their bodies. Bumble bees do not bore into wood and will not cause damage to wooden structures around your home or property.
Bumble bees prefer to nest underground and are very rarely a problem. They do not have stingers, and may bite if provoked. They are usually only a concern if they set up their nest in a high traffic area near a home or business.
These bees look a lot like your standard honey bee, but they have a vastly different disposition. Africanized honey bees will defend their nests viciously and they guard a territory much wider than your average honey bee.
Africanized bees are a lot more aggressive than a standard bee. They will attack in huge swarms around threats with the intent of stinging whatever the threat is to death. They will also chase after a perceived threat for much longer distances than the average honey bee.
Africanized honey bees prefer to the warmer climates and are located in southern states and western states that are warm year round.
If you find yourself attacked by Africanized honey bees, be sure to:
Run away as fast as you can and seek a stable shelter such as a home, shed or something sturdy.
Do not jump in water as bees will wait for you to come up for air.
Make sure that the stingers are removed as quickly as possible because they will continue to pump venom.
Seek medical attention as soon as possible.