Although known for their role in pollination and producing honey, bees can become a threat to homeowners when they build their hives near or inside homes.
Bees are considered less dangerous than other stinging insects like wasps. Some types of bees seldom sting, such as carpenter bees, while more aggressive species such as, Africanized honey bees, will sting humans in large numbers.
Bee stings have the potential for an allergic reaction, resulting in anaphylactic shock. Anaphylactic shock is a serious medical condition that requires immediate medical assistance and can even cause death.
If your home is experiencing a bee infestation, contact Ehrlich at (888) 976-4649 for help or book online a free inspection of your home.
In addition to the threat of stings, bees can also attract secondary insects to invade your home due to the honey they produce.
Considering bees are highly beneficial to the environment, they should only be controlled when they pose a direct threat to your home or family.
If a bee hive / nest represents a high risk to humans, a pest control technician will remove the bees.
Ehrlich will only destroy a bee nest or colony if it is considered a threat to people. When possible we will try to find a bee-keeper to remove the hive.
The methods an Ehrlich technician will employ to remove a bee hive/nest varies depending on the type of bee that is invading your property.
Carpenter bees look just like bumble bees except that their abdomens are shiny and smooth. Carpenter bees are frequently seen buzzing around in the spring around unpainted buildings and boards. The oval-shaped insects will bore into wood in order to lay their eggs. To identify a infestation, routinely check wooden areas of your home for round, smooth holes.
If left untreated, carpenter bees have the potential to inflict serious damage to your home. They are solitary bees, so they do not live in colonies and will rarely sting humans.
Africanized honey bees are very similar in appearance to domestic honey bees, but differ greatly in key aspects of their behavior. First, Africanized honey bees will defend a larger area around their nest, and are much more aggressive in attacking people than domestic honey bees.
Additionally, Africanized honeybees will pursue a threat for over a mile, whereas the domestic honey bee will only pursue a threat for a few hundred yards.
Africanized honey bees will swarm as often as every six weeks, and are a lot less picky about their nesting places, and will nest in much smaller cavities than domestic honey bees. Africanized honey bees are presently active in East Coast states like Florida and Georgia.
Follow the below tips if attacked by Africanized honey bees:
Honey bees can be various shades of yellow, black, brown or orange, and their bodies are covered in light-colored hair.
Unlike the wasp, honey bee colonies can survive throughout the winter, are therefore not subject to colony re-establishment each year.
Honey bees will swarm to form new colonies, when the colony gets too large for hive space or new queens are produced. Honey bees are not particularly aggressive except when the nest is disturbed.
Bumble bees physically resemble carpenter bees, except that bumble bees have hairy abdomens.
Bumble bees do not make tunnels in wood, but rather nest underground or in cavities, such as in abandoned mouse burrows.
In general, bumble bees are seldom problematic, except in situations where the nests are established in a location where conflict with people or pets is highly likely.
Ehrlich Pest Control strongly recommends contact pest control professionals if you have a bee infestation. Attempting to remove a bee hive by yourself can be dangerous, especially if you or someone in your family is allergic to bee stings. Our technicians take the following safety precautions when removing a hive:
Contact Ehrlich Pest Control online or call for further information on how to remove bee hives, or to arrange for a visit by a Technician.