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Bees

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 a 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 specialists 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.

Bee control specialists

Ehrlich specialists are trained in 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 removal services

Bees are amazing for our environment; they pollinate plants and help our ecosystem flourish. However, bees can become dangerous especially to those with deadly bee allergies. Bees can hurt not only humans, but animals too. If someone is allergic to bee stings, a sting from a bee can result in anaphylactic shock and even death.

This is why it is important to identify and spot potentially harmful bees on your property. When left untreated, bee hives can get large enough to enter your property and become a hazard to everyone in and around the area.

Bee removal is a hassle and dangerous to do by yourself, so let us do it for you! Please contact your Ehrlich Pest Control bee specialist today for information on bee removal and ask about our inspection offer.

Ehrlich live bee removal process

When you contact Ehrlich Pest Control for bee removal services your Ehrlich bee specialist will:

Determine that you have bees on your property, sometimes a stinging insect may look like a bee but it is really a wasp or a hornet. Different insects require different treatment and equipment, so it is important to know what we are looking at.

Find the hive. In order to get rid of bees you will need to know where the hive is located. There could be multiple hives depending on the infestation. Your Ehrlich bee specialist will identify entrance points in your home or business that would need to be closed off to prevent bees from entering.

Our state-licensed specialists are trained and equipped to handle many different bee hives and nests. We use tools like bee poles and protective suits to ensure the removal of bees is a safe process.

Bee hives 101

  • Carpenter bee hives - Carpenter bee hives are not easily seen with the naked eye. These types of bees make holes about six centimeters wide so the female bee can lay her eggs. The female will also create her chamber by drilling these holes with her mandibles. The larvae and pupae will develop in these chambers during the spring and summer time. Carpenter bees do not sting as they are considered solitary insects and do not live in colonies.

  • Bumble bee hives - Unlike carpenter bees, bumble bees make their hives underground, normally in abandoned mouse burrows. Bumble bees are also social insects and live in colonies, which makes them more likely to sting. While most hives are unproblematic, the issue lies when a hive develops in an area where there is a lot of human and pet traffic. If one gets stung by a bee, it could lead to a number of problems including death.

Bee removal cost

While the price of bee removal services is a frequently asked question, there are many different factors that go into a price for bee removal. Some of the factors that can affect the cost include: type of bee species, the size of the infestation and the equipment needed to remove the bees. The severity of your problem can affect the cost of bee removal costs.

  • Homes - Bees can make their way into your home if a hive or nest is not removed. Ehrlich Pest Control offers a free home inspection to investigate possible access points and will provide an estimate for removal.

  • Commercial businesses - Bees in your place of business can not only produce a hazard to your property, but to people in the surrounding areas. It can disrupt business and if left untreated can produce a real danger to the products or services you sell on your property. 

  • Do you have bees in your business? - We can take care of any bee infestation and offer competitive prices. Ehrlich Pest Control can carry out an inspection of your commercial property for any pest and will offer a plan of action on removal.

Bee stings

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.

Types of bees

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

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

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

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.

Africanized honey bees

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.

The bee control experts

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a site inspection and consultation call 1-800-837-5520 or use the online form to set up that appointment.

DIY bee removal

When facing a potentially dangerous infestation, DIY bee removal solutions, such as spraying a solution of vinegar and water on hives, are not only dangerous, but will not likely work. Most people do not have the proper clothing or equipment to deal with bees on their own, so it is best to leave the hive alone and seek the help of an expert. Identifying the type of bee and implementing treatment plans is a job for an Ehrlich bee specialist.

Contact your local bee removal specialists

Bees can be a nuisance to your property, and because big things come in small packages, they will become a problem if the bee hive is not removed.

If you are facing bee infestation and will like to seek the help of a professional, contact Ehrlich Pest Control today to schedule your free inspection!

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