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Bee nest identification and facts

A bee nest on your property can put people nearby at risk. If left untreated the nest could produce a swarm that is dangerous to anyone in and around the property. Furthermore, a bee nest will present a danger to pets and humans allergic to bee stings. 

Information is key in figuring out the type of nest when facing a bee infestation. Bee species and nest identification is crucial to safe removal of the stinging insects. Bee nests can be a lot of trouble to identify and remove by yourself, so let us do it for you, please contact an Ehrlich Pest Control specialist today.

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Why you need to call a bee nest professional

Bee nest removal is not a DIY project, and you should not under any circumstances attempt to remove the nest on your own. The reason is that while you may remove a visible nest, there may be more bees nesting elsewhere. With an untrained eye bee nest removal may seem easy, but you will never know the severity of the problem unless you call a professional. 

If you have bee nests on your property and would like to have them removed, please contact us to get an inspection today.

How to identify a nest

Information is key in figuring out the type of nest when facing a bee infestation. Bee species and nest identification are crucial to safely removing the stinging insects. There are several signs you should look for including the type of bee, type of nest, and if it’s a swarm or a nest.

Types of bees

The most common type of bees most people in North America will run into are honey bees and carpenter bees. Carpenter bees will nest into wood, while honey bees nest into trees. Often confused with wasps, bees have a fuzzy exterior, while wasps have a smooth exterior and will be larger in size.

Types of nests

Ground bee nests

Some bee species, including polyester bees, nest underground and have mounds that look like ant nests. The openings are bigger than ant nests and the female ground bees build their nests next to each other. Although, these bees do not sting when disturbed, they will show up every year and spread.

Ground bee nest on a dirt ground.

Honey bee nests

Honey bees will take shelter in hollowed out trees, and will make their nests with wax secreted from their abdomen. Despite popular belief, you will never see a honey bee nest in an exposed location, like a hanging branch. Honey bees like to make their nests inside trees, homemade bee boxes, or even a man made structure.

Bee nest on the side of a tree.

Bee nest vs wasp nests

People confuse wasp nests, which are more dangerous, with bee nests all the time. Wasps do not swarm around their nests as much as bees do. Wasps nests have a grayish appearance and have the general shape of a football. While bees are social insects and will live in colonies either underground or in trees. Bee nests will have more of a yellowish hue and are are hidden away from sight.

Wasp nest on the side of a tree.

Bee swarms

If left untreated, bee nests can get bigger and develop into a swarm which will affect your entire property or business. A swarm occurs when a bee colony splits and the Queen bee is replaced. Swarms are often found in tree branches, vegetation, fences, mailboxes, and even on the ground. Bees swarms are a danger to both you and your home, especially if you have pets or members in the household that are allergic to bees.

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Bee nests can be a lot of trouble to identify and remove by yourself, so let us do it for you. Contact an Ehrlich Pest Control specialist today.


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