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Honey bees

Honey bees are a very common species of bee found around homes and properties where humans are often found. They are known for living in hives, having a very ordered society which makes them particularly social insects. They are also important to the environment as pollinators, but when they decide to build their nests around homes, they increase the risk of pets and people being stung.

Removing a honey bee nest is crucial to prevent honey bee stings. However, removing honey bee nests requires following specific laws and they can be different for each community, city or state. Ehrlich Pest Control are your local honey bee pest control specialists. We work with local honey bee experts to remove the nests and prevent them from returning. If you find you have a problem with honey bee nests on your property, contact your local Ehrlich Pest Control office.

Honey bee nests

Honey bees make their nests out of a kind of wax they secrete from their own bodies. They prefer to find hidden locations in order to keep the nest and hive protected. Most of the time, honey bees in the wild prefer to find hollow logs, hollowed out trees or some other safe place for their nests.

Honey bees will create honey within their nests. This is why beekeepers create hives and care for honey bees on their property. These beekeepers also harvest the honey to sell.

The problem with having honey bees set up their nests around your home is that even the most passive species will defend their nests when someone comes near or they perceive someone as a threat. Worker honey bees on their own will rarely sting, but if they feel the nest it threatened they will send out pheromones indicating the hive is under attack. This will cause the other workers to attack and sting.

If you are dealing with africanized honey bees, the risk of severe stings increases. These bees look a lot like the regular European honey bees, but are far more aggressive and will defend a wider area around their nests than their European cousins.

Do honey bees sting?

Yes, honey bees do sting and will sting if they feel their hive or nest is threatened. For the most part, honey bees are docile and do not want to sting people or animals. They prefer to be left alone and stinging a person or mammal can cause them to lose their stingers and die after stinging. However, if the bees feel there is a threat to their hive, they will alert the rest of the hive and dozens, perhaps hundreds, of bees may come out and sting the potential threat.

If you know you have an allergy to insect stings, make sure to stay away from bee hives or nests. The risk of being stung multiple times is too great. Contact a professional, like the ones at Ehrlich, and have them remove the nest to be safe.

Do honey bees lose their stinger?

Yes, honey bees will lose their stinger if they sting a person. Although their stinger has a barb on the end that causes this to happen, it’s really the tougher skin of mammals which causes the bees to die after stinging. If the bee were to sting something softer than human skin, the barb might not stick.

Honey bees stings whatever potential threat is in front of them. The bard catches on the skin of the person or animal they are stinging and when the bee flies away, the stinger rips out of the bees’ body and disembowels the insect. This causes the bee to die moments later.

Are honey bees dangerous?

In general, honey bees are beneficial to the environment. Honey bees are known as pollinators. Since bees seek nectar from flowers and plants, their legs pick up the pollen those flowers and plants need to reproduce. They then spread the pollen around and spread the species of plant.

However, if you are allergic to insect stings, honey bees do pose a health risk. For those who are not at risk from insect stings, honey bees may pose a stinging risk, but it should not adversely affect your health beyond the initial pain of the sting and possible swelling from the sting.

Ehrlich can get rid of honey bees

Because there is a potential environmental risk to trying to get rid of honey bees on your own, not to mention the threat of triggering a swarm of bees and being stung, the best bet is to let the professionals a Ehrlich Pest Control to get rid of the honey bee hive. Our experts work with local honey bee experts, comply with local laws and safely remove the honey bee nest in order to protect the environment, but also taking into consideration the needs of your family.

If you find bees building their hive near your home, contact your local Ehrlich Pest Control office and schedule a free property inspection. We will come out and figure out if it’s honey bees or some other stinging pest and then work with you to get rid of the honey bees and discuss ways to prevent their return.



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