This article was co-authored by Steve Downs. Steve Downs is a Live Honey Bee Removal Specialist, Honey bee Preservationist, and the Owner of Beecasso Live Bee Removal Inc, a licensed bee removal and relocation business based in the Los Angeles, California metro area. Steve has over 20 years of humane bee capturing and bee removal experience for both commercial and residential locations. Working with beekeepers, agriculturalists, and bee hobbyists, Steve sets up bee hives throughout the Los Angeles area and promotes the survival of bees. He has a passion for honeybee preservation and has created his own Beecasso sanctuary where rescued bee hives are relocated and preserved.
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Dealing with a single bee is a rather easy task, but removing a whole colony can be a very complicated and potentially dangerous process. For this reason, you should arrange for a professional to deal with the problem. Before you do, though, you can use some clues about the bees’ appearance and nesting to help identify the species. With this information, you can then anticipate what will need to be done to remove them, which can help you compare costs when obtaining quotes from professionals. Finally, you can then take preventative measures to reduce the chance of having to deal with this problem again.
September 13, 2021 By PestKilled Team
Before you wonder why we discuss how to get rid of bees, we must learn what are the special circumstances that warrant bee repelling. If you have a beehive in your yard and the bees are not bothering anyone, it is best to leave them alone. It can take years for bee colonies to rebuild from being destroyed or removed by humans – that’s right! We destroy their home then wonder why they sting us.
How Dangerous Are Bees and Why Should We Repel Them?
Bees are an important part of the ecosystem that have garnered much attention in the media. As we all know, bee populations are declining, posing a threat to our entire ecosystem and life itself.
While protecting them is important, this does not mean you should share your living space with them.
- Some species can damage your home or become hostile.
- The good news is that they are generally less destructive than rats or termites.
- The bad news is that they are sometimes difficult to remove.
Know Your Bees
Before choosing a method of removing a colony of bees, it is important to identify the species of stinging insect, and whether it is a bee, wasp, or hornet. This knowledge will give you a better estimate of damages or the threat of stings. Some species also require specialized treatment.
- Bumble Bee: Aggressive only when threatened, the bumble bee prefers to nest in loose, fluffy materials and occasionally underground.
- Carpenter Bee: These oval-shaped bees burrow into surface leaving perfect three-eights inch holes. Carpenter Bees are solitary, and rarely damage structural beams. However, individual nests can multiply, eventually destroying the surrounding surface wood.
- Honey Bee: While honey bees are not aggressive and highly beneficial, their nests are heavy and produce thousands of workers. They are the only species where relocation from your home is the preferred method.
- Worker Bee: Worker bees are the only ones that sting. Generally, a colony will have one queen and several dozen workers.
- Queen Bee: A queen bee is larger than a worker and the only fertlie female in t he colony. She has a stinger that inflicts more pain and can sting multiple times.
How To Treat A Sting From Bees:
A bee sting can happen quickly and without warning. One minute your children are playing outside happily, the next a piercing scream reveals one of them has been stung by an angry wasp or hornet – who just wants some attention!
To help alleviate panic (and pain), it’s important to know what you should be doing when treating bees in order avoid infection from their venomous barbs.
The first thing that comes into play is getting out any remaining stinger as soon as possible so more poison doesn’t get pumped into our skin longer than necessary; this will also reduce swelling around where it is stuck… But if we’re lucky enough not receive another attack then there are still plenty of ways to prevent these pesky bugs wreaking havoc on ourselves again at home.
Follow these instructions for a bee sting:
- Stay calm. Although most bees usually only sting once, we can’t be sure that this will happen so it’s best if you stay still until the attack is over and avoid additional attacks by calmly walking away from where they are located.
- If one does remain in your skin after remove then wash with soap and water.
- Apply a cold pack to reduce swelling. However, if the swelling moves to other parts of your body and you experience difficulty breathing or hives from an allergic reaction then go immediately to the emergency room for treatment as these signs can be life-threatening!
- Painkillers like acetaminophen or IBuprofen over-the-counter pain medication, which help relieve discomfort associated with bee stings etc… follow directions on label when taking over the counter medications such as these types listed above – apply them correctly so that they work effectively; do not exceed recommended dosage because it could cause other side effects instead just use enough until relief is achieved.
A Bee sting allergy is a rare condition, but it’s one that could be life-threatening to those who are allergic. Symptoms of anaphylaxis can include difficulty breathing and swelling around the mouth or Nose; if someone with milder reactions has experienced multiple stings without seeking medical attention they should still contact their doctor for advice on how best handle any future encounters with bees.
A person’s reaction may also vary depending upon factors like age: children under 12 years old typically have less severe symptoms than adults do when reacting after being stung by this type insect . If you notice signs such as these—even just once!–seek professional help right away!
Most of the general population have come across a bee in their lifetime. Bees have a lot of beneficial qualities that improve the ecosystem. Since grade school, you are taught why bees are useful in the world around you. The warning is pretty basic; stay clear of bees so they don’t sting you. The most popular terms stating “they are more afraid of you then you are of them” or perhaps “if you leave them alone, they will leave you alone.” are good guidelines. In any case, you naturally stay out of their way. However, the major concern about bees, is the commonality of so many being allergic to their venom that pulses through your body in the event of a sting. Not all are influenced, but if you are allergic, avoiding a passerby bee is prudent.
To help deter bees and their hives from your home and loved ones, we would like to share some tips and advice.
How to Repel Bees From Yourself
1. Essential Oils or Scents to Repel Bees. If you know you are venturing to places where bees are more than likely present, it is best to protect yourself. Bees are often repelled by strong scents. Catnip essential oil is very effective in deterring not only bees, but mosquitoes as well. Other strong substance fragrances used for deterring bees is Peppermint oil, or cloves. Always follow the labels directions, and avoid using this remedy on children three years of age or younger.
2. Commercial Bee Repellents. Most repellents are not effective on bees. Bees generally only attack if they feel threatened in some way. However, there some products that do hinder bees from sticking around your personal space. Make sure to do your research and seek customer reviews to find the best one suited for your needs.
3. Bee Aware of Bees. If you know you are heading into the more natural settings where bees are often residing, keep your senses open. Listen for buzzing sounds. If there seems to be a choir of buzzing noises emanating from specific locations, stay clear of those areas. There are thousands of bee species in the United States, and quite a few are native to the New Jersey area. Some species of bees have a more retreat frame of mind, where others are extremely aggressive when coming in proximity of their hives. If you do not know what species of bees you came across, it is better to avoid them.
4. Bee Clothing Preferences. Bees are not going to attack for wearing a particular name brand clothing line, and they are not necessarily prone to attack you if you are wearing a particular color, however, leathers and furs should be avoided as that can make them feel threatened. Red and dark colors will also have that effect. Stick to lighter colors to increase your chances of being perceived as a bully coming to disrupt the hive.
5. Run Away from Bees. If you get swarmed by bees, run for shelter.
How to Deter Bees From Your House
1. Avoid Bee Attractants. Bees are not only looking to pollinate, but are looking for food and water. Keep pools covered when not in use, lids tightly fastened on trash bins and avoid leaving sweet temptations in the yard.
2. Seal Cracks & Holes to Deter Bees. If your home or other structures on your property have holes or cracks, seal them up. Bees are searching for places to build up their hives. Closing up the options could get them to look elsewhere for a home.
3. Contact a professional. At Dynamic Pest Control, our specialists are masterfully trained, utilizing the top of the line chemicals and other preventive or removing procedures to keeps bees clear of your home.
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