When To Protect and When To Remove Honey Bees
Honey bee removal is such a tough subject. We love these bees more than anyone and we take every precaution. Many people think that if they fly and sting, then they are just “bees.” However, not all bees can all be handled in the same manor. While bees and honey bees do fly and sting, they behave very differently from wasps and yellow jackets. Here are the top five reasons why honey bees should be respected. They must be treated differently than wasps, yellow jackets, and other stinging, flying insects nesting on your home:
5 Reasons Why Honey Bee Removal Is A Major Topic
Unlike the colonies of yellow jackets, wasps, and hornets who’s queens are the only to survive the cold winter months, honey bee colonies can stay fairly active throughout the entire year by bundling together and keeping constant motion to create the necessary heat to survive (81° F). New generations can even be bred during this during time, feeding off of the stored honey and pollen from the warm season. This ability to survive through the winter results in large populations right at the start of Summer.
Around late May and early July, the bee and wasp season kicks off. At this time of year honey bees start looking for new places to nest. Because they are able to survive throughout the winter by huddling and shivering to keep warm, large amounts of honey bees will fly in packs in search of a new location. This can surprise many home owners who are led to believe that nesting has already begun. But just as quickly as they come, they disappear. Honey bees prefer to nest in natural settings, and if specific conditions are not met, they will continue on to new locations. Many times this can still be dangerous for people living nearby, and they should seek out the professional help of a licensed pest technician to encourage their departure.
Power in Numbers:
Honey bee colonies can reach much a much higher population size than wasps or yellow jackets. Wasp colonies typically reach a maximum size of 500-1,000 and yellow jackets a range of 5,000-10,000, but honey bee colonies far outgrow both by reaching sizes of 10,000-20,000 workers. This difference in colony size can make treatment of honey bee colonies a much more difficult and time consuming process. Many times colonies need to be treated two or even three times before complete eradication is reached.
Honeys Not Always Sweet:
Many people enjoy the sweet nectar produced by the honey bees. Honey can have a devastating effect on the homes these honey bees nest on. Honey dripping inside a wall can rot out building materials. It can also retain the moisture needed for mold to grow. Invariably it will attract other pests to the affected area. This destruction by honey can cause big headaches and financial strains to home owners dealing with honey bee nests on their properties.
Second Generation Royalty:
While most bee and wasp colonies create queen bees from the start, honey bees have the unique ability to transform a regular worker bee into a queen. While all honey bee workers are female, only a select few are born with the ability to reproduce. If the only queen in the colony is killed, the workers will continuously feed a larva what is called “royal honey” throughout its development, giving it the ability to fertilize. This can greatly prolong the life of a honey bee colony which can reach upwards of 5 years old. A honey bee nest left to grow for multiple years will greatly increase. The cost and time involved in eradicating it, while wasp and yellow jacket queens abandon their nests even when intact.
When To Remove Or Treat Honey Bees – When Should An Exterminator Use Honey Bee Removal
While vital to nature, honey bees can cause a dangerous environment to humans when they nest in residential settings. Consult with your local EnviroPest pest technician before attempting to self-treat any insect nest on your home. The wrong treatment can prove to be ineffective or make a docile situation turn dangerous in seconds.
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- Danger To Your Home? REMOVE: When honey bees get into the walls or soffits of homes they will leave a huge mess. It is preferable to have them removed without destroying the colony. Getting to the queen or accessing is not always possible. Check with a Bee Keeper to see if it is possible to remove.
- Danger To People or Children? REMOVE: It is not illegal to remove honey bees when they are posing a risk. The risk assessment is made by the homeowner. An example of varying risk it if there are honey bees in a tree and you have children that your risk to stinging or disrupting them is much higher than if not. Contact us to fine out where your at on this risk and discuss honey bee removal.
EnviroPest will not remove Honey bees unless they fit into the above categories. If you discover honey bees around your home, contact Enviro Pest Control for immediate relief.
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