Pest Control Services – Bees

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Pest Control Services – Bees


Local Honey Bees will not be hurt but relocated. Africanized Bees will be exterminated.

Honey Bee Threat – There are many species of bees. Most are harmless and do good for the natural world. Bees are natural pollinators, moving from flower to flower feeding. This natural ability makes them vitally important to plant reproduction. Most say to stay away from bees, and they will stay away from you. This is true in some cases. Bees tend to mind their own business and try to work in their hive mentality. Other invasive species like the European honey bee might change those opinions. These honey bees are notorious for swarming if endangered and must be carefully attended to. Seek a professional pest controller that is qualified to deal with bees.

Bee Stings – Honey Bee Threat!
Honey Bee Threat – Bee stings are very painful and dangerous. Most species will die after stinging a person because their stinger is ripped out of the bee’s body. As mentioned, species like the European and Africanized honey bees travel in swarms. If attacked by a swarm, grave injury or death is a possibility. Those allergic to bee stings are especially vulnerable. The anaphylactic shock from a bee sting can cause a victim to swell and stop breathing. Most notable injuries or death from bee stings can be attributed to allergic reactions. This makes safety paramount. It also makes identifying different bee species an important factor in dealing with them.

Honey Bee Threat – Three Methods for Bees extermination
Three bee control methods have been deemed the most effective by bee professional exterminators. First, an inspection of the property can physically locate probable nesting sites. Following a foraging bees flight path back to the nest is also possible. Bees can be found in hives that could be attached to a tree, building, or in-ground. Because of the danger involved with climbing and pesticides, exercise caution and call a pest controller.

After locating the hive, treat it with insecticides. Most specialists will proceed to cover and burn the hive if it can be detached from its home. Safely burning the nest will kill a queen capable of producing up to 2,000 eggs daily. The second method involves attracting swarms to nest boxes by various pheromone lures.

By using insecticides by time-release or manually, a swarm can be physically destroyed. This method is usually only effective at a close range to the swarm or hive. The pheromones used to attract the bees have a short range. This method is suitable for only capturing a significant portion of the swarm or hive.

Again, the hive should be contained and burned if possible. The third method involves the remote application of insecticides to foragers outside the colony. A professional can successfully destroy the hive by placing bait stations at minimal exposure. Foragers must actively use the bait to work correctly. But if the bees readily accept the bait, the hive’s end will be near. Once again, contain and burn the hive if it can be done.

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Moving Your Bees From One Home To The Next

You’ve done your beekeeping homework. You’ve chosen a site for your beehive where it won’t be knocked down in a strong wind or be bothered by pets and humans. You’ve purchased all the right equipment and are comfortable using it. You’ve tried on all your beekeeping gear, are comfortable that it fits you properly, and are confident that you are reasonably protected from bee stings. During the cold winter months, you placed an order for your bees and were notified that your bees were successfully shipped. Now you have gotten the call from the post office where a frazzled postal worker has politely asked you to please come and remove your package of angry stinging insects from their work environment.

You’ve picked up your bees and noted that the bees look healthy other than a few dead ones at the bottom of the container (you should be prepared for a few not to survive the stressful travel routine they have been asked to endure). Now all you have to do is transfer the new bees from the screen container they were shipped to the hive you set up for them.

Have your smoker handy when you are ready to transfer your new bees from their shipping container to the hive. Also, make sure you have your beehive gear on.

You should notice a small container within the bee’s shipping container. This small container is where your new queen is being kept. The top of her personal shipping container is covered with a cork. Remove the cork and you will see a second cap made of sugar.

Hang the queen’s container in your hive. You’ll want to put it in between the two frames in the center of your newly constructed hive. Pierce the top of the candy top with a nail. The worker bees will have an easier time freeing the queen if there is already a small hole in the sugar barrier. When using the nail, be careful not to stab the queen inadvertently. You won’t be able to purchase a replacement queen after the winter months. Once the workers have chewed through the sugar barrier, the queen can escape into the hive.

Once the queen is in the hive, use your smoker and place a puff of smoke into the shipping package. Gently shake the bee’s shipping container, allowing the bees to spill out of the container and into the hive. When you can no longer coax any bees out of the container, set the container down near the hive, any bees still in it will eventually find their way out of the container and into the hive. Make sure you inset a feeder filled with a simple sugar recipe into the hive.

Leave your new bees alone for a week. During this week, the bees will become acclimated to their new home. The queen will start laying eggs and the bees will start to make honey.

Bees like to be transferred from their shipping container to the hive either early in the morning or late evening.

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