How do I know if I have a bee problem?
Bees are incredibly helpful. They are the primary pollinators of the natural world. Without them, we wouldn’t have gardens full of vegetables and yards full of flowers and trees. That’s what makes bees one of the more delicate problems homeowners have. Are your bees a problem, or are they better left alone? This depends on the species and the location of the hive. If your yard is crawling with bees or you have a hive in or attached to your house, you may have a serious problem. The best solution? Call Anteater Exterminating Inc. We’ll inspect your property, determine your species, and let you know what all of your options are.
What kind of bees are there in Arizona?
Important pollinating bee species.
- Honey bees – These bees typically live in rocky outcroppings or hollow trees. If you have an active hive of honey bees in a poor location, your best option is likely removal. As pest experts, we understand the importance of honeybees in the eco-system. Extermination of an active colony is the last resort. We may refer you to local beekeepers who often remove honeybee colonies free of charge and re-home them in a man-made hive.
- Bumble bees – Bumble bee species nest underground. Hives may be found in burrows and beneath boards as well. They are prolific pollinators, particularly in vegetable gardens. They are important to the eco-system and we will thoroughly inspect the hive location and options before advising extreme measures.
- Squash bees – Bees are specialists. As the name implies, squash bees pollinate pumpkins and other gourds. Their hives are located underground and they are often located in pumpkin patches. They look similar to honey bees in striping though they have wider set eyes and one species has a red abdomen.
Potentially problematic bee species.
- Africanized honeybees – Also known as killer bees, this species has run rampant across Arizona. They are an extremely aggressive hybrid between African honey bees and European honey bees. If you are ever attacked by an AHB, run in a straight line. They are slow fliers and can be outrun. Do not dive underwater. They will wait for you to surface.
- Carpenter bees – These black bees typically nest in cactuses and hollow logs. That makes homes susceptible to carpenter bee hives. They nest in unpainted, dry wood. Nesting targets include fence rails, decks, wooden furniture, and doors. Look for entrance holes around the suspected area.
- Sweat bees – Sweat bees are attracted to the salt in sweat. This can make them a major nuisance. Since they typically nest on dry dirt, plants are the best method for keeping them away. These bees do sting and bite, so you may need removal services if multiple nests are in a single area.
Additional bee species we treat for include:
- Leafcutter bees
- Mason bees
- Long-horned bees
- Yellow-faced bees
- Masked bees
- Cuckoo bees
I have bees in my house, what now?
Depending on the species we will recommend removal or extermination.
Do not do any of the following:
Never plug up the entrance holes to the nest or hive. This won’t stop the problem. It will force the bees to create a new exit. This exit may not lead outside the home. A house full of angry bees is a much worse problem to have than a wall full of docile ones.
Never pour chemicals onto an outdoor hive. This doesn’t just kill bees, it contaminates the surroundings. Chemicals destroy the soil and may not penetrate the hive deeply enough to wipe it out.
Why do I need professional bee removal?
There are a variety of reasons to get professional removal services. Depending on the bee species you may risk stinging, bites, and a swarm if the hive is agitated. If anyone in your home is allergic to bees, this is not a risk you want to take.
- Failure to eliminate the bees before removing the hive can result in injury. It also will not remove the heart of the problem, the bees themselves.
- Pest controllers will identify the bee species. We know the best methods for different species and their hive locations.
- We remove the destroyed hive. This prevents wax and honey from melting into the walls of your home. This also removes dead bees and pupae.
- Removal of certain bee species requires a commercial license. We are licensed to take care of your bee infestation.
The best way to stop a bee problem is to head it off as soon as possible. Colonies grow and expand. The longer you wait, the larger the colony. We quickly diagnose bee infestations. After determining your bee species, we present you with every available option. Get help now. Call us today.
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