Honey Bees

Honey Bees are actually very beneficial “pests” due to their important role as pollinators of many agricultural crops.  They are kept in hives by beekeepers and are rented to growers for crop pollination. Honey and beeswax are both useful commodities and are extracted from the hives.

However, when their venom does become a threat in or around a home or other structure, eliminating the bees becomes a top priority. When we see continual honey bee flight to and from a hole in the building, we know there is a nest. We can also determine a nest’s existence by listening for bees buzzing inside. Destroying the bee nest is  the only option if bees appear overly aggressive which may indicate they are Africanized honey bees.  Oftentimes, however, bees live in building walls, attics, or are tucked away where they are impossible to reach. Either way, they are a threat to people.

Eliminating or removing bee nests is a delicate operation that requires special equipment, protective clothing, and skill to prevent stings. Killing bees in a void with an insecticide can come with serious consequences as well:  Amazon, therefore, recommends using an experienced beekeeper if bees are located in an easily accessible place such as a hollow tree.

Africanized honey bees have now been in Florida for quite some time and they are physically indistinguishable from European honey bees but exhibit a much more aggressive nature especially when their nest is disturbed. Tests have shown that Africanized honey bees become alert to disturbances and prepare for colony defense much quicker than Europeans. Africanized honey bees also cause 6 to 10 times more stinging than Europeans and will continue to attack for longer periods of time and at much greater distances from the nest or hive. The Africanized honey bee nest is generally smaller than its European counterpart and their nests are often built in exposed areas such as drainage culverts and under highway overpasses.

Lastly, dead bees and their dead brood will decay and produce strong odors. Stored honey can absorb moisture and ferment or overheat without adult bees to tend to it. This can result in burst cap-pings, producing leaking honey from combs which can penetrate ceiling or walls, causing stains, sticky puddles around doors or windows, and softening of drywall. Other pests, such as ants, carpet beetles, moths, and cockroaches could become a problem, as they will be attracted to the odor of the honey and the dead bees.

To avoid these problems it is very important to remove all traces of the nest after the bees are treated. This may require a contractor to open a wall void or ceiling area. X Terminator Pest Control can recommend a contractor or professional cleaning service that can remove remaining honey, comb, and dead bees. It is also essential to plug all holes where bees were entering the structure as old nesting sites are extremely attractive to new swarms of honey bees as well as other insects.

Please call X Terminator Pest Control for more information about honey bees.