If you have a garden, flowerbed, lawn, or simply enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, you probably know something about bees. These amazing black and yellow striped insects are beautiful to look at and capable of doing amazing things, at the same time, they incite an incredible amount of fear in millions of people around the world. It is a simple fact that bees can and do sting, injecting a venom that can cause serious problems for those with allergies.
Should a colony of bees decide that your home should become their new home, it can bring with it a range of issues. These problems can affect children playing in your yard, family members who are working in the yard or mowing the lawn, and anyone who is engaged in outdoor activities. At times the bees can be aggressive and numerous stings can happen.
Don’t Touch that Hive
One of the most important things to remember when you spot a beehive on your property is that you should never attempt to remove or destroy the hive unless you have the right equipment and training. Professional exterminators that specialize in bee control and removal. They also know what steps to take to prevent the bees from returning to your home. Most will now use environmentally friendly removal methods designed not to interfere with commercial bee hive operations and pollinators.
How Do You Know You Have Bees?
Chances are good that if you suddenly notice an increase in bee activity, you have a hive to deal with. This is because bees tend to stick close to the home (hive). They are also very quick to investigate and signs of perceived threat to their hive. When those close to the hive perceive a threat, they emit a chemical alarm designed to bring even more bees to the scene.
Bee hives can be located under your eaves, in trees, under decks, or dug into the ground where they are all but impossible see. However, keep in mind that just because you don’t see a hive, it doesn’t mean there isn’t one.
Types of Bees
There are several types of bees, here in the U.S. and around the world. Each different variety of bee has different habits and temperaments, some only sting if they feel direct threat while others are very aggressive and will attack for what may seem, no reason at all.
Common American Bees
- Bumblebees: These short fat bees can be found in flowers all summer long. They only sting very rarely.
- Carpenter Bees: These bees build their hives in soft wood in much the same way as termites. Male carpenter bees cannot sting as they have no stinger. However, they will buzz around you to scare you away.
- Honey Bees: These are the most common bee found in North America. They are likely to be the ones you find around your home and do sting when threatened.
Over the course of the last two decades, we have all heard about “Africanized” or “Killer” bees. These bees were first brought to Brazil back in the 1950s. They were genetically modified to be able to withstand life in the tropics. These modifications also mad them very aggressive in the defense of their hives. Unfortunate there was an accident that released these bees allowing them to slowly move in swarms throughout South America and up into North America.
These bees are known to be very dangerous as they tend to attack in swarms and have a much higher threat radius than non-Africanized bees. If you think you have a bee hive in your yard, call a professional immediately.