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All You Need To Know About Bees

Bees are amazing insects that have multiple benefits in our environment. Not only they offer the delicious honey, but they are also essential for the pollination of many flowers and trees. They are small and hairy insects, most of them having the well-known colouring of black and yellow. But they have one major problem: they sting when they sense danger, and will not hesitate to sting you as well, your family or your pets. One sting by itself is not that painful, but if an entire swarm attacks you, then the pain will be more intense. Plus, some people can get a very severe allergic reaction to bee stings.

The largest species is the Megachile pluto which is up to 3.9 cm long (with a wingspan of 6 cm), while the smallest one is the Perdita minima, which is only 2 mm long.

When Bees Become A Problem

There are various scenarios when the useful bees can become pests, and now we’ll look at some of them:

  • If your lawn has a lot of clover in it and the clover blossoms, it will attract a lot of bees that are searching for nectar. And then, when someone walks bare foot on the grass, that person will inevitably step on a bee and get stung
  • If someone living nearby owns box-like hives (whether as a hobby or for commercial reasons), the hives can become too crowded. Then, a group of bees known as a swarm will leave the nest in order to start a new colony. And they might do this right on the side of your house, your chimney or on a tree branch in your back yard.
  • Then, they become very protective of their new home and will attack any intruder that gets nearby or puts their nest in danger. This doesn’t mean that if you manage to take one or two stings you will then be able to destroy or to move the nest by yourself. The alarmed workers in the hive will release certain substances that will alarm the other bees and will make them attack too. So a mass stinging incident can occur, which to some people that are allergic can be fatal. As you may already know, bees are giving their lives in order to protect the nest. When they sting, they leave the stinger and a part of their body in the victim, and they die afterwards.
  • During the warm summer days, the combs can get weaken and honey will be dripping in your home or back yard

The Lives of Bees

While some species are solitary, the honey bees and the bumble bees are social insects. They form large colonies of thousands of insects, divided into three castes: the queen bee, infertile female worker bees and male drones. A queen will mate and lay eggs for as long as it lives, and in the case of honey bees this can be 2-3 years, sometimes 5.

Male drones exist only to fertilize the queen, and they soon die afterwards. Female workers also don’t live that much (up to 6 weeks), because they are constantly working for the survival of the hive. The hair on their bodies is crucial for pollination. They collect it from various flowers when sucking their nectar, and then leave it on others.

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How To Get Rid of Bees

If these insects get out of hand, the only solution would be to call a professional beekeeper or a pest control company. Trying to deal with the problem yourself will definitely cause more damage. Sure, you can also wait until the weather gets cold, expose the nest and let the freezing temperatures kill some of the bees. But you can’t risk to wait until then, and it’s better to call a professional right away.

Plus, each species requires a different kind of treatment and they can also easily get confused with wasps. If the idea of killing these useful insects is not appealing to you, in some cases they can also be relocated. Discuss this with the technician that will arrive at your place. Once the bees are removed, make sure to also throw away the hive and clean the area. The honey and bee wax can also attract other pests, while the smell of fermenting honey is not so pleasant.

How To Prevent Bees?

There is really not much you can do to completely prevent them. If they are swarming around looking for a place to nest and a tree in your garden looks appealing, they will settle there. There are no barriers or chemicals that could keep them away, and the best prevention method is early detection.

So you should call a specialist as soon as you notice any signs of bees nearby, as this might make the relocation process easier and it will remove the necessity of extermination. If they are at a safe distance from your home and do not interfere with your daily life, you can just leave them alone and keep your children and pets away from them. They will naturally go away when the weather gets cold.

Safeguard Pest Control

Whether you have issues with bees, termites, lawn grubs, mice, rats, geckos, fleas, mosquitoes, flies, bed bugs, Silverfish, pantry pests or ticks, we are here to help! We are in business for more than 30 years now and had hundreds of satisfied customers all over the Sunshine Coast of Australia.

Our technicians are well trained and experienced, and we only use substances that are certified and safe for humans, for pets and for the environment. We offer pest control solutions to both residential and commercial areas, as well as to schools and hospitals.

Get Rid of Bees Now!

If your home or yard are seriously infested by these insects, then it’s time to call a specialist! Book your Safeguard ticks treatment now by calling 07 5477 6675 or emailing info@safeguardpestcontrol.com.au and allow us to protect your family against bees.

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