Bees 2017-06-04T21:10:22+00:00

Honeybees are equiped with stingers for defense or offense. The honeybee can sting mammals only once as its barbed stinger gets stuck in the skin and cannot be removed. It tears from the body and the bee dies shortly afterward. Bees however are capable of stinging other insects more than once as their barbed stinger is able to pull free of these animals. Most honey bees are not overtly aggressive however the africanized honey bee is and accounts for about 10 % of the bees you see. The africanized honey bees have been known to chase people for over a quarter of a mile once they have gotten excited and aggressive.

It is very common for bees to stumble upon an opening possibly a crack or some other entry point around your home that leads into the wall voids. You may not even be aware that they’ve moved in until much later as the hive becomes more established. At that point it is best to call Alpha Pest Control to have the bees exterminated. Next you will need to remove the entire hive as the honey is attractive to ants, cockroaches, moths, carpet beetles, rodents, etc… When the hive is active the bees can keep other pests away but once the bees are gone its like heaven for these other pests. Also, on hot days the wax will begin to melt and you may see it flowing out from the wall. A typical honeybee hive can have over 100 pounds of honey stored in the wax honeycomb after just its first year in a location. Usually the only real option to remove the hive is by opening up the wall.  In the meantime please do not get within 10 feet of an active bee hive as they are easily provoked.

Hive discovered inside a storage container.  Most of the bees had been remediated at this point.

This hive was discovered inside a storage container. Most of the bees had been remediated at this point.

Bees swarming around a small hole in the block fence.

Bees swarming around a small hole in the block fence.

This hive was discovered in one of the more common places.  An irrigation box.

This hive was discovered in one of the more common places. An irrigation box.

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