As stewards of our environment, Eastside Exterminators will always do everything attainable to salvage honey bee colonies that become a problem in structural walls. However there are several instances that this may be impossible. Eastside Exterminators does not use neonicotinoids in any bee control proceedures! If an area beekeeper cannot be found to acquire the bees, the landholder has the right to treat honey bees as pests, particularly once human health is vulnerable. Some basic information of honey bees and their activities is critical before making an attempt to get rid of honey bee colonies from structures:
Honey bees will defend themselves if distressed. Avoid agitating a bee colony unless you are totally protected. If you encounter bees that are flying and seem to be out of control, merely back away slowly while not swatting at the bees. Swatting the bees only aggravates them and makes them defensive. If you discover yourself being attacked by defensive bees, use your shirt to cover your head and run quickly through dense vegetation or look for shelter in a vehicle or building.
The guard or worker honey bees have a barbed stinger that’s left behind within the victim. In the method of stinging, a honey bee rips some of her abdomen away with the stinger and the bee dies shortly after. The stinger ought to be removed immediately from the victim to scale back the quantity of venom entering the sting location. A common sting remedy is to put a mound of common table salt on place of sting entry and dampen with water. By osmotic pressure, most of the venom is going to be withdrawn from the body tissue if the treatment is applied inside 3-4 minutes following the stinging incident. When operating outside, it’s wise to carry small amounts of salt like the packets found at most restaurants. If allergic, call a beekeeper or Eastside Exterminators!
Bumblebees are the familiar large, fuzzy, black insects with a white or orange tip on the abdomen, frequently seen on and near flowers during spring and summer. They can and do sting if molested, but are not aggressive and rarely sting unprovoked. Bumblebees are pollinators and therefore very beneficial. Their nests should probably be left alone, unless they are in places where they are too close to people (right by the front door or in a children’s play area, for example), or where their noises disturb people trying to sleep (in the attic over the bedroom).
Bumblebee nests are composed of a multicolored waxy substance with vertical sleeping cells in it, spread over a horizontal area of several inches up to a foot. The numbers are fairly small, usually between 50 and 100 bees total. The nests may be found within several inches of an entry area, or up to 6 or 8 feet away. They may be treated with several different products and methods, depending on the nest location.