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Bees(Apis mellifera)

Bees are a special pest problem

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The common honey bee.

Today people understand the importance of bees. And there have been many news articles about how bee populations have declined dangerously. But when bees move in to a human environment, there can be trouble.

As stewards of our environment, Eastside Exterminators will always do everything possible to salvage honey bee colonies. Especially when they become a problem in structural walls. However this may be impossible in several cases. If you can't find an area beekeeper to take the bees, the landholder has the right to treat honey bees as pests. This is particularly true once human health is endangered.

Some basic information of honey bees and their activities is critical before making an attempt to get rid of honey bee colonies from structures.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Eastside Exterminators does not use neonicotinoids in any bee control proceedures!

Honey Bees

Honey bees are the common, smaller bees that you probably see every day. They will defend themselves if distressed. Avoid agitating a bee colony unless you are totally protected. So 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. And 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.

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Honey bee hive inside a home's structural wall.

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 should be removed immediately from the victim to scale back the quantity of venom entering the sting location. A popular bee 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 By osmotic pressure, most of the venom is going to be withdrawn from the body tissue if the treatment is applied inside 3-4 minutes following the stinging incident.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 to handle the bees.

Bumblebees

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The common bumble bee.

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. Leave the nests 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. You might find nests within several inches of an entry area, or up to 6 or 8 feet away. You can treat the nest with several different products and methods, depending on the nest location.

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We would be glad to help you solve your bee problem. Give Eastside Exterminators a call at (425) 482-2100.

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