Everything you wanted to know about bees- Cliff notes/readers digest version When you have a bee infestation it is highly important to take action immediately. Since 1998 Africanized bees migrated into Southern Arizona and they are here to stay. Scientific studies have revealed that the majority of bee colonies in Southern Arizona are Africanized bees. The naked eye can’t detect the difference between Africanized bees or European honey bees. Africanized are active all year long. The queen doesn’t hibernate. It’s important to know that bees are not aggressive. They are defensive! They’re defensive to guard the Queen, the eggs, larvae, the hive, honey, and, the honeycomb . When you understand this concept it will help you from being stung. We are here for professional be removal in Tucson and the surrounding areas. Bees are NOT as defensive while in a swarm because their is no honey or larvae to defend. An established colony has an average of 5000 to 12000 bees. If you notice 10 to 20 bees continually entering and exiting a small gap or hole in a structure you expect there to be thousands upon thousands inside.
FAQ there is a large football-sized cluster of bees in my tree. Should I be concerned?
This is called a “swarm”. Swarming is the process by which a new bee colony is formed when the old queen leaves the original colony with a large group of worker bees. By the way, worker bees are always female. The old queen will produce a new queen before she leaves the original colony. Most swarms that are seen in a tree will usually leave within 1 to 3 days until a scout bee locates a permanent site to form a hive. Oh, I forgot to tell you that drone bees are always male.
Can I remove the bee colony by myself?
NO! Don’t try to remove a colony or kill the bees yourself. There are over 100 fatal bee attacks in the US each year. A majority of those deaths occur in the southern states that harbor Africanized bees. Over the past 25 years our company has captured and handled everything from bears, venomous snakes, badgers, bobcats and the list goes on. Bees are without question the most dangerous animals we handle. Whereas only 10% of domestic honey bees will defend their hive if provoked, an Africanized bee colony will alert up to 50% of the hive to attack you (that’s up to 5000 bees coming after you, folks). Most adults can’t survive more than 500 to 1200 stings. If you disturb a colony, within seconds hundreds, sometimes thousands will target your eyes and face. They enter your mouth, nostrils, and ears.
What should I do if attacked by bees
- RUN! Don’t make the mistake of standing in place swatting bees. This only gives bees more time to recruit from the colony. Don’t stop running until you reach shelter. As you are running, pull your shirt up over your head to protect your face, but make sure it doesn’t hinder your progress.
Seek refuge in a car, house, garage, or any enclosed area. Africanized bees will chase you for up to 1/2 mile before giving up the chase.
- Do not seek refuge in water
You’ll face far worse consequences than victims who run and seek refuge in building. If you jump into a pool the bees will wait for you to come for air, then they will be all over you like a tick on a dog
- Seek medical attention immediately if you’re stung multiple times. Since bees target the victims face, venom may cause swelling making it difficult to breath. For people with bee venom allergies, one sting may cause an anaphylaxis reaction. If treated in time, epinephrine may reverse the reaction. epi-pens or similar auto-injectors are recommended (by physicians) to individuals with bee allergies.
- Once your are safely away from the bees it is important to remove all stingers. Don’t pull stingers out with your fingers or tweezers. This will only squeeze more venom into the wound. scape the stinger out sideways with the edge of a credit card, your fingernail, or the edge of a dull knife.
- Call 911
Most fire departments are trained and equipped to handle bee attack emergencies.
Do’s and Don’ts about Bee Removal in Tucson
- Avoid strongly scented shampoos, cologne, and perfume when hiking, camping, or working outdoors. Certain scents can either attract or provoke bees. Bees can also be provoked by dark clothing. Dark clothing may resemble bears or skunk which are their natural predator.
- Don’t panic! Yeah I know, it’s easy for me to say to someone running for their life from a killer bee colony. All joking aside, a victim of a bee sting can produce a systemic reaction in itself.
- Keep dogs and livestock away from an active colony
- Notify neighbors in the vicinity of an active colony
- Avoid loud noises and vibrations near a colony. Bees are very sensitive to loud noises caused by lawn mowers, chainsaws, weed eaters, and sometimes car engines.
- Bee proof property
Easier said than done, right? Bees can enter holes, gaps, openings as small as 3/16″. We recommend to fill all openings with caulk, copper stuffing, or expanding foam.
It is a common occurrence for bees to colonize inside an irrigation valve box or a utility water meter box. You can prevent this from happening by stuffing a small piece of steel wool in the valve box hole. Remove old tires and debris that may serve as a possible nest site
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