Bees & Other Stinging Insects

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Bee-ware of bees! A large number of bee stings can produce an allergic reaction.

**2016 & 2017 Disclaimer for Bee Removal & Live Bee Removal & Hive Extraction Services**

Bee Removal and Stinging Insect Control Services that we offer. Please note in some cases bees are protected and there may not be anything that we can do to help you and we apologize about this in advance, but with that being said, we will still provide an inspection to make sure that is the case. This is also an updated Bee Removal Guide for 2017. The “protected” european honey bee, is honestly not really “ferrel” or in the natural wild environment anymore. It is sad to say, but it's the simple truth, and here is the reason why, and remember I did go to the University of Florida for my Education in Entomology and passed with A’s, so I'm not talking out of my ass, this is the truth whether you want to believe it or not. The European Honey Bee in the United states in no longer 100% pure European, but rather a cross breed with the INVASIVE Africanized Honey Bee from the South. The European Honey bee is the “weaker” of the 2 species and the African Bees have dominated the species and cross breed. Even if the original European Honey Bee is 99% European, studies have shown, even a 1% African DNA in the “Wild” Americanized version of what the general public considers the “European” Honey Bee. So what this means is actual Beekeepers, as of Jan 2016, are no longer accepting “donations” of Bee Combs that are being relocated, due to the cross breed. The Africanized Bee does not produce the same type of comb or Honey as the European bees, and therefore they can not monopolize on the production of these Crossbred European/African Honey Bees. What this means for Bee Removal Specialists like myself and many of the companies that we work with is that the only real option, legally and in Agricultural Compliance speaking, we must exterminate them to prevent the spread. Its sad, and it does not always make sense, and I personally do not always agree with everything we have to do, but these are the ordinances by which we have to abide by, and that is what we generally will do, unless a rare exception can be made.

Bee Removal is a service offered by many wildlife and pest control companies. We provide expert Bee Removal Services throughout the United States. Many wildlife removal companies specialize in nuisance pest control, which includes the removal of: Bees, Wasps, Honey Bees, Hornets, and all other stinging insects that can be found in the United States.

BEES Facts & Terms: Bee-Tomology 101

Bee: a common name for a winged, flower-feeding insect with branched body hairs.

The most common types of bees are Honey Bees and Bumble Bees. Bees depend on pollen as a protein source, and flower nectar and oils as an energy source. Adult females will collect pollen to feed their larvae. The pollen that they lose going from flower to flower is important to the plants because it will land on the pistils (the reproductive structures) of similar species plants, resulting in cross-pollination. Bees play the most important role in pollination, and their interdependence with plants make them an excellent example of mutualism, a symbiosis in which an association between unlike organisms is beneficial to both parties.

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Beehives must be removed in order to solve your bee problem. We don't recommend you do this yourself.

Honey Bees: The European Honey Bee

Honey Bee: a common name for several species of highly social bees known for their honey-hoarding behavior, as well as their use as a domesticated species. The European honey bee is important in agriculture and nature for providing pollination to many valuable crops and wild plants. They are native to Asia and the Middle East, and were introduced to North America by early European colonists. By the mid-1800s honey bees had become widespread. Today, they can be found on every continent, except Antarctica. Honey bees are easily reared, adapt to many climates as well as laboratory conditions, and have a complex social life. They are among one of the most studied and best known insects. There are many races of the European honey bee. The ones most popular in modern beekeeping are: Italian, Carniolan, and Caucasian. Most honey bees used in human-built hives today are mixtures of these and sometimes other races.

Diversity: Wait there is more than 1 type of Bee? YES!

In addition to the European Honey Bee, there are six other recognized species of honey bees. These include: Indian honey bees, Koschevnikov's honey bees, Dwarf honey bees, Andreniform Dwarf honey bees, Giant honey bees, and Mountain Giant honey bees. Out of these, the European, Indian, and (to some extent) the dwarf honey bees, are the only species that have been domesticated. (Although, the European honey bee is by far the most widespread domesticated bee.) Africanized honey bees, sometimes known as killer bees, are a hybrid of African and European bees and are naturalized in the western hemisphere.

Social Organization: Kinda Like the Social Media for the Bee Hive!

The honey bee is a social insect, it can only survive as a member of a community, or colony. The colony inhabits an enclosed cavity, the nest. Domesticated colonies are kept in man-made containers, typically wooden boxes, known as hives.

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Beehives will grow at a rate of 1 foot by 1 foot per year!

Castes: This would be like the Hierarchy, like your Boss Bee, and the Worker Bee, and so on

The honey bee community consists of three main groups: the queen (the reproductive female), the drone (male), and the worker (non-reproductive female). These castes are associated with different functions in the colony and each caste is geared to assist with the different needs of the colony.

The Queen Bee: Yes She Can Bee the Dramma Queen Bee for a Reason

The queen is the only sexually reproductive female in the colony and is the mother of all drones, workers, and future queens. Her capacity for laying eggs can often exceed 1500 eggs, the weight of which is equivalent to her own body.

Anatomically, the queen is different from the drones and workers. Her body is longer, with a larger abdomen than a worker bee. Her mandibles ( jaws) contain sharp cutting teeth, her offspring will have toothless jaws. The queen also has a curved, smooth stinger that she can use repeatedly without endangering her own life, whereas the worker bees are armed with straight, barbed stingers. When a worker bee stings, the barbed, needle-sharp organ will remain firmly anchored in the flesh of its victim. When they try to withdraw their stinger, the bee tears its internal organs and dies shortly after. The queen bee lacks the working “tools” possessed by the worker bees, such as: pollen baskets, beeswax-secreting glands, and a well-developed honey sac. Her food consists almost entirely of a secretion called “royal jelly” that is produced by worker bees. The average lifespan of the queen is anywhere from one to three years.

The Worker Bee: Someone's Got to do the Work right?

Worker bees make up a majority of the colony. A healthy colony will contain 80,000 worker bees or more during its peak growth in the early summer. Workers will build and maintain the nest and care for the brood. They build the nest from wax secreted from glands in their abdomen. The hexagonal cells, or compartments, constructed by the workers are arranged in a latticework-type structure, this is the part known as the comb. The cells of this comb provide the internal structure of the nest. They are used for storage of the developing young bees as well as all the provisions used by the colony. The comb used for the storage of honey is called the “honeycomb”. Workers will leave the hive to gather nectar, pollen, water, and propolis (a gummy substance used to seal and caulk the exterior of the nest). They can convert the nectar to honey, clean the comb, and feed the larvae, drones, and the queen. They also ventilate the nest and ,when necessary, defend the colony. Workers do not mate and therefore can not produce fertile eggs. They occasionally will lay infertile eggs, which result in drones.

As with all bees, pollen is the main source of protein, fat, minerals, and vitamins; these are the food elements essential for the growth and development of larvae of all three castes. Adult bees can survive on honey or sugar, a pure carbohydrate diet. Aside from gathering and storing food for all members of the colony, the workers are also responsible for maintaining the brood at 33.9 degrees Celsius (93 degrees Fahrenheit). This is the optimum temperature required for hatching the eggs and raising the young. Should the nest (or hive) become too hot the workers will collectively ventilate it by fanning their wings. During the cool weather, they will cluster tightly about the nursery to generate heat. The eggs, which are laid one per cell, hatch in three days. The larvae are then fed royal jelly for at least two days, and then moved up to pollen, nectar, or honey. Each of the hundreds of larvae that live in the nest must be fed many times a day. During the first three weeks of their adult lives, the workers will confine themselves to building the honeycomb, cleaning the cells, feeding the young and the queen, maintaining the temperature of the nest, evaporating the water from the nectar until it thickens into honey, and many other “domestic” tasks. At the end of this period, they transition into “field bees” and defenders of the colony. The Workers busy life is completed over a span of about six weeks. Worker bees that mature late in the fall usually live into spring, as they have little to do in the winter except to eat and keep warm. Unlike other species of bees, honey bees do not hibernate; the colony stays active during the winter and work together to keep alive.

Drones are only prevalent in colonies of bees in the spring and summer months. As fall approaches, they will be driven out of the nests by the workers and left to perish.

Wasps: I Hate Wasps, they Sting and Sting

Wasp: a common name applied to most species of hymenopteran insects, except bees and ants.

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Bees will do anything to protect their queen and the colony.

Types of wasps include: the sawflies, the parasitic wasps, and the stinging wasps (which are the best known). There are about 75,000 known species of wasps, most of them parasitic.

The body of wasps are characterized by two pairs of membranous wings and an ovipositor (tube for laying eggs). This genetic makeup can be modified in several ways: in some species one sex may not have wing, with the vegetarian sawflies their abdomen is broadly attached to the thorax and the ovipositor is rigid, with higher wasps the abdomen is flexibly attached to the thorax and the ovipositor is movable. The larvae of parasitic wasps will consume the bodies of other insects or plant tissue. Stinging wasps (most common) are predators or scavengers; their ovipositors are modified to inject venom used for killing prey or for defense.

Unlike stinging wasps, sawflies and parasitic wasps are free-living and do not build nests. They will deposit their eggs on a host plant or animal, the adult wasps will then fly off in search of food for themselves or additional hosts for more larvae. The eggs are left on their own to develop and hatch.

Stinging wasps,however, can live in societies that are more complex than those of bees and ants. Some common types of these wasps are: Paper Wasps, Potter Wasps, Hornets, and Yellow Jackets.

Hornets: These Pups can be Mean and Aggressive, Stay Away!

Hornet: a name commonly applied to the members of a group of social wasps that make their nests with a papery material composed of chewed plant foliage and wood. This nest is often surrounded by a football-shaped paper casing.

Some of the common types of hornets are as follows: Bald Face Hornet, European Hornet, and the Asian Giant Hornet: They are Giant in the Scheme of Hornets, But we can still Control them!

The bald-faced, or white-faced, hornet, are common throughout North America. They are about 3 cm (about 1.2 in) in length, they have black and white markings on their body segments and face. Their gray nests are usually suspended from tree limbs.

The yellow jacket is the name applied to species’ that have extensive yellow markings. Yellow jackets will construct their nests close to ,or under, the ground; these nests may contain up to 15,000 individuals. Yellow jackets are often found near human-populated areas, their sting can potentially be serious for people sensitive to their venom or if they are stung multiple times.

The European hornet first appeared in the eastern United States about 1850. They are reddish brown and yellow streaked, and can grow to a length of more than 2.5 cm (1 in). Their brown-colored nest can be built in hollow trees, rock crevices, or on human structures (like buildings). Similar to the smaller hornet species, they feed on insects, larvae, and ripe fruit.

In several hornet species, there are no “workers”. Instead, the females will lay their eggs in the nests of other wasps, where the eggs hatch and the young can feed.

What ever type of bee or wasp problem you may have, be sure to call a Licensed professional to help you. These insects can be aggressive and can cause injury when when an improperly equipped person tries to control them. Some bees and wasps nests’ size can exceed 15000 insects inside! That’s a lot of them to try to fight with a can of bug spray.

Or services include: Bee Control, Bee Removal, Honey Comb Removal, and all stinging insect control. We also provide services such as: wild animal control, wild animal removal, cleaning and repairs of residential, industrial, and commercial properties. We also handle the removal and control of wild animals in all areas, please visit our wildlife removal page or give us a call to find a bee or wildlife removal professional in your area!