There has been a lot of information in the news about the endangerment of bees. Bees are an important part of the ecosystem of our natural environment. In fact, one species of bee, the rusty-patched bee, has recently been added to the endangered species list. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), there has been an 87% decline in the species population since the latter part of the 1900s. There’s no doubt that bee colonies are a critical piece of the puzzle of agricultural and biological health.
The Role Bees Play in Ecology
Did you know that 90% of the world’s plants require cross-pollination to exist and thrive? Bees provide that cross-pollination without any help from technology, agricultural methods or human intervention. When a bee lands on a plant, pollen adheres to its legs. When that same bee then lands on another plant, that pollen is transferred over to the other plant. This simple but astounding process is one of Mother Nature’s most valuable means to ensure that the ecology of the Earth continues unabated. Without bees, our entire natural world would fall into unbalance, tipping the scales and likely leading to a global famine that likes of which civilization has never seen before since the dawn of creation.
The Problem With Bees
Still, bees have their place in nature, and another place as far as your home and family are concerned. Bees are territorial. If you or a family member accidentally enter a bee’s “territory,” the bee may act aggressively. Many people are fatally allergic to bee stings. If you’ve never been stung by a bee, you could be allergic and not realize it. While most bees won’t sting unless provoked, it’s safest to keep your distance where bees are concerned. However, if you or your family member aren’t aware of a beehive or a cluster of bees, you may accidentally have an aggressive bee encounter that leaves you with a bee sting; worse you could have a bee sting reaction that requires immediate medical care.
It’s worth mentioning that family pets are often more likely to accidentally encounter a protective bee colony than humans. Pets like dogs and cats get into the same kinds of outdoor spaces where bees like to build hives. Pets can get stung by bees too, and it is just as painful for them as it is for humans. It may also be as life-threatening for your pet, depending on the situation. If bees are a nuisance in your family’s indoor or outdoor space, it’s important that you be aware of your options.
What To Do If You Encounter Bees
The first thing to do if you notice an unusual number of bees is to stay away. A handful of bees buzzing around a flowering shrub is typically not a reason to worry. But if you continually notice heavy bee traffic in one certain area near your house or in your yard, chances are that a beehive may be nearby. It’s also possible that the bees are just starting work on the hive, so it may not be large enough to be easily recognized. If you can safely observe the heavy bee activity from behind a closed window inside your home, perhaps using a pair of binoculars, you may be able to tell what’s going on. In no case should you go out in person to inspect the area, or start moving brush or branches to “get a better look.”
If the bee problem is inside your home, you’ll need to cordon off the room nearest to the bee activity until you can get a pest control company to come in and take care of the situation. Whether the bee problem is outdoors or inside, a bee control pest company can take care of removing the threat.
Bee Control in Monmouth, County, NJ
Pride Pest Service in Monmouth County, NJ offers two options for humanely removing bee threats without destroying these valuable insects. These are annual bee reduction programs that are ideal for any homeowner faced with the threat of bees.
Bee Scout TrapScout Traps
The Bee Scout TrapScout Traps are designed to lure in the bee scouts. Bee scouts are continually searching out good places to build hives. When the queen has to be relocated, the bee scouts go on reconnaissance missions to find an ideal spot to build a new hive. These humane traps are pheromone-based. They use the sense of smell to safely and humanely attract and trap bee scouts without destroying the scouts or the hive.
Bee Swarm TrapSwarm Traps
If you already have a congregation of bees outside your home or inside the house, the Bee Swarm TrapSwarm Traps can be used to safely and humanely corral the bees and remove them to another location. These traps also use the powerful attraction of pheromones to lure all the bees into the trap. Once the bees are all safely contained, they are removed from your property and either relocated or exterminated, depending on the type of bees, and the individual circumstances.
Never take bee control into your own hands. While bees are generally non-aggressive, there are certain species of bees that can be very aggressive. Docile bees can also be aggravated to the point where they can attack and sting you, your family members and your pets. When you suspect that bees are congregating on your property, contact Pride Pest Services right away. Our trained technicians can come out and neutralize the bee threat in as little as one day. Contact Pride Pest Services today to enroll in one of the Preventative Annual Bee Reduction Programs. Your family’s health and safety depend on it!