Why You Never Have To Worry About True Honey Bees (And How To Remove The Others)

True honey bees are quite particular about where they construct their hives. Food (lots of fresh flowers!) has to be within a five-mile radius of the chosen location for the hive. The hives are built inside dead or dying trees in the wild, while "cultured" bees live in man-made hives in backyards. Since honey bees generally leave people alone and will not bother you, your picnic or barbecue, or sting for no good reason, you should never attempt to remove a honey bee hive if and when you discover one (at least, not on your own!). Because honey bees are now an endangered species, it is also important to leave them alone as much as humanly possible. As for anything else that looks like a bee, you should have it/them removed. Here is how.

Bee Removal ("Bee" Being the Loose Terminology)

People often address any stinging insect that is yellow and black as a "bee." Requesting bee removal services is, in fact, requesting services for insects that look like bees and may be related to them, but are not real bees. This includes hornets, yellow jackets, wasps, flies cleverly camouflaged as bees and a few others. (On a rare occasion, honey bees may move into the walls of human structures or into attics. It then becomes necessary to carefully remove and relocate them, something only a professional pest control expert should do.) These insects are actually invasive and can sting you repeatedly without harm to themselves, whereas true bees sting only once, lose their stingers and die. What you really want then, is a service that removes bee-like insects.

What the Pest Control Expert Does

The pest control expert will come to your home or place of business. He or she will watch some of these bees or bee-like insects and then follow one or more of them back to their nest. Looking at them, the pest control expert will tell you exactly what they are, and then use a special chemical that first drugs the insects and knocks them out. Then the expert will carefully remove all traces of the nest, attempting to avoid disturbing these insects and avoid whipping them into an angry frenzy. Despite their intoxicated and groggy state, some wasps and others can still manage to fly and find a target to sting.

Next up: Bag and Remove

After all traces of the nest have been removed, the pest control expert will attempt to spray the nest to kill everything from grub/larvae to flying adult. (With honey bees, this step may be skipped, depending on the practices of the pest control company.) Then the entire nest and the mess that goes with it is bagged up for disposal (or relocation, as is the case with honey bees). Because of the toxic chemicals involved, the pest control company has a special means of disposing of these pests back at the office, which is where the pest control expert will take it all (unless it is honey bees and there is a catch-and-release program for them).

For more information, contact companies like Bee Removal of Houston.