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Not All Stinging Insects Are Bad. Bees Are Quite Important To Agriculture.

Not All Stinging Insects Are Bad
Not All Stinging Insects Are Bad

Sometimes it’s difficult to identify what type of stinging insect you may have nesting on your property. Wasps, yellow jackets, hornets and honey bees are most likely the ones you’ll encounter. Of these, bees are the most common species you’ll see during the summer months.

While the first three help to pollinate flowers and vegetables, honey bees are by far the primary pollinators for the majority of foods we eat, both directly and indirectly. By gathering nectar and pollen from flowers, the plants are properly pollinated so they can grow the fruits and vegetables that we eat. They certainly deserve our protection to the extent possible.

Common honey bees, about a half inch in size, are yellowish-brownish in color with black bands underneath. They typically build their nests inside walls or trees where their waxy nests hold the honey.

A relatively new species, the Africanized honey bee, is more aggressive in gathering and protecting its honey. They were developed in Brazil in the 1950’s when an African subspecies and a European subspecies were crossed. Smaller than the common variety, they typically build their nests in structures such as barbecue grills and utility boxes.

Stinging insects can be dangerous, so don’t risk handling them on your own. Call on our Freehold Exterminators to determine the type of infestation you have and let us take care of it safely. Call Allison Pest Control for safe bee removal.

Honey Bee Infestation is Not a Sweet Deal

 

Honey Bees
Honey Bees

Honey bees are a valued part of the food chain, but they can cause a serious problem if they take up residence in the walls or attic of your home. Their nests can last for years without treatment, as one couple recently discovered. They just concluded a three-year battle with honey bee infestation in their Hartford, CT apartment.

Their problem finally came to an end last month as exterminators spent two days removing thousands of bees that left honey dripping everywhere in the apartment. The sticky substance can permanently stain ceilings and walls as well as attract pests such as ants and cockroaches.

The procedure created some local controversy as questions were raised as to whether or not the bees had to die. While Connecticut has no laws against the extermination of honey bees, experts agree that a beekeeper would have been able to save the bees along with the honey while limiting the damage done to the apartment.

After the ceiling was repaired and the apartment was repainted, the couple was able to return to their home. The building’s property manager stated that her first concern was facilitating removal of the bees and said in the future she would contact a beekeeper.

Honey bees are protected by New Jersey law, so be sure to consult our experienced technicians at Allison Pest Control before taking action. We can identify the problem and assist with humane, efficient removal of stinging insects and other household pests. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

We Love Honey Bees, the Helpful Bee

Delightful Honey Bees
Delightful Honey Bees

Honey Bees are in crisis. This beneficial insect, which pollinates the flowers that color our gardens and most of the agricultural crops we eat, has been under attack in recent years. Honey bee populations across the U.S. have been decimated by disease, pesticides, parasites, habitat loss and severe weather. For the past eight years commercial beekeepers have been losing a third of their bees each year.

Interesting Honey Bee Facts

  • Honey Bees will forage two miles from their hive.
  • When bees return to their hives, they share directions to new food sources by performing a “waggle dance” for their hive mates.
  • Honey bees have a keen sense of smell which they use to differentiate the best flowers for nectar and pollen gathering. But bees also use scent to identify hive mates. Each bee colony has its own unique scent.
  • Honey bees have five eyes. The two large eyes on the sides of their head are used for primary sight, but bees also have three simple eyes in the center of their head that serve as navigational aids during flight.
  • Bees are color blind and cannot see red. Their sight is limited to the blue-green spectrum, although they can see some yellows and oranges. However, bees can see ultraviolet light which they use to find nectar and pollen.

As beneficial as honey bees are, a hive on your Monmouth County property poses a serious stinging risk. If you find a hive on your property, call Allison Pest Control’s bee removal experts. Honey bees are protected under federal law and cannot be exterminated, but we can arrange for safe bee relocation and hive removal by a qualified beekeeper.