Bee & Wasp Control

 
 

What Is a Swarm?

Usually occurring in the spring or summer, the old queen bee leaves an overcrowded colony with about one-half of the existing worker bees as a reproductive swarm to establish a new colony. They travel a distance away from the original colony and light on a surface. From there, scout bees are sent out to look for an acceptable location for a new colony.

Each scout bee agrees on the site by marking it with a pheromone. Then, the scout bees return to the swarm to bring it to the new location.

This transitioning swarm may land on a tree limb or other surface to rest. It generally remains for less than a day and then it moves on to the new location.

Are they Africanized bees?

Although the Africanized bee is slightly smaller, it's hard to tell the difference between a European and Africanized bee by just looking at the insect. The real difference is in the behavior of the bee. The Africanized variety is much more defensive. Any disturbance or threat to the colony can result in a vicious attack. Africanized bee colonies will inflict many more stings than European honey bees. Once agitated, they remain at a heightened state for an hour or more and may attack any source of movement. This bee will pursue its target for more than a mile. Humans and animals alike are in mortal danger when the Africanized bee colony feels threatened.

Once Africanized bee colonies invade an area, they produce ten times more swarms than the European variety every year. Within a few years, the Africanized bee becomes the dominant strain in every area it invades. Nests in Tucson and Phoenix are at least 98% Africanized.

The discovery of a bee nest or swarm generally creates a real sense of urgency. You may become anxious about the safety of your family, pets and property, and you will have an immediate desire to eradicate the bees.

We understand your concerns, and our technicians are ready to assist at a moment's notice.

Reactive Treatment Program

Once on site, our technician speaks with you about your observations. For your safety, family and pets need to remain indoors while the process is underway.

IDENTIFICATION & INSPECTION
Verification and evaluation of the swarm or nest and the extent of the infestation.

 

DETERMINATION
Formulation of an action plan to eradicate bees.

 

CONTROL / PREVENTION
Activate the plan to eliminate the swarm or nest.

 

COMMUNICATION
Advise the customer of actions taken to eradicate the infestation and what can be expected during the next 24 to 48 hours, like the presence of straggler bees.

 

Colony Removal Service (additional service)
The bees are eradicated, but the honeycomb remains on site. Without the bees to provide cooling, the wax liquefies and the honey runs down the walls. Mold soon forms on this sticky mess. Eventually an offensive odor develops from the decaying nest. Damage to your structure is occurring. The decaying nest is also a secondary attractant for other pests. Other bee swarms will try to re-infest the abandoned honey comb. Ants, cockroaches, carpet beetles and other insects are highly attracted to the sweet honey and dead bee carcasses, so they infest the area.

Preventative Annual Bee Reduction Programs

Scout Traps
This non-intrusive pheromone based unit attracts and traps scout bees. When the scout bees don't return to the nest in sufficient numbers to redirect the swarm toward your home, the swarm goes elsewhere. With no scout bee feedback about your property, it becomes invisible to the swarm.

Swarm Traps
This pheromone based unit attracts the swarm to the vessel. It's used as a containment system so that the swarm can be effectively exterminated. The trap is placed around vegetation or under building eaves where bees commonly swarm and nest.

 
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