Bees
Critter Control bee removal can get rid of bees nest and bee problems through effective bee control and bee removal solutions. Our experts know how to get rid of bees and eliminate bee problems.

Description

Bees are one of the oldest living species. In addition to providing humans with beeswax and honey, they pollinate about 1/3 of all crops eaten in the U.S. However, since the pests also construct nests in homes, barns, and sheds, homeowners find their presence frustrating.

Appearance

Species of bees vary in size and shape. Most are yellow and black or have metallic coloring. They range in size from 1/4 to 1 inch long and have small heads, large abdomens, and four wings. Though often confused with wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets, bees are distinguishable by their rounder and furry bodies.

Habitat

Although not native to North America, bees are found in every U.S. state. Some species, like Africanized or "killer" honey bees, require tropical climates to survive. Honey and bumble bees build wax hives, while ground bees dig holes in wood or earth.

Entry

Are bees known to enter homes or yards?
In nature, bees nest in trees and logs. When given access to homes, the pests construct hives in walls, attics, or crawlspaces. Ground-dwelling bees search for large areas of exposed, dry, undisturbed soil, and find sparse lawns inviting places to dig tunnels and lay eggs.

Damage

Do bees harm people or property?
These generally passive pests will sting when they feel threatened. Stings are painful and sting sites may swell. Allergic individuals can go into anaphylactic shock after an encounter with a bee. Additionally, ground-dwelling bee species may dig up lawns and ruin landscaping.

Control and Safety

Homeowners can deter the pests by removing flowers like sunflowers, coneflowers, goldenrod, and clovers from gardens and flowerbeds, which attract bees. Sealing cracks in building exteriors and replacing broken window and door screens reduces the possibility of finding them inside. Finally, make sure all exposed outdoor wood has been treated to discourage wood-boring species.

Prevention and Removal

Bees' already dwindling numbers worldwide threatens future agriculture, so efforts should be made to discourage or relocate them rather than destroy their hives. Contact professional pest control services for safe and efficient prevention and removal of bees.