As spring approaches and warm weather sweeps across the Dallas/Fort Worth area, bees of all kinds will start to make more frequent appearances. They fly in from Mexico and the southern parts of the state, and homeowners will occasionally find hives built around their property.
Should you stumble across a beehive in your yard or on your house, here are five things you should know before taking any further action or attempting bee removal on your own.
- There Are Different Types of Bees That Invade the Area
When it comes to insects that go buzz and have yellowish stripes, it can be difficult to determine exactly what kind of creature you’re dealing with. Wasps tend to be larger, more patterned, and more aggressive than bees, so they aren’t too difficult to spot. Different species of bees, on the other hand, can be more challenging to differentiate between.
There are dozens of bee species natively found in Texas. Nine of these are bumble bees, which generally spend their time foraging nectar and/or pollen from flowers. Although some people believe bumble bees don’t sting, that’s not necessarily true: some harmless-looking insects (like honey bees or carpenter bees) will defend their colony if it is threatened. Do your research before starting any hive removal process so you know what kind of bee you’re dealing with.
- Bees Can Build Nests Both Outside AND Inside Your Home
If you’ve noticed plenty of bees buzzing around your home, you might need to check for nests inside and outside before coming up with a safe, effective removal plan.
- Not All Bees Are Bad Bees
Many bees are relatively harmless if left undisturbed. The big, fuzzy American Bumble Bee is especially known for its gentle demeanor. It is also an important species when it comes to pollinating crops and keeping the world running smoothly, and its numbers are depleting rapidly. If you spot a hive on our property, look into humane removal methods so you can avoid killing these valuable creatures.
- Avoid Using Insect Killer or Blunt Force on Hives
Never try to cover a hive with a trash bag, swat at it with a stick, or spray it with chemical insecticides. All of these methods can be very ineffective when it comes to bee removal, and they tend to provoke even the most peaceful species of bees. Trying to use sprays or force on a hive will probably just land you with several painful stings.
- Removing Bees on Your Own Is Probably a Bad Idea
In general, it’s best to reach out to professional animal removal companies if you need to have a hive dealt with. Experts will know how to safely remove the beehive without endangering your home or killing the bees unnecessarily.
If you start to notice bees hovering around your home and yard as the weather warms up, don’t panic. However, if they start to act aggressively or build hives near your doors or windows, you may need to call in professional assistance. Trapping USA services the Dallas area, as well as Houston, and their representatives will handle any bee problems quickly and efficiently. Call 469-481-6552 (Dallas) or 1-832-474-7755 (Houston) to speak to a representative and learn more about all of Trapping USA’s animal removal services.Back To Blog