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01 Bee Removal
Bees, especially Africanized bees, are becoming an increasingly common concern in Dallas. While the weather is cold enough in the winter to hold off the honey bees, they migrate from Mexico and southern Texas during the late spring and summer since it starts to warm up dramatically. European honeybees are the most common type of bee that you will find here in Dallas and they are often docile and do not pose much of a threat if they are not in the interior of portion of a wall or finding their way into your home.
With that being said, Africanized bees are becoming increasingly common here in Dallas, Texas and any beehive should be approached with extreme caution. It is impossible to tell the difference between an Africanized bee and a honeybee until it is too late. Partially Africanized hives are also possible to encounter and can also be extremely harmful if disturbed.
Swarming is how bee colonies relocate and spread in nature. Pheromonal cues triggered by seasonal shifts signal the queen to take about 60% of her workers and look for a new place to build a hive. During this stage, bees are less aggressive due to a lack of brood to defend. Be especially vigilant of new bee infestations when the climate is shifting. As bee populations increase during this time, overpopulation is more likely; this is one of the driving factors for a swarm.
Swarming will require a slightly different response. When a bee colony reaches a certain population, or experiences certain climatological changes, the bees’ instincts will cause them to form a swarm. The queen will abandon the colony, bringing a number of worker bees with her. Upon reaching a location of a sufficient distance, the worker bees that went with her will begin scouting the area for suitable locations in which to build a new colony. Once a location has been found and chosen, the swarm will begin constructing a new hive.
Our response to bee swarms is somewhat less intensive than our response to established bee colonies. Bees are naturally less aggressive during the swarm than they are once the colony is established; they are focused on finding a place to call home, not on defending a home they don’t yet have. As such, removal of bee swarms will generally be a quick and easy affair.
Although bee infestations are not as dangerous as those of other animals, it may still be beneficial to acquire an attic restoration once a hive has been removed. Eliminating pheromones from a wall space or the underside of a deck is relatively simple. A bee colony in your attic, however, will have spread its pheromones into the insulation as well.
This may drive bees to continue attempting to repopulate your attic space in the future. Even after we completely seal off your attic to bees, preventing them from getting inside, they may very well respond by building a new colony on the outside of your attic instead – forcing you to undergo the hassle of dealing with it all over again. And because bee pheromones can attract bees from miles away, it’s virtually guaranteed to be nothing more than a matter of time before this occurs.
Bees are becoming an increasingly common concern in the Texas. Everyone knows about the benefits bees provide – but, on the other hand, nobody wants to get stung. And with the spread of the Africanized honey bee, this famous insect is not quite as innocuous as it used to be.
While the winter is cold enough to keep bees away, some variants migrate from Mexico and southern Texas during the late spring and summer. European honey bees are the most common type of bee in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex, and they are often docile enough to not pose much of a threat so long as they are not intruding upon the interior of your home or business. However, Africanized honey bees are becoming increasingly common in DFW. These strains of honey bee differ greatly in their behavior from the more docile European honey bee.
As such, any beehive should be approached with extreme caution; it is impossible to tell the difference between an Africanized honey bee and a European honey bee until it is too late. Partially Africanized hives are also possible. Being even more indistinguishable from regular European honey bee hives, these can be extremely harmful if disturbed.
Although bees are generally non-aggressive, even European honey bees can find their way into the various small cracks and openings a home or business offers. With the protection of sturdy, well-enclosed space in which to build a hive, a swarm may quickly form.
Removing a swarm of bees is not something the average homeowner can accomplish on their own. The chance of injury is simply too great. Anyone who’s dealt with bees, however, can tell you that they certainly need to be removed. Call Trapping USA for safe bee removal services before someone gets stung. We’ll send an experienced bee specialist to your home, fully-equipped to remove the hive safely and quickly.
At Trapping USA, we go out of our way to take care of this problem while protecting both your home and the bees. There are too few bees in the world as it is, and they’re only trying to survive. That doesn’t mean they can live in your home, though. We can find a solution that works for everyone involved!
The bee-swarming season typically lasts from mid-March to early July, though it’s not unheard of to witness bee hives throughout the year in more mild climates. During this time, bees collect pollen and store it for the winter. At this point, the colony typically seeks a warm, safe location for their hive — sometimes on your property or in your home. For someone with bee allergies, this can prove dangerous. For anyone else, it’s just plain disruptive.
The smallest of holes in your home can act as an entry point for a bee. It’s nearly impossible to stop up every tiny hole. For the most part, metal screening and caulk are enough to prevent bees from entering a home. Reducing outdoor clutter can minimise the attractiveness of your yard. If all else fails, give Trapping USA a call for bee removal.
It is important to note that, once a beehive has been built, bees will stay with it. This means that removing a bee infestation requires removal of the hive as a whole. Our technicians have been specially and thoroughly trained in all bee removal procedures, and will be able to not only remove the beehive, but transfer it to safer wildlife area, as well as ensure that your home will be both impregnable and undesirable to bees in the future.
Any beehives located on the exterior of the property will be removed for relocation. Any beehives built in the interior of a structure will need to undergo a multi-stage process. It will first be necessary to access the hive in its entirety. This may require tearing down walls or soffits, and the inspecting technician will have gone over the necessary procedures when building your quote.
The bees will then be smoked or dusted out of the hive. After they have abandoned it, the hive will be removed. Any damages caused by the bees will be repaired, and all entry points identified during our inspection as being open to bee intrusions will be sealed. We will also decontaminate the area, ensuring that no pheromonal traces remain.
This is a critical step; without it, bees will constantly be attracted to the same zone the hive was in, even from miles away. This is why simply killing the bees is not only short-sighted in regards to the ecosystem, but ineffective; so long as the hive, its honey, or any pheromones remain, the colony will simply replenish with new arrivals.
Bee infestations are one of the most immediately visible nuisances wildlife can give. Even so, we all understand the critical role bees play in even our own lives, and we don’t want to see that come to an end.
People will often overreact upon discovery of an established bee colony or a bee swarm, and attempt to kill it with spray designed to target wasps instead. This should never be done! Bees are one of the most significant elements of any local ecosystem. There is not just one animal called the “bee” that pollinates all plants equally. There are, in fact, twenty-thousand species of bee estimated to exist on the planet. Each of these species, and their related sub-species, are local pollinators.
Call us today and speak to one of our bee specialists about removing the bees from your home or property and speak with us about our techniques and honeycomb removal!
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Things to keep in mind when facing a bee infestation
Identifying a bee problem
Bee infestations do not always present themselves right away. What may seem like a temporary inconvenience of a couple more bees than usual may in fact be the first sign that a hive has already been built somewhere inside your house or business. It is critical to call Trapping USA for an inspection the moment you suspect a bee colony has formed on your property.
Many bee breeds are extremely aggressive, and many people carry allergies to bee venom without ever knowing about it because they’ve never been stung. Don’t put yourself, your family, your employees, or your pets at risk. If you are encountering any of the following phenomena, set up an appointment with Trapping USA right away and let us do a free inspection to determine the cause: