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Saturday, 14 March 2009 16:01

BEE SAFE!

Protect yourself, your family, home and property from honey bees and stinging insects

Bee, Wasp, Hornets, Yellow Jacket services starting at $124.99
Price will vary due to the type of infestation. Please call the office for further information and pricing.


AFRICANIZED AND EUROPEAN HONEY BEES

Africanized honey bees, or "killer bees," arrived in Texas in 1990 and have since migrated to other parts of the United States. Their "killer" reputation, however, has been exaggerated. Africanized honey bees are very similar to normal honey bees, but they are much less predictable and more defensive of their nests. When provoked, Africanized honey bees respond quickly
in swarms and will pursue their victims for a quarter of a mile or more.

Africanized honey bees are well established in the wild population of honey bees in Texas. The Africanized bee is a hybrid (mixture) of African and European honey bee subspecies. Both are not native to the Americas. As a hybrid the Africanized bee appears identical to European honey bees. Individual foraging European and Africanized bees are highly unlikely to sting. A swarm rarely stings people when in flight or temporarily at rest. However, established Africanized colonies are more highly defensive toward perceived predators than European colonies.

SIMILARITIES

  • Look the same
  • Protect their nests from predators by stinging
  • An individual bee can sting only once and then dies
  • Have the same kind of venom
  • Pollinate flowers, produce honey and wax

AFRICANIZED BEES

  • Respond quickly to disturbances by people and animals 50 feet or more from the nest.
  • Sense vibrations from power equipment 100 feet or more from the nest.
  • Sting in large numbers.
  • Will chase an enemy up to a ¼ mile or more.
  • Have a higher rate of reproduction (swarm more frequently).
  • Nest in smaller cavities and sometimes underground (e.g. water meters and animal burrows).

POTENTIAL NESTING SITES
Bees will choose a nesting site in many places where people may disturb them. Nesting cavities may include: buckets, cans, empty boxes, old tires, or any container ranging in volume from as little as 2 to 10 gallons and more. Bees will also choose infrequently used vehicles, lumber piles, holes and cavities in fences, trees, and the ground, in sheds, garages, and other outbuildings between walls or in the open, low decks or spaces under buildings. REMOVE POTENTIAL NEST SITES AROUND BUILDINGS.

Call BugFREE, 281-373-0086 if you find bees on your property. Do not attempt to exterminate them yourself.

BEE PROOFING YOUR BUILDINGS AND YARD

  • Remove potential nesting sites.
  • Inspect outside walls and eves of your house and other buildings.
  • Seal opening greater than1/8-inch in walls, around chimneys, pluming, and other openings.
  • Install screens (1/8-inch hardware cloth) over rain spouts, vents, cavities of trees and fence posts, water meter/utility boxes, etc.
  • From spring through the fall inspect once or twice per week for bee activity around your house and yard.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND BEES ON YOUR PROPERTY

If you have a problem with bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets on your property,
BugFree can help you eradicate any bee nests.


In addition, following are some tips to help protect yourself from bees at home:

  • Listen for buzzing indicating a nest or swarm of bees.
  • Examine your yard for bee nests before doing any yard work or allowing children to play outside. Also be aware when in school fields, parks and other open areas.
  • Never disturb a bee nest or swarm. Teach your children to avoid these dangers.
  • Check with your doctor about bee sting kits and precautions to take if you are sensitive to stings.
  • If you encounter a swarm of bees, protect your face and eyes, run away and take shelter in a car or building.
  • If you are stung by a bee, scrape out any stingers, avoid squeezing the wound, wash the area with soap and water and apply an ice pack to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Seek medical attention if you’ve been stung several times, if you have trouble breathing or if you are allergic to stings. Call 911 in an emergency.
  • Don't leave opened cans of sweet drinks or beer standing around. Always check before drinking from an open container, even if it contains only water. 
  • Do not go barefoot on lawns with flowering plants nearby, or wear open toed sandals, as you risk a painful sting on the foot.
  • If attacked, place your hands and forearms across your head to protect your eyes, throat and neck.
  • Take care NOT to crush an insect and risk being stung in an area you're trying to protect. Brush insects off the skin with a sideways motion. Move away quickly and quietly, as agitated movement and noise can irritate the insects and evoke further attacks. If spotted, move away from any nest they are trying to protect.
  • Don't wear strong perfumes or cosmetics, particularly floral-scented ones, which can attract bees and wasps.
  • Individuals who know they are allergic to bee or wasp stings should carry an epinephrine syringe or auto-injector whenever they may be exposed to these insects. Epinephrine (adrenalin) is available by prescription from a physician.
  • Seek relief of immediate pain. Topical anesthetic such as benzocaine can give fast relief. Use hydrocortisone to relieve itching.
  • Don't put meat tenderizer on a sting. Though this may provide temporary relief from itching and swelling, there are better methods available. Meat tenderizer contains enzymes designed to dissolve the fiber structure of muscle tissue and may permanently damage nerve tissue, resulting in loss of sensation if used repeatedly in one area.

Call BugFREE, 281-373-0086 if you find bees on your property. Do not attempt to exterminate them yourself.


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Fun Information on Bees

Why do Bees Make Honey?
Honeybees collect nectar and store it as honey in their hives. Nectar and honey provide the energy for the bees' flight muscles and for heating the hive during the winter period. Honeybees also collect pollen which supplies protein for bee brood to grow.


The Colony

Honey bees live in colonies that are often maintained, fed, and transported by beekeepers. Centuries of selective breeding by humans has created honey bees that produce far more honey than the colony needs. Beekeepers harvest the honey. Beekeepers provide a place for the colony to live and to store honey in. The modern beehive is made up of a series of square or rectangular boxes without tops or bottoms placed one on top of another. Inside the boxes frames are hung in parallel, in which bees build up the wax honeycomb in which they both raise brood and store honey. Modern hives enable beekeepers to transport bees, moving from field to field as the crop needs pollinating and allowing the beekeeper to charge for the pollination services they provide.

A colony generally contains one breeding female, or "queen"; a few thousand males, or "drones"; and a large population of sterile female “worker” bees. The population of a healthy hive in mid-summer can average between 40,000 and 80,000 bees. The workers cooperate to find food and use a pattern of "dancing" to communicate with each other.
 


The Queen

The queen is the largest bee in the colony. Queens are developed from larvae selected by worker bees to become sexually mature. The queen develops more fully than sexually immature workers because she is given royal jelly, a secretion from glands on the heads of young workers, for an extended time. She develops in a specially-constructed queen cell, which is larger than the cells of normal brood comb, and is oriented vertically instead of horizontally.

She will emerge from her cell to mate in flight with approximately 13-18 drone (male) bees. During this mating, she receives several million sperm cells, which last her entire life span (from two to five years). In each hive or colony, there is only one adult, mated queen, who is the mother of the worker bees of the hive, although there are exceptions on occasion.
Although the name might imply it, a queen has no control over the hive. Her sole function is to serve as the reproducer; she is an "egg laying machine." A good queen of quality stock, well reared with good nutrition and well mated, can lay up to 3,000 eggs per day during the spring build-up and live for two or more years. She lays her own weight in eggs every couple of hours and is continuously surrounded by young worker attendants, who meet her every need, such as feeding and cleaning.


The Drones

The male bees, called “drones”, are characterized by eyes that are twice the size of those of worker bees and queens, and a body size greater than that of worker bees, though usually smaller than the queen bee. Their abdomen is stouter than the abdomen of workers or queen. Although heavy bodied, drones have to be able to fly fast enough to catch up with the queen in flight. Drones are stingless.
Their main function in the hive is to be ready to fertilize a receptive queen. Mating occurs in flight, which accounts for the need of the drones for better vision, which is provided by their big eyes.
In areas with severe winters, all drones are then driven out of the hive. The life expectancy of a drone is about 90 days.


Worker Bees

A worker bee is a non-reproducing female which performs certain tasks in support of a bee hive. Worker bees undergo a well defined progression of capabilities. In the summer 98% of the bees in a hive are worker bees. In the winter, besides the queen, all bees are worker bees. Workers feed the queen and larvae, guard the hive entrance and help to keep the hive cool by fanning their wings. Worker bees also collect nectar to make honey. In addition, honey bees produce wax comb.


Bumble bees are one of several types of bees that live in and around Texas homes. Bumble bees and their relatives, the carpenter bees, are relatively large (15-25mm-long), robust bees covered with numerous hairs. They often have black bodies covered with black and yellow hairs that create a banded pattern. Approximately 50 species of bumble bees live in North America, most of which are important pollinators of flowers and considered beneficial.

Carpenter bees are similar in appearance to bumble bees, but lack hairs on the top surface of the abdomen. These bees sometimes destroy or damage wooden decks, patios and other structures due to their habit of boring nest holes in soft wood, see our wood destroying insect page for more information on Carpenter bees.

For Carpenter Bee information, please see our Wood Destroying Insect page.


Please, Call BugFREE, 281-373-0086 if you find bees on your property.
Do not attempt to exterminate them yourself.

Let BugFree protect your family, that is what we are here for!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2009 15:21
 

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