Bees play a vital role in our ecosystem and food production. They are important pollinators and whenever possible should be protected and nurtured. However, when bee colonies begin to infringe upon our homes and structures, they pose a significant safety risk to people and pets and can cause serious and costly damage to your home or business.
If you see a bee swarm or suspect that there is a bee colony in or around your home, you should contact us immediately and one of our highly trained technicians will:
- Inspection and identify the infestation.
- Discuss their findings with you and provide treatment options/recommendations.
- Perform the agreed upon treatment to ensure the safety of you and your family.
- Provide recommendations for preventing future infestations.
Africanized honey bees were first reported in Arizona around 1993 and can now be found throughout the state. Studies out of the University of Arizona suggest that nearly 100% of the feral honey bee population in Southern Arizona are Africanized bees. More recent research is suggesting that Africanized bees are beginning to take over our native pollinators and change our ecosystem.
Due to the high likelihood of a bee colony being Africanized bees, you should always avoid swarms and bee colonies and immediately call professional pest control companies that have extensive training in bee behavior and treatments. Never try to treat bees on your own.
What to do if you’re attacked?
If you are ever attacked by bees you should immediately run in a straight line while trying to cover your face for the nearest shelter such as a car, house, or building of any kind and close the door behind you. Try not lead the bees toward other groups of people if possible. Never jump into a pool or other body of water as the bees will hover over you waiting for you to resurface. Once safely inside, proceed to remove as many stingers as possible using a credit card or something similar to scrape them away. Avoid squeezing the stinger with tweezers as this can squeeze more venom into you. If you are experiencing any symptoms of an allergic reaction call 911 immediately.*
Wasps also play an important role as pollinators. There are many different species of wasps here in Arizona, but the most common are paper wasps. Paper wasps are most commonly found building their nests in the eaves of a home or under the patio. Wasps are known for being very protective of their nests and will sting anything they feel threatened by. Unlike bees, wasps are able to sting repeatedly making their attacks very dangerous.
*Disclaimer: The content about bee and wasp sting treatments is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a medical professional with questions you have regarding pest stings/bites and/or allergic reactions.