Bees are among the oldest living species on earth and provide many benefits to people. From providing delicious honey to useful beeswax, these little powerhouses pollinate approximately a third of all food crops within the United States. With their numbers dwindling, it’s a tough call to see bees as pests, but their presence can be frustrating when they decide to build nests in homes, barns, sheds and other outbuildings. Because their existence is threatened, control of a bee problem is best handled by professionals, like those at Critter Control.
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Upon first glance, it can be easy to mistake bees for the more aggressive wasps, yellow jackets and hornets. The key difference between bees and their visually similar counterparts is that bees are fuzzier and more rounded in profile. Most bees are yellow and black or have a slightly metallic sheen. They range in size from 1/4 to 1 inch long, with small heads, large, round abdomens and two sets of wings.
Identifying their nests depends upon the species of bee you have. Honey and bumble bees build elaborate and highly visible wax hives, while ground bees and carpenter bees dig holes in wood or dirt.
Bee Damage and Dangers
While these critters are largely beneficial, they can cause damage to homes and other buildings. When they find access to a home, they’ll build hives in warm, dry and undisturbed areas such as between walls and in attics or crawl spaces. Carpenter bees drill holes in exposed and untreated wood, such as those found on porches and decks, and ground-dwelling bees can make a mess of sparse lawns or garden beds.
Although most bees pose little threat to humans, they do sting when they think they’re in danger. Stings are painful and can cause significant swelling. People who are allergic to bees can experience a life-threatening reaction after just one sting, necessitating costly emergency medical care.
Dealing with a Bee Problem
Keeping a bee problem at bay is largely a matter of excluding them from your home and other buildings. Seal up cracks and holes in the building exterior and make sure all windows and doors are outfitted with secure screens. Painting, staining and sealing exposed wood outdoors can discourage carpenter bees. When landscaping your space, keep an eye out for ground-dwelling species and try to maintain a healthy lawn with little bare earth. Avoid adding plants to your garden that bees love, such as sunflowers, goldenrod, clover and coneflowers.
Bee Problem Solutions
Just because the world needs bees doesn’t mean you need to live with them in your home, garage or shed. The method of control for an established bee infestation involves their removal and relocation: something that can and should only be carried out by a knowledgeable professional. At Critter Care, every effort is made to relocate bees safely without destroying the hive to help improve their threatened status and keep you and your home safe from damage and harm.