The Buzz About Bee Infestations
From Baltimore, MD’s Leading Pest Control Team
Bee colonies are responsible for a large portion of plant pollination across the world and, as such, are a crucial component of the ecosystem. However, a bee colony near your home or business can pose a serious safety threat to family members, clients, and other individuals on your property. If you’ve found that bees have colonized your trees, it’s time to call a professional pest control team to come and remove them quickly and humanely. Here at All Star Pest Management, we offer comprehensive bee removal services for homes and businesses across Baltimore, Columbia, and surrounding areas of Maryland. Learn more about bees below and be sure to call our team today if you suspect you may have a bee infestation on your property!
The Differences Between Honey Bees and Bumble Bees
There are two primary species of bees that can cause problems for property owners in Maryland: honey bees and bumblebees. Honey bees are what most of us imagine when we think of bees. While the most common honey bee species is the Western honey bee, there are actually seven different species and 44 different subspecies of a honey bee. Identifiable by striped markings, orange coloring, and fuzzy bodies, honey bees do our environment a great service by pollinating plants and making honey. However, having a honey bee colony a little too close to home can be not-so-sweet for people on your property — especially those with allergies. If you are noticing large concentrations of honey bees around your property, this may be a sign of a colony nearby.
Bumblebees are larger cousins of honey bees and are identifiable by their black-and-yellow coloring, large and furry bodies, and noticeably loud buzzing. Like honey bees, bumblebees feed off nectar and help pollinate plants. They also form colonies, though in smaller numbers than their honey-making cousins. However, a bumblebee colony on your property can mean trouble for children and those with allergies and should be humanely removed as quickly as possible.
Helpful Tips for Preventing Bee Stings on Your Property
Whether you’re allergic to bee venom or not, it’s no picnic being stung by a bee. A bee sting usually brings sharp pain, redness, swelling, and itching. Here are some helpful tips for preventing bee stings on your property:
- Don’t Mess with Nests – You should never throw anything at a nest or spray chemicals near it yourself; you’ll only aggravate the bees or wasps inside! Always seek a bee removal expert’s help for the most effective solution.
- Keep Your Feet Covered – Don’t let children or anyone else walk around barefoot on your property. Some bees and wasps build their nests in the ground, so be careful where you tread.
- Contain Your Food – Bees and wasps are often attracted to food and sugary drinks. Whenever you can, you should contain food and drinks in secure containers with lids. The same goes for your outdoor garbage cans and recycling bins. If possible, try to limit your outdoor snacking to items that can be consumed easily in small pieces that you won’t be left holding for a while.
- Avoid Flowery Areas – If you wish to sit and relax outdoors, be mindful about where you choose to sit. Sitting too close to flowering shrubs or garbage cans puts you directly in the bee zone.
- Try to Remain Calm – If bees are hovering nearby, do your best to remain calm and try to keep from swatting your arms around at them, as this usually only aggravates them. When bees feel threatened, they usually raise their middle leg, signaling their stinger may be about to come out.
- Don’t Wear Perfume – If you smell too much like a flower with an overpowering perfume or cologne, you may attract nectar-seeking bees and wasps, even from a great distance.
If you are stung by a bee, make sure you remove the stinger as soon as possible and wash the site with soap and water. There are many over-the-counter products offering sting relief, ranging from pain relievers to hydrocortisone cream and calamine lotion to alleviate the itching and swelling.
Bee Removal and Control at All Star Pest Management
Here at All Star Pest Management, we understand the value of bees to our environment and ecosystem as a whole. We also understand that very few homeowners and business owners want beehives on their properties. That’s why we practice safe and humane bee colony removal for bee infestations in Baltimore, Columbia, and beyond in Maryland. Not only do we make sure that your bee colony is wholly removed from your property, but we’ll also safely transport it to a new location where it can thrive without harming nearby human residents. We work with members of the Howard County Beekeeping association to remove honey bees. Contact our team today to learn more about our humane bee removal services.
Have a beehive on your property? We can help. Call our Columbia, MD pest control experts today!