Bee Control Tips & Removal in Queen Creek
Springtime brings warmer weather and beautiful flowering plants to the desert landscapes in Queen Creek. The splash of color and lovely scent of these flowers attract not only human attention but also hundreds of thousands of bees. Although bees can be docile and help in the growth of plants, they can also swarm and sting when they feel threatened. Bee stings can be potentially fatal if a person is severely allergic, not to mention painful and dangerous to children and pets. A sad reminder of this occurred on March 12th in Florence, AZ when bees swarmed and attacked a child and four dogs, Three of the dogs did not survive. So what should you do if you see a bee swarm, bee hive or honeycomb on or around your Queen Creek residence? Let us help with some preventative tips and an explanation of the delicate bee removal process.
Tips for Bee Control & Removal in Queen Creek
Prevent Bee Colonies From Settling In Your House
- Bee hives can be found in chimneys, on roofs, on the high eaves of your house or outdoor buildings (like work sheds or garages), as well as barbeques, hot tubs or any hollow area. Close any openings that you can in the walls or roof and put tight covers on barbeque grills or hot tubs. Tight mesh over your chimney will also discourage any bees from settling in these spaces.
- If you see a huge swarm of bees on or around your home don’t panic! Save some money before calling bee removal experts and try to observe if they are flying into any space or if they are just a feral bee swarm, which is a bee colony that is trying to find a new home. These colonies may merely rest for 24-48 hours before moving on.
After 3 days, if there continues to be a lot of bees flying around your home then you most likely have a hive somewhere. If it is endangering any people or animals then you should call to have it removed.
Removing Bee Hives or Colonies
- Don’t think a colony of bees will just go away after a week or two! If bees have decided your home is a good place to make their new home then they start making a hive which, if hidden and undisturbed, can stay there for years.
- Queen Creek has such mild winters that bees can swarm most any time of year, but are more likely to build new hives during early spring and through the summer.
- If you encounter a hive it is not advised to approach the bees or to remove the beehive yourself as it is very difficult to determine whether they are docile honey bees or the extremely aggressive Africanized bee
- Because Africanized bees (aka ‘killer bees’) have been known to attack even if loud noises come near their hive it is best to leave bee colony or beehive removal to the professionals that have special equipment and protective clothing that can handle getting into tight spaces with thousands of bees
Safeguard from Future Bee Invasion
- Once the physical hive is removed it is important to determine if there is any honey comb left behind and to ensure it is removed as well. Bee’s honey comb will start melting in our hot Arizona temperatures which creates a horrible stench, causes damage to drywall and stucco and also attracts ants, roaches and even more bees.
- Discuss any follow-up action plans with your bee removal or pest control company and depending on your needs, keeping a certain level of monthly or quarterly pest control management may help avoid future issues.
This time of year bee swarms are very common and because the species are so difficult to differentiate, please don’t take any unnecessary risks. If you see a lot of bee activity over consecutive days and are living in Queen Creek or the surrounding areas please call a local bee removal or pest control company to help address your concerns.