How to approach a bee infestation

You do not want bees in or anywhere near your home.
A bee infestation in your home can be a severe problem, and if you find a hive in or near your home, you should not try to get rid of it by yourself. Removing a beehive can be dangerous even for professionals with the right kind of equipment.
Bees aren’t like most other insects, and they can cause a lot more problems than just eating your food or damaging parts of your house.
Take a look at these six dangerous reasons why you should address bee infestations right away and call a professional exterminator.
Bees Aren’t Like Other Insects.
Though you might enjoy seeing the occasional honey bee buzzing around the flowers outside, a hive of bees is very dangerous. If you find a pack near your house, especially if you have young children, you should call an exterminator right away.
Bees Are Smart
Bees are some of the most intelligent insects out there. They know how to count, and they even have their language. This language may look like a dance to us, but the bees use the movements to communicate and tell each other where the nearest food source is.
A few tests at the Queen Mary University of London proved that bees even have problem-solving skills that were previously unfound in any other insect.
Of all the house pests, these are not the ones you want living in the same home as your family.
Bees Are Dangerous
Every bee in a hive has these problem-solving skills, and there are over 35,000 bees in a single hive at one time.
(If you notice a bee infestation in your home during colder months, there will be significantly fewer bees, but most bee infestations occur during the warm months of summer.)
That’s over 35,000 very organized, very clever bees living in your house. And they can be highly aggressive. If you get too close to their hive, they will defend it. This will probably result in a giant swarm of bees attacking you.
Bees Are Venomous
Bees may not spread diseases like other household pests, but they are equipped with venomous stingers.
When a bee stings you, they release Apitoxin into your system, making the sting turn red, get itchy, and swell up. However, the amount of Apitoxin they release isn’t enough to do any real damage, and most people can withstand about 10 bee stings for every pound of their body weight.
So a single bee sting isn’t severe. However, bee stings are a common allergen, and they can be life-threatening to someone allergic to them. The sting can cause an allergic reaction and sometimes even death.
A bee infestation needs to be removed right away. Overlooking the problem is not worth the risk.
But Bees Cause Other Problems Too
Bees don’t just threaten your health and safety. They can also damage your house. Even if you kill all the bees inside, the hive will still cause problems.
Beehive Attract Other Pests
Even if all the bees are gone, beehives will continue to attract other insects and animals.
Other bees who find the hive may decide it’s an excellent place to live and recolonize it. Ants scouting for food will enjoy the sweet honey inside, and you could end up with an ant infestation on your hands.
Even animals like rats will find and feed on the hive. So by simply killing the bees and leaving the hive, you can end up with multiple other pests in your home.
Decaying Hives Stink
If you get lucky and no other pests find their way to the beehive, it will start to decay, which doesn’t smell good.
The stink can fill your entire house, and you’ll be forced to remove the beehive anyway. But now, you’ll have to work on removing the smell as well, something that adds another avoidable step to the process.
Beehives Can Leak
Most bee infestations happen during the warm summer months. This is because the beehive inside is only kept cool from the outside heat by the fanning of all the bees inside. Take those bees away, and the hive will overheat.
This means the hive will melt and leak honey and wax everywhere. It will drip down your walls and make a sticky, goopy mess over everything it touches.
So How Do I Get Rid of the Bees?
We’ve already said this, but we can’t stress it enough. Don’t try to fix the problem on your own. You do not have the same equipment that a professional pest control company has.
Killing the bees when you see them is only a temporary solution. After all, queens can lay nearly 2,000 eggs a day.
But Here’s What You Can Do
Try to distinguish what kind of bee infestation you have. The best way to do this is to examine bees who are on their own away from the hive. You should not approach the pack to figure out what kind of bee lives inside.
It is better to stay safe and tell the exterminator you aren’t sure what kind of bee infestation you have. Then, the exterminator will be able to figure it out on his own if he needs to.
Call an Exterminator
Always call in a professional to deal with bee infestations. They will be able to kill the bees safely and remove every piece of the hive.
If You Have a Bee Infestation, Stay More Careful than You Need
Bees are more aggressive than other insects, and they will protect their home against intruders, even if that home is your home.
When you are dealing with any bee infestation, make sure you remove not only the bees but also the entire hive. Otherwise, the bees may come right back.
Think you might have a bee problem in your home? Let us know, and we’ll get you the help you need.

Identifying Bee Infestations

Bees are commercially valuable and an important part of our ecosystem, but in the wrong place at the wrong time, they can become pest. If you think you may have a bee infestation, you must first determine whether you’re actually dealing with bees and not some other stinging insect. Wasps, hornets and yellow jackets are just some of the nastier insects that sometimes are mistaken for bees.

Different bee varieties have different nesting behaviors. Honeybees and bumblebees are social creatures that create large communal hives with nesting galleries and large honeycombs. Don’t panic – most honeybee swarms are not dangerous if you leave them well alone and keep your distance. Bumblebees often nest in the ground, but can be found above ground around patio areas or decks. They will sometimes build their nests in attics or under roof beams. If disturbed, bumblebees will buzz in a loud volume, and they will aggressively defend their nests. Honeybee hives can be active for years, while bumblebee colonies die off each year.

Wood boring bees nest as individuals, with each bee boring its own egg and nectar gallery. Carpenter bees bore through soft woods to lay eggs and protect their larvae as they develop. Female carpenter bees will chew a tunnel into a piece of wood to build a nest gallery. The tunnel openings usually look about one or two inches deep, but they can be up to 10 feet long. These tunnels usually have several rooms where the bees hold their eggs and food.

How to approach a bee infestation

You can call a pest control company, possibly a carpenter, or you can call a beekeeper to remove bee infestations. A carpenter won’t know how to properly remove the bees, and a pest control company will come and kill the bees, but they won’t remove the hive, comb, dead bees, honey… This will eventually create a disaster, leaving you with a huge mess, and most probably damage to your home – a lot of damage – that will require a lot of money to fix. So save yourself aggravation, time, and money and call the right people from the beginning to remove bee infestations. Call a bee removal company that employs a beekeeper.

There are generally three types of beekeepers:

  • The Hobbyist
  • The Part-Time beekeeper
  • The Professional

The hobbyist beekeeper

This person is more than happy to come to your property and remove the bees to relocate to an apiary that they are building. Most hobbyist beekeepers are not licensed, nor are they insured, and most of them do not have construction experience. They probably won’t remove the hive, comb, and honey – but they may. They won’t bee proof your home, and you will just end up with another beehive.

The part-time beekeeper

The part-time beekeeper removes bees from structures that have some knowledge of construction, but in all honesty, has limited experience, and may not be licensed, or insured. They are more concerned with retrieving the bees than they are in doing as little damage to the property as possible. Thus resulting in the destruction of the property, or ruining the property integrity.

The professional beekeeper

This beekeeper will be licensed, and a good company will also be insured. Professionals come with varying years of experience. A licensed beekeeper in Texas will be licensed through the Texas Department of Agriculture, which will also mean that they have a Pest Control license. It’s important for a beekeeper to also be qualified to use insecticides as this is an important step in bee infestations. There are always some worker bees who are out working when their hive is removed and relocated. Unfortunately, these strays don’t know where their community has moved, so they’ll try to re-establish in their old location. The insecticide is an unfortunate necessity to keep this from happening. A professional beekeeper will train their people in proper removal techniques, and they also abide by a set of standards, ethics, and integrity. They also use professional equipment, for example, Bee Safe Bee Removal employs the use of infrared cameras to locate the hive within a home or building. This camera lessens the damage done to the property.

Can you imagine the damage done to your property by a beekeeper who is punching holes into your ceiling, or walls, on the hunt to locate the hive? A professional beekeeper knows what precautions to take – they know how much of an area to cordon off for people’s safety. They will know when it’s necessary to ask people to leave an area. A carpenter, won’t know how to do this, and a pest control company definitely won’t do it, because, well – they exterminate. Smoke is used when relocating a hive. This can be dangerous, and can, if improperly used, result in a structure fire. This is another great reason why it’s not only important to use a licensed beekeeper, but also an insured company.

Bee Safe Bee Removal is insured up to two million dollars per location.

It’s important for the company that you choose to be a member of multiple associations. Examples of the type of association you want them to be affiliated with are, the Trinity Valley Association, Texas Department of Agriculture, and the Dallas Apiary Society. Having an Inter-state Transportation Permit is highly recommended and a good keeper will have this. Another important license to have is a Pesticide Application License – you really shouldn’t hire a beekeeper who doesn’t have this essential license that can not prevent a bee infestation. Look for a company that has a great online reputation with an ability to remove bee infestations. A company that has a five-star rating, a company that has longevity, how many good vs. bad reviews do they have? Look for a company that is rated by Google Guarantee (an insured program,) that is a Yelp Premier customer, that has a BBB A+ rating. This will ensure you get a removal that can stop bee infestations.

Checklist for choosing a bee removal company:

  1. Are they a pest control company, a carpenter, or a licensed beekeeping relocation service? (In case you haven’t figured it out – you want to use the licensed beekeeping relocation service.)
  2. Is the beekeeping company licensed, and are they insured?
  3. How long have they been in business?
  4. How much experience do they have removing bee infestations?
  5. Do they have a good online reputation?
  6. Who are they rated with BBB, Google, Angie’s List, and what are those ratings?
  7. What associations are they a member of?
  8. Can their memberships be easily found on their website?
  9. Are their memberships in local and/or state beekeeping associations?
  10. What licenses and permits do they have?
  11. A Pesticide Application License?
  12. An Inter-state Transportation Permit?
  13. Licensed through their state agriculture department?

Why it’s important for a bee removal company to hold a pesticide applicator license.

It’s important to know why a company needs a pesticide applicator license. Some companies may decide that it’s easier to exterminate, rather than relocate. At Bee Safe Bee Removal, we have a pesticide application license because it’s one of the steps we employ in our removal process. We do not kill the bees in the hive. We safely remove them and relocate them. Once the bees are relocated from the property, the hive, comb, and honey are removed. Then, and only then is pesticide applied. The only reason we apply the pesticide is so that any strays that come back to the location of their hive cannot start a new colony. I guarantee that a carpenter, and a pest control company won’t meet many of the above checklists. Really, your best option is a beekeeping relocation service that meets that the high standards discussed in this article, and will also properly bee proof your property or remove bee infestations.

Bees can enter your house through crawling into those spaces that are less than half of their own size. The only bad news is that getting a bee out of your house is harder than it is for the insect to get in. These buzzing insects can squeeze, burrow and form their nests within walls.

How to approach a bee infestation

This is why it is important that you learn how to get a bee out of your house before it decides to invite more bees and make you end up dealing with a serious bee infestation.

Set Up a Trap

A sugar and water bee trap is one of the ways for making that bee leave your home in no time. To make this trap, you will need sugar, water, and a lidded jar with a tiny hole in it that is about the same circumference as your pinky finger. Take the lid off and poke a hole in it using the tip of a knife or a screwdriver.

You need to put one teaspoon of sugar and two tablespoons of water in the jar before putting back the lid on it and tightly securing it in place. Place the jar near the spot where the bee loves to spend most of the time inside your home. You might want to put the jar on a table or shelf instead of putting it low on the ground since bees don’t really fly too close to the ground. A plastic jar can also be used but make sure that it comes with a lid where you can put a hole.

You need to be patient enough and wait for some time for the bee to enter the jar. If it seems that the bee doesn’t really pay attention the jar, you can move it to another spot. You might also want to add more water and sugar because the amount that you put in it might not be enough yet.

How to approach a bee infestation

Capture and Release the Bee

The moment the bee enters the jar, grab the jar and use a piece of paper or other similar objects to cover the hole on the lid. You go outside and tip the jar away from you as you remove the lid to set the bee free.

These are the simple steps that you can follow to get a bee out of your house. But, what if you are dealing with not just one but more bees?

Contact a Beekeeper to Get Rid of More Bees in Your House

Did you know that you can actually approach bees with no need for you to bring harm to each other? This is exactly what a professional beekeeper can do. Beekeepers can help you get rid of these buzzing insects without necessarily eradicating them. If you happen to be living in a place with lots of bees, it might be easier for you to find and call a local beekeeper.

Now, what does a beekeeper do exactly?

The first goal of a beekeeper is to get all the bees alive. If there is a place in your home where you want to maintain these insects, you can inform the keeper and this is exactly what they will do. But, if you have no interest in keeping these insects at all, the beekeeper is going to take them away and look for their new home.

The beekeeper will also safely remove the honeycombs from your home while making sure that the female bee doesn’t get agitated in any way. The moment the beekeeper manages to transfer all the honeycombs to another hive with the female bee safely inside, the other bees are going to follow suit naturally.

Bees Can Become Pests If You Don’t Get Them Out of Your House

Bees are not pests in the first place. Instead, it is the kind of behavior that they show that will help you determine whether you should even be dealing with them or not.
Among the most common problems associated with bees are the following:

  • Tunneling into the house
    The carpenter bees that set up shop can weaken the support structures and foundations of your home and must be removed right away.
  • Building hives inside the house
    Once bees manage to find their way inside your house and start building hives there, it can also ruin the structural integrity of your home. Once filled with honey, these hives can easily weigh 20 up to 100 pounds or more. You can just imagine the hives ripping out your insulation, pulling inside walls, and destroying the rest of the structures. Even the honey itself can also damage most home building materials, too.
  • Stinging
    You need to remove or relocate the beehive if you or a member of your family often suffer from allergies or get stung frequently. Pets are also prone to the stings of bees and some can even have allergies.
  • Swarming
    Even though swarming is a word associated with all clouds of insects, this got a rather specific definition as far as bees are concerned. Swarming occurs when a part of the bee colony decides to break off with its queen then leaves the hive en masse to create a new colony somewhere else.

Since their queen is now on the move and they don’t have a home in the meantime, bees have the tendency to become more aggressive during such times. Since swarming is only a temporary activity, it is not likely that you will be experiencing a constant issue with it. The only exception is when there is a big colony nearby that often outgrows its own home, with part of the colony leaving every now and then.

Although it can be very frightening to see a nest or lots of bees in your yard, their presence alone is not really a problem. There are various treatment options that you can try to use. You should also refrain from killing bees unless they have started to cause a serious problem. Prevention should always be your first step before you can move to treatment if your methods of prevention weren’t able to stop an infestation.

How to Get Rid of Bees

Generally, a large beehive is rarely a danger to many people. And bees going about their daily business in ways that don’t interfere with yours are not to be bothered with. However, if bees have swarmed inside your home, you do need to get help quickly. Getting rid of the bees is just the first step. Dealing with the mess caused by rotting honey and ensuring the bees don’t come back are major considerations. Call in a professional to remove bee swarms or beehives. Don’t attempt to remove large amounts of bees yourself. Only a pest control professional or experienced beekeeper used to handling bees should undertake such a job. Keep pets and children well away from any suspected nesting sites until you get a professional inspection.

Bees can be prevented through inspection of potential nesting areas and removal of potential nesting materials. The following prevention methods are useful for avoiding future bee infestations:

  • Trim vegetation near your home, as thick vegetation may provide nesting places for bees. If you, or a family member, are allergic to bee stings, it’s best to keep flowering plants to a minimum on the property.
  • Overseed grassy areas to get better coverage, as this will deter ground-nesting insects.
  • Keep garbage in sealed receptacles and thoroughly rinse soda cans and other containers before placing them in recycling or garbage receptacles.
  • Do not leave sweet drinks or meats in accessible areas and serve drinks in clear cups so you can easily spot an insect before you sip. Keep food covered in outdoor areas and be sure to remove food and trash after picnics and outdoor events.
  • Remember that DEET and other insect repellents are not effective against bees.
  • Do not swat at stinging insects as it may provoke them. Instead gently blow on it from a distance.

How to approach a bee infestation

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A home remedy to kill bees is an economical way of getting rid of bees naturally. Bees are very important to the ecosystem, but unfortunately, when there is a beehive in or around your home, it poses a danger to you and your family.

It does not take much to agitate bees. Children and pets that often play outside and explore are especially at risk, but if you decide to do some gardening or spring cleaning, you may unwittingly agitate the bees and cause them to attack. After reading this article, you will know how to kill bees and repel them naturally, and how to recognize the signs of a bee infestation.

Why are Bees Dangerous?

  • Some people are allergic to bee stings. Getting stung by a bee or multiple bees can have serious consequences if an EpiPen isn’t used in time or there isn’t quick access to medical care.
  • Bee stings are painful.

What are the Signs of a Bee Infestation?

  • An abnormal amount of bees in the garden.
  • There may be a foul smell in your home or garden. Decomposing honey smells very unpleasant.
  • Holes in wooden structures. Carpenter bees like to bore through wood to make their nests.
  • Dead bees in your home or a buzzing sounds in the walls.
  • If you can’t see the hive, it may be underground or in the walls depending on the type of bee.

Look no further than your kitchen for a suitable home remedy to kill bees. You can also easily repel bees if you prefer not to kill them. All this without using hazardous chemicals.

Safety First

But before approaching the hive, make sure that you are wearing thick, protective clothing that covers your whole body. You can use a sturdy wide-brim hat with a net draped over it and secured so there are no holes the bees can fly into.

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Bees

If you are going anywhere near the hive, it’s best to do so later in the evening or very early in the morning as the bees are less active during these times.

1. Vinegar Spray

Mix equal parts of vinegar and water together in a spray bottle. Spray the vinegar solution on the hive to kill the bees and on the flowers and bushes in your garden as a precaution.

2. Soap Solution

Mix equal parts of Castille soap (or a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid) and hot water together in a spray bottle and spray the hive and the bees.

3. Soda Bottle Trap

Cut a soda bottle in half and fill it up halfway with sweet soda or fruit juice. The bees will be attracted to the soda, fly into the trap and drown.

4. Essential Oils

You can mix a few drops of essential oil with water, unscented liquid soap, or vodka and spray the mixture around your home and the areas where the bees like to go. The most effective essential oils are peppermint (which can kill the bees), cinnamon, citrus oils, or tea tree. Bees hate pungent smells.

5. Garlic Powder

Bees hate the smell of garlic. Sprinkle it around their hive and areas they frequent. Reapply every few days. This method may take a week or a little bit longer, but in most cases, the bees relocate their colonies.

6. Smoke

If the hive is the type that hangs down, you can burn wood or even charcoal under the hive. The smoke will drive them away.

7. Vacuum Cleaner

A strong vacuum cleaner can suck up the bees. It may be best to use this method after using another method like the soapy water as you need to get very close which may agitate the bees.

If you do get stung and you are allergic, use your EpiPen immediately and see a doctor. If you tend to swell, it’s likely also an allergy. Apply ice and take an antihistamine. Otherwise, dab a little bit of honey on the affected area. Click here for more home remedies for bee stings.

When to Call an Expert

If you are allergic to bees or the hive is in a tricky spot, it may be safer to call in an expert, preferably a beekeeper as they will remove the bees without killing them and remove the hive as well. Exterminators use poison and some do not remove the hive.

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While bees, in general, are unpleasant to contend with, ground bees are particularly tricky, especially if there is an entire colony. Many times, you don’t even know they are there until you step on one. Discover how to get rid of ground bees safely and effectively.

The Andrenidae, or miner bee, does not form a bee hive. Ground nesting bees, or Hymenoptera, are a species of bee that creates underground galleries with the nest entrance concealed as patches of bare soil. While the nest entrance is noticeable in a well-tended lawn, they do not harm the soil or grass.

Unlike hornets and yellow jackets, the varying types of ground bees are pollinators. The ground queen bee is considered docile and generally does not sting. While the males may appear aggressive, they lack the stingers that female ground bees have.

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  1. Getting Rid of Ground Bees
    • What to Look for Before Killing Ground Bees
    • Get Rid of Bees with Natural Ingredients
    • How to Get Rid of Ground Bees with Traps
    • Use a Minty Spray to Kill Ground Bees
    • How to Get Rid of Ground Bees with Vinegar
    • Zapping Away Ground Bees
    • Making a Soda Bottle Trap to Eliminate Ground Bees
    • Watering Your Lawn to Force Ground Bees to Move
    • Make a DIY Ground Bee Spray
    • Using Plants to Deter Ground Bees
    • Repelling Ground Bees with Cinnamon
    • Using Moth Balls to Drive away Ground Bees

Getting Rid of Ground Bees

While ground bees are not honey bees, they are pollination bees, which makes them a beneficial insect. However, if you feel it’s necessary to remove mining bees from your lawn, we have several safe and simple solutions for you without calling in an exterminator.

What to Look for Before Killing Ground Bees

Before determining what kills ground bees, it’s wise to know a little bit about them. With more than 20,000 species of bees and 70% of these bees making nests in the ground, it gets difficult to tell them apart.

Identifying Ground Bees

It’s common to notice that you have ground bees in the early spring when they become active, and you’re doing yard work. You spot them hovering about close to the ground, and if you observe, you can see them entering the underground burrows.

Common ground bees have a similar appearance to the European honeybee with their gold and black striped, hairy body. Other ground bee types have a more vibrant and colorful range, including metallic green. These types of bees include sweat bees, bumblebees, digger bees, carpenter bees, mining bees, and certain leafcutter bees.

Ground bees are solitary insects, with the female bee living alone to raise her offspring in the ground bee nests. Many times, they use their nest for a period of four to six weeks in the spring before moving to a new location.

Get Rid of Bees with Natural Ingredients

If you’d rather use insecticides to kill ground bees than homemade remedies, there are a variety of natural and organic pesticides on the market that are better for the environment than using harsh chemicals. Instead of laying insecticide dust, try using a natural ingredient to repel them without killing them.

Controlling Varroa mites is essential for maintaining healthy and productive bees. If you see signs of this parasite in your colonies, the right suite of tools is needed to successfully limit the consequences of an infestation. The Bee Gym is a great way to make the bee’s natural grooming behaviors more effective at removing these mites.

Why are Varroa Mites Dangerous for My Bees?

Chances are if you raise honey bees, you’ve heard of Varroa mites. A colony with an infestation of these external parasites may show several symptoms including producing less honey. Additionally, brood from infested hives are often malformed and missing appendages, and the overall health of colonies is negatively affected.

There are many ways to check for the presence of Varroa mites in a colony, including the EasyCheck system from Véto-pharma. Once you have identified the presence of Varroa mites in your hive, the best way to protect the health of your bees is to use a multi-faceted approach to controlling the infestation.

How do I Control Varroa Mites?

Typically, controlling Varroa Mites requires treating hives with chemicals. There are several systems available for delivering these chemicals into the colony, all of which have their own benefits. To find what works for you, we suggest trying a variety of products. Using treatments with different active ingredients helps to avoid building resistance in Varroa mite populations.

While these chemical-based treatments represent the primary tools used to treat infestations, successfully combating Varroa mites requires a balanced approach. A well-rounded program includes regular inspections, carefully timed treatments and encouraging the bee’s natural grooming and cleaning behaviors.

Installing the Bee Gym

The Bee Gym, a patented device from Vita Europe, Ltd., is a great way to give your bees a helping hand in ridding themselves of Varroa mites. Adding the Bee Gym to your integrated pest management regimen is simple. When performing a colony inspection, place the device on the open mesh floor of your hive approximately ¾” from the hive entrance.

Leaving a gap between the entrance and the Bee Gym allows bees returning with full pollen baskets to avoid losing pollen. The side with the Bee Gym name should be facing up and closest to the hive opening. Once you have placed the Bee Gym in your hive, the only required maintenance is a yearly inspection and cleansing.

How the Bee Gym Works

The Bee Gym takes advantage of your bees’ natural desire to groom themselves. When first placed in the hive, bees attempt to remove the device as they would any foreign object. However, they quickly adapt to its presence and begin to use the Bee Gym’s features to aid their grooming behaviors.

The Bee Gym contains two main types of grooming aids. The first is a taut wire bees use to groom their backs. Secondly, the Bee Gym has specially shaped tabs called “flippers” that stick up from the frame. When placed in the hive, bees use these aids to more effectively remove Varroa mites from their body. Mites then fall through the open mesh floor of the hive, where they may be collected and counted on a Varroa Sticky Board.

For more information on the Bee Gym, watch the following video or visit the Vita Europe, Ltd. website.

For beekeeping equipment and educational materials, visit our online store.

Is It Safe to Eliminate Africanized Honey Bees Yourself?

Regularly check your home and property for signs of bee infestations. Reducing the likelihood of a bee infestation in your home starts with the exclusion of bees and other pests from your home by sealing or caulking all cracks and crevices in your foundation and around entryways.

Remove all debris and piles of refuse from your property, as honey bees will nest in unused flowerpots. Also, fill all holes in your yard to deter nest building.

If you find a swarm or a nest of bees, please do not attempt to remove the nest or eradicate the colony yourself. Exercise precaution; keep your family and pets away from the bees and contact your local Truly Nolen location to schedule a free pest inspection and to work out a plan to rid your property of aggressive and dangerous bees.

How to Avoid Africanized Honey Bees Outdoors

When hiking or enjoying other outdoor sports, wear light colored clothes and hats, as Africanized bees see dark clothes and colors as threats. Always stay on trails when hiking or exploring nature walks. Remember to carry bug spray and a GPS-enabled cellphone.

Avoid wearing strong perfumes, body lotions and aftershaves, especially those with strong citrus and floral scents, as bees are sensitive to odors, both pleasant and unpleasant. The aroma of newly cut grass can disturb honey bees so homeowners should take precautions when mowing.

The bottom line

Consider delusional infestation in patients who present with a fixed belief that they are infested with living or non-living organisms in the absence of medical evidence for this

Always exclude real infestations first, with examination, review by a dermatologist or infectious disease specialist, and appropriate tests

Acknowledge the patient’s distress without reinforcing false beliefs

Most patients require antipsychotic treatment (amisulpride, olanzapine, or risperidone), which may be offered as a means to alleviate symptoms

Management ideally requires a multidisciplinary approach, but, as patients rarely agree to full psychiatric assessment, physicians who have engaged patients in a trusting relationship should offer medication, if possible with psychiatric advice

Delusional infestation (previously also known as delusional parasitosis or Ekbom’s syndrome) is a rare disorder, but it commonly poses disproportionate practical problems to healthcare systems. 1 It is characterised by a patient’s fixed belief that his or her skin, body, or immediate environment is infested by small, living (or less often inanimate) pathogens despite the lack of any medical evidence for this. 1 Delusional infestation is neither a single disease nor a single diagnostic entity. The classic form, primary delusional infestation, develops without any known cause or underling illness and meets criteria for a persistent delusional disorder (ICD-10 (international classification of diseases, 10th revision)) or delusional disorder somatic type (DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition)). Approximately 60% of patients, however, have secondary forms of delusional infestation 2 that occur in the context of substance misuse (such as cocaine, amphetamines, cannabis), dopaminergic medications, antibiotics, or during physical or psychiatric illnesses (such as delirium, dementia, depression, schizophrenia, stroke, and other medical conditions that affect the brain or cause pruritus). 1 2

The neurobiology of delusional infestation is not fully understood. Studies point to dysfunction or structural brain damage in the frontal cortex, …

Carpenter bees resemble bumblebees without the trademark yellow stripes. These solitary bees get their name from their nesting behaviors since they prefer to burrow into hard plant material like dead wood or bamboo.

How to approach a bee infestation

Color Blue-black, green or purple metallic sheen on abdomen
Legs 6
Shape Oval; bee shape
Size 1″
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Do Carpenter Bees Sting You?

While female carpenter bees do have stingers, they are docile and rarely sting unless directly provoked, handled or swatted.

Males, however, may appear aggressive when they are buzzing around looking for mates or protecting their nests, but male bees are quite harmless because they do not have stingers.

Carpenter Bee Habits

Most species of carpenter bees are all black, or mostly black with some yellow or white coloring. These hard-working bees are commonly mistaken for bumblebees, though most carpenter bees have a shiny abdomen instead of a fuzzy one. Apart from bumblebee queens, they are the largest native bees in the U.S.

Unlike bumblebees, carpenter bees are solitary insects. Female carpenter bees chew tunnels into wood to build nesting galleries, depositing the chewed frass outside their tunnels. This kind of nesting behavior weakens wood structures and creates minor surface damage.

Though some species are solitary, carpenter bees are often gregarious and create nests near each other. Though males do not have a stinger, they vigorously guard the entrance of the nests, causing unnecessary alarm for humans living nearby.

Carpenter bees hibernate during the winter and mate in the spring — cleaning out old holes and enlarging them to create new brood chambers for their young. Each female creates six to eight chambers, depositing her eggs on top of “bee bread,” a mixture of pollen and regurgitated nectar. Larvae typically hatch in August to feed on nearby nectar, before returning to their tunnels for winter.

Where Do Carpenter Bees Live?

Carpenter bees love to make homes in windowsills, doors, roof eaves, shingles, railings, telephone poles, and even wooden lawn furniture. If you see a bumblebee-like insect flying under the eaves of your home or hovering in one spot, chances are you’ve spotted a carpenter bee.

These builders tunnel into bamboo, hard plant materials, and deadwood, like wooden siding, to form their nesting caverns. Their handiwork is easy to spot because they drill perfectly round half-inch holes, usually against the grain of the wood.

What Attracts Carpenter Bees?

Carpenter bees are attracted to weathered or uncoated wood and will often build nests in the soft, damp wood of decks, moldings, and outdoor furnishings.

What Do Carpenter Bees Eat?

Carpenter bees do not eat wood: when not in their tunnels, they feed on pollen and plant nectar from nearby flowers.

Are Carpenter Bees Harmful?

Though they do not pose a public health threat, carpenter bees can damage wood through their nest building, and cause structural damage to beams and furnishings around your home.

While the damage to your property may appear cosmetic, over the years these tunnels will expand and branch out, causing considerable structural damage and staining the wood.

Adding to the issue, woodpeckers love to eat carpenter bee larvae, so much of the damage you see could be the result of woodpeckers trying to break into carpenter bee nesting tunnels and chambers. If you spot a woodpecker on your home, you may have a carpenter bee infestation.

Preventing a Carpenter Bee Infestation

Carpenter bees prefer bare wood, so painting and staining wood can sometimes deter an infestation. Citrus spray, lavender oil, tea tree oil, and almond oil are also effective deterrents.

Since it does not contain wood, vinyl siding can be a good option for keeping carpenter bees away from your home. Hardwoods like oak, ash, and maple also prevent carpenter bee attacks since they are too dense for boring.

To keep carpenter bees from returning, replace any damaged wood, keep wood painted and well maintained, and look out for new holes.

Getting Rid of Carpenter Bees

To get rid of a carpenter bee infestation, you can vacuum them out of their nesting holes or use bee sprays, diatomaceous earth, or boric acid to kill larvae before they hatch. While the adults are out foraging, and after the larvae have been treated, cover the nesting holes with duct tape, steel wool, caulk, or putty to prevent exits and entries.

Treat in the spring when they first emerge, and again in midsummer to get rid of any remaining bees that might survive the winter. In the fall, fill the holes with wood putty or wooden dowels and have the entire surface painted or varnished.

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Tell your neighbors.

Bees might be beneficial to the environment, but they can also be a pain in the neck if you get stung. Before grabbing your bee spray and heading out to tackle the problem on your own, here are a few things you should know:


The spray you buy at your local hardware store or pharmacy might not be as effective as a pest management specialist’s arsenal. They might also be more harmful to you and your family. If you only have a few bees buzzing around your property and are worried that they might be trying to build a nest, the bee specialists at Texas A&M University suggest the following:

‟Mix one part dish soap to four parts water in [a] spray bottle. Spray all bees … with this solution. The soap-water solution will kill the bees but doesn’t leave a harmful residue like an insecticide. Spray every bee until no bees return for at least one day.”

If you want a spray that will be more effective on a nest of bees, there are several other factors to take into consideration.


‟Liquid sprays of carbaryl (Sevin), chlorpyrifos (Dursban), or a synthetic pyrethroid (e.g., permethrin or cyfluthrin) can be applied as a preventive to wood surfaces which are attracting bees. Residual effectiveness of these insecticides is often only 1-2 weeks, however, and the treatment may need to be repeated … Aerosol sprays labeled for wasp or bee control also are effective. Leave the hole open for a few days after treatment to allow the bees to contact and distribute the insecticide throughout the nest galleries. Then plug the entrance hole with a piece of wooden dowel coated with carpenter’s glue, or wood putty. This will protect against future utilization of the old nesting tunnels and reduce the chances of wood decay.”

For bumble bees , the University of Missouri provides some killer tips for working with bee spray:

‟If control is necessary, it should be done by spraying or injecting a dust insecticide into the nest. DeltaDust (deltamethrin) or various liquid or aerosol pyrethroids are effective. Apply the insecticide after dark, using a flashlight with a red lens or a lens covered with red cellophane. Bees and wasps cannot see red, so they will not be attracted to the light, but the operator will be able to see well enough to apply the pesticide.”

The scientists at the University of Missouri go on to say about ‟sweat bees, mining bees, leafcutting bees” and other solitary bees that:

‟all of these bees are beneficial because they pollinate plants. Controlling them is not desirable, even if it were easy to do so … However, finding the nesting site is usually difficult because these bees may fly long distances.”

These types of issues are best left to pest management professionals. In fact, the city of Oakland brings up a very good point about DIY bee control for social bees as well, especially if the nest is in your home’s structure:

‟If you spray poison through the flight hole, it may not make contact with the nest and [won’t] kill the bees. This is the chief reason for failure in destroying the bees in the walls of houses.”

But if you are going to attempt bee control yourself, the University of Missouri lists the following compounds in bee sprays for the chemical control of bees:

Pyrethroid : Allethrin, Bifenthrin, Cyfluthrin, Cypermethrin, Deltamethrin, Esfenvalerate,Lambda-cyhalothrin, Permethrin, Sumithrin, Tetramethrin and Tralomethrin Botanical : Phenethyl propionate and Pyrethrum.”

An important note: If you are dealing with honey bees , strongly consider calling a pest management professional. Honey bees are extremely beneficial to the ecosystem and are very hard to control if you’re not trained. A specialist can help.


The University of Missouri also points out that the type of nest you are trying to get rid of plays an integral part in the treatment choice. For instance, with an exposed nest:

‟Apply a ready-to-use aerosol ‛wasp and hornet spray’ into the entrance of the nest during late evening according to label directions. If no activity is observed the next day, the nest has been successfully exterminated. If live wasps [or bees] are still observed, repeat the treatment at three-day intervals until they are all dead.”

In the instance of a concealed nest, the University of Missouri points out that ‟aerosol insecticides usually do not work very well against hidden nests.” For ground-nesting bees, a simple soap and water solution should be enough to discourage these solitary bee aggregations.


Remember, the last thing you want to do is put you or your family in danger. If you choose to risk fighting bees on your own, heed the EPA’s warning on insecticides :

‟Before you buy a product, read the label! Compare product labels, and learn as much as you can about the pesticide. Contact your County Cooperative Extension Service (listed in the telephone book), local pesticide dealers, the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) at 1.800.858.7378, or your state pesticide agency for assistance.”

The EPA elaborates on how specific labeling is, giving you an idea of the potential hazard over-the-counter bee sprays present:

‟DANGER means poisonous or corrosive. WARNING means moderately hazardous. CAUTION means least hazardous.”

In some states, certain pesticides are illegal for use on bees, but not in others. The best way to be safe, legal and effective is to contact a pest management professional to recommend, handle and apply all forms of bee control , especially since bee spray might not even work on the type of bees endangering your family.

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Your home could be as neat as a pin but you would probably encounter a household pest at some point.

You might be going about your daily activities and spot a few bees or wasps inside your house. You probably think that they must have flown in through an open window but if these sightings become regular then you might have a problem.How to approach a bee infestation

Bees and wasps are a very unwelcome sight in your home. Asides the problem of infestation, certain species of bees and wasps can cause structural damage to wooden furniture in your house. Having a nest of these insects in/around your home can be an actual threat to you and your family, especially for those allergic to their sting. During summer when their nests become crowded and the temperature increases, they become very agitated and are likely to sting at the slightest provocation.

Find that Bee!

If you are having frequent run-ins with these insects, there is a good chance that there is a nest of them in or around your house. Other signs of an infestation are sighting a large number of bees flying around your house or the appearance of dark patches on your walls or ceiling.

Wasps like to build their nests in sheltered areas that have easy access to the outside. Their nests can be found in the roof, wall cavities, sheds or garages. To locate their nests, observe the flight path of the wasp. You would notice them fly to and from a particular place, follow them when they are returning and you would find the nest.

If you do not feel safe enough to approach the nest, call a pest control professional to identify the nest and discuss the removal. Do not attempt to remove a wasp’s nest yourself if you or a member of your home is allergic to a wasp sting.

When it comes to bees, they prefer to nest underground, in vents, chimneys, pipes or holes and gaps in the walls. If you have a fireplace, make the house as quiet as possible and sit beside the fireplace. Listen for buzzing in the chimney to identify the location of the hive. If you don’t have a fireplace, check your vents. Place your ear on the walls close to your stove, dryer, or attic vents and listen for buzzing. If you still can’t locate a nest, go outside and carry out a perimeter check of your house to see if the bees are gaining access into your house through another way.

Bees hardly cause any problem if left alone and unprovoked. They usually leave after summer and do not return. Discuss with a pest controller if you suspect you have bees that need to be removed.

We at Earlybird Pest Control are experts when it comes to pest control. We have well trained and experienced professionals who can get rid of your bee and wasp infestation safely.

Contact us to take care of your problem and avoid more damage to your home.

The sun is out; the flowers are blooming; the bees are buzzing — spring is finally here! However, sometimes the buzz of bees is not always a welcome sound, especially when you start to notice nickel-sized holes in your house or patio furniture.

These holes are likely caused by carpenter bees, appropriately named for their habit of drilling holes in wood. Unlike mason and leafcutter bees, which use existing holes to lay their eggs and don’t cause damage to the structures they live in, carpenter bees are wood-boring insects that can cause moderate damage. It’s important to note that carpenter bees do not eat wood like termites or carpenter ants. However, when they drill holes for their nests, problems like water retention, decay, and rot can occur if left unchecked for multiple years.

If carpenter bees have decided to call your home their home, it can be tempting to use insecticides to kill the bees, but we strongly urge you to try less harmful techniques before reaching for the chemicals. Why? First, carpenter bees are incredibly effective buzz pollinators. Second, insecticide use for carpenter bees can also harm other local pollinators—like mason and leafcutter bees (among others)!

Learn how pesticides can move from yard to yard in our The Importance of a Pesticide-Free Yard article.

Many of our bee raisers have asked us what they can do to prevent carpenter bees from moving into their houses, decks, and lawn furniture without harming other resident pollinators. Which we thought was a great (and timely) question to answer in this month’s bee blog post!

But, before we jump into how to safely stop carpenter bees from nesting where you’d rather they didn’t, we want to take a minute to make sure you know how to identify carpenter bees from the other buzz pollinators in your yard and garden.

Identifying Carpenter Bees and Signs of an Infestation

Carpenter bees are the largest native bee species in the United States. They are typically all black, or black and yellow, and are frequently seen in spring hovering around the eaves of a house or the underside of a deck—the ones around my house routinely bump into our windows each morning to announce their presence.

Carpenter bees are often mistaken for bumble bees, but an easy way to tell the difference is that carpenter bees have shiny black abdomens, whereas bumble bees have hairy abdomens. Don’t be afraid of their large size or seemingly aggressive nature! Males, which have white stripes on their faces, do not have stingers, and while females can sting, they are unlikely to do so unless you’re handling them or sticking your fingers inside their nests (which we don’t recommend).

How to approach a bee infestation

How to approach a bee infestation

Remember, just because you have carpenter bees flying around your yard and house doesn’t necessarily mean they’re drilling holes in your home. A few things to look (and listen) for:

  • Deep, nickel-sized holes perfectly drilled into wood;
  • Wood shavings or sawdust in and around the hole;
  • Carpenter bee poop may appear as yellowish-brown staining on the wood beneath the hole;
  • If you listen closely, you may be able to hear faint chewing sounds inside the wood;
  • Males will often hover outside the nesting hole while the female is working inside.

How to approach a bee infestation

Bee-Friendly Remedies – How to Deter Carpenter Bees?

Prevention is the primary approach to managing carpenter bees! Typical carpenter bee nesting sites include eaves, rafters, fascia boards, siding, wooden shingles, decks, and patio furniture.

Prevention Techniques

  • Carpenter bees prefer weathered wood, especially softwood such as redwood, cedar, cypress, and pine. If possible, use hardwoods to construct exterior areas susceptible to carpenter bee nests. Carpenter bees typically avoid hardwoods for nest building.
  • Carpenter bees prefer unpainted wood. Paint, varnish, or pressure-treat exterior wood regularly to reduce weathering and deter bees from nesting.
  • While carpenter bees are capable of building their nests from scratch, they can be opportunists and use existing cracks and depressions as starter holes. Fill any pits and gaps in wood surfaces so they are less attractive to bees.
  • Provide homes specifically for carpenter bees. Do this by placing a few scrap blocks of wood around your yard. Some sources recommend providing large nesting holes or pre-drilling wood blocks for the carpenter bees. We’re not saying this tactic won’t work, but carpenter bees have evolved to be wood-boring bees, so we prefer giving them wood to drill their own nesting holes. This method keeps the bees around to help pollinate your yard and garden!
  • If you find any unoccupied holes, you can fill them with steel wool and caulk to prevent their reuse. Wait until the new bees have emerged before filling the tunnels. Waiting allows your garden to reap the benefits of these fantastic pollinators—the damage is already done after all. Once filled, paint or varnish the repaired surfaces.
  • Carpenter bees (and other social wasps) will avoid nesting in the same area as wasps. Try building a fake wasp nest. Inflate a paper bag, cinch the end closed, and hang the paper bag under the eave of your house. While this technique deters carpenter bees from building new nests, it will not cause them to leave existing nests.
  • Almond oil and citrus oil are carpenter bee repellents. A good way to deter females from nesting is to spray a layer of almond oil/water mixture on any susceptible areas. Do this a few times throughout the spring to discourage bees from nesting. If bees have already taken up residence, you can apply a bit of oil directly to the nesting holes.
  • Another strategy to encourage female carpenter bees to relocate is playing music or hanging a wind chime near the nest. The sounds and vibrations are disruptive to the bees and may inspire them to nest elsewhere after a few days of consistent noise.

We hope this post helps give you a few bee-friendly ideas to help prevent carpenter bees from becoming a nuisance! Remember, they are native, beneficial pollinators, and most of the time, we can avoid damage to our homes and furniture by using the preventive measures described above. Trust us, the other pollinators in your yard and garden will thank you for trying these non-chemical options first!

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How do you know when you have a carpenter bee infestation, and what should you do?

How to approach a bee infestationDo you see the stain on the aluminum siding?

That is a sure sign there was a carpenter bee infestation in the past.

It might be current and active.

Sometimes I see 10 or 20 of these stains all along the underside of the fascia board along a roof.

These stains are created by carpenter bee spit and vomit.

If you clean it off and smell your rag, it smells like honey!

Well, of course! What do you think honey is?

Here is what a carpenter bee hole looks like.

How to approach a bee infestationCarpenter bee holes all look the same.

They are very round and about the size of your pinky.

The bees create a hole in the wood and then tunnels to the left and right. At the end of the tunnel they lay eggs. Then they drag in some form of food for the eggs when they hatch – another insect or two. The carpenter bee then dies leaving the next generation to happen.

The next generation will do exactly the same thing. Over time you can have quite an infestation! And your wood can become very damaged.

When I see the holes (they happen on our daughter’s wooden play set in the rear yard) I do this:

1. Spray in some insecticide
2. Fill the hole with caulking

When the bee returns home it sees all that, and gives up to go find another house to infest! Often carpenter bees pick out a house in a neighborhood and go at it! You have to pay attention to the stains and when you see them go into action How to approach a bee infestationyourself!

A carpenter bee looks like a bumble bee, but with a slightly more pointed hind end.

That image is just about life sized!

When you see them flying, often they will stay still in the air, especially as they examine something, like the side of your house! Once they find the perfect spot, they will go after it. They can create a hole in short order!

My recommendation: when you see the stains it means a hole is being worked on or already created. You should eliminate the bee’s desire immediately. Spray the hole and fill it. That will quash the bee’s desire and it will move on.

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How to approach a bee infestation

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Step 1: Identify the bug

The elimination strategy you take will depend on the type of infestation. Before you can stop the problem, you need to figure out what kind of bug you’re dealing with.

Here in the Portland and Vancouver area, there are a variety of insects that could be causing you problems. The 9 most common pest infestations in the PNW include:

  1. Ants
  2. Spiders
  3. Moths
  4. Boxelder bugs
  5. Bed bugs
  6. Bees
  7. Mosquitos
  8. Ticks
  9. Fleas

You probably have a good idea of what all these insects look like and can identify the species right away. But if you’re not sure, here’s how to find out.

  • Take a photo of the bug
  • Browse through our pest library, comparing the photo of your bugs to those in the library
  • Note the location, timing, and any other unique factors about the infestation, comparing those details to information you find about the species

If you’re still not sure what kind of bug is bothering you, reach out to our team. We’ll help you figure it out.

Step 2: Ensure your family’s safety

How to approach a bee infestation

Depending on the type of insect, you should take some precautions to ensure it won’t affect your family or damage any more of your property.

  • Kiddos: If you have little ones in the house, make sure they won’t come in contact with the infestation.
  • Pets:Some bugs are poisonous to pets , so take steps to ensure they can’t get near the infestation. Or, if your pet is infested (with fleas, for example), quarantine them to help limit the spread and call your vet immediately.
  • Food: Do a sweep of your house to clear away and store food. Wipe down counters, make sure all your food is sealed in the pantry, and toss any old fruit or veggies sitting on the counter.
  • Belongings: Depending on where you found the infestation, you may want to move your personal belongings so they won’t come in contact with or be damaged by the bugs.
  • Protect yourself! Many bugs and insects can be hurtful to you. Bees, mosquitos, ticks, and more all pack a punch. Protect yourself to ensure you don’t get stung or bit. Always err on the side of caution and call a professional if you’re dealing with a hive or serious infestation.

Step 3: Find the source & seal off entry points

To successfully eliminate a pest problem, focus on the root of the issue. For example, killing the ants currently in your home will do you no good if they can easily find their way back in.

You must figure out the source of the problem.

How to approach a bee infestation

Sometimes you can follow the trail to find the culprit. But depending on the type of bug, it might take a bit of investigating on your part.

A few things to look for include:

  • Cracks, openings, and holes in your wall, baseboard, or ceiling
  • Bushes, plants, trees, or branches touching your house
  • Fruit trees or with fallen/dead/rotting fruit
  • Unsealed food
  • Standing water in your basement or around the exterior of your home
  • Nests or webs in corners of your house
  • Hives and ant colonies around your home

You might also want to take a look in your attic or crawl space to make sure it’s clear of any signs of infestations. These places are often a source of bug problems in your home.

Once you find the issue, take steps to resolve it. For example, fix leaks or seal off and reinforce any holes and gaps around your property. Trim back bushes and clear away debris from the perimeter of your house. Seal trash cans or pick up fallen and rotting fruit or veggies in your yard.

Step 4: Eliminate

Now comes the time to exterminate the pest. This needs to be done very carefully and requires a personalized approach. You know what kind of pest you’re dealing with, so do some research to learn the best extermination methods.

Whenever possible, we recommend taking a conservative, eco-friendly approach . Dealing with strong chemicals and poisons is very dangerous. More than that, it’s often unnecessary. Start small and see what works and what doesn’t.

Always understand exactly what kind of pest control product you’re using and how it affects your family before using it. Keep any traps or bait safety away from kids, pets, and the rest of your family.

Remember, if you’re dealing with more than a few pesky bugs, a professional exterminator is the safest, most effective option. Often, DIY pest removal options don’t work. Be willing to call in the professionals when necessary.

By: Sarah Coennen

03 November, 2009

Mining bees mine the ground to build their nests, hence the name. They can be useful because their cells aerate the lawn, but the dirt mounds they create can be unsightly. Kicking their dirt mound over is not a big deal because it’s simply the dirt that was excavated in order to make their nest. But stepping on the dirt mound might squish the nest and anger the bees, causing them to swarm and sting. The only way to get rid of them is to spray an insecticide into their nest or dust their nest. This also will kill other creatures like earthworms that come into contact with the treated nest site.

Locate the nest or nests during the day.

  • Mining bees mine the ground to build their nests, hence the name.
  • They can be useful because their cells aerate the lawn, but the dirt mounds they create can be unsightly.

At night, dress in the bee suit or clothing that covers all of your skin to avoid stings.

Use the red flashlight at night to find the bee nests. Once you have a general idea of where the nest is during the day, a red flashlight will help you find the nest’s specific location at night without scaring the adults out of the nest. This will, in turn, make your spraying or dusting more effective.

Spray or dust inside the nest following manufacturer’s directions. Typically, you should maintain as much distance between the spray and your face as possible. Direct the nozzle inside of the nest and cover thoroughly.

  • At night, dress in the bee suit or clothing that covers all of your skin to avoid stings.

Treat the bee nest at night, when all of the adults are back in the nest for the night.

Make sure there are no openings in your clothing where bees can get in. Use rubber bands on your ankles and wrists to keep clothing sealed. Bee suits, which cost about $65 and offer the ultimate protection, are available online.

Dealing with a bee infestation can be tricky and even dangerous at times. However, unlike the popular honey bee or often feared killer bee, the bee that is actually the most common on nearly every continent (except Australia) is the sweat bee. Named because they are often attracted to the salt in human perspiration, sweat bees aren’t as aggressive or dangerous as other stinging bees and are relatively simple to get rid of.

Step 1 – Identify the Bees

Sweat bees are small insects from the Halictidae family, ranging from 3-10 mm in size. Despite being very common, the reason they are often overlooked or misidentified is because don’t have the yellow coloring commonly associated with bees. While some sweat bees can be yellowish, many are a metallic black or green color. Because of there different coloring and the fact that they are more likely to get up close and personal, especially when you’re sweating outside, many people confuse them with common flies or other insects.

While not as prevalent as the honeybee, entomologists have identified sweat bees as playing a role in plant pollination. As such, your first instinct should be to seek the services of a local beekeeper. This way the bees can be relocated, thus solving your problem without killing the bees and negatively impacting the ecosystem.

However, if extermination is your only option or preferred method, follow these additional instructions.

Step 2 – Locate Nesting Sites

Once you’ve confirmed that you do indeed have a sweat bee problem, you need to locate their nesting sites. Unlike other bees, sweat bees do not have one common hive and tend to build multiple smaller nests in close proximity to each other that may or may not connect.

Sweat bee nests are often found underground, in tree or wood cavities, or in shrubbery roots.

Again, this variety of bee isn’t aggressive and will only sting if directly swatted or provoked. So, you should have a fair amount of time and peace to observe the habits of these pests and follow them back to their homes.

Step 3 – Mark the Nests

The best time to kill the maximum number of bees is during the night when they are all gathered in their nests to sleep.

Because their nests are so small and often covered, you should use small garden markers such as flags or sticks to denote where each nest entrance is in your yard while it is still light out. This will make things much faster when you’re moving around in the dark evening hours.

Step 4 – Pick Your Poison

Now that you know where to strike, decide on your method. Popular commercial insecticides include carbaryl, commonly sold as a powder, and malthion, sometimes called maldison.

Carbaryl is highly effective but is also toxic to humans and has been shown to be cancer causing. Malthion is very low in human toxicity, but is lethal to aquatic and amphibious life. This is something to keep in mind if your yard has any ponds or fish. Crustaceans are particularly vulnerable to this pesticide.

WARNING: Other sources may suggest the use of a third insecticide, diazinon, but be aware that this information is likely outdated. Diazinon has been illegal for residential use in the United States since 2004 and can only be purchased for agricultural purposes. This means that it is still on the market. If someone sells it you and you use it in your home, you are still the one breaking a law.

Step 5 – Wear Protective Clothing

Although gentler than other bees, these insects are still bees, and they do have stingers. This method of extermination does require you to get close to their nests and apply a physical insecticide that may agitate them enough to swarm at you.

Wear long pants tucked into your socks, long sleeve shirts, and eye protection. Cover as much exposed skin as possible to reduce the chances of being stung.

Step 6 – Spread the Insecticide

Be sure to follow any manufacturer instructions for residential use, and mix your insecticide in the proper quantity and transfer it to an appropriate delivery vessel.

Approach the nest entrances and spray or sprinkle the area generously. If you are using malthion and have chosen to dilute it in a solution of mostly water, you may need to make multiple applications over multiple days to see results.

Ideally your application will cause any sweat bees that exit the nest to collect nectar or pollen to track the poison back into the nest when they return, killing the whole colony.

Step 7 – Observe Your Results

Over the next week, keep track of whether the amount of sweat bees you’re seeing drops at all. If you see continual sweat bee activity, you should wait for night to fall and repeat your application process. Depending on which insecticide you are using and how large your infestation is, you may need to reapply the poison three to five times.

Step 8 – Prevention

If you feel confident that the sweat bees in question were a one-time invader, you’re done. However, if you are worried about more sweat bees returning in the future, add large amounts of compost or peat moss to the areas where the nesting sites once were.

Additionally, planting a ground cover like ivy will also make the area less desirable for sweat bees looking for a nesting spot.

Outdoor Laborers

Outside of the home, the people most often plagued by sweat bees are outdoor laborers, such as gardeners, construction workers, and road workers because of their exposed perspiring skin. These are bugs attracted to sweat.

Because their work sites often vary from day to day and it is unlikely that these workers have to time or ability to stalk around at night looking for nests, the options for true relief here are limited.

However, assuming that you’re working in an area away from aquatic life and that your employer and fellow employees do not object to it, spraying a diluted solution of water and malthion in the area may help. Just keep in mind that while malthion does have a very low toxicity, it is dangerous if ingested or inhaled directly. If you want to attempt this solution, make sure you are spraying the ground or objects around your work site. Do not apply it topically to the skin or in a way that promotes inhalation of the chemical.

How to approach a bee infestation

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The occupant of a disturbed bumble bee nest will buzz in a loud volume. They defend their nests aggressively.


Bumble bees often nest in the ground, but can be found above ground around patio areas or decks. They will sometimes build their ness in soffits of attics.


As part of their aggressive defense of their nests, bumble bees will chase nest invaders for a considerable distance. The bumble bee sting is one of the most painful. Unlike honey bees, bumble bees can sting more than once.

Bumble Bee Prevention

Looking to get rid of bumble bees? Bumble bees can be prevented through inspection of potential nesting areas and removal of potential harborage materials. Because bumble bees will sting when threatened, homeowners are advised to seek out a bee pest control service rather than try to address the infestation themselves.

How to approach a bee infestationCarpenter bee making a hole

Carpenter bees, how to get rid of them? Though their existence is beneficial to our environment carpenter bees can be a nuisance if there are too many. The name carpenter bee simply explains the behavior of these bees. Carpenter bees are attracted to softwoods such as cedar and pine. This is where they make their habitat and may cause the wood to wear. These species of bees in a large group especially around the home can be trouble. Gladly, here are 8 proven ways to get rid of carpenter bees without killing them. Let’s explore this article and find out how.

Everything About Carpenter Bee

To clarify, Carpenter bees don’t eat wood; instead, they simply bore into it to make their nest otherwise called “galleries” where they deposit eggs in the spring season and seek refuge in the colder season of winter. The galleries created by carpenter bees may appear little on the surface however, don’t be fooled by the tiny entrance, these holes are much larger and more harmful than they appear to be.

The nest of a carpenter bee opens into a tunnel that travels in a direct line for a few inches before abruptly turning 90 degrees and leading to their chambers. Females carpenter bees will return to already created tunnels every year and widen them as needed as this reduces the time it takes to construct a new tunnel. This is a wise choice as tunnel construction takes a long time. This accelerates the deterioration of the wood.

Any wood that is damaged by a carpenter bee can weaken over time simply by nesting. Not only that, but this can become a feeding ground for birds like woodpeckers who are searching for a meal of Carpenter bee eggs.

Are Carpenter Bees Harmful to Humans?

The answer is depending on gender. A male carpenter bee doesn’t sting however, the female will if feels threatened as she carries a stinger. To know the difference the males have a white spot on the head and don’t carry a sting on their back. The male carpenter bee however can be aggressive and will show this by dive bumping.

How to identify a carpenter bee?

The bright yellow color is a dominant color but they also boast other vibrant colors. One thing you can’t miss is the appearance of this tiny bee and its habitat which is wood.

Carpenter Bees Infestation… Signs to Look For

Here are signs to know if you have a carpenter bee infestation

  1. Frequent flying activity around the area
  2. Opening in wood measuring 1/2″-3/4″
  3. Noticeable yellow dust near the entrance and openings
  4. Wood shaving or sawdust near a hole in the wood

How to Get Rid of Carpenter Bees

There are several ways to get rid of carpenter bees without killing them. Why would we want to do that as these bees are good for pollination? To control these bees here are DIY treatments and repellents that can be used.

Steel Wool: Stuff the hole or holes with steel wool to fill the entrance and to stop the carpenter bees from widening the hole

How to Get Rid of Carpenter Bees with WD-40

Method: Simply spray WD-40 around the hole. The smell will drive the bees out and those who are out won’t want to enter. Note: Spraying WD-40 directly in the hole will exterminate the eggs and even the adult bees so be very careful when doing this.

How to Get Rid of Carpenter Bees with Vinegar

Method: Pour full-strength distilled vinegar into a spray bottle. Secondly, mist the outer area of the hole. The vinegar has a strong odor that pests hate and will have them migrating if not immediately in a few hours.

How to Get Rid of Carpenter Bee Naturally

Carpenter bees are beneficial to the environment so you may want to use a more natural approach. These types of bees are not found in hives so repelling them won’t be that difficult. When it comes to getting rid of carpenter bees an eco-friendly pesticide can do that. Simply administer any of the below-listed natural methods.

1. Loud Noise: Beat them out! For some reason, vibrations and loud noises like music seem to deter carpenter bees. Simply take the party over to the nest and let the beat go. You may want to have a wood sealer on hand to close the hole as soon as they leave.

2. Traps: Traps are a safe way of repelling carpenter bees without harming them. Get hold of a trap and hang it directly over the nest. The bees will think this is a new home and enter. After they have entered close the trap and take it to an area where you’ll release the bees. Found this on Amazon... Mac’s Best Brothers Natural Wood Cabin Style Carpenter Bee Trap

How to Treat With Pesticides

1. There are several pesticides that can be used to terminate or control carpenter bees one of which is (Carpenters Bee Repellent) . Keep in mind that the goal is not to kill the bees but to keep them away. To accomplish this the month is vital. Treatment works best when administer in the earliest part of Spring in order to stop the return of the carpenter bees. Continue treating the wood for the months leading up to summer to keep the bees away for good.

2. A harsher approach is to terminate the carpenter bee. If this is your only solution simply apply insecticidal dust to the hole… 1 lb Delta Dust Carpenter Bee Insecticide

4 Ways to Prevent Carpenter Bees Infestation

  1. Treat and plug the holes while the bees are away which would be early fall.
  2. Carpenter bees are not attracted to painted and varnish wood. Finishing the wood on decks, floors, sills, and fencing would be the best preventative measure.
  3. Ensure that entrances to your home are covered with mesh to prevent the bees from entering.
  4. If possible change the wood to hardwood as these are difficult for carpenter bees to bore holes in.


We have covered all the ways to get rid of carpenter bees both naturally and with industrial chemicals. However, these should be your last choice. Preventing the bees in the first place is key. Paint or varnish anything made of pine or cedarwood. Taking these measures will save any future infestation of carpenter bees in and around your home.

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How to approach a bee infestation

By Oregon State University (Mason bee (Osmia lignaria)) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

There are generally two ways in which you can raise mason bees. You can go at it with a hands-off approach and let nature take its course or you can take some quick and easy additional steps to ensure a healthier mason bee population. Any help really that you’re willing to provide will be appreciated by the mason bee community.

If you decide not to maintain your mason bee house it will unfortunately only be productive for 1-2 years. The tubes will eventually fill up with debris (old mud sections, cocoon debris etc.) and be useless to future generations.

Luckily, mason bee maintenance is a simple process that only take about a half hour each year. Mason bees over winter as pupae. It is at this stage in the bee’s life where you can help the most. Follow these eight simple steps to give your mason bees the best chance at a thriving population.

Step 1: Remove the tubes

When the bee tunnels are sealed up with mud at the ends of the tubes, the bee season is over. At this point, you can remove the tubes, place them in a breathable bag, and store them in a warm place.

You can also just leave them in the bee house to finish out the summer. However by leaving them, you risk nature invading your bees. Things like parasitic infestation, fungal infections, and disease can be reduced by removing and protecting the tubes.

Step 2: Remove the cocoons

In the fall, after the temperatures have dropped below 50 degrees, it’s time to open the tubes and remove the cocoons. If you have paper tubes, pull out the paper inserts and expose the cocoons.

It’s important to work in a cool area so the bees do not warm up and wake early.

Step 3: Sorting

Sort the cocoons from the mud and other debris.

Step 4: Bath

Give your cocoons a bath in one gallon cool water with ¼ cup bleach added. This will kill any fungal spores. Stir the cocoons in the water for about two minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon or mesh sieve and allow to dry.

Step 5: Selecting

Select the best cocoons. To ensure a healthy bee population you want to separate the best cocoons from those who might not be as healthy.

Indications of unhealthy cocoons are:

— Cocoons that sink in the cool water bath

— C Shaped Cocoons. This can be a sign of fungal infection called Chalkbrood.

— Holes in the cocoon, as this may be a sign of a parasitic wasp infestation.

These cocoons should be discarded.

Step 6: Refrigerate your cocoons

You will want to store your bees at around 30-40 degrees F and at 60-70% humidity. You can achieve this by placing the cocoons in a sealed container like a plastic food storage container, poke a few holes for ventilation, and place a small dampened sponge, wrung out in the container next to the cocoons. Check periodically to make sure the sponge is still moist.

Step 7: Wait

Store your cocoons throughout the winter until the temperature is consistently over 50 degrees F.

Step 8: Release your bees

Place the cocoons near the provided mason bee house. Setting them on top of the tubes inside the bee house is a good way to offer protection until the bees emerge.

Nothing brings a chilly thrill of fear like the sound of hovering bees flying past your ears. If agitated, the buzzing swarm can turn into an army of stinging fly-soldiers defending their territory. There is no pain so irritating and painful as the pain of one a bee sting. It is even more painful and devastating when you’re the stung by the whole swarm.

However, bees are not always the killer pests that we have known them to be. Without bees, there’d be no honey, the only edible byproduct we get from flying insects. Honey has lots of health benefits ranging from relieving colds and sore throats, to helping in getting sleep and a healthy immune system. All these benefits are part of the reason why killing bees when you find them camping in your compound is an almost inhumane act. Bee conservation is an important task that must be handled in the most humane and non-destructive way.

Differentiating Bees from Hornets

How to approach a bee infestation

There are several stinging insects apart from bees in Singapore. The closest cousin to bees are the hornets, which people often mistake for bees. When either of them is flying nearby, you will get the same irritating and fearsome buzz. Telling whether it’s a bee or a hornet is challenging when just judging from their buzz. Bees, unlike hornets and wasps, are not stingers as we perceive them to be. A bee will only sting you if you stand in their way or when you agitate them.

The easiest way to differentiate between honeybees and hornets is to take a closer look at the insect as it comes buzzing around. If it’s a bee, you’ll see it have a furry body with flattened legs. On the other hand, more predatory hornets have a thinner body structure and a glossy appearance. Hornets are more aggressive compared to bees, and when they attack, you can be sure you’ll get multiple dangerous stings before they quit on you.

Signs of A Bee Infestation in Your Home/Environment

Although we now know that bees are good friends, especially for the honey they give us, they can pose a great danger if they come renting space all over your yard. You don’t want to go home only to find your kids with swollen faces out of nasty bee stings. So, how do you know when these good-yet-stingy creatures have infested your homestead?

  • Bees have a tendency of nesting in wall cavities of residential houses. They do so mostly when some colony members stray from their swarm only to nest in these commercial houses’ wall clefts.
  • Bees can dig up small shallow holes in the soil and put up a small swarm in there. Always check out for small holes in your compound o around your backyard where kids like to play.
  • You may find a branch that has a swollen part at some point. Bees love to camp on such branches where they build their nests and can expand the territory into a hive of its kind.

Preventive Measures from a Bee Sting

While it may be difficult to outrun a bee when it is bound for a sting, you can decrease the chances of a bite by the following measures.

  • When you spot a bee hovering around your head, avoid any quick movement. If a bee detects the slightest startle from you, you’ll become an intruder, and you won’t escape a sting.
  • Avoid shouting or any form of noise. Any movement will spring the bees to sting-action.
  • When you’ve spotted a swarm on a day when you put on the most fragrant cologne, avoid them and stay as far as you can.
  • Warn your children not to think of bees as play partners whenever they go playing in the grass. Bees are no friends to disturbance.

DIY Options for Handling the Problem

We are a 21st century lot that always wants DIY options of handling any challenges that pop up in life. Well, you’ll want to be careful here when handling bees. While we’re still going to offer some cool DIY hacks to deal with bees, we strongly urge the need to ask a professional to help handle the task.

But for the Singaporean millennial generation, here are some DIY options.

The surest approach when you want to eradicate, say, a bee nest from a wall cleft in your place is to have the nest removed. If you are trained to do it, then you have all it takes, but it is preferred that you have a professional pest control person do it for you.

Preventive DIY methods would include first identifying whether or not the suspected nest is of real bees or hornets or wasps. If the nest has bees, you may choose to leave them since bees will never sting unless provoked. But if you have children and pets around, it is better to have them removed.

Why hire a professional for bee removal?

How to approach a bee infestation

As mentioned, bee nest removal can be dangerous as multiple stings could lead to severe allergic reactions, which could then end up in fatalities. Hiring skilled and trained personnel to get rid of the potential menace would save you from the stings and consequent casualties. Competent pest control service providers in Singapore like Aegis Pest Services would do the best to ensure that the removal of the bees is done because they threaten the safety of the immediate neighbourhood of the bee-infested residential or commercial area.


There could be several different ways of getting rid of or preventing a bee problem at home or work but turning to a professional pest services company to get the problem eliminated wholly and thoroughly is the surest and safest method. We at Aegis Pest Services provides all the help you need with bee removal. Whenever you need this kind of service, you can always visit us or call to request a quote for free.

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Common Snakes You Can Find in Singapore

Snakes can be hazardous, however, every once in a while they are a shockingly positive unforeseen development where it was realized that snakes diminish the rodent populace in neighbourhoods and nurseries.

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While bees may be a nuisance, treating an infestation on your own can be dangerous, and ineffective. Learn more about bee traps and why they don’t work.

How to approach a bee infestation

There are a number of guides available on how to build your own bee trap. During the spring and summer months, when most rampant, bees can appear to be a large nuisance. However, bees are critical players in the ecosystem and the global economy. Trapping them may not be in your best interest, or the bees’.

The need for honey bees

“Honey bees enable the production of at least 90 commercially grown crops in North America,” according to a 2014 fact sheet released by the White House. The fact sheet also stated “pollinators contribute more than 24 billion dollars to the United States economy, of which honey bees account for more than 15 billion dollars through their vital role in keeping fruits, nuts, and vegetables in our diets.”

It is also worth noting that honey bees are not the only bees that provide benefits. Other, less common social bees that belong to Apis mellifera, can have a positive impact, according to the White House. “Native wild pollinators, such as bumble bees and alfalfa leafcutter bees, also contribute substantially to the domestic economy,” the fact sheet states. “In 2009, the crop benefits from native insect pollination in the United States were valued at more than 9 billion dollars.”

The benefits and risks of bee traps

Despite the benefits of bees, and possible risks of capturing them, some people still turn to developing homemade traps. A popular method for creating a trap for bees involves cutting a recycled liter bottle about one-third of the way down. The top piece is then flipped and placed upside down in the bottom piece of the bottle so that it resembles a funnel. To secure both pieces in place, tape is applied to the sides. This is followed by adding bait in the form of meat, sugary liquids or dish soap, to attract bees to the inside of the trap.

This type of bee trap, however, poses an issue for a number of reasons. Bees caught within the trap will die after a few days, which is not beneficial to the ecosystem, and can also be dangerous. In addition, this type of trap might attract more aggressive bees, including killer bees. A pest management professional should be called if you suspect killer bees near your home. Special equipment might be necessary for moving swarms of bees or a colony of bees trapped between walls. Before making a trap for bees, consider the risks and make the right call.

Not sure what your home needs? Let us help.

How to approach a bee infestation

Beehives can be beautiful yet dangerous things. While most people are happy with the honey that bees produce, they usually don’t want a hive on their property. Bee removal is a popular service during a Texas spring. If you notice a hive forming on your property, don’t pick up the phone to call an exterminator. You want a professional that can handle the job the right way. You want to call a beekeeper .

1. Beekeepers Know Their Business

You may look at a bee and think you know what you are dealing with. However, not all bees are the same . Many have specific traits that, when understood, will help aid in successful bee removal. By working with a professional beekeeper, you will have someone who understands the ins-and-outs of all different types of bees.

A beekeeper will quickly be able to determine what bees you have on your property, what their hive mentality is, and how to safely and rapidly remove them from your home.

2. Eco-Friendly Bee Removal

Bees are an essential part of our ecosystem. Therefore, removing them in a safe and eco-friendl y way is the best route to take. If you find that you have bees on your property, please, don’t go for the bug spray. Get in touch with a local beekeeper and let them come out to assess your infestation.

A beekeeper will approach the situation with the professional’s knowledge and remove the live bees from your home.

3. Beekeepers Keep You Safe

DIY bee removal is never an excellent idea. Most people look at bees on their property and automatically assume that all bees function the same. In this case, most people would be wrong. Not all bees sting just once. Some can sting multiple times and release large amounts of venom with each sting. If you are allergic, DIY bee removal is hazardous .

A beekeeper will not only be able to remove or exterminate the bees on your property safely, but they will also be able to give you crucial information about the bees just in case a hive forms again in the coming seasons. A beekeeper’s goal is to keep both the bees and the client safe.

Bee Safe Bee Removal is a Team of Beekeepers That Take Care of Your Hive

DIY methods and poisons can be effective for removing a hive, but removal by a beekeeper is 100 percent proven to get the job done right. At Bee Safe Bee Removal, we believe in getting rid of your hive in the safest and most eco-friendly way possible.

Don’t let a hive continue to grow on your property. Get in touch with Bee Safe Bee Removal today. We offer bee removal, beekeeping, and wasp removal services that will make your home safe again. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and home visit to quickly determine the approach we will take to get rid of your bees.

How to approach a bee infestation

It’s finally fall! The air is crisp and the leaves are changing. Carpenter bee season is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the end of carpenter bee maintenance. Fall is the absolute best time to plug any carpenter bee nests, in order to prevent young carpenter bees from emerging and continuing their wood burrowing ways.

There is a bit of a debate on how to successfully plug up a carpenter bee nest. One known method is applying wood putty at a nest’s entrance hole. This method can be satisfactory when time is short and you need to keep the adult bees away from their new nest, however, this method will not prevent young bees from drilling their way out next spring.

An alternative method is to fill the nest with caulk, in order to suffocate the larva inside. While this method proves to be more effective, it has a tendency to create issues once the caulk dries. Once dry, the caulk may not completely fill the nest’s interior and may create divots on the nest’s exterior.

Follow these easy steps to repair carpenter bee damage:

  1. Locate all of carpenter bee nests around your home.
    • Check all the high and low spots of your home, including eaves and dormers on the roof.
    • Look for piles of sawdust shavings and brownish stains to indicate carpenter bee activity.
  2. Destroy any bees or larva left in the nest.
    • Rob Baugher, of Baugher Design & Remodeling, suggests using a cotton ball soaked in isopropyl alcohol and placing it as far into the tunnel as possible. The rubbing alcohol will remove the air from the tunnel and suffocate any remaining bees.
    • Some people use a spray or dust pesticide. Typically the dust pesticides see better results. The use of pesticides is not necessary, it is up to your own personal preference.
  3. Take the properly sized dowels and apply caulk to the end.
  4. Place the dowel into the hole and push it as far back as possible.
    • If you are having trouble getting the dowel in, try shaving the tip.
    • Another method is to cut the dowel into ¾” pieces and place as many as possible into the hole. This will help with tunnels that are curvy.
  5. Once you have gotten as much through the tunnel as possible, cut the last dowel so that it is flush with the exterior of the nest.
  6. Smooth the area over with wood putty, making sure there are no divots.
    • You can paint the end of it to match the surrounding exterior.

While the process can seem straightforward, be sure to not skip any steps.

If you are looking for an easier solution, try our Total Bee-Fence Kit for Carpenter Bees. The Total Bee-Fence Kit was designed for those who have an existing carpenter bee infestation and looking to increase the effectiveness of their Carpenter Bee Trap(s) or preparing for fall!

How to approach a bee infestation

Also, be sure to put up your Best Bee Traps in the beginning of spring to prevent carpenter bees from nesting in the first place!

How to approach a bee infestation

Have you noticed an unpleasant smell in your home? Is your nose flaring up in an unusual manner? You could be in the presence of a rodent infestation and, if this is the case, intervention will be required as quick as possible.

Find out how to check if the smell comes from an animal infestation and the solutions to get rid of it.

The typical smells of a rodent infestation

An infestation of mice and rats may be accompanied by a smell quite specific to rodents. The most common is due to urine that smells very similar to ammonia. The other types of odor prevalent in these animals are related to factors such as reproduction or, more sadly, death. The longer the infestation has been present, the stronger the smells released will be. This scent will be even more pronounced in confined areas, because these areas are often preferred by mice and other small pests.

It’s important to act quickly because rodent smell spreads and can make entire parts of your home unapproachable. Call a professional to solve the problem as quickly as possible.

Locate the rodent hiding spot

The mouse is a rather predictable animal that makes identical journeys as long as it isn’t disturbed. If you think you recognize its particular smell, it might be recommended to look at urine traces so you can find the entry they use to sneak into your home.

Suspicious smells: How do you get rid of them?

A suspicious smell is the sign of an underlying problem. It can come from a rodent that is dead or alive. In either case, getting rid of it is crucial.

If the rodent is dead and its location is known, using an absorbent bag will eliminate odors. If the location of the animal is unknown and it is alive, the odor can be removed with the help of an air ionizer, but the area must be particularly small to ensure efficiency.

There are also a good number of chemical products that get rid of odors emitted by rodents. However, it is recommended to entrust their use to professionals, since most of these products can be dangerous for health.

Get rid of an animal infestation

As soon as an unusual smell appears, remember to check for signs of a rodent in your home, especially in confined areas. If in doubt, the best solution is to contact a rodent infestation specialist. Moreover, this approach has a financial benefit. Essentially, a rodent infestation can cause significant damage to your furniture and your home’s electrical installations.

If there is any doubt where the smell comes from, don’t hesitate to contact a professional to solve your animal infestation problem.

How to approach a bee infestation

Bees and Wasps threaten the safety and comfort of your home and business. Keep your distance and be sure you get a professional on the job.

The difference between bees and wasps can sometimes be hard to tell. However, identification is key in solving your issue. If you are unsure at all please just contact us so we can walk you through it.

How to approach a bee infestation

Wasps are smooth and plastic looking. They have longer more slender bodies with thin yellow legs.

Wasp nest removal and preventive treatment

With our wasps removal service, we remove those pesky wasp nests that find their way under eves and other areas. Not only do we remove the nests, we also treat where the nest used to be to prevent re-infestation in those areas. Our wasp removal services carry a 30 day guarantee for treated areas.

Pricing for Wasp Removal service

Pricing for wasp removal starts as low as $135 for most homes. However, extreme infestations or nests that are more than 12 feet of the ground can incur different pricing. Please contact us for more specific pricing.

Do not a approach a beehive, the threat of Killer Bees (Africanized bees) is real.

Africanized (or Africanised) bees can be incredibly more dangerous and aggressive than the already notorious honey bee. They are much quicker to attack and when they do, they are far more relentless in pursuing a threat. It’s very difficult for the average person to tell the difference between a killer bee and its less dangerous cousin. As such, we approach every hive with extreme caution. Our technicians are fully licensed and trained and have the equipment to take care of your issue as effectively and safely as possible.

Pricing for Bee Pest Control

Most hives can be killed for $225 – $325, however for extreme infestations, africanized bees or beehives that are more than 12 feet of the ground, pricing may vary. Contact us for more information on pricing. Our bee services also cary a 30 day guarantee against re-infestation in treated areas.

Swarming Bees

In the spring and summer you may see large swarms of seemingly hundreds of bees on a tree or on the side of a house. Often times this is a group of bees looking for a place to establish a new hive. Many times when this happens the hive moves on within a day and moves on to a new location. Swarming bees should be watched very carefully and avoided as much as possible. Disturbing bees is a bad idea if you are not trained or do not have the correct equipment. If you see a large group of bees and are unsure if this is a hive or just a swarm just give us a call.

Bees belong to a group of arthropod insects. They play a key role in the development and conservation of ecosystems by carrying out the pollination process, essential for agriculture. We know they are annoying and that is why we decided to create this guide to teach you how to get rid of honey bees at home.

How to approach a bee infestation

It is important that you know how to differentiate the different types of bees. Solitary bees and bumblebees usually build their nest on the ground, while honey-producers have it in the well-known hives. They are located around fields and groves with appetizing nectar such as fruit trees or flowers.

How to Scare Away Bees without Killing Them: Tips, Tricks and Natural Repellants

Especially in the summer period, insects can be really annoying: between the buzzing and the fear of stings, we run the risk of wanting to kill the bees with a slap. We want you to remove them from your property but they are to harm them. Sit back and enjoy our guide on how to get rid of honey bees at home.

However, bees are very valuable for our ecosystem and are at increasing risk due to the increasing use of insecticides and pesticides: not killing them, but keeping them away with natural methods is a responsible and ecological option to avoid ecological consequences. dramatic.

Next we are going to mention which are the most effective natural remedies to scare away bees without causing environmental damage and to keep bees away quickly and effectively.

Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Bees Without Killing Them

Coffee is one of the most effective natural remedies to keep bees, as well as wasps, hornets, bed bugs and other insects away. Its strong and intense aroma is as pleasant for humans as it is unbearable for bees and wasps.

Simply put some ground coffee powder in a small fire-retardant container such as an ashtray, candle holder or aluminum container, set it on fire and let it release its particularly thick and fragrant smoke. It is a simple and safe method, which you can use on a window sill or in the garden, so that you can enjoy the outdoors in peace.

Among the natural remedies we also find garlic, which once added as a powder to the water of the spray with which the plants are watered, will scare away bees, wasps and other insects.
Another effective remedy is to store cucumber peels and place them in the garden or on window sills.

How to Prevent Bees from Appearing?

Prevention is the most effective way to prevent bees from entering your home or building a nest. To do this you can follow the following steps:

  • Put screens on windows, seal cracks or crevices along perimeter walls with caulk or caulk, periodically check areas where they might nest (such as attics, roller blind boxes, and crevices), and make sure there are no honeycombs in the building.
  • Fill the cavities in the walls with the use of expanded foam and try to manage waste and food in the best possible way, avoiding leaving sugary, meat or protein substances lying around.
  • Do not plant flowers and other vegetables that attract them as they are rich sources of food for them. If you observe that they are coming from the water, you should avoid leaving it uncovered.
  • Investigate if there is a colony of bees living in a nearby hole: walls, ceilings, hollow trees, etc., and if there is, call a beekeeper or the authorities to remove it.

Getting Rid Of Honey Bees Is Easy When You Call Grade A Critter

How to approach a bee infestation

If you have spent any time outdoors during the summer months then you know all about bees. They are yellow, black, and often induce more fear in people than the situation warrants.

Bees sting, and people with allergies can be seriously affected. If a colony of bees builds a hive around your property, any outdoor activity such as children playing in the yard or mowing the lawn near that hive can be seen as aggression and stings can occur.

The professionals at Grade A Critter have years of experience finding hives and removing them effectively. We have the right equipment, training and methods to eliminate a hive. Once the hive is removed, we will work with you to find ways to prevent further bee infestations. Our approach uses fewer chemicals stopping future bee problems.

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a colony of bees living in a nearby hole: walls, ceilings, hollow trees, etc., and if there is, call a beekeeper or the authorities to remove it.

Schematic of the components comprising a Varroa Shaker Device (VSD) and how to assemble the components. The numbers correspond to the item numbers listed in Table 1 .

The percentage (mean ± standard err (se)) of Varroa dislodged from fewer or more than 250 collected honey bees after shaking the Varroa Shaking Device (VSD) for one minute with water ( 251 N = 16 trials). The efficiency was estimated for first (red bar) and second (yellow bar) shaking periods, followed by the residual percentage collected from careful inspection of bees after the second shaking period (blue bars). The sum of percent recovery between the first and second shaking period and the second shake period and final visual inspection of bees for residual mites, are given by orange and black bars, respectively.

The percentage (mean ± standard err (se)) of Varroa dislodged from collected honey bees by using four different shaking periods. The percentage of mites recovered from the first and second shaking periods are given by black and dark-gray bars, respectively. The percentage of residual mites collected from final visual inspection of bees is also given where observed (light-gray bars).

The percentage (mean ± standard err (se)) of Varroa dislodged from honey bee samples using the Varroa Shaking Device (VSD) and the sugar roll method. The efficiency was estimated for first (red bar) and second (yellow bar) shaking periods, followed by the residual percentage collected from visual inspection of bees after the second shaking period (blue bars). The sum of percent recovery between the first and second shaking period and the second shake period and final visual inspection of bees for residual mites are given by orange and black bars, respectively.

Simple Summary


1. Introduction

3–5 mites/100 bees [3].

568 mL) Mason jar) [4]. Shaking time may vary, and mites fallen through the screened lid during shaking fall into a shallow pan filled with water. Then, the water can be sieved, and mites collected, or mites floating on the surface of the water may be counted. Many mites survive this step, making this method useful if living mites are required. This method is widely accepted [14], but in practice, especially when used in a field setting, does have some limitations. First, the powdered sugar is highly hydroscopic, thus when the relative humidity is high, the sugar can stick to the sampling device and/or the bees, making it more likely Varroa may remain attached to the bees or be heavily coated with sugar. Second, an alarm pheromone released by captured bees during shaking may attract bees from surrounding colonies, making it difficult to sample many hives during one outing. Another inconvenience of the sugar roll test is that the sugar dust generated during shaking may become a health hazard, requiring the user to wear a mask. Finally, an accurate count of shaken bees is difficult to assess with this method.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Construction of the Varroa Shaking Device (VSD)

How to approach a bee infestation

How to approach a bee infestation

2.2. Evaluations for Using the VSD

2.2.1. Test of Sample Size (Number of Bees)

78 mL) scoop to collect bees into individual glass jars labeled with the colony ID. Experience demonstrated that this volume of bees translated to approximately between 200 and 300 bees, which is the number of bees suggested by others for sampling bees for monitoring Varroa [7,17,18,19]. The samples of bees were taken without measuring, with the aim that the number of bees in the scoop were somewhat variable, as this estimates how the number of bees sampled affects the recovery of mites. The bees were taken from jars and placed in separate, labeled devices, then 250 mL tap water was added as previously described. The VSD was shaken for one minute, and after collecting mites trapped on fine mesh screen, tap water was run through the device for one minute. The above process was repeated once more after the first collection of mites were removed. When the process was completed, the bees were removed from the VSD and placed separately on a tray with water for meticulous visual examination for any Varroa that remained in the sample attached to the bees. We also counted the number of bees in each sample.

2.2.2. Test of Device Shaking Time

2.2.3. Test of Sampling Location within Hives

2.2.4. Evaluation of the VSD Compared with the Sugar Roll Method

one minute to assure an even coating of the bees with sugar. After the initial roll, the jars sat for three minutes to allow bees to groom off the mites. To dislodge Varroa from bees using the VSD, water was added to the device and then shaken for one minute. Afterward, the bottom cap and screened section holding mites was removed from the VSD, and water was continuously poured through the device for one minute over a sieve to catch any remaining mites. The same samples were re-evaluated once again using the VSD and sugar roll methods to compare the efficiency of methods. When the sugar roll and the VSD process was completed, the bees from each sample were separately placed on a tray with water for examination and meticulous counting of any mites that remained attached to the bees. The number of bees in each sample were also recorded. The number of mites and bees comprising each collected sample, and these data represented as the number of mites per 100 sampled bees, were compared between years using a non-parametric Chi-Square Kruskal–Wallis test for multiple comparisons (each pair) [20] to determine difference between years prior to testing the efficiency to remove mites from collected bees using the different sampling methods. Depending on whether there were differences between evaluation years in any of the above variables, the efficiency of mite removal (percent removed) using either the VSD or sugar roll methods was evaluated for each year separately or combined using a non-parametric Chi-Square Kruskal–Wallis test. Data for the first and second shaking periods, as well as the combined data, were tested separately.