A rapid change has occurred in terms of the practice of bee removal through the years. It was just in the recent years that a specific type of bee has began in a state southeast of America. Some of its colonies have pioneered in the northern part. Because of that, the state had a dramatic shift in the focus of bee removal due to the public’s safety. The change noticed by beekeepers was because of the behavioral difference of african bees and european honey bees. The african bees, also called as the “killer” bees; they were easily pushed to the limits and protected their nest so much. Even if they should not be called killers, they must be dealt with care and respect to avoid ugly happenings.
When you see a colony of bees nearby and is just unusually calm, never think that you are in a safe zone and danger is now within reach. According to research, the queen bee can live up between six months and one year. And when the time comes that a new queen is born, one that will replace the old one, she will have to go out temporarily and mate with drones from colonies within reach. If ever it so happens that she mates with an african bee, her colony which was calm six months ago will be africanized in an instant. Africanized bees has lived in southwestern states for many years now. Half of the reported african bee attacks were due to the fact that victims never did something about the african bee colony nearby. If only those nests were removed once found, bee attacks would have been avoided. In the past years, getting rid of a bee colony, or bee removal, was not allowed because they were endangered species.
We depend so much on bees in pollination of food crops and flowers. As a substitute, we inspired beekeepers to keep the nests and make use of it in their managed hives. Due to the fact that bee diseases and african bees are increasing, the number of wild bees are also increasing. The number of beekeepers that are willing to take the risks are running low. There is possibly 100-200 colonies of african bees per square mile in an area where they have established. If one wild bee nest is removed, it does not affect greatly the total population of bees. Keep in mind that state officials have NO plans on eliminating all wild nests or african bees.
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But still, they recommend that bee nests near people be removed by a certified and professional pest control operator. There are five things a professional pest control operator must be able to do: 1)determine if the bees in your area is a swarm or a colony and tell you the difference 2)explain the procedure of removing to you before starting the process 3)suit up in a veil, sting suit and gloves while performing the removal 4)get rid of every dead bee and every comb associated with the colony or swarm 5)talk about bee-proofingNews For This Month: Services