Bees, wasps, and yellow jackets often require special attention because their stings are always potentially serious. We are trained and State Certified in the control of AHBs and Feral honeybees and we specialize in prompt service.
Honey bee swarms can alight or touchdown without warning and may sting without intentional provocation. Nearly 2% of people are reportedly highly allergic (anaphylaxis) to bee stings. If a bee swarm lands near your home, school, or business where you or others are at risk of being stung, there may be little choice but to act quickly. Bee removal calls are given a high priority and we respond to them same-day usually within 90 minutes.
True, not every bee issue requires immediate attention. However, if you have a lingering beehive nesting within a wall void or similar area, we recommend having it removed sooner than later. The honeycomb grows larger over time, increasing the likelihood of surface staining, structural degradation, odors and additional pest issues being drawn to the site.
Africanized honey bees (AHB) are a concern because they attack intruders in numbers much greater than European honey bees and cannot be delimited from them in the field. Since their introduction into the U.S. in 1990, they have seriously harmed many people and pets, with victims receiving ten times as many stings. They have a heightened defensive nature and can sense a threat from people, animals or machinery 50-100 feet away from their hive. They also react to disturbances ten times faster than European honey bees, and are known to chase a people over 1/8 mile.
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|How honey bees establish new colonies: Honey bees are social creatures that live in groups of up to 60,000 individuals. At certain times of the year, part of a colony separates from the rest and flies out looking for a new home. While on the move, the bees are called a "swarm." The swarming bees may rest in a large group out in the open, such as on a tree branch, and then move on to another site. Once they have found a suitable place to settle down, the bees will begin to build a many-celled wax structure called a comb. An established colony with comb and brood is much more defensive.|
Note: Out of concern about Colony Collapse Disorder (or CCD), a poorly understood phenomenon in which worker bees from a beehive or colony abruptly disappear, some customers are seeking live removal and relocation services of beehives found on or near their properties. While the concern about these beehives is perhaps understandable, it must be noted that these hives are designated as either Feral honeybees or Africanized honeybees and are not to be reclaimed or relocated anywhere within the state of California. this in accordance with California State Apiary Industry practices in counties where Africanized honeybees swarms have been reported. Additionally, we are careful to identify and avoid treating near plants and trees that are in bloom to prevent disturbing non-targeted bees.
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