Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Buzz About Bees

Bees spend spring through fall collecting pollen and nectar to prepare for the winter months. As a result, they can become a nuisance to you when you're attempting to enjoy the great outdoors. Three of the most common types of bees encountered by homeowners are honey bees, carpenter bees, and bumblebees. While it can be alarming to see one of these flying around your home, with a little proper education and caution, they won't be a bother to you. Check out the buzz about bees:


Leave It Alone, It'll Leave You Alone
Bees don't just sting for fun. They do so when they feel they are in danger or are defending their nest. The honey bee is the most likely to attack, especially in large numbers. A bee is much less likely to sting when it is in search of food or water, but it will sting in defense when swatted, stepped on, or otherwise feels in danger. In most cases, bees will choose flight over fight. So, as the saying goes, 'leave it alone, it'll leave you alone.'

Not All Bees Die After Stinging
You may have heard that once a bee stings you, it dies. This actually depends on what type of bee stung you. Honey bees, do indeed die after they sting you, but other bees can sting you and continue to live to find another victim. However, you don't have to worry about male bees stinging you. Only females are able to sting by pumping venom through a needle-like apparatus into the unfortunate receiver. Bees are able to grab and hold on to the victim's flesh while they sting you, but retract and withdraw it's stinger before you can cry "Ouch!". Honey bees are unable to pull their stinger out and the bee dies as a result of a rupture to its abdomen. If you do get stung by a honey bee, be sure to remove the stinger as quickly as possible. Although the stinger is detached from the bee, the venom can continue to pump inside of you. Rather than squeeze it, scrape it out with a fingernail or something flat like a credit card.

'Killer Bees' Really Do Exist
There are such a thing as 'Killer Bees', more properly called African honey bees. However, the chance of you getting stung by them is pretty rare. They mostly inhabit the southernmost areas of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, but have recently been found in Florida. They do not look for victims to attack, but like other bees defend their nest and do so aggressively. They earn their reputation from inflicting ten times as many stings during a defensive attack than that of their calmer cousins.

Best Pest Control Can Eliminate Your Bee Problem
Bees can be mistaken for wasps due to their similar physical characteristics, so effective treatment relies upon proper identification from a pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. Best Pest Control has an effective application strategy to remove bees from your home. The only way to rid your home of bees is to remove the hive entirely, so for safety and efficiency purposes it is best to contact your Lake of the Ozarks pest control expert. Give Best Pest Control a call today to eliminate a bee problem at your home!

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