3 Common Questions About Bees

Last week we talked about Yellow Jackets, Wasps, and Hornets. This week, we thought we'd continue the talk on stinging insects by covering bees. Three of the most common types of bees encountered by homeowners are honey bees, carpenter bees, and bumble bees. Contact your Lake of the Ozarks pest control company to keep bees from becoming a burden to you. Best Pest Control can perform an inspection to accurately identify the offending bee and locate any damage. Below we answer 3 common questions about bees:

Do Bees Die After They Sting You?
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.

Why Do Bees Sting?
Bees live in a very organized community in a hive. This lifestyle leaves them vulnerable to predators including insects like ants, wasps, and other bees as well as mammals, such as skunks, raccoons, possums, mice, and humans. 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 case, bees will choose flight over fight.

Are There Really Killer Bees?
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 Identify A Bee Problem at Your Home
For the most part, bees are more beneficial to have around than they are a nuisance. However, if you've got concerns about being stung and health related issues, it's best to err on the side of caution.  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.


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