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How to Get Rid of Bees :
Getting rid of bees can end up being a somewhat difficult task, especially in the event that you are allergic to them. Annoying a bee swarm, or possibly even just one bee, can easily result in painful stingssts in your home pose a significant threat to the health and safety of your family.

.As an alternative of drawing near bees which are seeking to nest in your house or property, it’s sensible to monitor them via a protected area, such as a windowpane within your house, & after that phone for specialist bee removal. Don’t spray, toss rocks, or try to suppress their existence in any kind of way during this stage.

Bees Swarming a house in Auckland
The ideal period to shift bees is just before they build a brand new hive. Contact a beekeeper to remove bees prior to this if you can. Check under the yellow pages under “Beekeepers & Apiarists”.
Bear in mind that they can be hard to contact, especially if multiple swarms are in the area. People (especially small children) can get hurt in the meantime.

If the bees have produced a hive by now, it really is most effective to phone in a qualified bee removal company.
They have the proper equipment, knowledge and protective gear such as hoods etc.

Bee Removal
Some people attempt bee removal on their own, without the help of professionals. This is NOT advised as bees may attack unprotected and untrained persons. They may use chemical sprays unsafely to kill bees or smokers to calm the bees and make removing them, and the hive, dangerous.

For Pest Control Professionals:
If you want to get rid of bees, you should try to figure out what kind of bees they are.

For nests that are located underground, you will want to use a wasp killer that is not labelled as a projectile spray. You want very little spray for yellow jacket nests that are found underground.

For nests that are elevated, you will want to find a can of wasp and hornet killer that is labelled as a projectile spray. This will ensure a stream of wasp poison roughly 4 0r 5 metres in length, allowing plenty of distance to make a quick escape if necessary.

Repeating this process twice or even three times may be necessary until you’re certain the nest has been vacated. Once you see that there is no traffic, it’s probably safe to knock down the nest if it’s an aerial nest, or fill the nest with dirt and gravel if it’s in the ground.
Consider proofing the area affected. This should be the end of your bee or wasp problem until the next migration cycle.

Bees and Wasps
Bees and wasps and other flying insects are generally beneficial. Bees help pollinate flowers. Wasps are parasitic toward some harmful creatures such as caterpillars that can destroy a large area of crops.

bee-control_clip_image002But if not dealt with properly, bees and wasps can be a danger. These insects are stinging insects and can deal a sting that is very painful. Some people have allergic reactions causing the need for immediate medical attention.

Wasps are especially known for aggressive behaviours. A wasp known as the Yellow Jacket is very aggressive. Bees generally are not as aggressive. But a genetically altered version of honey bees often called Africanized Honey bees or Killer Bees are very aggressive and attacks have been known to take lives of their victims.
Bee Control
There are many ways to be rid of bees and wasps. These methods can include nest or hive control, chemical control and professional service control.
Controlling the nest is a hard thing to do for bees and especially wasps. You first must remove the insects themselves. Most times this can be done with smoke used in bee culture, the raising of bees. Physical removal or relocation of the nest is possible but sometimes the chances of the nest being destroyed or injured can occur.

Chemical sprays can be used to kill the bees and wasps. There are many commercial standard sprays at any home and garden store and most supermarkets carry these as well. Make sure that bees or wasps are on the label, you adhere to all warnings and they are registered products.

Professional services, the exterminator services, are needed when bees and wasps have nests that are in extreme places such as inside a home, inside the insulation or high in trees or in hard to reach places. These services have varied costs depending on the service needed so call around to find out the range of costs.

Wasps and bees are beneficial insects, although they are generally considered to be pests because of their ability to sting. Wasps, in particular, can become a problem in autumn when they may disrupt many outdoor activities. People often mistakenly call all stinging insects “bees”. While both social wasps and bees live in colonies ruled by queens and maintained by workers, they look and behave differently. It is important to distinguish between these insects because different methods may be necessary to control them if they become a nuisance.
Many persons suggest painting the location of the former bee problem using light blue paint. These people claim that bees may believe it is the sky and decline to establish hives or even land upon the blue paint. They advise painting soon after the bee removal.

What’s the Difference Between Bees & Wasps?
Wasps have a slender body with a narrow waist, slender, cylindrical legs, and appear smoothed-skinned and shiny. European wasps, Yellow-jackets, hornets, and paper wasps are the most common types of wasps encountered by people.

Bees are robust-bodied and very hairy compared with wasps . Their hind legs are flattened for collecting and transporting pollen. Bees are important pollinators. Honey bees are responsible for more than 80% of the pollination required by most fruits, legumes, and vegetable seed plants as well as many ornamentals that are grown in our landscapes.

Food Preferences
Wasps are predators, feeding insects and other arthropods to their young, which develop in the nest. They are beneficial because they prey on many insects, including caterpillars, flies, crickets, and other pests. During late summer and Autumn, as queens stop laying eggs and their nests decline, wasps change their food gathering priorities and are more interested in collecting sweets and other carbohydrates. Some wasps may become aggressive scavengers around human food and may be common around outdoor activities where food or drinks are served.

Bees feed only on nectar (carbohydrates) and pollen (protein) from flowers. Honey bees sometimes visit trash cans and soft-drink containers to feed on sugary foods.

Nesting Sites
Yellow-jackets, European wasps, and paper wasps make nests from a papery pulp comprised of chewed-up wood fibres mixed with saliva. Yellow-jacket and mud wasps nests consist of a series of rounded combs stacked in tiers. These combs are covered by an envelope consisting of several layers of pulp . Paper wasps construct only one comb without any protective envelope . These insects are sometimes known as umbrella wasps because of the shape of their nest.

Yellow-jackets, European wasps, and paper wasps nest in quiet, out of the way places. Unfortunately, in urban areas this may conflict with people and their interests.
Yellow-jackets commonly build nests below ground in old rodent burrows or other cavities. They can also build nests in trees, shrubs, under eaves, and inside attics or wall voids. European wasps commonly build nests in trees, gardens as well as under eaves and along the sides of buildings.

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Paper wasps build nests under any horizontal surface and are commonly found on limbs, eaves of buildings, beams and supports in roof voids, garages, barns, sheds, and other similar places.

Honey bees make a series of vertical honey combs made of wax. Their colonies are mostly in manufactured hives but they do occasionally nest in cavities in large trees, voids in building walls, or other protected areas.

Mortar bees use old mice burrows, cavities in buildings, and other locations to make their nests. Like honey bees, Mortar bees make cells of wax.

Life Cycle of Wasps and Bees
Bees have annual colonies that last for only one year. The colony dies in the Autumn with only the newly produced queens surviving the winter. The new queens leave their nests during late summer and mate with males. The queens then seek out sites, such as under loose bark, in rotted logs, under eaves or tiles, and in other small crevices and spaces, where they become dormant. These queens become active the following spring when temperatures warm. They search for favourable nesting sites to construct new nests. They do not reuse old nests.

Honey bees are perennial insects with colonies that survive more than one year. Honey bees form a cluster when hive temperatures approach 21° C. As the temperature drops, the cluster of bees becomes more compact. Bees inside this mass consume honey and generate heat so that those in the cluster do not freeze. As long as honey is available in the cluster, a strong colony can withstand temperatures down to -5°C or lower for extended periods.

Wasp and Bee Stings
Wasps and bees sting to defend themselves or their colony. Stinging involves the injection of a protein venom that causes pain and other reactions.

Wasps and Mortar bees can sting more than once because they are able to pull out their stinger without injury to themselves. If you are stung by a wasp or bumble bee, the stinger is not left in your skin.

Honey bees have barbs on their stinger which remain hooked in the skin. The stinger, which is connected to the digestive system of the bee, is torn out of the abdomen as the bee attempts to fly away. As a result, the bee soon dies. If you are stung by a honey bee, scratch out the stinger (with its attached venom gland) with your fingernail as soon as possible. Do not try to pull out the stinger between two fingers. Doing so only forces more venom into your skin, causing greater irritation.

Most people have only local reactions to wasp and bee stings, although a few may experience more serious allergic reactions. Local, non-allergic reactions range from burning, itching, redness, and tenderness to massive swelling and itching that may last up to a week. These local reactions can be treated with ice, vinegar, honey, meat tenderiser, or commercial topical ointment to relieve the itching. An allergic reaction may include hives or rash, swelling away from the sting site, headache, minor respiratory symptoms, and stomach upset. These allergic reactions are not life-threatening and can be readily treated with an antihistamine.

Very rarely, a person may suffer a life-threatening, systemic allergic reaction to a bee or wasp sting, which can cause anaphylactic shock (fainting, difficulty breathing, swelling, and blockage in the throat) within minutes of being stung. These systemic symptoms are cause for immediate medical attention. People with known systemic allergic reactions to bee or wasp stings should consult with their physician. The venoms of bees and wasps are different, so having a severe reaction to a wasp sting does not mean a person will have the same reaction to a bee sting.

Control of Nests
The first step in wasp or bee control is to correctly identify the insect and locate its nesting site. An experienced pest control service may provide wasp or bee control service or you can use the following information to attempt to control them yourself.

Wasps
The best time of the year for Wasp Treatment in order to control wasps is in September/October after the queen has established her colony and while the colony is still small. But because nests are small, they are also harder to find. The best time of the day to control wasp nests is at night, when they are less active. At temperatures below 5° C, wasps have difficulty flying. Never seal a wasp nest until you are sure there are no surviving wasps inside. If a nest is not discovered until Autumn, control may be unnecessary as imminent freezing temperatures will kill the colony.
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