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If there is one thing that honeybees love more than nectar and pollen, it’s your summer BBQ. Ok, while that might not be exactly true, it sure does seem like it! San Diego residents want to get outside and enjoy the weather while they share a meal with family and friends. And with the pandemic… The post How to Keep Bees Away From Your Summer BBQ appeared first on Live Bee...
If there is one thing that honeybees love more than nectar and pollen, it’s your summer BBQ. Ok, while that might not be exactly true, it sure does seem like it! San Diego residents want to get outside and enjoy the weather while they share a meal with family and friends. And with the pandemic still running rampant throughout the state, backyard BBQs and eating al fresco is more common than in previous years.
While nothing beats a delicious meal eaten outside, honeybees have been known to put a damper on the experience. The buzzing around our food and the potential of an unpleasant bee sting can make it hard to relax and enjoy the meal. Is there anything that can be done to keep the bees at bay?
We can’t completely eliminate bees from our BBQs, and why would we want to? Bees play such a vital role in our ecosystem and contribute to so much of our agricultural systems. In fact, if bees didn’t perform their valuable work as pollinators, our backyards BBQs and picnics would look very different. So many of the foods we eat on a regular basis can be directly contributed to the pollination efforts of honeybees and other pollinators.
Before we share some ways to keep bees at bay this summer, keep in mind that bees are not out to sting you. Most of the bees you encounter are worker bees whose job it is to collect nectar and pollen to bring back to the hive. They don’t want to mess with you, unless you represent a threat to them or the hive as a whole. That is why it is always best to leave bees alone until they go their own way, rather than swat or shoo them away. Once they realize that you aren’t a delicious flower, they will move along and leave you and your food alone.
When you know a little about honey bee behavior, you can choose the best spot to host your picnic or BBQ. Although you won’t ever be able to completely remove these uninvited guests, you can do your homework and pick a location that won’t attract hordes of bees to the area.
Bees are attracted to plants and flowers, but they can also be attracted to things that look and smell like plants and flowers. Here are a few things you can do to look less like a tasty flower:
The less inviting you make your eating space, the fewer bees you will attract to the area. Consider these tips when preparing your food and dining area:
We hope you find these tips helpful as you prepare for your next outdoor dining experience. Remember, bees are a natural and necessary part of our environment, so avoid the temptation to swat at them. Instead, do your part to deter bees in the first place and keep them safe and thriving!
We are in the midst of the most active bee season here in San Diego. With summer in full swing, you’ve likely started to see these buzzing insects fluttering about the city, looking to collect nectar to bring back to their colonies. It’s fairly common to be fearful of bees, but most of the time,… The post What to Do if You Spot a Swarm of Bees? appeared first on Live Bee...
We are in the midst of the most active bee season here in San Diego. With summer in full swing, you’ve likely started to see these buzzing insects fluttering about the city, looking to collect nectar to bring back to their colonies. It’s fairly common to be fearful of bees, but most of the time, they are not looking to bother you. Sure, they may poke and prod to see if you’re a juicy floral variety that may be of use to them, but once they determine that you’re nothing but a human, they’ll usually fly away.
Unless, of course, they feel threatened. That’s when things may get a little more interesting.
One of the most important things to understand about bees is that they are very defensive insects, meaning that they will likely only attack when they feel threatened. Their behavior can depend on your reaction. During this time of year we are even more susceptible to swarms of bees, so here are a few things to know about swarms and what to do if you have a swarm nearby or on your property.
First thing’s first, never try to remove a swarm or hive yourself. Call professional live bee removal technicians to handle the difficult and dangerous job for you. Not only do they have the expertise, they have the equipment to do the job properly and with the well-being of bees in mind.
Swarming is an entirely natural process in the life of bees, and it occurs when a large group of honeybees leaves their colony together to establish a new colony. Most of the time, this happens because of a space issue. The colony has grown and now the hive houses too many bees – there simply isn’t enough real estate left to accommodate the group.
A group of bees break off to find another place to colonize and form a new hive. The single colony becoming two represents reproduction at the colony level, which is key to bee life and their overall survival. It’s their way of propagating the species!
These swarms can contain several hundred to several thousand worker bees, hovering around in an interim location. This temporary home may be a tree branch, for example, where the bees cluster together as their scouts venture out to find the perfect new home with ultimate curb appeal. They might stay clustered from an hour to a couple of days before they move on. Then, they make their way to their new, permanent home.
When swarms are on the move and headed to their new location, they’re less likely to attack since they are away from their nest. With no stores of honey to defend, they tend to be their most docile. That is, unless they are provoked. Again, bees are highly defensive creatures. Their main concern at this point is finding their new home. As long as you don’t threaten or bother them, you’ll stay in the clear.
Although swarms of bees might look like the stuff of nightmares — with dense clumps of insects forming shapes larger than a basketball — they are actually less ominous than they appear. If you spot a swarm outside of your home or around your property, the best strategy is to leave them be, they will likely leave the area within a few days as they move on to their permanent home. Sometimes, however, the concern is that the bees might find a permanent homestead in or around your home. Check the outside of your home for gaps in the structure or roof. If you see bees actively flying in and out of a hole or area, be sure to contact the experts at D-Tek Live Bee Removal in San Diego to help take care of the situation.
If you see bees swarming around your property, or if you find a beehive around your home, it may be tempting to try to remove the hive yourself. To put it simply, don’t. Again, bees are defensive creatures, and they will attack when they feel that their hive is being disturbed. If you spot an active beehive, do not make sudden movements, swat the bees or disturb the hive or any surrounding bees. Instead, back away slowly and call an expert to remove the bees safely and humanely.
If a hive is disturbed you may risk a different kind of swarm, where bees are on the attack. In this case, the bees feel that their hive has been threatened, and they are prepared to defend their nest. If you’ve been stung by one bee near the nest, flee the area immediately, as you’ve effectively been marked by the bee. The others in the hive will come to the aid, ready to attack. If you become the victim of a bee swarm, seek shelter in an enclosed area immediately, whether in your car or house.
While bee swarms are docile most of the time, we understand that they can be alarming. If you spot one around your property, give us a call for live bee removal in the San Diego area. Our team is ready to help keep your family and property safe from bees, all while keeping the bees safe and happy too!
With summer being the most active season for bees in San Diego, fears of bee attacks may begin to rise. Most of the time, however, bees aren’t looking to attack you, and they’ll generally leave you alone. They are merely out looking for a flower to collect nectar or doing their environmental duty as powerful… The post Just How Dangerous Are Bee Attacks? appeared first on Live Bee...
With summer being the most active season for bees in San Diego, fears of bee attacks may begin to rise. Most of the time, however, bees aren’t looking to attack you, and they’ll generally leave you alone. They are merely out looking for a flower to collect nectar or doing their environmental duty as powerful pollinators. As the experts in live bee removal, we know a thing or two about bees. Before we dive into the threat of bee attacks, it’s important to first understand our buzzing insect friends.
A fear of bees is relatively common, but once you understand their importance in our environment, it’s easy to respect and appreciate their presence. Bees are vital to our ecosystem. They not only provide food and resources for many different species, but they also help carry out environmental processes like pollination.
Pollination is the transfer of pollen from one plant to another, which results in allowing the plant to reproduce. This is an incredibly important process as these plants would not be able to reproduce very effectively without pollinators. Without pollination in the wild, flowers and other plants would not survive. Pollination helps crops survive, provides medicines and helps to improve biodiversity. To summarize, we want bees to stick around.
Bees are very defensive in nature, so when you come into contact with a bee, their response will most likely depend on you. Most of the time if they’re buzzing around you, they are examining you to see if you are something of use to them, like a flower. Once they realize they can’t extract nectar, they’ll typically leave you alone.
In this situation, it’s best not to try to swat the bee, since that will set off the bee’s defensive mechanism. Once the bee feels threatened, she’ll be on the attack, and you’ll likely get an unpleasant sting. And, you’d better hope that you’re not near a hive. If other bees are nearby, you may have a few friends come to their sister’s aid and join in on the attack. That is when a full-blown bee attack can turn harmful.
A few bee stings will generally be alright for a person who doesn’t have an allergy. In fact, a person can actually survive an attack with hundreds or even thousands of bee stings. Each individual can react differently to bee venom, so the level of danger can vary in a bee attack. But, generally speaking, it’s definitely best to avoid being stung by swarms of bees.
The best way to avoid a bee attack is to avoid disturbing a nest or hive. Bees attack primarily in defense of their colony. So, if you’re tempted to try to remove a hive yourself, whether on a tree on your property or lodged somewhere in your house itself, don’t. Call the experts at D-Tek Live Bee Removal to take care of it safely and effectively. When a beehive is disturbed, bees may begin to pour from the hive and look for the nearest threat, and when they spot you, they’ll laser in for the attack.
Bee swarms can contain hundreds or thousands of bees, simultaneously attacking the suspected threat. If you do encounter a bee swarm, run immediately in a straight line and do not stop. Bees fly at a speed of about 15 miles per hour, so it is possible to outrun them. But, they are determined. Bees have been known to chase their targets for a distance but will usually give up after about 1,000 feet. In 2016, a swarm of bees chased a car for two days since they thought their queen was trapped inside.
The determination doesn’t stop on land either. It’s a common misconception that victims should jump into the water when being attacked by bees. While they may not dive under the surface after you, the bees will hover above the water, waiting for you to emerge. Eventually, when you need to come up for air, your face and head will be first out of the water for them to sting.
If you experience a bee attack, immediately seek an enclosed shelter, whether your car, home or other building. Be sure to find a place that can be securely shut where the bees cannot enter. Do not stand still and swat at the bees, as this will only leave you vulnerable to more bee stings. Continue running in a straight line away from the swarm if you’re unable to find shelter immediately.
Although bee swarms can be dangerous when on the attack, understanding bee behavior — and how you should behave when encountering a bee — can help protect you from an attack. With this knowledge in your arsenal, you and your buzzing friends can stay in harmony all summer long.
If you do encounter a hive and need assistance, call D-Tek Live Bee Removal for our expertise in San Diego live bee removal, bee proofing and bee removal repairs.
Beehives are fascinating places with quite the cast of characters. Workers and drones make up most of the population, but the queen bee gets all of the attention. And we think that the attention is well deserved! Although the worker bees carry out most of the jobs needed to keep the colony running, the queen… The post Your Most Buzzing Questions About the Queen Bee Answered appeared first on Live Bee...
Beehives are fascinating places with quite the cast of characters. Workers and drones make up most of the population, but the queen bee gets all of the attention. And we think that the attention is well deserved! Although the worker bees carry out most of the jobs needed to keep the colony running, the queen is quite literally the mother of the hive. In fact, she lays an average of 2,000 eggs each day, making her primary responsibility the growth of the colony.
With such an important role to play, we thought we’d take time to answer some of the most common questions people have about the queen bee. You might be surprised by what you learn!
Do you know the phrase “born not made?” It implies that something or someone has a certain innate characteristic. Well, this is not the case when it comes to the queen bee. In the hive, all worker bees are born identical, even the one that is destined to become the queen.
Most worker bee larvae are fed a substance called royal jelly for the first few days of their lives. This stuff is full of nutrients and helps boost development. After this period, most worker bees are switched to a new diet consisting of bee bread, a kind of mixture of pollen and nectar or honey. Some lucky larvae will continue to be fed royal jelly, allowing them to grow larger more quickly. These are our potential new queens!
She most certainly does, but not very often. The primary reason she will venture out of the hive is to mate. Mating flights are when she emerges from the hive in search of new drones from other colonies. She will spend about one week mating with several drones before returning to the hive to begin her job of laying eggs.
Other instances in which a queen might leave the hive involve swarming. Swarms occur when a colony has outgrown their current living situation and some of the group leaves to find a new home. The queen will take about half of the colony with her, leaving workers and the potential new queen behind.
On rare occasions, a queen may leave the hive due to sickness or injury. The eviction might be her decision or that of the worker bees. Unfortunately, she won’t be able to survive out there on her own and she will die soon after.
This is kind of a trick question. While the queen does have a stinger, she rarely has to use it. And if she does, her target is most likely her competition, not a human. What do we mean by this?
A honeybee colony is pretty smart if you haven’t noticed. When they are making a queen for the hive, they raise more than one potential queen, just to be on the safe side. The one cell that emerges first will become the queen if she first removes her competition. She will use her stinger to kill the other developing queens. And because she does not have a barbed stinger like the worker bees, she can sting multiple would-be queens in succession.
Honeybees are so amazing we really can’t stop buzzing about them! In particular, the queen bee has a fascinating origin story and function in the hive. And while she may not have all the glitz and glam of human royalty, we think that honeybee queens are pretty spectacular.
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Honeybees are a part of life in Southern California. They are common guests at outdoor BBQs, baseball games and backyard gardens. For the most part, bees are not a threat to humans. They prefer to spend their days collecting nectar and pollen to bring back to the hive. To avoid a nasty sting, the best… The post Why Bee Infestations Shouldn’t Be Ignored appeared first on Live Bee...
Honeybees are a part of life in Southern California. They are common guests at outdoor BBQs, baseball games and backyard gardens. For the most part, bees are not a threat to humans. They prefer to spend their days collecting nectar and pollen to bring back to the hive. To avoid a nasty sting, the best advice is to leave bees alone and let them do their thing.
The occasional solo honeybee is easy to avoid. But if you have a bee swarm or infestation on your property, you know that those bees are hard to ignore. The buzz of thousands of bees can be deafening and really scary! Bee infestations at your home should be handled with care by the professionals. Large numbers of bees can cause some serious problems for your home and your family that can be downright dangerous.
At the first sign of a honeybee swarm or hive on your San Diego property, call in the experts at D-Tek Live Bee Removal. Our professional technicians can be deployed to your home right away to assess your bee problem and safely remove them. Plus, our team can repair any bee damage that they may have caused to your structure – and bees can be pretty destructive!
While ignoring bees is good advice most of the time, when you have a swarm on your property or a beehive in the structure of your home, you need help. Instead of calling your run-of-the-mill exterminator who will use harmful chemicals and pesticides, you need to consult with the best in live bee removal. With live bee removal techniques, the bees will be removed safely, humanely and without the use of pesticides. And we all know that preserving and caring for our honeybees is vital for the health of our ecosystem!
So, what damage can large numbers of bees do to your home? Let’s find out!
Bees love to build their homes in protected locations that keep them safe from predators. They also choose cool and cozy spots that will help them maintain their ideal temperature. Where can they find a construction site that meets both of these requirements? Your home!
Honeybees commonly build their hives inside walls, roofs and attics. Large colonies can build heavy hives that can break beams, tear down sheetrock and cause framing to give way under the pressure. Melting honey and beeswax can seep down walls and expand, causing staining and rotting.
Speaking of honey, the sweet smell and robust food source can attract all sorts of other critters looking for a meal. After a colony leaves a hive or is removed by an inexperienced bee removal company, honey may be left behind. The honey and pheromones can attract rodents, insects and other bees to the area, causing even more damage to your home. If bee removal is not done correctly, you could have more bee problems in your future!
Bee stings are very common and usually result in fairly mild symptoms like swelling, redness and mild pain. However, if you threaten a bee hive or swat at a swarm, you risk the chance of being attacked by thousands of bees. One bee sting is painful enough, but imagine hundreds of them!
The average adult can withstand about 10 bee stings per pound of body weight before the bee venom becomes lethal. For those who are allergic, even a small amount of bee venom can require immediate medical attention to avoid a serious medical emergency. Never mess with a swarm or hive!
When you have a honeybee swarm or established colony on your property, do not attempt to remove them on your own. Instead, call the professionals in San Diego live bee removal at D-Tek Live Bee Removal.
Our experts can safely remove your bees so you can avoid further damage to your home and protect your loved ones from painful bee stings. We have the experience to get the job done right, while protecting honeybees throughout the process. After our removals, the bees are rehomed to a local apiary where they can continue to pollinate local crops and contribute to the San Diego ecosystem.
Contact D-Tek Live Bee Removal today for a consultation for bee removal, bee repair and bee proofing services for your San Diego home.
If you’ve been reading the D-Tek Live Bee Removal bee blog for a while, you already know that honeybees are vital to pollination. While not the only pollinators out there, bees are one of the biggest contributors to helping our plants and flowers reproduce year after year. Aside from their pollination and honey-making abilities, honeybees… The post Why Do Bees Sting? appeared first on Live Bee...
If you’ve been reading the D-Tek Live Bee Removal bee blog for a while, you already know that honeybees are vital to pollination. While not the only pollinators out there, bees are one of the biggest contributors to helping our plants and flowers reproduce year after year.
Aside from their pollination and honey-making abilities, honeybees have another superpower – the ability to sting! Because of this not-so-pleasant attribute, it is advised to keep your distance from bees unless you are a professional. A bee sting sure can hurt!
We hate to break it to you, but most bees are not interested in you. They have too much work to do to bother worrying about humans. Unless, of course, you mess with their hive. Most bees that you see buzzing around are foraging for nectar and pollen to bring back to the rest of the colony. They really couldn’t care less about you.
However, if they feel that their hive is being threatened, you better watch out! Just like we have security systems to protect our homes and businesses, honeybees have ways to keep their families and properties safe. Their barbed stinger is their greatest defense.
When a honeybee senses a threat and stings a human or animal, the bee releases a special odor called a pheromone. The pheromone acts as a signal to other bees, letting them know of the interloper and encouraging them to join the attack. Through the release of their pheromones, a honeybee can call in hundreds of bees to the scene. And this is something you definitely do not want to be a part of!
If you are like most people, bees trigger thoughts of honey, pollination and bee stings. But, do all bees sting? The answer to this question is no. The female worker bees and queens have stingers; male drones do not. So, when you get a bee sting it is most likely from a worker bee. While the queen does have a stinger, she rarely uses it because she almost never leaves the safety and comfort of her hive.
The stingers on a worker bee are barbed, meaning that they have little projections that allow the stinger to remain stuck in the victim’s skin. Once the stinger pierces the skin, the bee injects bee venom known as apitoxin. For some people, the bee venom causes an unpleasant feeling that can include pain, itching or discomfort. For others who are allergic to apitoxin, it can be very dangerous and even lethal.
After the bee inserts the stinger, it usually gets stuck in your skin and tears from the bee’s body, resulting in the death of the bee. But this isn’t the end of it! The stinger that remains in your skin can continue to release venom, which is why it is important to safely remove the stinger as soon as possible.
Although we can’t completely eliminate the possibility of getting a bee sting, there are some things we can do to reduce our chances. One of best pieces of advice we can give is to leave bees and their hives alone. As we mentioned, most bee stings occur when bees feel threatened. If you spot a hive on your property, do not attempt to remove it yourself. Instead, hire a reputable live bee removal company to do it for you. They will have the skills and equipment needed to do the job safely.
Bees are attracted to bright colors and sweet smells. Usually, beautiful flowers catch their eyes. Sometimes, other things will attract them if they have similar traits. Humans wearing bright-colored clothing, sugary hands, soda cans and certain foods can all entice honey bees. If you want to avoid attracting the attention of a bee, avoid wearing bright colors and steer clear of sugary drinks and food.
Even if you’ve taken all of the precautions, there is a chance you may unwittingly encounter a bee and get stung. In fact, many people get stung by accidentally stepping on a bee while walking in the grass. No matter how or why it happened, it is important to act fast after a bee sting.
If you or the person stung is allergic to bee venom, call 911 right away to get medical attention. Otherwise, the first step is to safely remove the stinger to stop the flow of bee venom. Then, wash the area with soap and water and apply ice to reduce the pain and swelling. You may also want to take a pain reliever to help with pain and swelling if ice isn’t doing the trick!
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