Bee Smart...Bee Aware...Bee Carefulů
At Amera we are licensed pest professionals ready at a moments notice to help you keep your home or business safe from bees. Though bees are very beneficial they can be extremely dangerous to those who are allergic to bee stings as well as those who are not. The common honeybee you see here in Arizona may be hiding a dirty little secret. Although she looks like a regualar European honeybee chances are she is actually part of an Africanized honeybee colony. This makes them extremely unpredictable and able to attack when feeling threatened. Now the bees idea of feeling threatened could be as simple as you walking by a tree where they happen to be. It could also be someone getting to close to their hive. Either way if they feel that their queen could be in danger, they will protect her with their lives.
If you are attacked or stung by bees here are a few precautions you should take to avoid serious complications:
- If you are being attacked you should move away from the area as quickly as possible, making sure to shield your face and airways from the bees as those will be the places they seek to attack first. Don’t swat at the bees as this will only cause them to become more aggressive.
- Seek refuge indoors away from the bees or in a vehicle where you can physically remove yourself from the area. Never jump into a pool thinking you can get away, the bees will wait for you to surface and attack.
- If you are allergic to bees you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
- If you are stung by a bee, you should scrape the stinger away from the skin with a blunt object like the edge of a credit card. This will effectively remove the stinger and the venom sack. If the stinger and venom sack is not removed the venom will continue to pump into your body.
- After the stinger is removed you should wash the sting site with soap and water. Apply ice to reduce pain and limit any swelling. If an allergic reaction occurs such as hives appearing over large areas of the body or you have trouble breathing, or have blurred vision you should seek medical attention or call 911.
- If you receive more than 5 bee stings at one time you should seek medical attention even if an allergic reaction does not occur. Reason being there is a risk of toxic envenomation (bee venom over dose) that could take effect hours after the sting has occurred.
The desert southwest is a great location for bees to live in. It is farily mild in the winters and hot in the summers, so plants and trees are always flowering. If you find a swarm of bees hanging in a tree, give them some space, it may be that they are resting there for the time being and could be moving on shortly. If they stay for longer than a day Amera should be called to remove them before they set up a hive. If you find bees going in and out of a whole in a structure you should call Amera as soon as possible. Chances are they have already set up a hive and the longer you wait the larger the problem will become.
Here are some things that you can do to protect your home or business from bees:
- Inspect your property on a weekly basis. Check trees, water valve boxes and eaves of building making sure to take note of any gaps or cracks in exterior walls where bees could enter.
- Seal any openings that are found, this will prevent a swarm from moving in and setting up a hive.
- If you have a free standing shed on your property make sure to inspect the base as well as the roof line of it. Bees love to set up hives under sheds, its stays cool and damp under there.
- If you have had trouble with bees in the past make sure to pay special attention to areas where bees have frequented. Bees will usually go back to the previous location of infestation due to the pheremones left behind by the previous colony.
If you are concerned with bees entering your home or business call today and schedule an estimate for bee proofing your home or business!