When Beneficial Insects Become Structural Pests
If you know how we feel about bees, then you know that we consider them an important part of the pollination process for essential crops. Bees are a mostly beneficial insect, however, in this routine bee control service, bees were invading and nesting inside a structure, making them a nuisance and a structural pest.
In this case study, we received a call from a commercial building completing some remodeling work. The work crew was unable to paint because of the large number of bees flying in and out of the structure. The client reported that the bees were aggressive, which behavior was confirmed by the technician who treated this structural pest problem. Most likely, the agitated behavior was due to the bees defensiveness.
The bees were on the roof, which always presents an added challenge when a technician has to suit up in a protective bee suit while using a ladder and navigating the roof to treat the problem. In this case, our fabulous technician, Nic, even took some pictures and managed to shoot the below video.
In this case, chemical treatment was the recommended method of bee control. Opening up the roof was not in the client’s budget or scope of work they wanted performed. It is difficult to perform live removal of a hive. Mostly because in order to remove the bees, a decoy queen must be used and this is beyond the ability of most pest control companies. If the queen is damaged or unable to be removed, the rest of the hive will likely wane in 3-5 days.
Bee Control Video
Caste of Bees
Did you know that honey bee colonies operate under a caste system? The caste system consists of the queen, the workers and the drones. There is a single dominate queen in each bee colony and she is in charge with reproducing. Most of the bees in a hive are workers, which include non-fertile females that forage for food and water, groom the queen and perform other hive duties. The male drones are responsible for mating with the queen. Male drones do not have stingers and therefore cannot sting.
Temporary vs. Permanent Bee Swarms
European Honey Bees swarm about once every year. They tend to swarm when their colony is becoming too large. Sometimes bees will form a temporary cluster while they are in transit to selecting a new hive location. This cluster is usually temporary and the bees will move on to a new location within 1-2 days. If the bees haven’t moved on within that time frame or are starting to establish themselves permanently and going in and out of wall voids or attic eaves, please give us a call and we will go over your bee control options with you.