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BEE Kind to our Pollinators
Bees provide food for people and are a vital part of many plants' life cycles. Over 30% of crops rely on bee pollination. Although there are times when bees can pose a danger, it is important to recognize that life as we know it would not be possible without this industrious insect.
When are Bees Dangerous?
Nest: Bees will aggressively defend nests
- Bees have created a home
- Nests are often found anywhere there is a small entrance hole with space behind.
- Noises and vibrations from mowers, blowers, and other equipment near a nest may trigger a defensive response from bees.
Swarms: docile unless disturbed
- A traveling unit of bees without a nest
- May stop and rest on objects (trees, light poles, etc) and form a large "clump" or "ball" of bees
- Are docile, but can become defensive if disturbed
- Warms usually leave within 24-48 hours
Bees are not a significant threat to people when they are foraging (flying around flowers and trees looking for nectar and pollen).
Where have all the bees gone?
Our honeybees are suffering greatly. Many colonies are dying from diseases like colony collapse disorder, varroa mite infestations, and foul brood. Remember, bees are crucial to corp pollination and our very existence is entwined with the honeybees!
What to do
Bees are VITAL to our environment. With care and respect, we can live in harmony with bees.
When to call Vector Control:
Vector Control Agencies are not licensed to remove bees from structures like houses, chimneys, garages, sheds, and birdhouses. Vector Control Districts can remove bees from vegetation (trees, bushes, shrubs).
Call Vector Control:
- When swarms or nests in bushes and trees discovered on schools, parks, or other public places remain longer than 24 hours.
- When a multiple stinging incident has occurred or when multiple persons have been stung.
Where do Bees Live?
- In-Ground Boxes
- Underneath Eaves
- Untrimmed Palm Tree
- Gaps Between Chimney and Roof
- Tile Roof Openings
- Wood Pile
- Uncovered BBQs
- Unocvered Trash Cans
- Vent Pipes
- Attic Vents
- Overgrown Ivy
- Attic Louvers
- Cable TV
- Water Pipes
What to do
Reducing attractive nesting places is the best form of bee control.
Find and seal all cracks, holes, and other entry points into your home. Places to look are chimneys, air conditioning, gas, and water pipes, vents, holes in stucco, gaps at ventilation ducts under eaves and near foundations.
When to Call Structural Pest Control:
Licensed private pest control operators can help you with bees when nests and swarms are found on or inside a house, structure, or private property.
Tips for hiring Private Pest Control
Check the Yellow Pages under "Pest Control". Try to get 3 bids in writing, ask about a warranty, and ask to see proof of license by the California Structural Pest Control Board and their company insurance/bond.