PEST OF THE MONTH
April - Honey Bees
Bees are generally thought of to be highly beneficial, however when in or near populated structures they represent a true health and safety risk to people and pets. Stinging behavior is generally a defensive reaction, which occurs either when the colony is threatened near the nest or the individual bee is trapped and threatened. Bees also cause structural damage as a result of their nesting activities.
Honey bees may be many shades of yellow, black, brown, or orange, with the head, antennae, legs and some of the abdomen being dark. Individual colonies may have from 7,000 to 60,000 bees that are capable of being extremely aggressive.
The Tampa Bay area has the largest reported incident of Africanized Honey Bees. These bees become alert to disturbances and prepare for defense much quicker than the European Honey Bee. The Africanized Honey Bee colony will sting at least ten times more than the European colony and continue to attack for longer periods of time at greater distances from the nest.
Removal of honey bee nests should only be undertaken by a professional. Impact technicians are specially trained for bee elimination and removal.