Bees are beneficial, that is definitely the bottom line. These insects are responsible for pollinating crops. Without them, most of the food that we enjoy would not exist. While some plants self-pollinate and others are pollinated by pollen in the wind, the vast majority of food plants must be pollinated by bees.

Thousands of Bee Species

In the United States, there are several thousand native bee species. Some are solitary bees, while others live in hives. Honey bees, which many people are surprised to learn are not native to the U.S., have experienced declining populations. This was mainly due to a disease called Colony Collapse Syndrome that began killing off honey bees in 2006. In one season, the disease wiped out whole hives and has since created a huge strain on orchards that rely heavily on bees to pollinate fruit trees.

Evidence for the disease points to the existence of toxic chemicals in our environment. This includes homeowners who use pesticides that perhaps unknowingly are killing off the bees.

When Bees Move Into Your Home

Now that it is summertime, people are spending more time outdoors and certainly are concerned about insect stings. More than 500,000 people each year visit the emergency room to be treated for reactions to these stings, but most of these are caused by wasps and hornets rather than bees. Wasps and hornets live socially, and their nests are usually hidden underground or under the eaves of your home or in your shrubs. Most people don’t see the nests, so when they are disturbed, wasps and hornets aggressively defend their territory by repeatedly stinging the intruder.

Social bees like honey bees or bumble bees, on the other hand, are rarely aggressive and will rarely sting. The exception is Africanized honey bees, which will aggressively defend their hive. As construction projects continue, this work often pushes bees out of their natural habitat, so they may decide that your home is a good place to build a hive. We have seen hives in attics, crawl spaces and inside brick columns in the home. Bees will defend their colony, so this can become a danger to people and pets.

Bee removal requires a professional service. Never attempt to remove the hive on your own. Lethal Pest Control knows exactly how to get rid of carpenter bees, wasps and other insects in your New Jersey or Pennsylvania home. For more information about getting rid of these pests, contact Lethal Pest Solution today.