Renowned for their painful sting, these insects often produce an unreasonable amount of fear. The sting venom can cause a violent histamine reaction, but only in a very small percentage of the population. Most bee and wasp species are actually quite docile and stinging usually occurs when their nest is disturbed.
One exception is the yellow jacket wasp; however, paper wasps can also be aggressive when their nest is disturbed. In the warmer summer months yellow jackets become more attracted to sweet food and meat products and can become troublesome, lingering around garbage cans and picnic tables. Bees and wasps are actually a highly beneficial group of insects. Bees pollinate food plants and provide us with honey, wax and other readily used substances.
Wasps can be helpful in removing other unwanted insects by parasitizing or hunting them. Unless an individual is allergic to bee or wasp stings, homeowners should not be concerned if they find one or two solitary bees or wasps nesting in their yards. A large population, however, or a colony of honeybees should be removed by a professional.
Contact a local beekeeper or a pest management professional for their services. Some companies remove bees using vacuums or soap so no chemical treatment is necessary.
It should be assumed that all bees are Africanized when encountering wild bees in the southern states. Early in the year, the largest swarms encountered are queens locating new nest sites. At this time, the swarms do not have brood to protect and are not generally aggressive. If you see a swarm around your home, it is highly likely that it will move on in a day or so without any intervention. If the swarm locates a suitable nesting site such as a hole in a block wall allowing the bees’ entrance to the wall void, they may move inside the wall. It is best to call a pest management professional to manage the bees at this point before they are established and have brood to protect. Make sure to fill in the hole, which allowed the bees to take up residence, once the bees have been removed.
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