BEES
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BEE CONTROL NEWTOWN PA

While some 4,000 species of bees exist in North America, area homes and businesses are mostly likely to encounter only three types of bees, the honey bee, bumble bee, and the carpenter bee.

Bees are a type of insect closely related to ants and wasps. In addition to flying, bees are known for the role they play in pollination and the production of honey and beeswax.

Bees are beneficial to us in many ways, including the fact that they are predators for various types of unwanted bugs. Bees  also play a role in the pollination process, which produces over 100 agricultural crops. This is roughly one-third of the food consumed annually in the U.S.

WHERE BEES ARE FOUND

Bees can be found within any habitat containing flowering plants pollinated by insects. Bees can be found in colonies,  hives, or areas where they will not be disturbed. Some types of bees, like yellow jackets, live within holes located in the  ground. Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents  are accustomed to seeing bees in natural settings and may themselves  be exposed to the insects through beekeeping.

WHAT BEES FEED ON

Bees feed on pollen for protein and other types of nutrients. Most of the pollen is used as food for bees that are in the  larvae stage. They also feed on nectar, which is a primary source of energy for the insects.

DAMAGE CAUSED BY BEES

Bees can do damage to homes and businesses This is be especially the case when one is dealing with carpenter bees.  Although the damage they do to wood is generally cosmetic, generations of carpenter bees can do considerable damage  to wood by enlarging the existing galleries of the wood.

ARE BEES AGGRESSIVE?

When situated in areas that enable contact with people, bees can prove problematic, as bees will sting humans when  threatened or when protecting the nest or colony.  Bee stings can be serious because bees release poisonous venom that  can cause pain and unpleasant bodily reactions.

DO BEES CARRY DISEASE?

Bees are capable of acquiring and carrying an assortment of diseases, the most significant of which is American  Foulbrood. Although complex, American Foulbrood is essentially a bacterial disease caused by a bacterium known as  Paenibacillus larvae. The disease is very contagious and can easily contaminate beekeeping equipment as well as the  beekeeper's hands.

HOW TO DETECT BEES

As with most pests, successful management largely depends upon locating the bee's nesting site and accurately  identifying the species. This will necessitate the pest control company doing a thorough inspection of the homeowner's premises.

HOW TO PREVENT BEES

To prevent a bee infestation from becoming profound and/or perpetual,
the colony nest should be located and subsequently removed or destroyed. This prevents further infestation as well as the  attraction of other pests such as carpet beetles and bee swarms. There are many ways that bee nests can be destroyed,  and the proper method may be contingent upon the location. If a bee nest is found in a tree near the home, for example, a  pest control company can cover it with a plastic bag and seal it shut. The nest can then be cut from the tree and frozen. It  can also sit in the sun. Either method will kill the bees. While this procedure will work, it is safer to simply spray the  troublesome bee nest. Preventing bee infestation can be challenging, and this is why using an experienced pest control  company for prevention purposes is advisable.

HOW TO TREAT FOR BEES

Bee control consists of various treatment methods depending on the species and nest type.  To ensure maximum  effectiveness, the nest should be located and removed.  Since proper identification and treatment is essential, an  experienced pest control provider should be consulted.

Newtown Termite & Pest Control utilizes a multi-faceted approach to eradicating unwanted bees. When combined, the processes work together to ensure that you live in a pest-free environment.

Call (215) 579-7378 to speak with a bee control specialist today.

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