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When The Honeybee Invades

18 June 2015
 Categories: , Blog

The honey bee is one of the most important insects that we have on earth. It is estimated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that the honey bee pollinates one-third of the flowering crops that provide our staple foods.  These facts may not seem important when facing down a large hive located in your home. Your first instinct may be to eradicate the hive in the quickest way possible. Let's talk about the main reason that you should consider live bee hive removal rather than the eradication of the hive.

Honey bees and crops

The honeybee doesn't just make honey. They have formed symbiotic relationship over millions of years with many of the crops and flowering plants that we depend on to sustain us in our everyday life through the process of pollination. During pollination, pollen is transferred from the anther of the honey bee to the stigma of the plant. This process enables fertilization and reproduction of the plant.

Listed below are a few crops that depend on the honey bee for pollination.

•    Soybeans

•    Alfalfa

•    Cotton

•    Almonds

•    Apples

•    Oranges

•    Peaches

Some of the plants, such as Almonds, depend entirely on honey bees for pollination. It is believed by many scientists that if the honey bees disappear, they could take most of the insect-pollinated plants with them. Could you imagine our diet without some of these foods?

A hive in your home

A few honey bees gathering around a vent or chimney may allude to a much larger problem inside the hidden crevices of your home. These hidden hives could contain thousands of honey bees.  Attempting to remove this hive can be very dangerous. Honey bees would prefer not to sting you, but if you accidently provoke the honey bees, they may become aggressive.

You have a few options to remove the honeybee colony from your home.

•    Using pesticides to deter the bees from the area

•    Using a vacuum to remove the bees

•    Hire a professional live bee removal company

By attempting to remove the hive and not successfully removing the entire hive, the bees may attempt to recolonize the area. You may also leave yourself open to potential further damage from the melting and rotting honeycomb if not removed properly.

A bee removal expert will be able to remove the hive and clean the area so that the honeybees do not return to the old location. The removal expert may need to make repairs to the area to seal any cracks and other openings to prevent new colonies or another pest from invading the area.

Due to habitat loss, chemical use, and temperature changes, honey bees are slowly disappearing from the world. Whenever it is possible to do so, live bee removal and relocation, is the best option for saving the honey bees. If you have specific questions about hive removal or pest control, contact a service like ASAP Bee Removal.