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Bee Control

For people who have allergies to bee stings, there's nothing more terrifying than discovering a nest in the yard or on the property. Bees are usually docile, but they have been known to swarm during certain times of the year and to fend off perceived threats to their nests.

Proper and safe bee removal requires a professional who knows the right techniques, can obey the local laws and statutes that govern bee removal, and the right equipment. Rentokil Steritech pest control technicians are trained to remove bees and prevent them from returning.

If you think you have a bee problem on your property call Rentokil Steritech at 1-800-837-5520 or use the online contact form to set up an appointment.

Bee Fact: The term worker bee is an apt description. Worker bees in the summer work themselves to death with their lifespan rarely lasting longer than 6 weeks.

How To Get Rid of Bees

It is highly recommended that only professionals remove a bee's nest from your property. Due to the nature of bees and the potential for bee stings, only a trained bee control technician will have the tools and training to remove bees safely and effectively.

Bee control technicians at Rentokil Steritech are trained and licensed to remove bees. Some bee species, such as honey bees, are protected and require special tools and techniques for removal with minimum impact to the environment. In those cases we can work with local beekeeping collectives to help remove them.

A Rentokil Steritech technician will be able to determine where the bees have set up their nest. If the bees are getting into your home, they will be able to determine the point of entry and offer advice on how to stop them from getting inside.

Rentokil Steritech experts will have protective gear to prevent stings and use tools to help prevent the bees from swarming and posing a risk to your family or neighbors.

Is your home or business experiencing a bee infestation? If you have seen a lot of bee activity near your home or business or believe there may be a bee nest in your yard, we recommend calling Rentokil Steritech at 1-800-837-5520 or contacting us online to schedule a service visit.

How to Prevent Bees

Although bees will set up their hives almost anywhere and it can be difficult to stop them, there are things property owners can do to prevent bees from coming back.

Prevent bee infestations by:

  • Removing debris from yards including old appliances, wood piles, lawn maintenance machines or anything that bees can use to create a hive.

  • Make sure that garbage has been locked up tight with sealed lids. Bees like to fly around garbage looking for sweet things.

  • If bees are getting inside, seal up holes and cracks in roofs, siding and windows. Look for holes in the siding and roof where bees could be building a nest inside the walls.

  • Keep an eye out for bees and see if they are swarming somewhere on your property. Sometimes bees build nests underground, so watching where bees are flying around your home can determine if a nest exists.

If you feel that there is a bee problem, call the experts at Rentokil Steritech as soon as possible. The sooner you call, the sooner you can prevent a serious infestation and reduce the risk of stings.

Bee Sting Prevention Tips

No one wants to get stung by bees. A bee sting can ruin a family picnic or backyard barbecue. If you have an allergic reaction, a bee sting can be a serious health scare and can even be fatal. Below are some tips to keep in mind to avoid bee stings.

  • If you come in close proximity to a bee or bees, do NOT attempt to swat or hit bees as this will make bees more aggressive.

  • Don’t make sudden movements when you encounter a bee as this can provoke stinging. Stay very still or move slowly away from the bees.

  • Cover all food containers and beverage bottles or cans when not in use.

  • If you see a bee nest on your property, stay away from the nest and call a pest professional to remove it. Do NOT try to remove the nest yourself as this can be extremely dangerous.

Types of Bees

There are several types of bees that you might see around your property. They vary in size, color, shape and behavior. Most of them are docile, but will also defend their nests.

  • Honey Bees - One of the most common bees. They are slender, yellow and black. Honey bees will defend their nests, but they are also vital to the ecosystem. Removal of honey bees takes special care and licenses in some areas.

  • Bumble Bees - Large, hairy, bees that you often see flying around flowers. They build their nests underground and do not even have stingers. However, if threatened, they can bite.

  • Carpenter Bees - Look a lot like bumble bees, but they have smooth abdomens. These are solitary bees and they fly around to threaten, but rarely bite. Carpenter bees bore into wood to lay eggs, so they can do damage to wooden structures around your home. You will often see the bees themselves or the large oval-shaped holes they leave in wood.

  • Africanized Honey Bees - Resemble honey bees except for their attitude. Africanized honey bees will attack any threat they perceive in force. They will also protect a much larger area than standard honey bees and will chase after threats much longer. They attack in huge numbers and literally try to sting to death any threat to their nests. If you run into Africanized honey bees, the best bet is to run as fast as you can for a shelter and get medical attention for stings.

The Experts in Bee Control

Rentokil Steritech technicians have the right equipment, tools, protective clothing, training and experience to safely deal with any bee infestation. We also comply with all state and local laws that are designed to protect the honey bee population.

If you think you have a problem with bees the first thing you need to do is call Renotkil Steritech at 1-800-837-5520 or use our online contact form to schedule an appointment.