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With the decline of bee populations throughout the world there’s been lots of focus on the preservation of bees in recent years…but what is the significance of bees? In this article, we’ll discuss some of the more frequent questions regarding bees in Pennsylvania which includes why they’re essential, the types of bees that exist in PA as well as what they consume, and what need to do if you happen upon a hive within your property. There are options to consider when you spot a problem with bees and there are bee elimination options and beehive removal solutions that can be discussed once the hive and type of bee is identified.

What are bees?

With more than 20000 species of flying insects (of which we are aware) Bees are present on every continent, with the exception of Antarctica. Although some are as little as 2 millimeters in length, others are as high as 40mm and could be confused with wasps and fly species. While the most popular bees work in a group to form complex hives and produce honey but there are many other species of bees that work on their own.

Types Of Bees In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is the home of many social bees that is why they sting to defend their colonies. It is the case for honey bees (sometimes single) or Africanized Honeybees (AHB). A study by University of Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania showed that approximately 90% of Pennsylvania’s bees are AHBs. Africanized Honey Bees are observed to swarm. In the event of a swarm, there are a few ways you can manage them in a safe manner. Alongside honey bees there are yellow jackets and wasps and Hornets.

Why are they so crucial?

While a variety of birds and insects pollinate our food plants bees play the most significant part in this process without them, we would not be able to enjoy a third of our food every day. Numerous foods require pollination, including sunflowers (for oil) and asparagus, cherries melons, broccoli or even almonds. It’s not only food for us because they pollinate clover and alfalfa (which is later feed to livestock) as well as cotton and flax. We remove their honey deposits and use beeswax to make cleaning and beauty products.

What are the food sources for bees?

To make the honey we consume Bees require pollen and nectar that they get from flowers. This is why they prefer to be drawn to gardens that provide the greatest chance to receive these two elements. Pollen is a source of everything they require like proteins, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates, enzymes, and sugar. Many of us have seen bees land on meats and eating them even though it’s not an integral part of their diet, they do consume meat if they can find it.

Where are the bees that live?

Although they thrive in wild places with plenty of blooms, they are able to also be found in domestic settings. The objective of an entire colony of bees is to find a place which is near to their food sources and in the distance from any predators. This usually means that they settle on the edges of specific objects or in the hollows of trees. Bees are known to make their homes in trees, beneath gutters, bridges, or attic space.

A properly sealed home to keep bee colonies out of moving into your crawl space or attic can stop them from creating a home inside your house. The nests can be found everywhere on your property, in decks, inside trees, inside walls, overhangs, in the midst of junk and clutter in the backyard.

If you find a beehive you should contact an expert in bee control immediately. However, if you think you’re required to examine the nest to determine the species, you can read this guide to learn how to safely approach a nest to avoid getting at risk of being stung.

Signs You’ve Been Stung By A Bee

In most cases bee stings are evident in the moment they occur. A minor reaction might be a sting-related pain at the site, red appearance and some swelling. It is contingent on allergies or the number of times someone has been stung reactions could be more severe with severe redness, massive swelling, breathing issues as well as swelling of the throat and tongue as well as dizziness. It is important to note that bees can only are stinging in self-defense, and in the absence of allergies, stings just cause discomfort.

The signs that you may have been stung or irritated by a bee could be:

  • Sharp pain
  • Red welt (with an white center in which the it was punctured by a stinger)

If you’re allergic to stings from bees should seek medical attention right away.

The signs that you could be allergic to a stain include:

  • Eyes itchy
  • The throat may be swelling
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Heart rate increases
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion loss

How To Treat A Bee Sting

If you or someone close to you suffers from a severe reaction to the sting of the bee medical attention is advised since it could be anaphylaxis. Action is needed to lessen the allergic reaction and improve breathing. If an auto-injector is in use in the event of allergies, ensure they’re lying down and their legs elevated prior to injecting it into their thigh.

If you are stung by a bee ensure that the stinger has been removed prior to applying ice to ease the pain. To stop swelling and itching the antihistamines are a good option as well as washing the area of the sting. The majority of insect stings do not require medical treatment and will be healed in time.

Signs That Bees Are Nesting in Your Home

It may sound obvious, but the most obvious sign of nesting bees is an abundance of insects that are residing around your house. They may begin to move inside , or remain outside, but they will never leave the property. If left to their own devices they are usually harmless but they will require action should they be aggressive when protecting the colony or you’re concerned about your pets or children.

We have the ultimate guide for bees. Contrary to popular belief they tend to remain in their own world and also pollinate our plants so that we can eat healthier and reap the benefits of their work! Honey is a great source of health benefits , and is an all-natural sweetener. Honey is among my most loved foods to eat. Watch the clip below to find out the more details about bees that make honey, and how they create the honey we consume.

How do I get rid of bees?

Beehives are very dangerous Don’t attempt to get rid of a beehive on your own. In the time of Killer bees, it is vital to be attentive and be aware of bee swarms. They can be extremely aggressive within their honeybee hives. If you discover an existing hive on your property make sure you stay indoors and immediately call us. Bees are essential to our ecosystem, therefore moving hives must be considered prior to anything else. A professional coming on your property to determine the species of bees that have invaded your property is the initial step to remove them. The earlier we determine the type of bee we are looking for that we are able to identify, the quicker we can move the hive so that your property will be back to a healthy space for your family and you. Don’t attempt at moving the bees by yourself and agitating the bees can cause an environment of aggression which could be harmful to the family and you.

When removing the colony one of the main factors to correctly moving colonies is eliminate the queen bee out of the beehive. The colony’s bees will be returning if the queen remains within the hive. To ensure that the hive is productive the hive needs to be moved strategically to stop it from crashing into the surrounding area. If relocation isn’t an option, then treatments will be administered to the hive which can kill the bees, allowing the bee control expert to eliminate the menace.

Contact Pittsburgh Pest Control today to know more details regarding our honeybee control services.

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