How You Can ID a Queen Bee in Arizona

As the leader of the colony, the Queen Bee plays a pivotal role not just for its subordinates but for the very health of its hive. Without a healthy Queen Bee, a colony will fail unless a new queen is not found. We all know and understand the importance that bees play to our planet, our ecosystem, and our long-term ecological health. Whether you are an environmentalist or a bee enthusiast, there is always something to learn from these wonderful creatures.

Today’s discussion will be focused on one single point: how to properly identify a queen bee to assess the health of a hive.

Do a Visual Inspection

While we don’t often advocate sticking our faces up next to a hive, Queen Bees can be visually located if you know what signs to look for. Queen Bees display some key physical traits that a savvy and trained eye will be able to identify.

Here are a few of the most common physical traits that suggest you are looking at the Queen Bee.

  • Body Size – The Queen Bee is almost always going to be the largest bee in the entire colony. Drones can occasionally grow larger than their Queen, but that isn’t very common. In the event that two large bees are competing for size, the narrower body will likely belong to the Queen.
  • Abdominal Shape – When you look at the bottom of a bee’s abdomen, which is the lowest part of the creature’s body, you’ll find the stinger. Honeybees will possess blunted abdomens while Queens will display a sharper, pointed shape.
  • Splayed Legs – A close visual inspection of the hind legs on a bee will reveal some key insights into what you are looking at. The drone and worker bees of a colony will have legs beneath their bodies, hidden away. Queen Bees showcase their legs by splaying them to the sides.
  • Unique Stinger – Finally, you can take a closer look at the stinger on a bee to differentiate between the Queen and its workers. A Queen’s stinger will be presented as smooth and without barbs.

Watch For Behavioral Traits

While it may be hard to differentiate between bees at a glance, a closer look at their behaviors may prove enlightening. While Queen Bees and Worker/Drone Bees may seem similar without probing too deeply, there are a few unique traits that prove their differences.

  • Area Avoidance – Did you know that worker bees and drone bees would literally step aside for their Queen? When the queen is on the move, everyone else gets out of the way. If you see bees clearing the area for a slightly larger bee to stride through, you have your answer!
  • Spot the Lazy Bee – Okay, the Queen Bee isn’t lazy but she may look that way in a sea of drones! The Queen Bee gets the lucky job of sitting around while her workers take care of everything else. If you see a large bee that is just relaxing in the midst of the hive, you’ve likely found the Queen.
  • Fed By Drones – Another fantastic way to identify the Queen Bee is by looking at how the other bees treat her. What we mean by this is simple. If you notice one bee being approached by the rest of the hive, it’s likely the Queen is being fed. Anytime that you see worker bees providing food to another bee, they could be interacting with the queen.

Identify and Mark Your Queen

If you are a bee enthusiast or are tending to your own colonies, you might want to mark your Queen Bee for easy visualization at later times.

  1. Pick Your Acrylic Paint – First and foremost, you will need to pick the color that you are using. Acrylic-based paints are ideal for marking your Queen Bee but some beekeepers prefer to use model paint or paint pens.
  2. Pick Your Color – Beekeepers choose specific colors to track their bees. White is ideal for Queens marked in years ending in 1 or 6. Yellow is for years ending in 2 or 7. Red is for years ending in 3 or 8. Green is for years ending in 4 or 9. Blue is for years ending in 5 or 0. Pretty simple, right?
  3. Prep Your Supplies – Bees don’t love being handled, so prepare your supplies before embarking on your quest. Have your paint pen dipped and ready nearby.
  4. Gently Pick Up the Queen – Using your thumb and forefinger, gently lift the queen by her thorax. If the Queen struggles, don’t fight it – you might end up crushing her.
  5. Hold Her Above the Hive – In case you have to drop the queen, you want her to land in the hive. Hold the Queen above the hive the entire time.
  6. Dot Her Thorax – Place a small dab of paint on her thorax, between the Queen’s front legs. That’s it, you are done!

If you fear that you have a bee infestation or would like to learn more about Queen Bees, contact the team at  Buzz Tech AZ  Professional Bee Removal!

Types Of Arizona Bees And What To Do When You Spot Them!

While Arizona might be a state best known for sunshine and natural views, it also hosts its fair share of bee species! While there are more than 1,300 native species of bees found within Arizona, there are a handful of major bee groups that deserve more of our attention than others.

In today’s buzzing discussion, we are going to discuss the most common bees of Arizona and what you should do if you spot them!

Bumble Bees

Members of the apidae family, bumble bees are robust, hairy, and brimming with color. Typically covered in black, orange, yellow, and whitish bands of hair, bumble bees swarm together in colonies underneath the dirt, below wooden boards, or even within rodent burrows! Growing up to an inch in length, Bumble Bees are some of the most common bees within Arizona and they are vital to the long-term health and vitality of our planet.

If You Spot Bumble Bees – Avoid them! Bumble Bees are social creatures that are really only a threat when antagonized. If you fear a potential swarm or infestation near your home, contact a reputable bee removal expert.

Cuckoo Bees

Another member of the apidae family, Cuckoo Bees are slender and often confused with wasps. Cuckoo Bees feature red and black bodies with the occasional yellow-banded abdomen. Both male and female Cuckoo Bees will visit flowers to acquire nectar but they do not attempt to collect any pollen.  Cuckoo Bees are considered parasitic as their females lay eggs within other nests. According to, nearly 10% of Arizona’s bee population is parasitic.

If You Spot Cuckoo Bees – These bees do not pollinate and are considered parasitic. As with all bees, do not approach without a plan. Cuckoo Bees can be safely removed by a pest control specialist.

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are large critters that can grow up to an inch in length. Often confused with the Bumble Bee, carpenter bees are distinguishable due to their shiny, jet-black abdomen. With larger jaws that are capable of chewing wood, we can understand how this bee got its name! Only the female bee can sting and as they aren’t typically aggressive, you shouldn’t be too concerned for your safety.

If You Spot Carpenter Bees – Contact an exterminator. Carpenter bees can chew through the wooden structures within your home, leaving damage in its wake.

Leafcutter or Mason Bees

Both members of the Megachilidae family, Leafcutter and Mason Bees feature pale bands across black bodies, often with blue or metallic shades. Growing up to 3/4ths of an inch in length, these bees live in beetle holes, wooden blocks, and occasionally in soil. Both the leafcutter and mason bee will collect mud to craft its nest.

If You Spot Leafcutter or Mason Bees– You are probably fine to leave them alone! These bees are both solitary in nature and likely not representative of an infestation. However, if you have concerns, a pest control specialist can provide support.

Honey Bees

The most prevalent and important of bees within Arizona, Honey Bees belong to the apidae family where they are notable for black eyes, dark legs, and golden-orange bodies. These bees are incredibly social, live in huge man-made hives, and also find homes within rocky outcrops and tree hollows. Honey bees even have hairy eyes!

Honey bees aren’t typically a threat, though their Africanized Honey Bee cousins can attack in large swarms, acting aggressively while creating incredibly dangerous scenarios.

If You Spot Honey Bees – Leave them alone and have a pest control expert confirm that they are not Africanized. A reputable expert can also remove honey bees safely, keeping the hive intact.

Mining Bees

Growing up to half an inch in length, mining bees are notable thanks to their red and brown hairs across their metallic-black bodies. Mining bees live in and make nests near the soil, preferring sandy environments to the comfort of our yards and homes. Mining bees are both solitary and communal creatures, making them easy to miss should they live near your property.

If You Spot Mining Bees – Mining bees are friendly, largely avoid biting and stinging, and are incredibly vital to flower pollination. If you spot mining bees, leave ’em alone!

Sweat Bees

Sweat bees manifest in just about every size, shape, and color. Most of all, sweat bees are smaller creatures with black or brown bands atop a yellow or green body. Some sweat bees can pollinate while others won’t, so that can make them a little harder to identify. One issue with sweat bees is that they are attracted to human sweat and are prone to stinging when provoked (i.e., swatted away from your skin.) As bee allergies are a huge deal, sweat bees are particularly dangerous to those individuals.

If You Spot Sweat Bees – Avoid them!

No matter what kind of bee you have buzzing around your property, you aren’t alone with the problem. Call Buzz Tech AZ Professional Bee Removal, today!

Pests 101: What is a Bee Infestation Like in Arizona?

As swarming season rounds into view, residents throughout Arizona are preparing to bee safe this year. Starting in May, bee swarms begin to manifest within the desert. While not as deadly or dangerous as you might think, bee swarms can quickly lead to bee infestations and infestations are incredibly serious.

From bustling Phoenix to remote stretches of the desert, let’s explore how bee infestations work, what causes them, and how we can identify them.

Identifying a Bee Infestation

Unless you have a hive exploding out the side of your wall, it might be hard to understand where all these darn bees are coming from! Bee infestations may seem simple to address, but they can be quite confusing when you don’t know where to look.

As the swarming season draws closer, look for these signs and symptoms of a potential bee infestation in your home or on your property.

  • Excessive Bees Around Your Property — The first sign of a bee infestation is also the clearest. When you notice excessive amounts of bees flying in and around your home, this might be a sign that a swarm has arrived or a colony has taken up residence. Not only are bees a stinging threat, but they also carry bacteria into your home.
  • Active Nest Nearby — If you notice an active bee nest outside your home, then the odds are good that there is one taking up residence within. Bees are incredibly capable creatures, and they are fantastic at finding new places to swarm.  Watch the bees you’ve noticed around your home and see if they all gravitate toward a specific area to find the active nest.
  • Dark Patches On Your Wall — For homeowners easily scared by bugs and bees, this next sign might give you chills. If you notice a dark patch on your ceiling or along your wall, it could potentially signify a honeybee infestation. Honey bees commonly build nests in-between walls and joints to replicate their nest, allowing the honey to get produced which also stains your walls.

With these symptoms of an infestation to guide you, let’s take a closer look at the most problematic bees in the state of Arizona. If you are fearing a potential infestation, you’ll likely want to familiarize yourself.

Africanized Honey Bee

The Africanized Honey Bee is one of the true ‘killer bees’ in North America. Earning the nickname ‘killer bee’ after their aggressive behavior, the first Africanized Honey Bees would make their way to the country in the 1950s. While similar in physical appearance to European Honey Bees, a sharp eye can detect that Africanized Honey Bees are just ever so slightly smaller.

Africanized Honey Bees have hives that are significantly smaller than European Honey Bees, so that can make it hard to properly identify an infestation. With that being said, Africanized Honey Bees are not a pest to mess about with. Once triggered, Africanized bees can chase a person or their pets for over a mile in order to protect their hive.

To summarize: Africanized Honey Bees are aggressive insects that will defend their hive and territory against you and your pets. Even an accidental brush with an Africanized bee can trigger their aggression. If you fear an Africanized Honey Bee infestation, call your local pest control experts to quickly handle the job.

European Honey Bee

Also known as the Western Honey Bee, the European Honey bee is one of the most common species of honey bee worldwide. This honey-bearing species creates colonies surrounding its singular fertile queen. Workers carry out essential tasks including pollination and scouting out for new hives. European Honey Bees will leave in groups of 20 to investigate as well as defend their colony.

With larger hives than the Africanized Honey Bee, it is easier to spot an EHB infestation. Larger colonies equates to hives that are harder to hide. Common interior hive locations caused by infestation are the attic, between walls, and inside the ceiling.

Essential to the health and vitality of our environment, European Honey Bees are well-known by people throughout the nation. While European Honey Bees aren’t technically endangered, there are serious concerns about their population levels dropping over the past several decades.

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Why Are Bees Invading My Home?

As springtime shifts toward summer and temperatures begin to rise, residents throughout Arizona will start looking out for bee swarms. As the swarming season approaches, it becomes increasingly important to pay attention to where bees choose to house themselves because they could opt for our very homes!

In 2017, a homeowner in New Jersey found a hive of more than 30,000 bees within his property! In nearby New York, a 68-year-old retired teacher discovered a hive inside her home that measured 7.5ft long with more than 120,000 bees inside.

Bees are fascinating creatures brimming with ingenuity and integral to our ecosystem. For all of their importance and intelligence, we still have to ask — why do they end up inside our households?

Why Do Bees Invade Homes?

From Mid-March until early July, residents throughout the state of Arizona will keep a sharp eye out for bees. This is the season that bees are the most active collecting pollen, feeding, and preparing for the coming winter. With bees active and on the move during the most populated time of the year for the beehive, potential infestations can come quickly, but why do they opt for our homes?

As it turns out, bees opt to invade homes during this season for two primary reasons.

  1. A lack of natural resources for nesting will cause bees to select nearby buildings.
  2. Wooden structures are easily accessible to bees, providing convenient nesting sites.

Swarming Season and Your Home

Bee infestations don’t simply crop up overnight. Instead, they likely are due to a hive splitting into two through a swarm.  As hives begin to grow older and more populated, anywhere from 50% to 70% of the bees will form a swarm before departing with the queen. The goal is for this swarm to establish another colony at a new location, often opting for the inside of human habitats.

The path from swarm to new colony involves scout bees. Scout bees are dispatched to find a new place for the bees to live, opting to convey information regarding potential nest locations through a special dance. The more vigorous the dance, the more likely it is that a great nest location is nearby.

Included in the decision-making process, bees will assess the following traits before choosing a nest.

  • Small Hives Maximize Energy Efficiency
  • Wooden Houses Provide Ease of Access
  • Larger Hives Allow For Further Growth

Scouts will select multiple locations with the hive slowly convening at the favored destination. Due to the intrinsic traits favored by bees, these creatures tend to do quite well in urban environments. This makes it vital to quickly assess and identify a potential bee infestation at the earliest stages to prevent potential damage.

Common Bees of Arizona

The state of Arizona is home to a broad and booming ecosystem, including some of the most common bees in the world. Residents in Arizona will have to deal with a few of the following bees during their time in the Grand Canyon State.

The most common bees in Arizona include:

  • Carpenter Bees — Also known as Wood Bees, Carpenter Bees are roughly 1 inch in length featuring a shiny black abdomen. These are not social bees, and they are commonly found burrowing within wood surfaces.
  • Bumble Bees — These social creatures are divided and organized within a caste system, led by the Queen Bee who lays eggs for the colony. Drones exist to mate with the queen while worker bees make sure internal operations continue smoothly.
  • Honey Bees — Black and yellow with a fuzzy body, honey bees are social bugs that can be found within hollowed-out trees, houses, fence posts, attics, and crawl spaces. Honey bees can sting victims, though the act will kill them.
  • (Africanized) Honey Bees — Arizona is home to Africanized Honey Bees, also known as the Killer Bee. This hybrid bee is much more defensive than the other bees on this list, making it an aggressive insect prone to stinging humans.

Signs of a Bee Infestation 

Bees are essential to the natural biodiversity of our planet as well as the very function of life as we know it. Bees are vital to the pollination of apples, cherries, blueberries, broccoli, and even almonds!

Despite how important bees are to the health and wellness of our planet, most people don’t want to live with a thriving hive buzzing above their heads or within the walls. Fortunately, bee infestations do not manifest overnight and sharp eyes can spot key signs before things can get out of hand.

Let’s take a look at some common signs of a bee infestation.

  • Bees Flying Around Household — The first sign of a bee infestation within the home is a preponderance of bees flying around the household. While the stray bee may make its way indoors through a cracked door or window, the constant presence of bees irrespective of the time indicates a potential nesting problem.
  • Dark Patches on Ceilings/Walls — Honeybee infestations can be noted by dark patches covering your walls or ceilings. These dark patches are typically caused by the nest producing honey from within the walls. The honey will leave dark patches as it gets produced within the household, leaving behind a clear indicator that bees are present in droves.
  • Active Nest Near the Home — An active nest in or near the home can lead to an infestation elsewhere. If you can see a nest near the exterior walls of your household, in your garden for example, then the odds are good that an infestation or nest will make its way into the household.

How To Treat a Bee Infestation

So you’ve noticed a potential nest has developed within your household or near your property. Bees are defensive creatures, and they can make life dangerous for animals, children, and even adults. Rather than exterminate these important creatures, the best possible solution to a bee infestation is to hire bee colony relocation services with a local bee removal team.

Before picking up the phone to call on a removal expert, you can take action in the following ways.

  • Cover All Food — To minimize the potential for a bee infestation, make sure that all food indoors is covered during the summertime. Bees are drawn toward sweet drinks and sugary foods as well as your favorite meats and dairy.
  • Keep Your Yard Clutter-Free — From gutters and downspouts to the farthest reaches of your property line, make sure to keep your property free from clutter to dissuade potential swarms from taking up residence on your property. Bees are attracted to wooden structures, so keep a sharp eye out around garages, sheds, and outbuildings.
  • Check Your Ventilation — The occasional bee flying around the house isn’t a big deal, but if you notice bees continuously are making their way inside then you need to address the issue. Some of the most common entry points for bees include ventilation holes, stove vents, chimneys, and attic ventilation.
  • Put Your Ear to the Wall — If you suspect a bee infestation but lack any proof, consider putting your ear to the wall where you suspect an infestation. When the household is silent, any potential buzzing could indicate a hive within the walls of your home.

Once these actions are taken and an infestation is considered likely, grab the phone to call on the team at Buzz Tech Pest Control, local bee removal, and pest control experts!

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What You Should Know About Bees!

Did you know that there are more than 4,000 native and wild bee species prospering throughout North America? Evolving alongside the flowers native to the region, bees have become a necessary component for a thriving ecosystem. While these fuzzy little insects might be primarily known for honey production and the odd sting or two, they are far more fascinating than you could ever imagine at a glance.

Let’s leap into the wild world of bees by starting from a central point in Arizona where we will detail the many bees native to the region. Remember,

Learn About the Bees of Arizona

Arizona is famous for its climate and beautiful outdoor views. Did you know that Arizona also has a teeming population of bees, Africanized and otherwise! The Copper State has a unique relationship with a few fascinating varieties of bees, so let’s briefly introduce our readers to them now.

  • Bumble Bees — Also known as the Sonoran Bumblebee, this large and colorful bee is native to the Sonoran Desert as well as large swathes of the western portions of the United States. Originally identified and named in 1837 by Thomas Say, the Sonoran Bumblebee is one of the most widely spread and common bumblebees in America. These bees grow to roughly 3/4 of an inch and are known for their brown and gold hairs with black stripes along the abdomen.
  • Africanized Honey Bees — Regular honey bees aren’t traditionally known as a threat to humans. However, Africanized honey bees are highly aggressive, and they like to attack in massive swarms. A dangerous stinging insect, these bees should be avoided, particularly during swarming season.
  • Western Honey Bee — The most common bee species around the world due in large part to its increased honey production capacity. These are the favored bees of beekeepers looking to produce honey and pollination.
  • Mining Bees — Also known as the Andrena, the common mining bee is from the largest genus in the Andrenidae family, encompassing over 1,300 species of bee. Mining bees are distinguished from other bees by their compound eyes, long hairs, and propensity to make nests within sandy soil.

We’ve touched on only a sampling of the many species of bees found throughout the state of Arizona. With that being said, we’ve only scratched the surface of the more than 20,000 species of insects within the Apoidae family, a superfamily consisting of wasps and bees.

Understanding the Bee Colony

As social insects, honey bees live within colonies. These colonies exist within a centralized structure, organized around a single queen. This queen is catered upon by male drones and female worker bees, consisting of nearly 80,000 total insects on the higher end during the more active season.

With temperatures on the move, honey bee colonies will shrink in population rather dramatically when the colder seasons arrive. Until then, each bee within the colony must attend to its specific job to keep the entire structure and society operational.

  • The Colony Consists Of Three Types of Bees: Queen, Workers, & Drones

Honey Bee colonies require diversity within their population to survive as each tier of bee is required to perform a specific, colony-supporting task. To establish a new colony, honey bees, drones, and workers must be able to travel, provide fertilization, wax, and food to support the construction of the colony.

What is the Difference Between a Hive and Colony?

A beehive is traditionally a manmade structure, akin to a house, where bees live. These are built to support bees that have been relocated. A bee colony refers to the entire family unit, including the Queen, Workers, and Drones.

How Big Do Bee Hives Actually Get?

Asking how large a beehive can get is a bit of a tricky question. Hives can grow in size depending on several factors including resources, weather conditions, space for expansion, a healthy queen, and population balance. Hives have been discovered around the world as tall as two stories with more than 500,000 bees in the population.

What Should I Do If I Find A Hive On My Property?

Depending on the type of bees on your property, there are a variety of choices available to you. Experts like Buzz Tech Pest Control employ technicians and beekeepers trained to quickly, safely, and effectively protect your home against an infestation. Africanized Honeybees, for example, will impact an area up to 50 feet away from their hive, a particular danger to young children and pets.

Stunning Facts About Bees

Magnificent little creatures, bees are more than just flying insects that we share our yard with. Bees are in fact fantastically important to the overall health of the world that we live in. Bees are integral to the process of pollination, providing plants with the pollination necessary for nearly 90% of the world’s food production!

Physical Facts about Bees!

  • Bee Brains Are the Size of a Seed — Did you know that the brain of a regular bee is typically the size of a sesame seed? It’s true! Despite their small heads and even tinier brains, bees are exceptionally smart. Bees are capable of calculating complex equations to forage more efficiently while traveling long distances. Hard workers, indeed!
  • The Five Eyes of a Bee — Two eyes on the right and left side of the bee’s head work like tiny lenses and the three remaining eyes are seated atop their head to further amplify its abilities. The eyes situated atop the bee’s head allows the tiny creature to see UV light, giving powerful benefits in low-light conditions.
  • Bees Have an Incredible Sense of Smell — A tiny body only amplifies the senses that bees have. Honey bees are known to have exceptionally effective odorant receptors, allowing these tiny insects to differentiate between flowers, allowing a more efficient harvest of nectar and pollen. To save time, bees will communicate this information with their bodies, head-butting and dancing to send their message.
  • Bees Have UNIQUE Memories — Did you know that bees can see and remember the faces of people? No, this isn’t a side plot from The Bee Movie, this is real life! Bees can map out human faces and some scientific studies have shown that they can recall said faces.

Historic Bee Facts!

  • The Oldest Bee Fossil — A researcher at Oregon State University would discover a 100 million-year-old bee fossil in the Hukawng Valley of Myanmar in 2006. The fossil featured a bee perfectly preserved in amber, a key reason for its longevity. According to DNA studies, bees have lived on Earth for over 130 million years.
  • Feeding Our Planet — There is a reason that scientists pay so much attention to the health of the bee population. Bees promote pollination for over one-third of the food that we consume on the planet. This means that life, as we know it, requires bees to live, thrive, and continue pollinating.
  • The Largest Bumblebees — The Bombus Dahlbomii grows up to 1.6 inches in length, more than four times the size of a regular American bumblebee. This gigantic bumblebee, known as the largest on earth, can be found in South America. We’ll pass on bringing them over!
  • How Many Bees Still Remain — While it is impossible to get a perfect number, scientific estimates as of 2019 believed that there were 2 trillion bees left on the planet. These numbers were accused by counting known hives and colonies, though the rapid eradication of insects along with collapsing hive disorder has made this process much more difficult.

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Most Common Places Bees Build Hives

Bees are resilient insects and can create a nest in some very strange places. For the most part, however, they tend to choose the same places on your property to call home. While we need bees as a vital part of our ecosystem, having them so close to home can be a nuisance. It can be dangerous too, if you have pets or family members who are allergic to their stings.

The following places are where bees may hide outside your home. Whenever you are going to access these places, take extra care to make sure you are not disturbing a hive. We also recommend keeping these places tidy so that bees are less likely to form a nest there.

Bird Feeders

When you place any type of box off of the ground and throw food inside it, you shouldn’t be surprised that insects will be attracted to it. Bird feeders are a very common place to find a hive and the bees that occupy these hives tend to be much more protective of their territory than most. Inspect any bird feeder regularly for signs that bees are making a home there and seek out a professional to remove them at the first sight of bees there.

Discarded Furniture

Many people will put out an old piece of furniture before they plan to have it taken away by the garbage man. Couches, chairs, and other furniture can invite bees to make a home for themselves. Bees can build a hive with surprising speed, so don’t leave furniture outside for very long. Having a beehive in an old piece of furniture can become a hazard to your family as well as the person who would be responsible for hauling it away.

Grills and Smokers

The enclosed space that a grill or smoker provides is perfect for a beehive. Bees prefer these types of spaces and will find a way to get to them if you are not vigilant about keeping your grill clean. Since you cook on it, the food residue can attract a hive, as well as a number of other unpleasant insects and creatures. If you haven’t used your grill in a while, approach it carefully and look for evidence of bee activity before removing the lid.

Trash Containers

Your garbage or recycling bin is extremely attractive because it contains sweet scents that attract bees. The fact that it provides an enclosed space is what makes the bees decide to stay. If you keep your trash containers outdoors, make sure that you watch for bees coming or going before you lift the lid. There is a possibility that you will find a hive.

Utility Boxes

Most people don’t give second thought to these locations because they only use them if needed. However, many are surprised when they go out to turn the water on or get a meter reading and they find a hive waiting for them. As with all of the other locations that are common homes for bees, you should approach utility boxes carefully and be aware of any bees that are coming and going.

Under Your Patio or Deck

Bees like to build hives in remote locations that are protected from wind and rain. This makes taking up a residence under your deck make a lot of sense. It becomes a problem when you are using the deck and bees aggressively defend what they perceive to be their home. Hives in these locations need to be removed as soon as possible to protect you and your family.

What to Do if You Discover a Hive

It is easy to overreact when you have found that bees are invading your space. The most humane response is to relocate the hive so that the bees can continue to contribute to the ecosystem. This will require professional help from people who know how to remove the hive, locate it elsewhere, and then help prevent the bees from returning.

If measures are not taken to discourage bees from returning, the removal of the hive is pointless. Keeping in mind the common places that bees will seek shelter will help you keep them away in the future.

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Buzz Tech is available 24/7 to serve your bee removal needs. We understand that for some people, bees pose a real and imminent threat. If you have discovered a beehive around your home or inside the structure itself, call us so that we can send someone out to assist you. In most cases, we can be there in less than two hours.

Our technicians have over 30 years of experience among them, serving the Valley Area. We will only use the safest methods to remove bees from your property so that you can be certain your family and pets will not be adversely affected. Contact us now so that we can send a technician out right away.

How to Choose the Best Phoenix Bee Removal Company

The Africanized bee is a pest that has steadily invaded Arizona over the last thirty years. Unlike typical honey bees, this variant is far more likely to sting and attacks in great numbers. It has earned the name of “killer bee” due to its history of descending upon people and pets in swarms and overwhelming them with their stings. If you find yourself dealing with a hive of these bees, it is important that you have them removed quickly and in a manner that is safe for your family and pets.

Whenever pesticides are used to eliminate a pest from your home, it is important to understand that these chemicals are designed to be toxic to certain organisms. A qualified bee control expert will be able to evaluate the problem and determine the appropriate use of pesticides while protecting your family from harm. Where Africanized bees are concerned, it is also extremely important that the problem is taken care of quickly and that queens are not allowed to survive and revive the hive in the future.

What Makes the Africanized Bee a Problem for Arizonans?

The Africanized honey bee is similar to European honey bees, but it behaves far more aggressively than its counterparts. It arrived in North America in 1985 from Brazil. Due to the invasive nature of the species, it has supplanted its European relatives, driving them out of the Southwest.

Normal bees will defend a five to ten-foot distance from their home, but the Africanized bee extends this defensive range to over 50 feet. This means that it is possible to be unaware of the location of the beehive when encountering these killer bees. When children or pets encounter them, the bees tend to swarm quickly.

Africanized honey bees take root very quickly, eliminating their European competition and taking over their hives. Over the last three decades, they have displaced many of the less harmful bees in the state and are becoming the primary honey bee species. 90% of the bees encountered in the state of Arizona are now reported to be Africanized. While bees are an extremely important part of the ecosystem, they can be cumbersome when they invade populated areas.

Due to the aggressive nature of this type of bee, it is feared by many people. However, in most cases, those fears are exaggerated. If you encounter Africanized bees, it is not the end of the world. They can be removed using humane and ethical means from your property.

How to Choose a Bee Removal Company

When you are looking for a pest control company, it is important to consider how quickly you can receive service, what the cost of the pest removal will be, and whether the pests will be removed in a manner that is safe for your family and pets. Consider the following when you are looking for a bee removal service.

  • Is it affordable? Price is one of the most important concerns for people, but it is not the only concern. You want a fair price proportional to the expertise and quality of service you receive.
  • What types of chemicals are used? All pesticides can be toxic, which means you should make sure that whoever uses them on your property does so safely with minimal risk to your family.
  • How effective is the pest control service? Not all pest control services specialize in bee removal. It is important that the service you select has a proven track record in bee removal.

Buzz Tech is a Rapid Response Pest Control Service

We know that encountering bees in or near your home can be alarming and stressful. This is especially true if you have small children, pets, or if any of your family members have allergies. Buzz Tech Pest Control can arrive at your home quickly, and we are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

While not every homeowner’s insurance policy covers the removal of bees, we will give you all the documentation you need to check with your insurance company to see if our services will be covered. Since we specialize in bee removal, we are able to offer competitive pricing and are more experienced in the removal of bee colonies than the average best control company.

In the majority of cases, we are able to have a technician at your door in under an hour. We will locate the source of your bee infestation and then use the safest methods possible to protect you and your family while removing the bees from your premises. We will also remove the honeycombs and other substances left behind from the hive so that other bees will not be attracted to the bees’ pheromones and return. Give us a call today at 623-826-8200 to have one of our technicians sent out.


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What Is Bee Removal?

You’ve got bees. Don’t worry; it’s actually a good thing! Bees are great for the environment, but most people don’t want bees in their house. The good news is that it’s easy to remove them and you’ll be doing your environment (and the beekeeping industry) a favor.

First: Bees Aren’t That Bad

It’s alarming to hear buzzing inside your walls. But you should know that bees are usually not aggressive; after all, that’s why beekeepers can handle them so effectively. Further, bee hives are actually very clean places. The only time a bee hive will become dangerous or unclean is if it is attacked.

This underscores the importance of removing bees properly. If the bees are killed and the hive not removed, the honey will start to attract other insects. And, of course, bees are critical for the environment and the ecosystem. The more we preserve bees, the better the environment will fare.

But, of course, you should still get the hive removed as soon as possible.

If left there, the bees can cause damage. Honey can actually run down the walls. The heat may start to warp or damage wood. And the bees, if they are threatened, can swarm and attack. It isn’t a situation that you want and it’s a situation you can avoid with proper removal.

Getting an Estimate for Bee Removal

So, it’s better to try to save bees than it is to “exterminate” them. So what do you do?

You contact someone who specializes in honeybee removal and they give you an estimate.

While you may be able to get a rough estimate over the phone, you’ll probably need a more detailed estimate in person. That’s when the bee expert will come and find out exactly where in your home the hive is.

Bees can be very clever and will put their hives in areas that you might not even realize. But there are tell-tale signs that bees are in an area. Apart from the humming sound, the hives tend to be extremely warm. If you hold your hand to an area of your home and it’s hot, it could be bees. Further, you might actually see honey. Bees produce a lot of honey!

Once you get an estimate, you can move on with the actual removal.

Removing Building Material to Get to the Bees

Before the bees can be safely removed, walls, ceilings, or floors might need to be removed. Professionals have a way of doing this carefully, so that the damage can be repaired. It depends on the size of the hive; some hives are extremely inaccessible and will require more material be removed, while others are much easier to get to.

Usually it isn’t a lot of material that has to be removed. Bee removal professionals are experts at being able to access hives without a lot of material disruption.

Taking Out the Hive

You may be surprised to find out that a talented beekeeper can quite easily remove a hive.

Often, the bees can be encouraged to move on their own, by locating and moving the queen. The beekeeper will focus on removing the bees first and afterward will remove the sections of honeycomb.

Once the bees have been removed, they will be safely transported to new homes. They will make no attempt to return; they will be situated into a beekeeper’s farm to continue to happily produce honey.

Repairing the Damage

It’s not over. Once the bees are removed, the area where the hive was will be repaired. You won’t have any visible damage to your home; it will be as though the bees were never there at all.

The professional bee removal service will remove not only the bees, but all the remnants of the hive, rather than leaving any honey or honeycomb in your wall. This will also protect you from after effects, such as ants trying to get at the (now unprotected) honey.

Once the damage has been fully repaired, you shouldn’t experience any further issues with bees. However, if the bees got deep into your home, you might want to look into (and seal up) any areas you think they used to gain access. The next pests may not be so friendly!

Do You Need Bees Removed?

If you need bees removed, you should act swiftly. While bees really aren’t the threat that most people think they are, they can become difficult to remove if allowed to roam unchecked. Bees make hives very quickly and those hives can expand throughout your home very quickly. The faster you’re able to get them removed, the less likely they are to move around your home, and the cheaper and easier the removal will be.

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Why You Should Have a Bee Hive Relocated Instead of Exterminated

Arizonians understand that as May approaches, bee swarming season isn’t too far behind. Bee swarms are incredibly common in Arizona throughout the months of May and June, commonly manifesting in reports of swarms including Africanized Bees.  Closely related to their European ancestors, Africanized Honeybees are quick to attack and fierce when it comes time to protect their territory, a space that could reach up to 50 feet away from the colony.

When stumbling upon a beehive on our property, we may feel compelled to hire a pest extermination team to handle the job. As you’ll soon find out, this might be a mistake! In today’s discussion, we are going to explore the reasons why you should relocate a beehive instead of exterminating the beehive.

Honey Bees: More Than a Nuisance

While it may be easy to castigate insects as annoying pests, they are truly anything but. The honeybee is one of the most common bees found within the state of Arizona, and they are truly vital to the world that we live in and share. According to most scientific experts, bees, bats, and birds represent up to 35% of crop pollination, with bees acting as the primary beans of plant reproduction through the transfer of pollen.

The life of a Honeybee is majestically complex yet deceptively simple at a glance. Honey bees live in highly organized hives led by a single queen. Thousands of worker bees and a sprinkling of male drones will work to produce honey created from collected pollen and nectar. Highly active in the spring, honeybees become a common outdoor pest throughout much of Arizona.

As our globe continues to experience the unforeseen consequences of deforestation, animal extinction, and insect eradication, it becomes all the more important to take a moment before choosing to hire a bee exterminator.

According to a report published by U.S. National Agricultural Statistics, the population of the honey bee in the United States has gone from 6 million hives in 1947 to just 2.4 million hives in 2008. This stunning reduction in the honey bee population has the potential to manifest very real consequences now, in the past, and in the future.

Key Takeaways:

  • Honey Bees are VITAL to the health of our planet.
  • Honey Bees are experiencing a dramatic population decline.
  • Honey Bee hives should be RELOCATED rather than exterminated.

Benefits of Bee Hive Relocation Services

As we have extensively detailed thus far, honeybees are incredibly important to the overall health of the environment. One in three bites of food on Planet Earth can be traced back to the work via pollination that Honey bees dutifully perform every season. As a result, homeowners throughout Arizona should take a moment to pause before hiring an exterminator, instead opting for relocation services.

Let’s look at a few key reasons as to why honey bee relocation services through a professional pest control team are far more effective at helping the planet, protecting our household, and doing a good deed along the way.

Impact on the Animal Kingdom

Scientific researchers around the world believe that honey bees can trace back their original habitats to tropical climates and more heavily forested areas. With that being said, these bees have shown themselves to be hardy creatures, lasting any area where gardens, woodlands, meadows, or other flowering plants are abundant.

Due to the role that they play in plant pollination, honeybees are important to the health and vitality of many herbivores throughout the world. The loss of honeybees would result in trouble raising cows, creating milk products, or enjoying any of the many meat products enjoyed through cattle.

Disaster For Long-term Humanity

Not only will the continued destruction of honeybees do damage to the animal kingdom, but their suffering will also directly impact humans of today, tomorrow, and many years from now. More than just vital for the production of pollen, honeybees are incredibly important to topography, fuel production, clothing production, and eventually human life itself.

Hive Relocation Benefits Homeowners

Even if we pull back from our long-term view of honeybee survival, we can find immediate benefits for homeowners who opt to have hives removed rather than exterminated. Hiring a bee removal expert who relocates hives can help to produce a range of immediate benefits.

  • Save Generations of Bees
  • Avoid Extermination Chemicals
  • Deter Future Hive Development
  • Safe & Harmless Process For Bee and Human

Local Bee Removal Experts at Buzz Tech Pest Control

When the time comes to assess and potentially relocate a beehive near your home, make sure to call on the team of local bee removal experts at Buzz Tech Pest Control. With a team of fully trained and highly experienced experts, Buzz Tech Pest Control can proudly offer quick, safe, and effective services through its talented beekeepers and technicians.

Buzz Tech Pest Control is proud to offer:

  • Services Within 90 Minutes
  • Licensed & Insured Technicians
  • 24/7 Emergency Service Available
  • Customer Satisfaction a Guarantee

Contact Buzz Tech Pest Control today for an estimate or to schedule a beehive removal service.

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Swarm Season is Around the Corner! Here’s How to Bee Safe!

A long walk down Arizona’s list of powerful biting pests would require a second pair of shoes and a couple of bottles of water. From rattlesnakes and scorpions to fire ants, it can be hard to get worked up about the everyday bee. Adorable and incredibly important to our environment, bees are both beloved by the people of Arizona and feared. As March rounds into view, residents in Arizona become increasingly aware that bee season approaches and with it a new kind of danger.

Today, we are going to walk our readers through swarm season in Arizona. We’ll explore what swarms are, how they differ from conventional hives, and what we can do along the way to stay safe, happy, and healthy!

What Bees Live in Arizona?

Before we delve into the full might of bee season, it would behoove us to have a better understanding as to what we are looking at. Bees are as diverse an insect as any and Arizona provides plenty of room for them all to flourish. While most of our focus today will be on honey bees, particularly Africanized Honey Bees, the following buzzing insects should all be noted.

  • Bumble Bees — An inch long, covered in hair, and distinctive for its black, orange, yellow and white bands. These bees pollinate, socialize, and live underground.
  • Carpenter Bees — Another inch-long monster, Carpenter Bees are notable thanks to their shiny black stomach and large powerful jaws. Only females can sting.
  • Honey Bees — Sitting at roughly 3/4 an inch, Honey Bees are known for having brownish-gold hair embedded with black stripes along their underside.  Traditionally not a threat, honey bees can become dangerous when they attack in large swarms.

Among the most notable dangers during swarm season (March to April) are swarming Africanized honey bees. Let’s learn a bit more about these aggressive insects and what we can do to stay safe while around them.

Bee Swarm vs. Bee Colony: Understanding the Differences

When we first notice the appearance of buzzing bees on our property, it can be easy to fall into the trap of passive awareness. Bees are an indicator that spring is upon us, but as spring rolls fully into view that could transition into swarming season. Understanding the differences between a bee swarm and a bee colony can potentially save your life or even just a couple of painful stings.

What Is a Bee Hive?

When we are discussing honey bee swarming, we need to pay attention to both queens and colonies as there can only ever be one. In a functioning hive with a living Queen, the Queen Bee will rarely if ever leave the safety of its shelter. Most of the work is carried out by appropriately named worker bees with the Queen sitting safely deep within the comb. These worker bees supply the Queen with food as she focuses on laying many, many eggs.

Why Do Bees Swarm?

As colonies begin to overcrowd, the Queen will drop its production of pheromones, a message that doesn’t make it out to the rest of the colony. The queen is then taken care of by its worker bees until the excess Queen Cups hatch. By this point in time, the Queen Bee is notably skinny, allowing her to depart from the hive with a mass of bees known as a swarm. This swarm is led by the Queen as they hunt for a new place to call home.

The Africanized Honey Bee will swarm over and over again throughout a season, stopping at numerous places along the way. Identifying a bee swarm is incredibly important because it is the BEST way to avoid running into trouble.

How Can I Identify a Bee Swarm?

Identify a Bee Swarm by noting where and when you find masses of bees. When bees are traveling in swarms, they will often find points to rest on in groups. These exposed locations could be as simple as a nearby treean empty building, or even somewhere like an exterior wall to a home. Swarming bees are most notable for being out in the open while amassed in large groups.

How Can I Stay Safe From a Bee Swarm?

Swarming bees tend to offer less aggression than their hived and colonized counterparts.  With that being said, if you run into a swarm of Africanized Honey Bees you should consider the following:

  • Avoid — Avoid areas with large groups of potentially swarming bees.
  • Disengage — If you run into swarming bees, turn tail and run.
  • Cover Up — Keep your face covered and protected while you run to maintain safety.
  • Find Shelter — Finally, put a door between yourself and the swarming bees as quickly as possible.

Prepare For Swarm Season With Buzz Tech Pest Control

With bee season right around the corner, it is the perfect time to call on Arizona’s favorite bee experts. The team at Buzz Tech Pest Control offers licensed and insured service within 90-minutes. Contact the team today to get an estimate!