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.