Summertime means picnics and hiking and swimming, and – around here – hunting for a cool place to rest in the heat of the afternoon. Whew! Tucson heat can be rough. I know I’m grateful to spend a little of my time inside with the air conditioner cranked up high!
For our customers, summertime can also bring a host of growing *things* that may create an issue around the home or business. Fortunately, Wildcat is here and happy to help! Here are some tips with dealing with the ongoing issue of bees:
Most bee calls come to us because the client is concerned with safety matters. That’s a good reason to seek professional help– bees can certainly pose a problem with safety. When you come across bees, your safest course of action is to stay clear of the area where they are flying or gathering.
When should you call a professional to help with bees?
First, remember that bees are natural, and part of their life cycle (and the life cycle of many other living things) is pollination. When you see bees, commonly they are simply looking for a place to pollinate, and when the sun falls in the evening they will go on their way – I call these visiting bees. If you have flowers, a pool, or a fountain, you will attract visiting bees during the day, and they are only there to visit - not to build a hive. Pollinating bees, and bees looking for water are not necessarily cause for alarm; but remember to keep your safe distance.
If visiting bees are interfering with your life, or pose a health concern with your pets or children, a pest professional can aid in minimizing their presence on your property. If the attractant is something you’re willing to part with (for example, shutting off a fountain for the summer months), that may likely be a good place to start.
While we can assist you with minimizing visitor bees, we mostly address hives that have formed, small and large. Once you have a hive, the bees are unlikely to move on naturally. They are making a home, and making honey in that location – and that is where the queen lives. If you have a hive on your house, you want to have it removed as soon as possible. Why? In addition to the issue of the bees themselves, as a hive is built up over time inside the wall or ceiling of a building, the honey can slowly cause rot in the structure because of the moisture it holds.
So, if you see bees practice the WILDCAT Way:
W atch: Keep an eye on their location, and keep a safe distance
I gnorance is not bliss: Pay close enough attention to decipher if you have a hive or a visiting bee
L eave the bees alone: Don’t patronize or irritate them, it can be unsafe for you and those nearby
D angerous: Do not attempt to kill off the bees yourself. It can create a dangerous situation for you and those nearby
C hange your plans: If you have a swarm of bees where you planned to be today, you may need to make new plans to stay safe
A lert: Tell other people nearby about the bees you’ve seen so they can keep a safe distance, as well
T reat: Call a professional to treat a hive situation, or to address visiting bees who outstay their welcome