Honey bees are one of the most recognisable insects and are the most commonly domesticated bee species in the world.
As spring is now upon us, we are seeing a large increase in bee numbers across Adelaide and suburbs such as McClaren Vale and Modbury where bee pest control has been required by property owners.
We were recently called to a property in the Highgate area as the customer had a swarm of honey bees hanging off a bush close to the ground.
The property owner believed, as many people do, that honey bees could only survive in a hive. This is not true and honey bees have established feral hives across Australia in the hollows of logs, tree cavities and even in the voids of buildings.
Health Issues and Bees
As the months become warmer, pool owners and parents should also be aware of the presence of bees at the ir property. Bees are common pool side pest that are attracted to the water which they collect to take back to their nests to control temperatures. Bee stings can be painful and potentially dangerous to susceptible individuals with an allergy to bee stings.
Anaphylaxis is a generalised allergic reaction, which often involves more than one body system (e.g. skin, respiratory, gastro-intestinal and cardiovascular) and should be treated as a medical emergency. If you or a member of your family is stung and begins to show signs or symptoms, call 000 immediately.
Why do Bees Swarm?
The swarming process is part of the natural reproductive life cycle of honey bee colonies. This happens when a colony is stimulated to reproduce and the hive becomes overcrowded. The old queen and about half the workers leave the nest or hive and fly off to find another home. The swarming colony will cluster to nearby objects, usually a small tree or shrub while scout bees search for a new home. This may last for only a couple of days until a new home is found.
Honey bees, both feral, (wild) and colonised, are important beneficial insects, not normally considered as pests. They live either in the wild in nests, or as colonies in hives kept by beekeepers. In either case, they will only sting people if provoked.
Because of their beneficial role in nature, every effort is made by Amalgamated Pest Control to avoid carrying out treatments against bees. Treatments are only conducted as a last resort and for safety reasons.
If you believe or suspect that you have a bee problem, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Adelaide for further advice.