It’s all over the news — the honey bee population is in decline, and we need to save them. While benign bees need our protection, you need to think twice about ignoring the swarm in your attic or on your property. If you’re seeing Africanized (killer) bees flying around your home, you need to get rid of the nest as soon as possible. Do DIY methods really work? Is professional pest control necessary? Find out with this handy guide to killer bees in Fort Worth and how to handle an infestation.
Every spring, reports of killer bees are reported on local news stations. These highly aggressive honey bees aren’t our gentle insect friends. Just last year, Africanized bees attacked a family in Aledo, not far from Fort Worth. This invasive species is a honey bee hybrid imported from South America. Since they migrated into the U.S. in the late 1990s, they have been responsible for up to 1,000 deaths. While most honeybees are pretty tolerant of humans, Africanized bees will defend their nests as a colony, resulting in thousands of stings. What’s worse, they will chase their victim for up to a quarter of a mile and even wait for them to surface if they try to hide underwater.
Are Africanized bees dangerous?
While we want to nurture the bees that pollinate and are critical to the life of our environment, disrupting a hive of Africanized bees can result in a nightmare scenario. Although killer bees don’t swarm around looking for victims, they can become ferocious if disturbed. Sometimes all it takes is to venture close to the nest to trigger an attack.
They prefer to nest in cavities or hollow areas. This includes spots such as garages, sheds, crawl spaces, trees, chimneys, old tires, barbeque grills, tree hollows, and fences, all of which are concerns for homeowners. An accidental encounter can result in a dangerous situation when children and pets are playing outdoors.
While many environmental advocates recommend trying to relocate displaced bees, the defensive nature of Africanized bees makes it impossible to accomplish safely without professional pest management training. DIY strategies are especially dangerous due to the unpredictable and vicious nature of Africanized bees. Sprays and store-bought products require you to get very close to the nest to use. Not only will this push the bees to another nesting spot on your property (possibly inside your home), but it will agitate them. If you want to get stung by swarms of bees, this is the quickest way.
Even if you suspect that the bees aren’t dangerous, there are only minor differences between the appearance of Africanized bees and European honeybees. For that reason, homeowners should never try to remove bees on their own. Always call a professional pest control company.
How can I prevent killer bees from nesting on my property?
There is no way to 100% bee-proof your home and property. However, there are some steps you can take to discourage nesting. Clean up debris around your property, including old tires and overturned or empty flower pots. To prevent breakthroughs, seal cracks and crevices around the exterior of your home, paying close attention to chimneys, gaps around piping, and other small openings. Nothing can be more terrifying than killer bees flying into your home. Although unlikely, it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
How can Certified Termite and Pest Control get rid of bees at my house?
We want to protect our precious honey bee populations. But with Africanized bees becoming an annual menace in Fort Worth throughout summer, professional and competent help is required. And for those with potentially fatal bee sting allergies, an invading swarm of bees can be a terrifying sight. For Africanized bee removal in Fort Worth, TX, you can count on the pros at Certified to identify and remove bees, hornets, wasps, and yellow jackets from your home. Give us a call or fill out the contact form on this page to get started!