February 24, 2016 / Flying Pests

Should I Try To Remove Honey Bees From My Property?

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The onset of warm weather that arrives during late spring typically brings joy to many people, since it’s a sign that the spring thaw is not too far away. It also means that numerous types of pests start becoming active, including the honey bee.

The Bee Crisis

You may not know that honey bees in America are experiencing a population decline due to a mysterious disease called colony collapse disorder. Honey bees are one of the most beneficial and recognizable insects in America, and they have always been a vital contributor to the agricultural production of the U.S. Throughout late spring, it’s not uncommon for activity to increase — a queen bee and her workers venture out to search for suitable new colony locations, which just might be on or inside your property.

While your first instinct may be to get the swarm off your property as quickly as possible, your priority should be to protect these beneficial pollinators!

Why You Should Care About Honeybees

Honey bees are critical to our food supply. One out of every three bites of our food comes from bees pollinating the flowers that produce many of our vegetables, fruits, and nuts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that honey bee populations are less than half of what they were in the 1940s. Since they play such a critical role in pollinating crops, many experts fear that their continued decline could have a detrimental effect on human food supplies.

Protecting The Colonies

Honey bee swarms appear more menacing than they actually are. Because of this, many homeowners may be tempted to spray the swarm with insecticides or other chemicals to minimize the activity on their property or destroy it altogether. The reality is that a bee swarm is harmless -- since they’re looking for a new home, they are less aggressive than they would be when defending a colony. With no nest or honey stores to defend, honey bees can be quite docile when they’re clustered up on your property.

Instead of taking matters into your own hands, you should contact a professional pest control company to manage honey bee hives. They can safely remove the swarm, transport the bees, and relocate them with a local beekeeper.

A honey bee swarm may look intimidating, but by working with a pest control professional to safely and securely remove the honey bees from your property, not only are you helping save the bees, but you’re helping to protect our future. In addition, the benefits of saving these bees include bolstering local beekeepers genetic pools on their bee farms and further supporting a key component in the world’s natural life cycle.

The experienced professionals at JP Pest Services are trained in the removal and relocation of honey bee nests, and can help eliminate the activity on your property without causing harm to the bees. Contact JP Pest Services today to learn how we can safely remove and relocate honey bees from your property.