April 5, 2023 | Bee Behavior, Honey Bees, Live Swarm Relocation, Save the Bees
There’s been much discussion in the media and society about the scarcity of honeybees from Colony Collapse Disorder. Although CCD may cause a decrease in the bee population in other areas of the US, it has not been our experience in Arizona. The surrounding desert areas of our cities allow for wild bee populations. Many of the honeybee colonies in our region are partially or even completely Africanized.
In its quest to save as many colonies as possible, ASAP Bee Removal will always do whatever is necessary to save and relocate live swarms that have been removed. This is most successful when they are found on tree limbs, bushes, or objects such as cars and lawn ornaments. We also offer live removal from water valve boxes.
Exposed beehives- colonies that have attached themselves to an exterior roof line, water valve box or ceiling-can be safely removed much of the time. ASAP Bee Removal is working with local beekeepers to re-home or relocate dozens of live swarms. We also “catch and release” in less populated desert and rural areas of the valley. The more quickly the homeowner notices and attends to bee activity the more likely a live removal will be possible. Sometimes it’s best to leave swarms alone to move on, other times you should seek to actively relocate. An expert can advise if they are passing through or scouting for an area near you to colonize.
This season’s extended spring weather has allowed for bees to move freely and find nesting spaces. Homeowners need to be extra diligent in inspecting their own properties for evidence of honeybees and wasp nests. The longer bees are left to establish a hive, the more aggressive they become. If you become aware of bees because an animal or person has been stung, the bees are gaining aggression. Docile, domestic bees are not inclined to unprovoked attacks.
If you see a few bees flying in and out of a specific area or hear humming inside an interior wall, this likely indicates an established colony. Stay away from the area and call a bee removal specialist. Do not attempt to remedy the bee problem yourself. Spraying pesticides on bees could result in injury to yourself, pets, or others. Always talk with an expert if you have questions.
Avoid areas of intense bee activity. Give them lots of room and inform neighbors and pedestrians that there may be an active beehive nearby, and call ASAP Bee Removal to discuss the problem. If the bees are not on your own property, advise the property owner to do the same. In remote areas, notify the local county sheriff’s office and report the location. Every year, we hear of serious bee attacks.
In the event you are attacked, get into complete cover-a car, home, or other building- as soon as possible in order to restrict the bees access to you. Most of the time, bees are nothing to be afraid of, but be alert and aware of bee activity so that you can make the best decisions about what action is necessary. ASAP Bee Removal is always available to answer any questions you may have. Call us at 602-751-1002.