Spring has sprung, and so have the honeybees. This time of year is known as swarm season. All winter bees have been in their hives existing from the honey they produced before winter.
Come early spring, the queen bee has been busy laying larvae that will become the workers and drones of the colony. Soon she will have produced so many new bees that the hive becomes too large to manage. When the hive gets too big the bees no longer smell the original queen and thinking she is dead they create a new one.
You are never too old for toys! A drone is a toy the whole family can enjoy. Kids, moms, and dads can get in on the fun. This enterprising (and brave) person used the toy to get rid of his pesky neighbors, a nest of wasps. But don’t try this at home folks- it’s a bad idea. Best to call a Professional Bee and Wasp removal company, like Little Giant Beekeepers!
Unlike bees, wasps have a skinny waist. They have six long legs too. They have longer antennae. Different types have different colorings to differentiate them from one another. Most are brown and yellow, but some might have even bright coloring, like red or even blue. Like bees, wasps can be beautiful architects. Wasps nest are truly something to behold, with hundreds of perfectly created delicate pentagons.
Yellow jackets are very aggressive. They build a large nest out of cellulose that can hold thousands of wasps. Most of their nest are in attics or eaves, large cavernous spaces. Unfortunately, they sting multiple times if bothered and with large nests can be a danger. They like sweets and proteins and be a significant nuisance at a picnic.
Paper wasps make a nest out of wood pulp and make it into a paper mâché like material. They have small colonies that hang from a branch, porch ceiling or window. They are not a very aggressive wasps but will sting if their nest is disturbed.
Mud Daubers construct their nest from mud. They are the lone wolf of wasps, living by themselves under eave porch ceilings and more. Though they look like scary wasps, they are fairly docile. They can benefit your yard by eating other insects and bugs.
The good news is, with a little prevention, wasps can be avoided. You want to first start by taking care of your house. Walk around outside and look for cracks and crevices. Seal them with a silicone sealant, so wasps won’t want to enter the premises and build there.
Wasps can be a nuisance when dining outside. If you eat outside keep food covered. Use cups, you can see in to, because wasps can sneak into soda cans and can sting your mouth when you drink. Close the garbage bag and put it in a trash can. Clean up spills and leftovers outside, so wasps don’t come to eat your leftovers. They like sweet stuff and also protein. Don’t forget to wear shoes in the grass, getting stung by a wasp can hurt. And remember they can sting multiple times- ouch!
Little Giant Beekeepers and Bee Removal Specialists are well-versed in the removal of all flying insects. Fall is a time of substantial activity for wasps but please don’t think of using the drone for wasps removal! Call us instead at 972-980-0923 for a free wasps removal estimate across Dallas Fort Worth and surrounding areas.
Got the spring cleaning bug? Time to spruce up the inside and outside of your house? While you’re at it, you might also want to plant some flowers, but don’t forget to bee proof your home.
From now to July is prime swarming time for bees in North America. What does this mean? Honey bees are collecting pollen for next winter. The hive is growing, and it becomes too big, so it splits into two different colonies. The colony that leaves the old hive behind is looking for new digs – and you don’t want that to be your house! Now is an excellent time to bee proof your residence, so the hive that split doesn’t pick your wall or eave to make their new residence.
Bees pick North Texas houses to move into every day. Many of the calls Little Giant Beekeepers receive are from homeowners that suspect a hive has moved into their house. The unfortunate news is by the point they realize a colony has picked their home as a location, the hive is already established in an eave or wall of their house.
Bees can move into a structure through a hole that is only a quarter of an inch. So, the first step in spring bee prevention is to go around the outside of your house with a caulking gun and seal any holes in the structure. Metal screening also works well for more significant entries. You want to do this before you see any bees on your property because by then it could be too late.
If you see scout bees buzzing around your house, or bees flying inside the house, you should start sealing your holes immediately. If the swarm is already on your property, scout bees may have picked your house for their next hive. The idea is to act quickly because when they find the perfect location, bees move fast!
Another essential spring cleaning item is to remove clutter from your yard. Bees love to move into grills, lawn equipment and unused junk on your property…anything that might provide shelter for a hive. So, it is a great idea to get rid of the junk laying around, so they move on to a better location.
You might be reading this blog for information because you have previously had problems with honey bees. If you had a honey bee infestation in your house, you need to make sure all the honeycomb is removed and the area cleaned out thoroughly. Often the hive is located behind an eave or wall, and people do not go to the trouble to remove the honeycomb after the bees are removed. This is an essential step of the honeybee removal process because leftover honeycomb can attract new bees and colonies. Bees smell the pheromones from the previous bees and move back.
Little Giant Beekeepers provides a turnkey service – from removal, clean-up, and fixing any carpentry after. We make sure there are no leftover honeycombs and pheromones that come with them.
If you suspect a swarm has moved in, please call Little Giant Beekeepers to talk about the next steps to take to remove the bees. We can come safely remove the swarm for a fee and relocate them to an apiary. Call 972-316-9135 for a free consultation.