Bee Identification & Prevention

What You Need To Know About Bees

Bee pollinating a white flower

Bees are eco-friendly pests that help pollinate plants and crops to ensure their survival. Though helpful, bees are stinging pests, and their presence in our yards or homes can be dangerous. Use this pest guide to learn about bees near your home and how we can work together to remove their nests from unsuitable locations.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Bees

What are bees?

Bees are stinging insects and, like hornets and ants, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Like other stinging insects, they defend themselves using a stinger that extends from their abdomen. Most bees have a barbed stinger which means they can only sting once.

Other physical features include an oval-shaped body usually covered in hair and pollen baskets or hairs on their legs that help them carry pollen back to the nest.

While there are some solitary species of bees, most bees are social and live together in large colonies. They divide their members into different groups; fertile males (drones), infertile females (worker bees), and queens (fertile females).

Are bees dangerous?

Though bees can sting, they usually aren't as dangerous as more aggressive stinging insects like hornets and wasps. However, bees won't hesitate to use their stinger to defend themselves or their nest.

Usually, bees are only dangerous to people when nesting or foraging for food in high-traffic areas of your yard or if they decide to nest behind your home's walls.

Contact a local expert for immediate help and beehive removal if you are concerned with bees.

Why do I have a bee problem?

Most bees live together in large numbers; a single colony can have tens of thousands of members. When bees decide that your property is the perfect place to call home, it is hard to convince them to leave.

While bees are most likely to nest outdoors, our homes provide them safe shelter from predators and unsavory weather conditions. They will take advantage of small cracks in exterior walls or open chimneys or vents to move into your home.

Having bees nest in your home puts you and your family in direct contact with them on a daily basis. In addition, their nest can attract insect activity and create mold issues. Regular pest control for bees is the best way to guard your property against these pests.

Where will I find bees?

Bees thrive in the summer due to the warm temperatures and plentiful food and water sources.

Bees are active during the day, gathering food to bring back to the nest. They become more aggressive in the fall as they frantically try to gather enough food to ensure their queen can survive the winter.

Bees build their nests in various locations, including trees, woodpiles, or under decks or roof eaves. Bees are also well known for constructing their nests inside man-made structures like garages, sheds, and our homes.

Because there are many species of bees, if you spot them on your property, reaching out to a professional bee control expert is the best way to identify the bees and find their nesting location.

How do I get rid of bees?

The best way to control bees in homes is to partner with a professional. If bees decide to nest on your property, contacting a local pest professional is the easiest and safest way to remove them.

If bees ever find their way into your house, we can help. Our pest professionals will come to your property, perform an inspection, remove the nest, and spray a repellent to prevent future problems with stinging pests.

Let Delmar Pest Control help keep your family safe by helping you maintain a home free of bees. Call today for more information about our residential and commercial bee control services in Wilmington or surrounding areas in Delaware, Pennsylvania, or Maryland.

How can I prevent bees in the future?

Bees are outdoor pests, so keeping them away from your property can be difficult. However, you can take a few steps to make your yard and home less attractive to them.

  • Bees are attracted to sugar, so never leave sugary drinks uncovered, remove hummingbird feeders, and regularly harvest fruit trees and gardens.
  • Don't plant a lot of flowering vegetation near your home.
  • Keep bushes, shrubs, and tree limbs cut back from your home.
  • Remove areas of standing water from your property.
  • Keep covers on chimney and vents and seal up openings in your home's exterior to help prevent bees from entering your house to nest.

Contact Delmar Pest Control today for the most effective bee control in Wilmington.

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