Posts Tagged ‘Africanized Honeybees’
Did you know Africanized Honeybees swarm 30 more often than the European Honeybees? Spring has sprung and we are getting calls, here are a few tips:
- Don’t Panic when they decide to swarm on a tree, bush or fence. Its nature way of reproduction.
- Leave them alone, they will probably move on.
- When they swarm they take in as much honey as they can, this tends to make them a little more docile. They are not defending a hive yet, but that doesn’;t mean that they won’t sting. Use caution and Bee Safe.
I saw these huge fly swatters the other day at a store and couldn’t help buying one, if your problem requires the use of something this BIG then you need to amke one call. That call would be to ProBest Pest Management 480-831-9328 or 623-414-0176.
There are some things you can do on your own, but take caution on termites, bed bugs and Africanized Honeybees.
So you’ve been lucky, never been attacked or stung by an insect. Is it luck or are you one of those who may die if stung and you just don’t know it yet? “The rise of deadly insect sing allergies: Is there a cure?” published by Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology article by Medical press.
“Insect sting allergy is increasing, affecting five percent of the population. But what much of the population may not understand is that there is something that can be done about it.”
I’m extremely fortunate that I’m not allergic, especially since I’m in the biz? So here are a few tips:
- Just because you see a honeybee doesn’t mean its going to attack. They are out looking for food and probably could care less about you. Unless, unless yes I said that twice you encounter an Africanized Honeybee colony?
- Wear light colored clothes while hiking, honeybees are less likely to become aggressive.
- Always wear shoes outside, don’t set them by the backdoor. Scorpions and Black widow spiders may make it their new home.
- If you are stung, watch the symptoms – if you feel weird in any way call 911 right away.
- You can also check in with Poison Control 1-800-222-1222, this is also a number that should be taught to children
- Arizona has some special creepy little things like rattlesnakes, Gila monsters, Africanized Honeybees, tarantulas (usually harmless unless you provoke them), spiders and my favorite Assassin Bug.
Warning signs someone’s been stung by a scorpion MyFox News video and story.
stinger of bark scorpion magnified
We all need to bee aware in Arizona and pretty much all of the South U.S. This is an example of why, this picture is a water meter box and if you look close you will see honeybees going in and out of the entrance . What would happen if children were playing and ran across the lid, or fell on the meter box?
What would happen if you decided to check your water meter box and lifted the lid without seeing the bees, catastrophe well maybe? So please see the checklist below and use caution in and around your home!
- Check your home monthly especially in the Spring and Fall, check eaves and roof-line.
- Check your property, sheds and storage.
- Keep an eye out for meter boxes or electrical boxes.
- If a swarm enters your property and alights on a tree branch, wait – they may move. If they go to and from your home, then it is time to call.
- Remember bees don’t know a dog house from a tree.
- Remember if you decide to treat, you can’t call the bees back once they are excited and upset.
From the age of probably 15 I knew I didn’t have a problem speaking to any crowd. My first taste of this type of endeavor was a public speaking contest with The American Legion and my talk was about conservation. While only placing 3rd with the state, I thought I had done a pretty commendable job.
Really enjoying a topic as I do bugs, makes it easy and I can most of the time discuss just about any bug out there. If I don’t know the answer I can always find out and get back to the person asking. I had a chance to work for a Chemical Manufacturing company and had the opportunity to speak in many different countries about my knowledge of the bugs we encounter here in the State’s. My largest group was approximately 500 people.
This last week I spoke to a group on “Biting and Stinging Pest” here in Arizona. We live with bugs everyday, I heard once that we are within 5 feet of a bug every minute of our lives. Scary isn’t it?
Are you a Realtor or Broker, how about a Property Manager and could you use some additional knowledge about insects? I think all of us could use a little more knowledge and should continue to learn until we check out. Do you know what to do if you encounter Africanized Honeybees or Bed Bugs?
Call ProBest Pest Management for an appointment 480-831-9328 or 623-414-0176.