Bees are a natural and helpful part of our Vancouver ecosystem. They pollinate flowers and create honey that humans like to eat. But what happens when bees decide to make your house into their home? Bees that invade your residence can be dangerous, particularly for children and those with allergies. At that point, it becomes necessary to find a way to get rid of your bees.
First things first, you must make sure that you truly do have a bee problem and not a wasp problem. Bees and wasps can be difficult to tell apart due to the similarities in their coloring. Most bees, particularly honeybees, are not naturally aggressive and only attack humans if they have been provoked. Bees have round, fat, hairy bodies and live in geometric wax beehives.
Wasps, on the other hand, are cylindrical in shape, have smooth bodies and legs, and live in papery nests. Both types of insects call Vancouver home, but each of them requires different specific treatments to get rid of them. After you have determined that you are dealing with bees and not wasps, you will need to figure out if you have a swarm, foraging bees, or a colony.
Each of these types of bee infestations requires a specific technique to eliminate the problem. Foraging bees are the least troublesome kind of bees – they are simply hunting for pollen and honey in your area and will more than likely move on soon. Bees that are swarming or that have formed a colony in or around your home can be more aggressive because they are defending themselves. If you happen to catch the colony in its beginning stages, you may be able to try a home remedy. But these are VERY RISKY and you might get stung.
Here are a few common things people try:
These home remedy methods of controlling a bee infestation are often dangerous. A beekeeping suit is required for the greatest amount of protection from bee stings. Ultimately, removing the bees’ nest is the most effective strategy to get rid of the bees for good.
Do not use chemicals on bees, many provinces have deemed this illegal and you may get into trouble.
The best way to guarantee that your bee infestation will be gone is to contact an experienced pest control professionals like Pesticon rather than resorting to risking your own safety. Oftentimes, calling a professional when you first discover an infestation can save you both time and money that you could have wasted on home “remedies” that may or may not work. At Pesticon, we pride ourselves on helping our Vancouver neighbors get rid of bees and other pests for good. If you live in the Vancouver area and have a bee problem, call us today for your free consultation. We’ll give you all the information you need to make the decision to exterminate the bees in your home, and if you choose to work with us, we’ll make sure the job is done right! We offer a 6-month guarantee on our work – if the pests come back, we come back!