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Are Bees Declining?

The Bee Question
The Bee Question

Concern about honeybee decline is spreading to other bee species. Researchers have documented the spread of mite-borne viruses associated with colony collapse disorder to wild bumblebee populations. The viruses appear to spread between bee species when diseased and healthy bees forage from the same plants. Bumblebees seem to be even more susceptible to these diseases than their honey-making cousins.

“Wild populations of bumblebees appear to be in significant decline across Europe, North America, South America and also in Asia,” study leader Mark Brown of the University of London said on NBC News.

Multiple Challenges

Diseases, fungal infections, and parasites are just a few of the problems that are taking a toll on bee populations. Researchers have also implicated agricultural insecticides, pollution, and habitat loss in massive bee die-offs over the past several years.

Bees are primary pollinators of food crops and ornamental flowers. The world’s food supply could be at risk if solutions to bee problems are not found.

Smart Bee Control Solutions

Concern about bee populations can make for difficult choices when bees locate their hives on commercial or residential property. Correctly identifying whether the invaders are bees or wasps requires a bee and wasp control expert due to their physical similarities.

Safe hive removal and wasp and hornet control are Stern specialties. Call us for 24-hour emergency bee and wasp hive removal services.

What Are Ground Bees?

Rather than a specific species, “ground bees” is actually a generic term that describes any bee or wasp species that builds its nest underground. A number of bee and wasp species colonize abandoned animal burrows, including bumble bees, sweat bees and yellow jackets, which are actually a type of wasp.

Most people notice the presence of ground bees when they see several bees hovering over an opening in their lawn or garden. Bees may also be seen flying into or out of a hole or crack in the ground. These stinging insects can post a serious hazard to unsuspecting adults, children and pets that stumble upon a nest while walking, working or playing outdoors. Even a small disturbance such as a rumbling lawn mower can send a swarm of angry ground bees rocketing out of an underground nest.

Disturbed bees often attack en masse; stinging their victims multiple times and posing a serious health threat even to people that are not allergic to their venom. Ground bees’ aggressive pursuit of their victims makes their removal critically important when they build their nests in New Jersey backyards or near the entrances to retail or commercial buildings.

Protect your family and your customers from ground bees. Call the bee and wasp removal and control experts at Stern Environmental.

Is It a Bee or a Wasp?

Many bees and wasps share similar coloring and markings which can make them difficult to tell apart. When residential and commercial clients call with bee complaints, NJ pest control experts use a number of identifiers to determine whether the offending insect is a bee or a wasp. Correctly identifying stinging pests is the first step to their elimination and can make a difference in the steps NYC pest control professionals take to control or exterminate an infestation of these potentially dangerous pests.

  • Bees are typically covered with tiny hairs and have thick bodies. Beneficial pollinators, most bees feed on plant nectar and collect pollen to feed their larvae.
  • Wasps are usually smooth bodied with ant-like, constricted waists. These predatory insects feed primarily on insects but will also eat plant nectar, fruit and carrion.
  • Most bees live in large social hives governed by a strict caste system that defines each insect’s role. A notable exception is the carpenter bee which is a solitary bee that lives in mated pairs.
  • Depending on their species, wasps may live in large social colonies or they may live a solitary existence.

Honey bees are a protected species that, by law, cannot be exterminated. When hives present a problem, bee keepers are called in to capture the bees and relocate the hive. Other bees and wasps can be exterminated when they pose a threat.

Are Carpenter Bees Driving You Buggy?

They are big, hairy, and scary looking.  They buzz around you while you are walking to your car, working in the garden, or sitting on your front porch.  People often wonder what they want as they just appear to be staring at you as they lurk about.

They are carpenter bees!  For many people, carpenter bees are considered to be a nuisance pest as they lurk, buzz, and dive bomb.  They are non-aggressive, but still an annoying pest none-the-less.  Male carpenter bees are harmless and do not have a stinger.  Most of the time male carpenter bees are the ones that tend to do the buzzing around people.  This show of force is one way that they “show-off” for their female counterpart.

The female carpenter bee tends to hang out closely by the chosen nesting site.  She is the one that works feverishly to create the nest as she prepares to lay her eggs.  Females are not considered aggressive, but they do have a stinger and they will sting you if you take a swat at them or if they think you are threating their nest or budding babies.

Carpenter bees drill holes in new and old wood for their nests.  Each hole that is created is used by subsequent generations as well.  The deck railing is often the target of the resourceful carpenter bee.

Stern Environmental Group offers 24 hour emergency hive removal and carpenter bee treatment.  You don’t have to be annoyed by these bees any longer.  Call Stern for expert help.

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Keep A Watch Out For Beehives In New Jersey

carpenter-bee-1Africanized bees can cause serious problems for homeowners as one family in Florida has recently just found out.

Their day began as usual with a walk with their family beagle-basset hound mix dog named Lucy.  After arriving home, they placed their dog on a seven foot chain that was attached to their front porch.  Not long after, the homeowner heard a large branch crash onto the roof above his office.  The homeowner then looked out the front window to see his beloved pet being attacked by a swarm of Africanized bees.

The homeowner had no idea that a beehive was hidden up in the tree where the branch came crashing down from.  Although the dog did nothing to provoke the attack, for whatever reason, the bees clearly regarded the poor dog as a threat.  The dog received so many bee stings that sadly it died from anaphylaxis shock.

As bad it is to lose a beloved family pet is this way, the same scenario could also play out for a child or adult.  Africanized bees can be very aggressive and cause serious and dangerous consequences to homeowners.  It is wise to contact a licensed pest control specialist who is trained in the treatment of these aggressive pests.