The honey bee belongs to the insect order Hymenoptera which also includes
wasps and ants. Honey bees were introduced to the U.S. by European
immigrants who knew of their importance to pollination and the production of
honey. Feral honey bee colonies have become established and often become
bothersome, even dangerous. When honey bees establish themselves in
populated areas, people with allergies to bee stings are put at great risk.
During the months of March through September, clusters of bees can be found
clinging to trees and shrubs. These bees will normally not sting unless
disturbed. The presence of a large cluster of bees does not signify that a
colony or hive has been established. Bees will often travel en masse to
forage for nectar and nourishment of the colony. If a group of bees has been
seen in the same area for four or more days, it becomes time to take action.
Once the colony establishes itself inside a wall void or within an attic,
removal of decaying bees and honey can generate a great expense. Unlike most
ant problems which tend to be inside your home, bees are often found one the
outside of your home.
What about those Killer
Africanized "Killer" honey bees look identical to regular European
honey bees. They carry the same amount of venom, produce honey and wax,
pollinate flowers, protect their nests and sting in defense. The only real
difference is found within their little bee psyches. They respond more
quickly to a perceived attack, and in greater numbers. Though each bee can
sting only once in their lives, huge numbers of bees will attack the same
target. A person who passes within 50 feet of a nest is not in danger from
the toxic venom of one killer bee, he is in danger of being stung by a
hundred or more honey bees at once. And they will pursue for distances up to
What you can do to protect yourself
from Africanized honey bees:
Remove possible nesting sites around your home. This includes
empty boxes, unused trash cans, buckets, old tires, etc.
Seal openings greater than 1/8" in walls, around chimneys, and plumbing.
Install screens over vents and rain spouts.
Stay away from all honey bee swarms. If it becomes necessary to run from a
mobilized swarm, do so while protecting your face and eyes as much as
possible. Take shelter inside a building or car - not under trees or within
If stung, scrape stinger from skin with a fingernail or credit card. If
breathing becomes labored, seek medical attention.
Even if all of the bees in a hive have been killed, foraging bees
from neighboring colonies will be attracted to the abandoned hive
and set up shop unless the physical hive itself is removed.
A TAC Exterminators offers a wide range of services for bee colony
elimination, bee hive removal, and structural repair.