Pest Control News: Learn to Bee Cool

 

What started out today as a trip down memory lane has turned to concern for a dying breed, the world’s honey bees. As usual, in my blogging, I recalled a group of bees my brother tried in vain to eradicate when I was young. The setting was our back yard and he had noticed bees flying around the window air conditioner outside. He investigated and noticed that they were coming out of a small hole in the ground. The water from the air conditioner steadily dripped onto the ground there and had made it soft for the ground bees to build a nest.

First my brother grabbed a pitcher of water and poured it into the hole; he thought that he would drown the nest. We were too young to know much about bees anyway. Today I learned that the male bees were emerging and awaiting the hatching of the females below. At any rate, my brother was appalled when he saw all of these closed cells that looked like little yellow tablets rising to the top of the ground. He finally decided to use the garden hose. He started to get a bit hysterical when thousands (it seemed like thousands, we were kids) of cells continued to float to the top of the ground.

He finally got a shovel and attempted to dig the nest up. In spite of my research which claims that solitary ground bees only tunnel a few centimeters below ground, this nest went deep. The hole he dug was at least two or three feet and there were still cells visible in the walls of the hole he dug. When night fell, my brother filled the hole having realized that for all his efforts and fears, neither of us had been stung; maybe the nest wasn’t a threat after all.

The truth is that these ground bees are very beneficial insects. They are great pollinators and were probably attracted to the flowers that bloomed in our garden and that of our nearest neighbor. We never went to that part of the yard again; my brother worried the bees would remember him and attack.

Honey Bees have been on the decline since the 1970s. These beneficial insects have a bad reputation because of allergies in humans and the Africanized bees that plague our nation due to scientific research. Beekeepers have declined as the elders of that sweet trade retired and the next generation was not interested in carrying on. At the same time a disease caused the collapse of many colonies worldwide. Now entomologists are trying to save the bees and therefore our food supply. Without the pollinators our society could eventually starve.

Integrated Pest Management is devoted to recreating the balance of nature. Bees are good and should be left alone wherever they nest unless they are Africanized or known allergies exist in your family. The bees can be moved by qualified professionals. Some states maintain that beekeepers are the ones to do the job, while others state that bee removal is to be carried out by licensed pest control professionals. Termites in Chandler are controlled by the same pest management professionals that you can count on to answer your questions and concerns. Promoting a healthy bee population does not mean more stings; it means more beautiful flowers and fewer pests in your garden. Many bees are stingless by nature, male ground bees don’t even have a stinger and the females only sting if provoked. I wish my brother had known that when we were kids.

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