Bees are winged stinging insects, with many hive dwelling species inhabiting the Omaha area. Bees pollinate plants and flowers, and play a crucial role within ecosystems. However, a bee population near your home can be stressful, inconvenient and potentially harmful in many ways. Particularly if you or a loved one has potential allergies to bee stings, bee colonies can be a serious health concern.
Types of Bees
It is essential to correctly identify the species of bees in order to take the proper pest control steps. Bees are often mistaken for wasps, which require different elimination techniques are ineffective on bee populations. Bees commonly found in the Omaha, NE area include:
- Honeybees: These small bees are largely harmless, but can travel in unnerving large swarms.
- Bumblebees: Characterized by their black and yellow colors and a “fuzzy” appearance, bumblebees are often mistake for carpenter bees. These bees do sting, but typically do not nest in homes and structures.
- Carpenter bees** These are a wood destroying insect that can cause serious structural damage to homes and buildings
- Sweat bees: These large bees are attracted to the salt in human perspiration and can deliver minor stings.
What to do:
In order to prevent a bee hive from forming in or near an occupied structure:
- Fill in all animal and rodent burrows and holes in the ground
- Tightly seal holes in the building’s exterior
- Ensure all vents have tight-fitting screens
- Remove or treat certain trees and shrubs that are especially attractive to bees
To rid your home of bees, it is necessary to completely remove the hive. This requires specific tools and expertise. In order to remove bees safely and humanely, consult a pest control professional at once. In many regions, special licenses are required to treat infestations. Call Quality Pest Control for help identifying and removing bees in the Omaha area.