Sunday, March 6 was a horrible day for a woman who is now recovering from multiple bee stings. According to the Associated Press, the attack happened in Scottsdale near 78th Street and McDonald Drive and in addition to the women being attacked, two dogs were killed and two cats are still recovering. The estimated 85,000 bees came from two different hives and according to the Scottsdale Fire Department; both hives have since been removed. Chris Stefanek with Philanthro-X Pest Control knows that dealing with bees and bee swarms is best left to the professionals.
Stefanek responded to the story saying, “For a colony to get that size – that doesn’t happen overnight. Based on the six foot colony, it sounds like someone missed the bee activity or didn’t know it was there.”
There are some things that home and business owners should be aware of when it comes to bee activity. Stefanek states, “The easiest thing people can do is be aware of their home, block walls and their property. What they are looking for in a colony is that bees will be flying in and out of the same location and a colony that size will have a lot of bees more or less swarming or congregating in a specific area. Another sign of bees – this time of year and throughout the summer, they swarm. When a colony reaches too big a capacity, some break off and form another colony. They swarm and they look like a big cloud flying through the sky.” Be aware of large numbers of bees that might be resting in the eaves of your home or in nearby trees.
Bees can also cause extensive property damage. “When a bee colony or hive is in a wall, the bees cool the honey hive. Once the bees are killed, that honey will drip,” Stefanek explains. “If there is honeycomb inside of a wall, it can destroy a wall, the ceiling and drywall. It’s much easier to remediate.”
It is also important to follow through with complete hive removal and treatment. Stefanek adds, “Bees are attracted to pheromone, a scent that they leave. Even after killing a beehive, I can’t tell you how many times, the following spring, another hive comes in. That’s because pheromone is left in the wall. Part of the preventative part is getting that hive removed and then getting it sanitized.”
What do you do if faced with swarming bees? First and foremost is to look to get away from the area… quickly! It’s no guarantee that you will not get stung, but run as fast as you can to an enclosed interior area and immediately shut the door. If you cannot find shelter, run through bushes or shrubs to try and distract the bees. Be sure to keep your mouth covered at all times. It is also a myth that jumping into a pool or body of water will make the bees go away. To the contrary, bees will hover and stay above the water, waiting to attack when someone reemerges.
If you see unusual bee activity or suspect there is a hive nearby, never try to approach it or get rid of it by yourself. Have a professional, like Stefanek with Philanthro-X come out to assess the situation and see how best to address the issue.
From mosquitoes, ants, cockroaches and crickets to rodents, bees, termites, scorpions and any other pests, Philanthro-X can cover all your exterminating needs. Even better, they will work with you and show you how to best prevent recurrences of unwelcome pests and rodents.
To get a complimentary consultation for any pest or bug issues, contact Chris Stefanek of Philanthro-X at (480) 823-8213 or visit www.philanthroxpest.com for additional information.