wasps and bees

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While bees are very beneficial insects, bee control services are warranted when bees build their nests in close proximity to humans.

When bees invade your yard, it puts you and your family at risk of being stung.

Bee stings can be dangerous especially for those that have a bee sting allergy. According to the Center for Disease Control, as many as 90-100 people die each year from allergic bee sting reactions to stings from insects like bees, wasps and hornets.

Rentokil is committed to protecting pollinators and follow all local, state and federal regulations when removing bees from properties.

If you believe you have a bee nest on or near your property, we strongly recommend to contact your local Rentokil office at 877-690-2115.

Bee Fact: The term worker bee is an apt description. Worker bees in the summer work themselves to death with their lifespan rarely lasting longer than 6 weeks.

How to get rid of bees

We strongly discourage non-professionals from removing bee nests through do-it-yourself methods.

Bee removal should only be carried out by a licensed bee control professionals. as it is dangerous and bees can sting in large numbers.

While the removal of all stinging insect nests should be left to professionals, there are a few things customers can do make bee infestations less likely.

  • Do not leave food and beverages outdoors for extended period of time. Even used soda cans can attract bees.
  • Make sure all garbage cans have tight fitting lids.
  • Keep garbage cans as far away from the property to reduce the risk of people being stung.
  • Check your property for bee nests frequently as the earlier a nest can be identified, the easier it is to remove.

Is your home or business experiencing a bee infestation? If you have seen a lot of bee activity near your home or business or believe there may be a bee nest in your yard, we recommend calling Rentokil at 877-690-2115 or contacting us online to schedule a service visit.

Bee removal process

Rentokil Technicians will consult with you about the bee problem and do the following:

  • Confirm the insects that you are seeing are really bees. If they are wasps or hornets, that could present additional problems and require different equipment and protection.

  • Find where the bees are nesting. To get rid of bees, it is crucial that all nests on the property are identified. If bees are getting into your home, the Rentokil Steritech technician will determine which access points need to be sealed to stop the infestation.

  • Use the right tools and equipment to remove the nests. If a nest must be treated, technicians will wear a specialized covering for safety and use tools like bee poles to remove nests from a greater distance to prevent swarming.

Bee prevention

There are things that you can do around your home and property that will go a long way toward preventing bees from setting up their nests near your family. These include:

  • Sealing up cracks and potential entry points. Bees are opportunistic and will try to find a place where they can build a nest and not be disturbed. Use durable materials like metal screens and caulking to keep them from getting inside. Seal up cracks in the siding and roof so they can't access and start building a nest.

  • Remove any old honeycombs and materials from prior nests. Honey bees might still be able to detect pheromones left behind and could end up coming back and setting up a new nest.

  • Get rid of clutter around the yard. Piles of wood, old appliances, lawn mowers and other equipment can all make very attractive locations for bees.

Bee nest removal by Rentokil

Have you spotted a bee nest on your property? Rentokil exercises extreme caution when removing bee nests from properties.

Wearing protective gear, your Technician will inspect your property carefully and identify the location of the nest. Your Technician will give you very specific instructions to stay indoors while the nest is removed for your own safety and the safety of your family and pets.

The Technician will then closely examine the flight paths of the bees to minimize the agitation of the colony. When possible, your Technician will use an extension pole to treat the nests from a safe distance.

Depending on where the nest is located (a roof, wall void, attic, etc.) and the species of bee, your Technician will utilize a aerosol, dust or liquid treatment on the nest.

For honey bees, your Technician may contact a local cooperative extension or beekeeping supply shop to remove the nest.

Bee sting prevention tips

No one wants to get stung by bees. A bee sting can ruin a family picnic or backyard barbecue. If you have an allergic reaction, a bee sting can be a serious health scare and can even be fatal. Below are some tips to keep in mind to avoid bee stings.

  • If you come in close proximity to a bee or bees, do NOT attempt to swat or hit bees as this will make bees more aggressive.

  • Don’t make sudden movements when you encounter a bee as this can provoke stinging. Stay very still or move slowly away from the bees.

  • Cover all food containers and beverage bottles or cans when not in use.

  • If you see a bee nest on your property, stay away from the nest and call a pest professional to remove it. Do NOT try to remove the nest yourself as this can be extremely dangerous.

The bee removal specialists

At Rentokil, our Technicians are constantly trained in the latest bee control, removal and prevention techniques. We will identify the location of the nest and what kind of stinging insects you have on your property. We will then make sure that our removal efforts are effective.

Call us at 877-690-2115 to speak to a live pest expert or use the online form to schedule an initial consultation.

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