Bee Removal in Myrtle Beach & Surrounding Areas
Honey bees can be found throughout the world except for Antarctica. Humans not only use the honey as a food source but also use the wax from bee hives in cosmetics, candles and soaps. There are 8 main species of honey bee with 43 subspecies. Honey bees are only a fraction of the more than 20,000 species of bees across the world. Bees are considered one of the most important creatures on earth due to their role in helping pollinate food crops and other food-bearing plants. They help pollinate food crops estimated in billions of dollars every year.
When hives become too large, they produce a second queen, and a portion of the hive splits off from the main hive with the new queen in a large cluster known as a swarm. When you encounter a bee swarm, they are not going to attack and are usually very docile unless threatened. They are simply a group of bees looking for a new place to create a new hive. When you see a bee swarm, often in a tree or on the side of a house, do not approach it or attempt to kill or harm the bees. Bees are extremely important for our survival and bee colonies are under threat with many species close to extinction.
Bald Faced Hornets may be best described as large, black and white, heavy-bodied wasps about ¾" long. They typically build exposed, mottled grey nests in trees or shrubs. Occasionally, the wasps will build nests under roof overhangs, in attics, crawlspaces and wall voids, or under decks or porches. The nests are constructed of a paper-like martial formed from chewed wood. The nests are often described as "football shaped", but they may actually be bigger than a basketball in diameter.
Yellowjackets are house fly-sized wasps with distinct yellow and black markings and a few hairs. They construct a similar type of paper nest, but it is usually tan in color and much smaller compared to the hornet nest. It’s also usually found in an underground cavity. Common locations for nests are in lawns, particularly in sandy exposed areas, as well as at the base of trees or shrubs. Occasionally, yellowjackets will nest in attics or walls voids of houses or storage buildings.
Yellowjackets, in particular, may be pests around picnics, trash cans, and humming bird feeders. The only way to control this situation is to locate and destroy the nest. As an alternative, keep all outdoor food and drinks covered, except while actually eating. Trash cans should be kept covered.