The distinctive hum of bees that are busy at work and the presence of hives or nests are obvious signs that bees have set up a colony on your property. Look for ground nesting colonies that have excavated small areas of dirt or soil near to the nest entrance. Tiny holes approximately 12mm in diameter or larger on a standing structure are the indications of the presence of carpenter bees. Bees that have taken up permanent residence within the walls of your home or business in Mission require immediate attention.
- Carpenter Bees
- Bumble Bees
- Yellow Jackets
- Cicada Killers
In addition to potentially fatal bee stings, bees often nest in inconvenient locations and can cause significant property damage. An entire hive is predisposed to fiercely attack when the nest is threatened. Do not attempt to manage or remove a bee or hornet’s nest on your own.
These innocent looking pests usually nest on the ground but can be found near patios, decks, attics or beneath roof beams. They are capable of pursuing a perceived hive invader for long distances. Of all bee types, Bumblebee stings are the most painful and cause extensive swelling.
Carpenter bees are solitary and build nests for themselves and their offspring only. They are attracted to wood and will damage and chew into structures several inches deep to hold their eggs and food. Carpenter bees are capable of stinging repeatedly since their stingers are not barbed.
These dangerous bees are known to attack in large numbers and pose a significant threat to those suffering with allergies. Although their venom is not considered more dangerous than other bees, the sheer volume of stings from a large colony can cause serious injury.
These honey manufactures live in large colonies that can survive for many years. They typically build their nests in tree crevices and occasionally in attics or chimneys. Their barbed stingers are immediately torn away after a single sting.