How to Get Rid of Bumblebees, Carpenter & Honey Bees & Their Hives in Budd Lake, NJ
Summer weather means flowers along with busy bees doing their job. Many of us consider any flying insect with a stinger a “bee”. The first step in determining what you need to do is to know which buzzing insect you’re dealing with. New Jersey is home to three species of bees; honeybees, bumblebees and carpenter bees.
Types of Bees Found in New Jersey
Honey bees are golden yellow with brown bands. Their body is thin and oval-shaped. They measure about a half-inch long and are covered with tiny hairs. They live in hives and are the only social insect with a colony that can survive for many years.
Bumblebees are black with yellow stripes. They too have oval-shaped bodies with tiny hairs covering them and measure about an inch in length. Bumble bees will make their nests on the ground but will nest above the ground sometimes. You may find nests around patios or decks and in soffits of attics.
Carpenter bees look like bumblebees but usually lack yellow stripes. They are more robust in shape as opposed to other bees with shiny bodies that have less hair and can be a quarter-inch to an inch long. They will make holes in wood in order to nest which is the reason for its name.
Bees are Important to the Environment
Bees pollinate plants and crops, making them an important part of the ecosystem. It’s estimated that that up to 70% of U.S. commercial crops, including fruits, vegetables and even nuts rely on the pollination of honey bees. Honeybees have been protected in New Jersey since 2008. According to the New Jersey Beekeepers Association, other than colonies living within indoor structures, it is illegal to kill honeybee colonies without the approval from the appropriate agencies. It is very important to consult with a pest control specialist if there is ever a question about the bees you’re dealing with and make sure you choose professionals that are experienced in bee identification and removal.
Reasons to Hire Professionals to Remove Bee Swarms
1. You can be subject to fines from the state if you destroy a honeybee hive.
2. The sprays you can purchase at the store are full of chemicals and can be harmful to you and your pets if you don’t use them the right way. You run the risk of getting sting multiple times and if you’re working on a ladder there’s added danger.
3. Bees are normally docile but will sting if there any disturbance to their nest or they are provoked. Stings can be painful and even deadly if you suffer a dangerous reaction.
4. Professionals will ensure all traces of the hive are removed. This prevents attracting rodents and other insects. We will also make sure all the bees are removed before closing the area. This is an important step to prevent future infestations because if bees are trapped and can’t get out, they will find their way into your home through air vents and electrical sockets.