WE DO NOT WANT TO KILL HONEYBEES.
Our main purpose at Lloyd Pest Control is to help protect your health, safety, and property. We are equally committed to the protection of our community and its ecology. Most of us in Southern California are now aware that the number of European honeybees seems to be decreasing. We don’t want any part of that. Our company recognizes how important these pollinators are, and we understand that bees play a huge role in our economy and national food production efforts. Farmers need bees to grow our food. Before contacting us for bee exterminating, we recommend that you contact a local beekeeper to help with the live removal of any colony from a hive. If bees are discovered at your property, please, if possible, wait a couple of days to determine whether they represent a passing swarm or an established hive. Most swarms sample new areas for a few days before settling in to re-establish the colony. In fact, most swarms will leave your property quickly and without incident – and with no cost to you. Unfortunately, there are rare times when some bee colonies present themselves in situations and places that are unacceptable (Egs. Within your chimney, or on the playground of a pre-school). We recognize that sometimes these bees need to be removed quickly. A beekeeper can handle a great many of these situations. As a last resort, we, too, can provide elimination of those bees. But we are not beekeepers. When we are called to emergency bee situations, the bees die. It is a sad scenario for all of us, and we prefer to avoid it altogether. We do not consider honeybees to be a pest when they are simply gathering nectar from flowering plants. They are not aggressive when they are foraging for food, and people don’t need to be afraid of them. Bees become most aggressive when defending a hive. Even in this scenario, beekeepers are the ones best suited to extract the colony without hurting them. A beekeeper will transfer the bees to a new hive where they can continue to pollinate and do their work. At Lloyd Pest Control, we make every consideration possible to avoid damaging the bee population. Our treatment formulations for our main target pests – like ants, roaches and termites – have been selected by our entomologist Dr. Eric Paysen who has led our company’s efforts to save as many honeybees as possible. Dr. Paysen has worked with our technicians to create strategies that are “target pest-specific.” Think about salt. It’s fine for you (in moderation), but it is lethal to snails. Our ant treatments, for example, are designed to not kill roaches. And our roach baits and spider applications and termite treatments, as other examples, won’t kill bees. To further limit our impact, even our bee service protocol involves the use of products that won’t leave a residual that might affect other bees nesting in nearby locations. Using these types of target-specific products helps us avoid causing collateral damage to the environment that we, as members of this community, have vowed to protect. Before you contact us – or any exterminator – to rid honeybees from your property, please consider contacting a local beekeeper. If you would like a referral to a beekeeper in your area, please feel free to call us toll-free at 1-800-223-2847, or send us a message via our Contact page. Also, once the bees are gone, make certain that the waxy remains of any hive are removed so that there is no attractant for future colonies.
Africanized “Killer” honey bees look identical to regular European honey bees. They carry the same amount of venom, produce honey and wax, pollinate flowers, protect their nests and sting in defense. The only real difference is found within their little bee psyches. They respond more quickly to a perceived attack, and in greater numbers. Though each bee can sting only once in their lives, huge numbers of bees will attack the same target. A person who passes within 50 feet of a nest is not in danger from the toxic venom of one killer bee, he is in danger of being stung by a hundred or more honey bees at once. And they will pursue for distances up to a quarter-mile.
What you can do to protect yourself from Africanized honey bees:
Remove possible nesting sites around your home. These includes empty boxes, unused trash cans, buckets, old tires, etc. Seal openings greater than 1/8″ in walls, around chimneys, and plumbing. Install screens over vents and rain spouts. Stay away from all honey bee swarms. If it becomes necessary to run from a mobilized swarm, do so while protecting your face and eyes as much as possible. Take shelter inside a building or car – not under trees or within bushes. If stung, scrape stinger from skin with a fingernail or credit card. If breathing becomes labored, seek medical attention.
BEE TIP: Even if all of the bees in a hive have been killed, foraging bees from neighboring colonies will be attracted to the abandoned hive and set up shop unless the physical hive itself is removed.