Bees and Wasps
Since the mid-2000s, the scientific community has been abuzz (ahem, sorry) about the mysterious disappearance of the honeybee – a worldwide phenomenon called “colony collapse.” Starting in 2006, beekeepers began reporting losses between 30-90 percent of hives, all of which gave showed no signs of known causes of death.
Not to bee (ugh, sorry again) overly dramatic, but colony collapse is serious business. Honeybees are valuable pollinators in nearly every ecosystem, and without them, U.S. farmers alone are losing $15 billion worth of fruits, nuts and vegetables every year.
When it comes to bees, any respectable exterminator will seek sustainable alternatives to extermination – and Lloyd Pest Control is no different. We don’t want to exterminate any of our precious bees, and in most cases, will refer you to an experienced bee-handler who will relocate the hive/nest away from your property.
Just bear with us: sympathy might not be your first thought when a swarm of bees are buzzing in your backyard or inside your walls (a common location for hives). And yes, bee stings can be deadly if you’re allergic. However, bees are not aggressive and will only defend themselves if disturbed. Lloyd Pest Control has joined the movement to save the bees, and will work with you to remove the threat without contributing to colony collapse. Everybody wins! Hive-five! (Sorry, that was the last bee pun. Promise.)
What about killer bees?
Africanized “killer” bees are like normal honeybees – they have the same amount of venom, produce honey and wax, and will protect their nest. The difference is in their behavior – something in their psychological makeup makes them more aggressive than normal honeybees. They respond more quickly to perceived attacks, attack in greater numbers.
A person who passes within 50 feet of a nest can endure up to 100 stings, and these guys will pursue a threat up to a quarter of a mile. Killer bees are much like the agro-bro of the bee community, but, like honey bees, they still play a valuable role in our ecosystem, and Lloyd Pest Control will seek to relocate a hive instead of extermination.
The paper wasp (polistes dominula) are commonly found San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties. They’re recognizable by their bright yellow and black coloring, as well as their distinctive hives. They get their name from being totally awesome at arts and crafts. Their hives are constructed with plant material and their saliva – resulting in a structure that appears to be made from paper.
Yes, they build their entire home with plants and spit. Think about that next time you’re fumbling to cut a piece of construction paper with safety scissors. These guys are fond of building their nests in the underside of eaves on our houses, and they will sting you if they feel threatened. Stings are quite painful and can cause potentially fatal anaphylactic reaction in some.
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