Bees & Wasps

Most people have experienced a bee or wasp sting at some point in their lives. Not only are bees and wasps annoying, but they can be responsible for serious health complications when they come into contact with humans. Being stung can be dangerous and unfortunately, bees and wasps have a tendency to get into homes. Infestations are common on properties, so if you are facing a bee or wasp infestation, call Wildlife X Team® at (855) WILDLIFE today to get rid of your problem quickly and effectively!

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Everyone has been stung by an insect at one time or another. It’s an unpleasant experience, but for most people the damage inflicted is temporary. Only a very limited portion of the population, two people out of 1,000 are allergic or hypersensitive to bee or wasp stings. Stinging insects are limited to the order Hymenoptera, which includes bees, wasps, and ants. The stinger of bees, wasps and ants is a modified egg-laying apparatus, so only females can sting. Most hymenopterans live solitary lives, and their behavior is more likely to get away than fight. Social hymenopterans,including yellow jackets, honey bees, bumble bees, and fire ants have soldiers in the colony whose task it is to defend the nest. If the nest is disturbed, these individuals will defend the colony vigorously. Foraging members of the colony also will sting if they are disturbed as they go about their activities. Some, such as the yellow jacket, are much more likely to attack than any thing else. Africanized honey bees is closely related to the European honey bees, which is used in agriculture for crop pollination and honey production. The two types of bees look similar, and their behavior is similar in many respects. Neither are likely to sting you when gathering nectar and pollen from flowers, but both will sting in defense.

The Africanized bee can only sting once and has the same venom as the European honey bee. However, the Africanized honey bees are a lot less predictable and more defensive than the European honey bees. The Africanized are more likely to defend a larger area around their hive, and they respond faster and in greater numbers than the European honey bee.

  • Honey bees may make 10,000,000 trips to gather enough nectar to make a pound of honey.
  • Their activity for 1 pound of honey means a total distance flown of 50,000 plus miles and over 2,000,000 flowers visited.
  • Honeybee workers move to different jobs as they grow in the colony:
    1. Week 1 – clean the hive
    2. Week 2 – feed the larvae
    3. Week 3 – do repair work on the honeycomb cells
    4. Week 4 – guard the hive
    5. Week 5 and beyond – collect pollen and nectar from flowers
  • The term “honeymoon” used to be when a newly married couple was provided with enough honey wine to last them for the first month of their new life together.
  • When searching for food sources a honey bee may travel up to 60 miles in a day.
  • Only female ants, bees and wasps can sting. Males do not have the egg-laying “ovipositor” that is modified as the stinger on female stinging insects.
  • Honey bees have a total of 5 eyes. This gives the honey bee excellent eyesight.
  • The wings of honeybees beat around 11,000 cycles per minute.
  • Average flying speed of a bee or wasp is only around 15 miles per hour.
  • Bees & Wasps feed on sweet liquids & juices.
  • The State of Utah has been named “The Beehive State, however the top producers of honey are traditionally California, Florida, and South Dakota.
  • China produces more honey from honey bees than any other country in the world.
  • Americans eat a little over 1 pound of honey each year per person.
  • Honeybees do not actually “make” honey, but instead they convert the nectar they gather to honey, by constantly regurgitating it and allowing it to dehydrate.
  • The honey bee is not native to the USA. They were introduced to this continent by some of the first European settlers.
  • Native American Indians referred to the honey bee as the “White Man’s Fly”.

 

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  • If you have Raccoons in your attic, garage, or other areas of your home you may want to call Wildlife X Team® (855) WILDLIFE today! Wildlife X Team are experts in raccoon removal and exclusion services.
  • Squirrel problems are rampant nationally. Squirrels can cause extensive damage in and around homes, including soiling floors and walls. Squirrels don't stand a chance against Wildlife X Team®'s trained professional staff.
  • Rodent problems are common for homeowners, but Wildlife X Team® can help you prevent rodents from getting in your walls or your attic. Keep rodents out of your home by calling today!
  • Removing and relocating bats is best left to professionals, as bats will bite and scratch if threatened. If you see signs of bats on your property or want to know how to get rid of bats from your attic and chimney, please call Wildlife X Team® at (855) WILDLIFE.
  • Although armadillos have no reason to get into houses, there is a lot of damage armadillos can cause. Their diet consists mostly of grubs and insects, but when they burrow, it can affect the very structure of buildings. Call Wildlife X Team® today!
  • Whether you are facing a snake infestation on your property or just notice a single snake, call (855) WILDLIFE at Wildlife X Team® today. Most snakes are harmless, but some are venomous, but we can remove all kinds of snakes safely and quickly.
  • Birds can add a lot of enjoyment to the outdoor experience, but sometimes they cause trouble. If you're having a bird issue, give Wildlife X Team® a call at (855) WILDLIFE.
  • At Wildlife X Team®, we offer worry-free opossum removal and trapping. We can also repair any opossum damage.
  • Infamous for their unique defense mechanism, skunks are smelly creatures. This unique critter releases a scent to ward off predators and stay safe, and it smells offensive and can be dangerous.
  • Coyotes, a relative of the canine, are known for terrorizing livestock, and even household pets. Coyotes are often active at night, and homeowners often report the howling cries of these medium-sized creatures.
  • Badgers are notorious for having a bite that rivals their bark — despite their less-than-formidable size! Badgers have been known to fight animals as large as a bear!
  • Beaver damage is primarily to landscapes like riverbeds and lakesides. If you discover beaver damage in your property, call Wildlife X Team® at (855) WILDLIFE to help relocate beavers and repair any damages caused by these flat-tailed critters.
  • Nocturnal creatures, bobcats will take down any prey necessary, especially livestock. Bobcats are territorial and will often return to the property they have claimed as their own, especially if there is a steady food source.
  • Chipmunks can be annoying and clever creatures, but they're no match for Wildlife X Team®. We offer chipmunk removal, and chipmunk damage repair services, plus we know how to keep chipmunks from coming back!
  • Fox landscape damage and feeding behaviors can affect homeowners' safety, so it's important to not approach a fox if you see one in the wild or on your property. Wildlife X Team® offers fox removal, fox trapping, and fox prevention. Call today!
  • Lizards, similar in appearance to snakes, can be frightening if you spot one in the wild or in your home, and although they don't typically attack residents, it's still good to not approach lizards.
  • Mole damage is most commonly found on landscapes, and sometimes humans don't even come into contact with them, but they definitely experience mole damage.
  • If you have discovered scorpion(s) in your garden or on your property, call us today for scorpion removal services.
  • Voles are not often spotted by humans, but vole damage is visible. For vole trapping, vole removal, and vole damage repair services, call Wildlife X Team® today!
  • Infestations of bugs are common, so if you are facing an insect infestation, don't panic — we can help kill insects and get rid of them inside and outside your home.
  • Wild hog trapping and wild hog prevention are the most effective means of wild hog removal, but we do not recommend DIY wild hog trapping.
  • Infestations of termites are common inside homes and on properties, so if you are facing an insect infestation, call Wildlife X Team® at (855) WILDLIFE today to get rid of your termite problem quickly and effectively!
  • Bee and wasp infestations are common, so if you are facing an insect infestation, don't panic — we can help get rid of them inside and outside your home.
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