Bee Gone: How To Safely Remove and Prevent Bee Hives Around Your Tucson Home

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Tucson's beautiful landscape and warm climate mean we can spend a lot of time outside. Unfortunately, spending time outside increases the chance of encountering stinging insects like bees. 

While bees are essential for pollination and a thriving ecosystem, their presence near your home can cause concern, especially if you enjoy spending time outside. Fortunately, we are here to help. We are Conquistador Pest & Termite, experts in Tucson home pest control. Call us today to learn more about what we can do to protect you and your family from bees. 

The Bee Life Cycle: From Egg To Adult Bee

Understanding the life cycle of bees is essential for effectively managing beehives near your home. The life cycle of a bee typically involves several distinct stages:

  • Egg Stage: A bee's life begins as an egg. The queen bee lays eggs in the hive, which are relatively small and usually attached to the hive's cells.

  • Larval Stage: After a few days, the eggs hatch into larvae. During this stage, the larvae depend entirely on worker bees for food and care. They grow rapidly and undergo molting, shedding their outer skin as they grow.

  • Pupal Stage: The pupal stage follows the larval stage. At this point, the bee larvae are sealed within a cocoon-like cell and undergo significant transformation. They grow legs and wings and develop into adult bees.

  • Adult Stage: Once the metamorphosis is complete, an adult bee emerges from the cocoon. Bees take on various roles in the hive at this stage, such as foragers, guards, or workers.

Knowing how and why bees develop can help you prevent bees from taking over your home and yard. 

The Buzz On Bee Stings: Risks And Allergic Reactions

Bees are critical in pollinating plants and maintaining the ecosystem's balance. However, their stings can pose risks, particularly for individuals who are allergic to bee venom. For most people, bee stings result in localized pain, swelling, and redness at the sting site. These reactions are usually mild and resolve within a few hours. Some individuals may experience more severe reactions, including nausea, dizziness, and difficulty breathing. These symptoms warrant immediate medical attention. 

Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction to bee stings. It can result in a drop in blood pressure, difficulty breathing, and loss of consciousness. Anaphylaxis requires emergency medical treatment, and individuals with known bee sting allergies should carry epinephrine auto-injectors for immediate self-treatment.

Natural Bee Repellents: Eco-Friendly Ways To Keep Bees At Bay

If you want to deter bees from nesting near your home without causing harm to them, consider using natural bee repellents. These eco-friendly methods can help keep bees at bay:

  • Cucumber slices

  • Peppermint oil

  • Basil

  • Tea tree oil

  • Eucalyptus

  • Citronella candles

Planting bee-repelling flowers like marigolds, geraniums, and mint around your home can also deter bees from nesting in your garden.

Professional Bee Control Services: When To Call In The Experts

While natural repellents can be effective, there are times when it's best to call in the experts. If you have an active bee infestation or find a beehive on your property, do not try to remove it on your own. Bees and other stinging insects will react aggressively if they feel you are threatening their nest, which can lead to painful stings for you and everyone around you. Instead, contact us for professional stinging insect control in Tucson. We train our experts to remove beehives from your home safely. Not only will we protect you and your family, we will protect the bees and their valuable contributions to our ecosystem. 

Don't let bees threaten your family or make it impossible to enjoy time outside. Call us for professional bee control, and let us keep your home and family safe from bees and their painful stings.

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