The practice of bee removal in Florida is changing quickly. During recent years African bees have become well established in South Florida and much of West Central Florida. Some colonies have even been established in North Florida. As a result the focus of bee removal over much of Florida has shifted dramatically toward public safety.
This change is as a result of difference in behavior between Africanized bees and the European honey bees managed by beekeepers. African bees, also referred to as “killer” bees, are incredibly protective of these nests and easily provoked. Although they don’t deserve the “killer” title, they do deserve a pile of respect and an extensive berth to stop any nasty surprises.
Although a nearby bee colony is currently calm, it really isn’t true that no danger exists. Research says that an average queen bee lives between 6 months and one year. Each time a new queen exists to displace the old queen Bee Removal Near Me, she leaves the nest temporarily to mate with drones from nearby colonies. If African bee colonies are nearby, and if she mates with one, the existing colony that has been calm 6 months ago could become Africanized very quickly.
Africanized bees have already been established for many years in the Southwestern states. Stats show that ½ of most African bee attacks occur in situations where the victim was alert to the bee colony but did nothing about it. If those nests had been removed when they were discovered, the attack would not have occurred.
Before, bee removal, that is eliminating a bee colony, was discouraged because bees are an endangered species. We rely heavily on bees to pollinate our food crops. Instead, we encouraged beekeepers to truly save the nest and add it with their managed hives. The invasion of African bees, and the rise of varied bee diseases however, have reduced the value and increased the chance of wild bees. Fewer and fewer beekeepers are willing to simply accept the risks.
Where Africanized bees have become established, there might be 100-200 colonies per square mile. Removing one wild bee nest doesn’t significantly reduce the general population of bees. State officials are NOT trying to destroy all wild nests, as well as all Africanized bees. They do recommend however, that any bees found nesting near people be removed immediately, and that all bee removal be performed by way of a state certified Pest Control Operator.
An experienced and certified Pest Control Operator should 1) recognize perhaps the bees in your property really are a swarm or even a colony and be able to explain the difference to you 2) discuss the removal procedure with you before beginning the bee removal 3) wear a veil, sting suit and gloves to execute the bee removal, 4) remove all dead bees and all combs associated with the colony, 5) discuss bee-proofing.