Bee Identification & Prevention

About Bees In San Diego

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Bees are environmentally friendly insects that can also be quite territorial. These stinging insects work tirelessly to complete many beneficial processes in nature, and although stinging insects have their name for a reason, not all of these pests are considered dangerous. Learn about two species of stinging insects below, and contact us at Habitat Protection to learn more about our certified home pest control services

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Bees

What are bees?

European bees, or European honey bees, are the species we rely heavily on for pollination, honey, and beeswax production. They are a docile species that are not aggressive compared to other types of stinging insects.

Africanized bees are also called “killer” bees. They are the result of breeding between Africanized bees and European honey bees. They are an aggressive species. 

Comparing European bees to Africanized honey bees side by side, it is nearly impossible to distinguish them. Instead, use their behavior to tell the difference.

Are bees dangerous?

While European honey bee colonies can attack if they feel threatened, they are considered less dangerous than their Africanized counterparts, which are more easily disturbed. However, both of these bee species have barbed stingers, which means they are only capable of stinging once compared to other stinging insects like yellow jackets, hornets, and wasps.

In any case, it is best to avoid any stinging insects because some people are allergic to their venom and can experience anaphylactic shock if stung.

Why do I have a bee problem?

Honey bees are essential pollinators, so they are attracted to wildflowers. The scent and bright colors of these plants attract honey bees. Because we rely so heavily on honey bees, many people will purposely attract them to their yard to help their populations thrive. However, you would not want to attract Africanized bees, especially if you have small children.

Where will I find bees?

You may have seen the man-made hives honey bees live in. These domesticated hives allow a beekeeper to collect honey and beeswax more efficiently. These stinging insects will create their nests in different cavities in a natural environment that can be above or below ground in places like hollow trees, eaves, soffits, concrete blocks, and under sheds.

How do I get rid of bees?

If you have bees on your property, you should give us a call at Habitat Protection. While European honey bees are not the most aggressive species, it is difficult for the untrained eye to distinguish between European and Africanized bees. As mentioned above, it is especially important to keep stinging insects, in general, away from your home if you have small children or pets, which can easily disturb nests.

At Habitat Protection, we provide the proper stinging insect and landscape pest control and prevention services, as well as live bee removal for San Diego residents! Reach out today to learn more about home pest control and commercial pest control options in your area.

How do I prevent bees in the future?

To prevent bees from becoming a problem on your San Diego property in the future, use these tips to deter them:

  • Don’t plant new wildflowers and remove existing plants to help deter the stinging insects discussed above.
  • Ensure there is no way for these pests to get inside your home, where they could potentially build nests inside the walls.
  • Keep up with yard maintenance to make it less attractive to pests and make it easier to spot newly formed nests and have them removed before the colony can grow much larger.

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