We get quite a few questions on a regular basis about different kinds of pests and we’d like to address some well known topics to help educate folks around Tucson about bees and the problems they can cause home owners and businesses.

Bee Basics – What Types of Bees and Wasps Can You Find Around Tucson?

While there are dozens of species of bees and wasps in Arizona, here are the ones that you’ll likely find around your home living in the Sonoran Desert:


Beehives

There is no specific reason that bees may decide to build a colony around or even in your home. In the Southwest our climate is ideal for bees, so their activity is very active around the Spring months in Tucson.

These can be dangerous for two main reasons: the first is obvious as they can sting you, your children or your pets and that can cause an allergic reaction that can even be fatal. The second is property damage. Once a colony starts building in your structure, they can expand VERY quickly. They will continue to build the structure as long as they have room, and these honeycombs can weigh hundreds of pounds, and are filled with honey.

Beehives are often built in places where there is shade and the area is covered. It will generally be in attics, garages, interior or exterior walls, or in hollow tree trunks.

Swarms

Bee swarms occur when a large number of bees travel together as they migrate from an existing colony or are looking to break off to form new colonies. These swarms will often times gather around trees or in nooks around buildings while they move over large distances to stop and conserve energy while they rest.

Do NOT approach a bee swarm. If you want to wait until it has moved on, usually this takes 24-48 hours before they begin to continue on. There is however a chance some of the swarm broke off to start a new colony so once they have moved on ensure you thoroughly inspect your property.

Wasp Nests

Paper Wasps will make small egg-carton style nests from roof eaves or patio ceilings, or in nooks within a roofing structure.


Treating Your Bee Problem

The next big question is: how to solve my bee or wasp problem, what do I do? The first thing is: hire a professional like Results Pest & Termite. Yes, there are techniques that home owners can employ to get rid of bees. No, we do not recommend them.

In order to even start, you’d need the correct equipment. Once you have acquired the correct equipment, you need the expertise to not only remove bees, but also keep them from coming back. Bees that have simply vacated a structure are an open invitation for other bees to move right in. They leave behind pheromones that can be detected by and attract other bees.

Additionally if honeycomb is left behind in the structure, it immediately will begun to decay because the honeycomb itself will rot since it is not being actively tended by the colony.

These are all reason that this is a job for professionals. Luckily, our services are not only fast, but we’re also very affordable.

If you begin to see large numbers of bees, or can identify a beehive on your property, or you can see bees coming in and out of a hole in your roof or walls, call us today at 520-615-9291 and get a free quote today. You can also Email Us to get started and learn more.