Why Not Just Spray?

This is a question that we are asked very ofthen when it come to Honeybee removals. I would like to take a chance to explain, not only for the sake of the bees, but also for the sake of the propery Owner.

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Bees Point of View

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  •   1/3 of all vegetables and fruits produced are pollinated by honey bees. Depending on the crop, some fruits would not develop without pollination from honey bees. With other crops, me might get fruit, just not the same amount or quality we desire. Ever see a lopsided apple or pumpkin? That is a sign of improper or a lack of, pollination. Without the honey bee, many things in nature would be "lopsided".
  •   Some estimates range from 50-80% of the world's food supply being directly or indirectly affected by honey bee pollination. Whether it's pollination of apples, or pollination of the seeds used to produce grain for livestock, the food chain is linked to honey bees. The world's production of food is dependent on pollination provided by honey bees.
  •   Honeybees provide the most "green" sweetener you can buy. Buying local honey is the "greenest" purchase for most food products. Become a "locavore" and help the environment, the farmers, and the honeybees.
  •   Honey bees provide among others things: honey, beeswax, propolis, pollen, royal jelly, apitherapy, enjoyment, and an income for some beekeepers.
  •   Honey bees have been managed and have sustained farming practices as far back as 4500 years.
  •   Einstein did NOT say the world would end in four years without honeybees, as rumored. However, we certainly would have to change farming practices if that happened. Food prices would soar without the industrious honeybee. Be grateful the honeybees work so hard, and can be managed. We need to respect that, and be good stewards of not just the honeybee, but the entire environment.
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  •   Bees and bee products have been used in many areas of health. From bee sting apitherapy for arthritis to antibiotic treatment with honey for burn victims. Studies have shown that relief of a sore throat is higher with honey, than most over the counter medicines available.
  •   Bee provide products that are used in the horse industry such as hoof salves (propolis), a host of varied medicinal applications (propolis/honey), used as embalming fluid (honey), a form of currency (honey) a food source (honey, pollen, brood, bees), and even in the military service (bees). Ongoing research such suggests antibacterial and antiviral applications on a wide scope of uses, to even include cancer treatments.
  •  Honeybees are perfect as a measuring device for gauging the health of the environment. Bees are very sensitive to pesticides. Some pesticides have been shown to effect the honey bees with devastating and deadly results with only several parts per billions in contamination. Many of these pesticides can be bought for homeowner use and application. If it kills the bees at that level, what about the family pets or the grandkids running around the backyard barefoot? Be aware of the impacts that chemicals play. And eliminate as many as possible.

**cited from http://www.nationalhoneybeeday.com/whathoneybeesdo

 

 

 

Property Owners Point of View

This house had a hive poisoned about 6 months prior to this picture. Note the damge to exterior wall from the rot and honey leakage.

This house had a hive poisoned about 6 months prior to this picture. Note the damge to exterior wall from the rot and honey leakage.

  • Poisoning bees will only kill the bees. It probably will bot even kill them all. Often when a colony is poisoned, only the entrance is sprayed. This is like throwing a rock at your front door, unless you are standing right in the doorway it probably will not effect you. Often this will only causes a decline in the population, making the property owner believe the "Problem" is solved only to have it resurface a few months later.

 

  • All the comb, honey, brood (Bee eggs and Larva), and thousands of dead bees are left behind. these things will rot inside of the wall, or cavity and can cause quite a bit of residual damage to the structure. This can cause mold, rot and deterioration of the surrounding area. Not to mention the smell is horrible.

 

  • These rot has the potential to attract other pests such as ants, rats, and roaches just to name a few.
We were called out because about 2 months after spraying, a new colony had moved in. Note the entrance about center of the picture

We were called out because about 2 months after spraying, a new colony had moved in. Note the entrance about center of the picture

  • These rot has the potential to attract other pests such as ants, rats, and roaches just to name a few.

 

  • Sometimes before the rot sets in, the smell of the unattended honey and the residual pheromone left behind will most likely attract a new colony of bees to move into the structure. Who doesn't like free food or a move-in ready home? 

 

  • On more than one occasion we are called out months after someone has sprayed a colony, and a new one has moved in. Now we have to open the area to retreive the new colony, as well as open enough to clear out the old remains from the previous.