Bee Pest Control Service

Southern California is home to several types of bees, which primarily help pollinate flowers. However, the recent increase in Africanized honey bees combined with drought conditions has made these bees more aggressive in their search for food, water, and shelter. Our bee treatment services are customized to meet the specific needs of our clients. The service plan is tailored based on the type of bees and the location of their hive. In some cases, accessing a wall void may be necessary to remove a hive. For more information about our customized bee treatment services, give us a call today!

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Seasonal Activity

Bee activity varies significantly with the seasons, peaking during the spring and summer months when flowers are in bloom and temperatures are warm. During these times, bees are most active as they forage for nectar and pollen, making infestations more likely. In contrast, bee activity decreases in the fall and winter as the weather cools and food sources become scarce. Understanding these seasonal patterns can help homeowners anticipate potential infestations and take preventive measures, such as sealing entry points and avoiding planting bee-attractive flowers near the home during peak activity periods.

Environmental Impact

While bees can be a nuisance and pose health risks, they are also vital to the ecosystem due to their role in pollination. Effective bee control should balance safety and environmental responsibility. Instead of exterminating bees, many pest control services focus on safe removal and relocation of hives to less populated areas where bees can continue their essential work without posing a threat to humans. Using eco-friendly products and methods that do not harm the environment or non-target species is crucial. Emphasizing sustainable practices in bee control helps preserve the local ecosystem and promotes biodiversity.

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Bee Treatment

When treating bee infestations, we start by sending a professional, state-licensed, and certified technician to inspect your property and determine the type of bee infestation you're experiencing. The technician conducts a thorough assessment to identify the source of the infestation. Based on the findings, we then customize a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and budget. This personalized approach ensures effective removal of the bees, addressing both immediate concerns and long-term prevention. For a detailed consultation, feel free to contact us today!

Bee Hive Removal

Once the hive has been located, we will carefully open up the area and remove the hive along with any damaged interior wood members, drywall, stucco, siding, and insulation. After clearing the site of hive material and honey, your technician will thoroughly sanitize the area to eliminate any lingering pheromones. This sanitization process is crucial as it prevents future colonies from reestablishing themselves in the same location by removing the chemical signals that attract bees. This comprehensive approach ensures the infestation is fully resolved and prevents recurrence.

Bee Damage Restoration & Exclusion

After the bees have been removed from the location, the next step is restoring the affected area to its original condition. In addition to certified pest control experts, Southland Pest Control is staffed with a state-licensed general contracting team. We handle the total replacement and repair of all damaged materials, including paint touch-ups. Additionally, we seal any openings bees used to access the structure to prevent future infestations. All bee exclusion work is covered by a one-year warranty, ensuring long-term protection and peace of mind.

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Bees Found in Riverside

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Africanized / Hybrid Bees

Africanized honey bees, often referred to as killer bees due to their aggressive behavior, resemble regular honey bees but are far more protective of their hives. These bees will defend their colony in large numbers if they feel threatened and can be provoked by loud noises and certain smells, such as those from barbecues, fires, smoke, and even the breath of mammals. Despite dying after stinging, Africanized honey bees can swarm their victims in such large numbers that multiple stings can be fatal. If you suspect an infestation, call us immediately for removal and stay indoors, away from the hive.

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Bumble Bees

Bumble bees are large, round bees that are commonly found in LA and Riverside County during the spring months. These bees typically nest in low-to-the-ground areas like gopher holes, underneath decks, and other outdoor structures. Unlike other bees, bumble bees do not lose their stinger after they sting, allowing them to sting multiple times if they feel their nest is threatened. Their nests can sometimes be found in unexpected places, so caution is advised when working or playing in areas where bumble bees may reside.

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Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees derive their name from their unique nesting behavior, as they drill small, perfectly round holes into wood to create their nests. These bees are usually found in small numbers and, while they don't typically pose a direct threat to people, they can cause significant damage to wooden structures such as fences, wood posts, eaves, and decks. Over time, their burrowing can weaken these structures, leading to potential repair costs and structural issues. Regular inspections and timely intervention can help mitigate the damage caused by carpenter bees.

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European Honey Bees

Honey bees play a crucial role in pollinating flowers and supporting the environment. They are most active during the spring, summer, and fall months in LA and Riverside County. While generally beneficial, honey bees will defend their hive if necessary, posing a risk to those allergic to bee stings. In Southern California's hot and dry climate, honey bees may be attracted to water sources like pools and fountains. They can also establish hives in wall voids if they find access through cracks and crevices. Relocating hives is essential for safety and to prevent structural issues.

Ways You Can Prevent Bees

Preventing bee infestations starts with maintaining a clean and well-kept property. Seal any cracks and crevices in walls, roofs, and foundations to eliminate potential nesting sites. Regularly inspect and repair any damaged wood structures, as some bees, like carpenter bees, are attracted to untreated or weathered wood. Avoid planting flowers and shrubs that are particularly attractive to bees near entryways or high-traffic areas. Additionally, ensure that trash cans have tight-fitting lids and that food and drinks are not left outdoors uncovered. Installing fine mesh screens on windows and doors can also help keep bees from entering your home.

Bees Are Dangerous

Bee stings can pose significant health risks, especially to individuals with allergies. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include swelling, redness, hives, difficulty breathing, and in severe cases, anaphylaxis, which is life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. For those without allergies, bee stings can still be painful and cause localized swelling and irritation. It is essential to wear protective clothing and remain calm around bees to avoid provoking them. If a bee infestation is suspected, it's crucial to keep a safe distance from the hive and seek professional removal services immediately to minimize the risk of stings.