Bee & Hive Removal
Professional Bee and Hive removal is important. Bees are not always something you want to take on alone. If you have ever had the unfortunate pleasure of being stung by one of these critters, you know the pain that comes along with a sting. A bee sting is a very serious health and safety threat to both people and animals. Reactions do vary from person to person. Some people are able to withstand many stings at once, while others with an allergic reaction cannot handle even one.
Since the late 1990’s, Africanized bees have become common in Phoenix and surrounding areas. It is very difficult to tell the difference between an Africanized and European bee.
Burns Pest Elimination is here to keep you safe and arm you with the tools to identify an Africanized colony.
- Show great defensiveness when in a resting swarm.
- Swarm more frequently and travel farther than other types of bees.
- Aggressively guard the hive.
- Is more likely to live in ground cavities than the European bee.
- In a response to stress, the entire colony will leave the hive and relocate.
- Migrates as part of a seasonal response to lowered food supply.
- Deploy in greater numbers for defense and pursue threats over long distances from the hive.
- Sting in large numbers, more aggressive.
Because of the similarities between European and Africanized bees and the health threat they carry, Burns Pest Elimination treats all bees as if we were dealing with the most aggressive. Removal and treatment are handled with utmost safety and care.
Stung? What to do?
- Stay calm and get to a safe indoor location.
- If you have more than 10 stings, or notice any symptoms other than localized pain, itching or swelling, seek immediate medical attention.
- If the stingers are still in the skin, gently remove them with your fingernail, a credit card, or blunt knife. Do not squeeze! This increases the risk of more venom being injected.
- Apply a cold compresses to relieve pain and swelling. Do not apply ice directly to site.
- Itching should subside within a few hours. If itching continues, or if you appear to be having some sort of allergic reaction, see a doctor.
- Allergic reaction symptoms include burning, itching, body swelling, body rash, difficulty breathing, weakness, nausea, shock or unconsciousness.
- If you know that you are allergic to bee stings, consult your doctor about a preventative anti-venom first-aid kit.
- If you see someone else being stung multiple times, call 9-1-1 immediately.