Bee Exterminator in Columbus, OH
To identify and remove bees safely, you need to call the expert team at Champion Pest & Termite Control.
Have you noticed an increase in bees around your home?
Bees are incredibly important to the environment. In fact, one-third of the food you eat grows because of bee pollination. There are over 500 species of bees in Ohio. Bees might live in large hives made of honeycomb or they may make nests inside tree trunks and they can even live underground in your yard. A single bee hive can contain up to 50,000 individuals. Homeowners are usually alerted to a hive by the sounds of buzzing and sighting of bees.
What is the risk?
Bees are not generally aggressive, but they can still be very dangerous to humans. About 1% of children and 3% of adults have severe allergic reactions leading to anaphylaxis. In the spring and summer, you may see large black bees that appear to charge at humans; these are male carpenter bees. Although the males do not have stingers and the females rarely sting unless provoked, these bees pose a big risk to your home.
½ holes in the softwoods of your home (e.g. siding, eaves, attics, walls, and decks) along with piles of sawdust mean you have a carpenter bee infestation. Although only a few holes may appear, carpenter bees create tunnel systems inside wooden beams and boards, weakening their structural integrity from within. These holes are used for shelter and to lay eggs. They also invite other pests and even insect-eating birds such as woodpeckers, which can increase the damage to your home.
Don't try to remove the hive yourself!
Homeowners often misidentify wasps or yellow jackets for bees. A pest control specialist will perform a thorough inspection to confirm the presence of bees, find the hives, and map out an effective removal and protection plan. Bee sprays will only provide temporary relief and wives-tales of natural remedies such as vinegar or smoke do little to nothing at all. Full removal of the hive and all honeycomb is required to keep away new swarms of bees and other pests such as rats and mice. A DIY hive removal is extremely dangerous and should not be attempted by anyone other than a trained professional.
While bees pose only slight risk to human health, it is still not safe to let a hive thrive near your home or office. Call the team at Champion Pest & Termite Control to help keep your yard bee-free.