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Honey Bees - Safe Handling Required!

You would’ve had to have been living under a rock, or maybe in a hive, for the last few years to not have heard about the concerns regarding honey bees. The number of honey bees has been declining rapidly for a number of years now. This can be a major problem as we count on honey bees to pollinate fruits, nuts and vegetables. They play a critical role in the food industry here in the US and around the globe. No one wants to see their numbers continue to decline. While it seems that there isn’t just one major cause to their decline, pointing fingers isn’t as important as addressing the situation and working towards rectifying it and aiding this critical member of our world in their struggle to survive.

Here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, we agree that honey bees and their survival is crucial. That is why our technicians are trained specifically in the proper way to assess and handle a honey bee presence that is in an undesired location. We truly do all that we can do to preserve the honey bees and their hive instead of eliminating them. If the bees are located in an area that they can be captured and relocated, then we retrieve them and deliver them to local bee keepers in our Bee Keeper network.

Honey bees are a pollinator group. This means that they literally move pollen from the male ‘anthers’, the pollen producing reproductive organ, of a flower to the female ‘stigma’ of other flowers for fertilization and reproduction. This pollinization is absolutely necessary for fruits, nuts and vegetables. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a program with education and guidelines designed specifically to protect pollinators. We proudly adhere to and promote these guidelines within our company.

Unfortunately, there are times when our hands are forced into extermination of honey bees. This is only used when absolutely necessary. In situations where there is a serious health hazard that is being caused by the bee’s presence or it is impossible to capture and relocate them and we have no other choice, we do have to turn to extermination. When this is the case, we always use the minimal amount of product needed to solve the problem and apply according to the approved EPA and product label instructions.

Honey bees can and do swarm. Normally this is when they are relocating their colony. Sometimes it is when there is a new queen that has broken away to start her own colony, and sometimes it is because their previous location has been compromised. Either way, a swarm can be a bit of a frightening site when they are hanging and crawling all over a tree branch or in a wall void. The good news is that honey bees tend to be less aggressive when they are swarming. You see, even though they can sting, they usually only sting if they are protecting themselves or their colony from a threat. Swarming bees don’t have anything to protect, so they aren’t as likely to sting. This does not mean that you should ever approach a swarm of honey bees. Handling honey bees should always be left up to the professionals. Once a honey bee stings, it emits an alarm pheromone that alerts other honey bees that there is a threat and will prompt them to also come and attack. One honey bee sting can quickly multiply to other stings, if you do not remove yourself from the area of the honey bees ASAP. Our trained technicians here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions have specific guidelines to handling a honey bee swarm. We aim to safely protect the bees and remove and relocate them to a local bee keeper while also keeping our customers safe from harm.

Honey bees are an essential part of the environment and the food industry. Finding a way for them to live in peace and continue their work in our world is a foremost concern and goal of ours here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. Rest assured that each and every member of our team has been trained and educated on the importance of honey bees and their handling. If you have a honey bee presence that has become of a concern, let our team of professionals take a look and determine the best way to handle the situation. We have been protecting the families of St. Louis for over fifty years and would be honored to include your family as one of ours. Contact us today!

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