Summer is pest season here in Phoenix. Is your home ready?

As someone who lives in the Valley, you really didn’t need more reasons to hate summer more than you already do. All the same, here’s another one: summer is pest season here in Arizona. From scorpions to roaches, you’re going to see more creepy-crawlies than in the winter.

If you’ve been seeing pests “waking up” this spring, it’s time to call KY-KO Pest to schedule your free pest inspection. Our pest control experts can help ensure that your home remains pest-free through the hottest months of the year.

Scorpion Treatment PhoenixWhy are pests more prevalent in the summer?

Many insects shut down when the weather cools down. While temperatures rarely reach freezing here in the Valley, cockroaches, crickets, and scorpions tend to be less active; in the case of the latter, bark scorpions will huddle together for warmth in nests.

This doesn’t mean you won’t see these pests in the winter. It’s just that they’re more likely to be searching for food, water, or shelter in the summer when temperatures are warmer.

It’s not just about the weather, either. Monsoon storms in the later summer bring much-needed water to the Valley, increasing pest activity. Of course, pests are also able to supplement this water supply with water found in backyards, golf courses, and sewer pipes.

Why are scorpions more active?

Bark scorpions are carnivorous. They’re on the hunt for crickets, roaches, ants—really, any insect. Since those insects are more active during the hottest months of the year, so are bark scorpions. On warm summer nights, scorpions are on the prowl.

Summer is also the bark scorpion mating season. Mother scorpions will carry their young on their backs during the early summer.

If your home has had a history of bark scorpions, there are ways to make your home less inviting for this all-too-common summer pest.

What other pests are noteworthy?

Ants tend to be most active during the summer, moving in armies in search of food and water. Homes that have had ant problems in the past often see ants ebb-and-flow with the seasons. In the winter, ants are all but missing. In the summer, they’re out in full-force.

Bees, too, can be more active in warmer weather, and in search of new places to create hives.

Call KY-KO for summer pest control services here in Phoenix

If you’ve noticed that your pests have started to become more active this spring, give KY-KO Pest Prevention a call. We offer superior pest control services here in Phoenix, and free pest inspections.

Here are the three big risks of having a beehive near your home

Bees play an important role in ensuring balance in our ecosystem. They pollinate flowering plants and fruits. Most of our agricultural system would collapse without them. What’s more, they produce honey, which has a myriad of health benefits and is widely regarded as a superfood. While their important role in our ecosystem cannot be denied, that doesn’t mean you should ignore when a beehive sets up shop next to your home here in Arizona.

Thanks to the wide proliferation of Africanized Bees throughout the state, a beehive in your backyard, roof, or on your property could be extremely dangerous. In this article, we’ll explore some of the risks associated with a beehive near your home, and when you need to take action and call KY-KO Pest Prevention for bee removal services here in the Valley.

If you notice a beehive or swarm on your property, call KY-KO Pest Prevention for a bee inspection.What are killer bees, anyway?

Killer Bees—more accurately known as Africanized Bees—are a type of honeybee that was brought to the Americas to boost honey production, but escaped and has now spread throughout the hemisphere. In contrast to most honeybee genomes, Africanized Bees are far more aggressive, territorial, and ready to swarm. There’s a time-old adage that bees don’t really want to sting you—only as a last resort. That doesn’t really apply to Killer Bees: they’ll eagerly sacrifice themselves to protect their hive.

Once in a swarm, they’ll pursue intruders great distances, stinging relentlessly. This can be an extreme danger for human adults—not to mention pets and children.

In most cases, Africanized Bees in Arizona are found in wilderness. Over 90% of wild bees in Arizona are now considered to be Africanized, and most fatal encounters occur when hikers stumble across a hive and have nowhere to run. However, Killer Bees are starting to move into the metro area and stake out trees for hives.

Do killer bees really earn their name?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Humans and pets have both been killed by Africanized Bee swarms. An adult human can withstand more than 1,000 stings before succumbing to the venom. A child can withstand about 500.

It’s not just that: even survivors of massive bee attacks are at a greater risk moving forward, since further bee stings can cause allergic reactions. Some of the painful symptoms of the bee stings for those who are allergic include fainting, vomiting, nausea, and labored breathing.

What about the hive on my property?

The truth is that you just can’t know if the beehive near your home contains Africanized bees or standard bees. Even trained scientists often need to inspect these honeybees very closely to determine what type of bee they are. Their recommendation: treat every beehive as Africanized and address it with extreme caution.

Start by noting the location of the hive. If the hive is in a tree on a far end of your property, call KY-KO for immediate service and keep pets and children away from the area. In contrast, if the hive is inside an interior wall of your home, you’ll want to stay inside until the infestation has been dealt with.

You should remain vigilant about bees. Take caution when:

  • Cutting down large bushes and shrubs on your property. Even if the hive isn’t inside the bush itself, loud cutting equipment and lawnmovers can agitate them and cause they to swarm.
  • Your pets are outside. Keep an eye on their activity and note if they act suspiciously around certain trees, bushes, or other features of your yard (such as utility boxes).
  • You see bees in any sort of swarm formation: This can start with just a few bees being around, scouting. However, swarms can quickly form around a tree.

Compounding issues

If you ignore the bee hive near the house and don’t call a bee pest control company, the bee colony may split and form additional homes. Also, a new colony of bees may decide to take up residence near the house. Soon, there will be multiple bee hives near the house, posing increased risk to the household. This will make bee removal more costly and complicated as well.

You should take instant action when you find a beehive near the house. While honeybees are vital for the environment, a beehive near the house should not be tolerated. You will put your family members at risk by letting the bees invade your house. A simple call to a bee removal expert will remove the threat from the house.

Do not try to remove a beehive yourself!

Never try to remove the hive yourself! Even if you think that the hive seems to be abandoned or empty, it’s important that you contact a professional pest control company to have it removed. Expert pest control professionals will relocate the beehive in a place far away from your house. Ideally, none of the bees will be harmed in this relocation.

Call KY-KO for bee control services here in the Valley

For experienced bee removal help in Phoenix, AZ, you can contact KY-KO Pest Prevention. We have been serving the area with integrity for over a decade.

How To Protect Yourself Against Bee Swarm Attack

Useful Tips to Prevent Attack by a Bee SwarmHoneybees are highly useful for us humans in many ways. They are a valuable resource to our planet in that they produce honey and pollinate the plants.

However, some species can be dangerous. The Africanized bee swarms found in Arizona are a hybrid of African and European bees that migrated to the United States in the 1990s. These bees are very defensive and aggressive. In sufficient swarms, they can even be deadly.

In this article, we will share some useful information on the steps that you should take to keep yourself safe from this particular type of bee. Have a beehive on your property? Give KY-KO Pest Prevention a call and have us remove it safety.

How to avoid a bee swarm when you’re hiking

When going for a hike, you should avoid wearing shiny objects or dark clothing as they attract the bees. Also, avoid wearing cologne, perfumes, and strong scent as bees are also attracted by them. When you encounter a hive, it’s important that you avoid jerky movements, as they can provoke the bees to attack.

What to do when you encounter an aggressive bee swarm or hive

When you encounter a bee swarm or beehive in Arizona, you should avoid going near and immediately call bee control experts. Not every beehive has Africanized bees. However, caution is better.

Approach an hive or swarm with extreme caution, but don’t panic. In many cases, people have been seriously hurt or killed in their attempt to get away from a swarm. You need to move away fast, but don’t accidentally run in front of car while doing so!

That being said, you should avoid making the mistake of standing in place and trying to swat the bees. This will only provoke the bees that will attack in large numbers. The best course of action is to get to a shelter spot as soon possible. You should get in a building or a car and securely shut the door and windows.

In case you are attacked by a swarm of bees and there is no shelter nearby, you should run through the brush or shrubs in order to prevent the bees from attacking you. If you are not able to find any shelter or shrubs nearby, you should keep running away from the swarms of bees until they leave you behind. Generally, bees pursue a person for about half a mile before turning back to the nest.

Contact KY-KO Pest Prevention for bee swarm control

For expert bee removal and control services, you should contact KY-KO Pest Prevention. We are a family-run business serving Phoenix, Arizona. We offer bee removal, bee proofing, domestic, killer bees & wasps removal, and other pest control services.

The A, ‘Bee,’ C’s of Bee Pest Control in Arizona

Getting stung by a bee is not much fun. Having a hive swarm around the outside of your home? Even less so. KY-KO Pest is Phoenix’s source for quality bee pest control. Here are some of the types of bees that you may encounter in Arizona:

Honey Bees

Arizona Bees

Honey bees in their hive.

Honey Bees are common in Arizona, and are one of the state’s primary pollinators. While they do have barbed stingers that carry venom, honey bees are far less aggressive than the Africanized Honey Bee or the Yellowjacket and only swarm to attack when they feel their hive is truly threatened.

In fact, perhaps the most dangerous aspect of the honey bee for the non-allergic is that it looks very similar to the Killer Bee, and both in turn look somewhat like a Yellow Jacket wasp. We’d recommend not getting too close to a hive if you’re not sure. Instead, give us a call, and we’ll send a trained technician out to safely inspect.

The “Killer Bee”

Within the last thirty years, a new, more aggressive species of bee has proliferated in Arizona: the Africanized Honey Bee. An invasive species, the Africanized Honey Bee—popularly known as the “Killer Bee”—has been difficult to contain, due to their ability to outcompete other bee species and their dominant genes.

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An Africanized Bee.

Their moniker has been earned. Killer Bees are dangerous: while their venom is no more potent than the average honey bee, Africanized Bees are far more aggressive at protecting their hive, and attack those who get too close with a furious swarm that will pursue intruders up to half a mile away. This being the case, fatalities from bee stings are extremely rare. Most of the people who suffer serious injury or death from these bees are stung hundreds, if not thousands, of times, and find themselves unable to escape to a car or home. Because of their lower body weight, pets are even more likely to die from a Killer Bee swarm.

Killer Bees will build their nests in whatever is around, including old tires, boxes, sheds, or even abandoned cars. Most people encounter them by accident while cleaning up their yard or property. The Africanized Bee looks very similar to normal honeybees, so if you notice a hive, give KY-KO a call immediately. Do not attempt to remove the hive yourself. Our state-certified technicians are trained to deal with Africanized Bee removal, and have the equipment and supplies needed to do the job with sufficient protection.

Yellow Jackets

Wasp

A Yellow Jacket.

Okay, Yellow Jackets are not technically bees. They’re actually wasps. They do, however, look like many species of bees to the untrained eye, and they often build their nests in similar areas. Yellow Jackets build distinctive-looking hives out of wood fiber that some describe as looking like a deflated basketball papier-mâché.

They do have a few distinguishing features: unlike honeybees, Yellow Jackets are larger, and aren’t covered in pollen-carrying hairs. Like Africanized Bees, Yellow Jackets are dangerous in swarms. While they do have the capacity to sting more than once on their own, Yellow Jackets aren’t lethal as individuals. Disturbing a large nest, however, can lead to an aggressive swarm.

If you suspect that Yellow Jackets have settled in your backyard shed or garage, give KY-KO Pest a call. We can safely remove Yellow Jackets before they pose a danger to your pets and family.

Handling Spring Bee Swarms in Phoenix, AZ

This time of year, Phoenix, AZ is notorious for crazy bee swarms! It seems like every morning you turn on the news, there is another school, office building, or apartment complex with serious bee issues. Or even worse, pet and even human fatalities that were caused by bees. So the question is, what happens if you find yourself with a bee problem? Keep reading to learn more about the different types of bee problems you might encounter, and what you should do when faced with a dreaded spring bee problem in Phoenix, AZ.

Bees in Arizona

Nearly 100% of bees in Arizona are expected to be Africanized Honey Bees. Yes, that may be quite a scary statistic, as many of you have surly seen, read or heard about these “Africanized Honey Bees” or “Killer Bees,”  as they are often referred to. In order to keep yourself, your family, and pets safe, it is important to know more about this type of bee and understand its tendencies.

Social

Africanized Honey Bees are social, meaning they live, travel, and pollinate in groups. They are also more protective of one another, making them more quickly to react. In these colonies of bees, they are able to detect a bee sting, which sends them into defensive mode causing them to be triggered to sting as well.

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Africanized Honey Bees

The visible difference between an AHB and a regular honey bee, is undetectable. However, behaviorally, AFB are more aggressive and have displayed instinctual behaviors that make them more dangerous to humans and animals. These bees are extremely territorial of their hive. They are hyper-sensitive to potential threats, are easily provoked, and react more quickly to even slight disturbances. Should they become defensive, they will also attack in larger numbers and will vigorously go after the threat for longer distances.

That being said, yes they do propose a greater threat than the average honey bee; however, in Phoenix, Arizona, Africanized Honey Bees are unfortunately a reality that we have to be aware of.

Swarms and Colonies

Bees that are traveling in swarms, are in search of a new place for their hive. In the midst of their travels, they may find some resting points that are in exposed locations and are present among humans, such as trees. Bees in a swarm, are usually less aggressive and less active. You will commonly see them huddled together.

Bees in a colony are settled. They will remain in an area for long periods of time and are much more active. You may even see a visible honeycomb. Bees that are settled in a colony will be more aggressive and have a higher possibility of becoming defensive in order to protect their colony.

How to protect yourself?

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The best thing you can do to protect yourself is to be aware. In Arizona, Africanized Honey Bees will swarm many times and will find places to stop along the way. Swarms are made up of thousands of bees. It is possible that you have encountered one of these bee clusters. Typically they are on the move again in a few days, so as long as they are left alone, they shouldn’t become a terrible problem.

If the AHB are in a colony, they are more likely to be disturbed by sound, smells, light, movement, etc. The bees do not need to be directly provoked to become aggressive and attack.

If by chance you find yourself on the other end of an Africanized Honey Bee attack,  here are a few rules to follow:

  • Run…FAST!
  • Don not avoid the bees by submerging in water, they will just wait for you.
  • Protect your face, while you continue to run.
  • Get into the first structure you can find and shut the bees out.

Unfortunately in Arizona, Africanized Honey Bees, are just one in a long list of harmful pests and animals to lookout for, along with rattlesnakes and scorpions!

Have a bee problem?

Whether you notice a large swarm of hundreds of bees, or are becoming aware of an advanced number of bees in or around your home, the best idea and safest option is to call a professional. It is always better to be safe than sorry, especially if the bees are in a location where there are humans or pets around. Remember in Arizona, Africanized Honey Bees have a higher tendency to display hyper sensitive behavior and become aggressive.

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Professional Bee Removal

The professional pest control company will first determine the type of insect you are actually encountering. Often times, people mistake a bee hive for a wasp hive, and since the removal strategy for each is very different, it is important to first identify that you actually have a bee problem.

The professionals will then create a plan of action depending on the location of the hive. If it is in a tree, the tree is often times cut down, and the hive is removed along with any bees inside the tree. If the hive is within a home- in the walls, attic or roof, the process is much more complicated. It will involve exposing the hive and carefully removing it.

If the professionals determine that you are encountering a swarm, they will often tell you to be patient and stay away from the area for a few days to see if the bees move on. If after 3-4 days, the bees are still present, contact the pest control company again to have the bees safely removed.

Professional Bee Removal in Arizona

When looking for a professional pest control company to remove your bees, look for a company that is experienced! Years of experience, especially in Arizona will mean that they are a quality company that knows how to handle your bee problem. Also, make sure they have certified technicians. This means that they are not only experienced, but knowledgeable of all recent pest control methods. Additionally, it is always nice to find a company that will come provide a free inspection to assess the situation before any service is performed. If you have an issue with bees, and are looking for a professional bee removal company in Arizona, give KY-KO Pest Prevention a call; we will do everything we can to help take care of your bee problems!

 

 

 

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