Bee Identification

What are bees?

Bees are related to hornets and ants and are part of the order Hymenoptera. Honey bees are light brown and have golden-yellow and brown bands covering their oval-shaped bodies. A barbed stinger extends from their abdomen, and they have unique pollen baskets on their back legs.

a bee on a tree in plano texas

Honey bees are social, live together in groups, and have colonies that survive over many years. Three different groups of bees live within each colony: workers, queens, and drones. Bees work together to ensure the success of their colony.

Are bees dangerous?

Bees are a vital part of our ecosystem; they provide sustenance to plants and crops through pollination. Also, the honey and the beeswax they produce generate millions in revenue each year. However, when bees create a nest on or in a home, or in a high traffic area of a yard, they become dangerous. If you, your kids, or pets venture too close to their nest, they won’t hesitate to protect it by delivering painful, venom-filled stings. Those allergic can experience serious, life-threatening allergic reactions.

If bees move into your home to nest (behind a wall void or above the ceiling), the result could be disastrous. The heat of central Texas summers melts the honey produced by bees, which runs down walls causing structural damage and promoting black mold growth. While bees belong outside in nature, we cannot have in our homes or yards!

Why do I have a bee problem?

Bees could make any outdoor space into a place to nest. Bees are very active during the spring and summer seasons, collecting mass amounts of pollen to feed their colonies. Their colonies have between twenty and eighty thousand members, so bees can be a big problem for Texas property owners. Any property may become a place where bees nest, but properties near meadows, orchards, gardens, and wooded areas are most prone to bee infestations.

Where will I find bees?

Discovering bees have made a home on your property can sometimes take time. Bees often place their nests in dark, protected areas to keep them out of a predator’s view. Common bee nesting sites found on most of our properties include:

  • Tree cavities and tree branches
  • Rock crevices and woodpiles
  • Spaces under decks or roof eaves
  • Inside of chimneys, walls voids, or attics

How do I get rid of bees?

At Brinker Animal Removal, our primary goal is to keep your family safe and protect the work performed by bees. We are proud to say that we have received the highly coveted GAF Certified Master Elite Contractor, a designation given for delivering highly rated bee removal services! Our professionals will find the beehive locations on your property and then swiftly take the steps required to relocate the hive from your property and back into its natural habitat.

If you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and need help removing a beehive from your property, call Brinker Animal Removal today. The only way to remove bees from your property is to remove the nest altogether!

How can I prevent bees in the future?

While you should always allow a professional to handle issues with bees, there are things you can do around your property to make it less attractive to these stinging pests:

  • Inspect your home’s exterior walls, foundation, and roofline and seal any spaces or openings discovered to stop bees from moving into your wall voids. 
  • Make sure there are secure screens placed in windows and doors.
  • Eliminate standing water on your property that bees could use as a water source.
  • Remove unused lawn equipment, vehicles, grills, fallen trees, or other debris where bees could build a hive.
  • Cut back shrubbery and tree branches away from your home.
  • Limit the amount of flowering vegetation planted on your property.

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