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A special division of Killroy Pest Control
While honey bees are beneficial insects, they occasionally decide to live in an attic or wall void, where they may pose a stinging threat to people and pets. People can become highly allergic to bee stings which can result in anaphylaxis and be potentially fatal. The much publicized “Killer Bees” have not yet become a problem in Northern California.
Wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets are frequently problems around homes and schools. The ground nesting and aerial nesting yellow jackets are especially fierce and aggressive when defending their nest, and should be left to a professional with the proper safety gear. Occasionally a homeowner will find a room full of these “bees” when a nest in an attic forms a hole through the sheetrock into the house. If these wasps are seen going in and out of an attic vent, they should be controlled by a Killroy pest management professional while wearing proper protective clothing. Foraging wasps are often pests outdoors at barbeques and picnics, where the best control method is trapping.
In the spring, honey bees often “swarm” when a queen buds off from and existing colony taking several hundred workers with her. These swarms should be left alone, if possible, as the bees will usually move on in a few hours to continue their search for a tree hole or other suitable nesting site. Any small opening that leads into the wall voids in your home could be a potential nesting place for bees. If there is a bee colony living in your home it is essential to have the bees removed, along with the entire hive. The nest and honey can attract ants, moths, carpet beetles, and other pests if left in your walls and can become an even greater hazard.
Paper wasps, mud daubers, and umbrella wasps are common on the eaves of homes where they build their nests, but are not aggressive and rarely sting. Regardless, bee control and wasp control can be dangerous due to the potential to be stung and should be managed by a pest management professional.
Killroy Pest Control has taken the "Million Pollinator Garden Challenge" and created its own pollinator garden in front of our building. In partnership with Garden Samurai and Summer Wind Nursery, we are providing plants that are rich nectar and pollen sources for bees and butterflies, hoping to help revive their health and populations.
The transfer of pollen between flowers of the same species leads to fertilization and thus successful seed and fruit production in plants. Pollination ensures that a plant will produce "full-bodied fruit" and a set of sustainable seeds.
Globally, there are approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines that need to be pollinated in order to produce the goods on which we depend. Pollinators help in the production of the following foods and beverages: apples, blueberries, chocolate, coffee, melons, peaches, potatoes, vanilla, almonds, and pumpkins. In the U.S., pollination supports the production of $40 billion in goods annually.
Worldwide there has been a disturbing amount of evidence pointing to our pollinators suffering a loss of habitat and a loss in numbers. Increases in pollinator death are thought to be due to diseases, parasites, and the misuse of chemicals. Honeybee colonies, especially, seem to be suffering more colony die-off than previously recorded.
Killroy Pest Control is very conscientious about our material use around pollinators in our customers' gardens and yards. We are aware of which materials are being scrutinized in regards to pollinator health, and we stay away from areas that have pollinator activity. If you are concerned about the activity in your yard and wish to keep it at a maximum, please feel free to tell your technician where you have seen pollinators.
When we receive calls regarding swarms and/or hives of stinging insects, we make sure they are not honey bees before we treat. If they are honey bees, we give our customers the names of bee-keepers who are willing to come out and take the colony with them to nurture in their bee yard.
Our Killroy pollinator garden is registered with SHARE, part of the Pollinator Partnership. It is not difficult to create a MPGC (Million Pollinator Garden Challenge) garden, and there are many websites that describe different types of plants and how to make it happen. You, too, could BEE a partner!