Is It Dangerous To Have Bees On My Phoenix, AZ Property?

September 15, 2021

More than 20,000 different species of bees are found on every continent except Antarctica. Should this be a cause to be jealous of the inhabitants of the coldest place on Earth? Well, that depends. For the most part, bees are relatively harmless, but one little sting could be fatal for allergic people. Read on to learn more about the bees most common in Phoenix and if they may be problematic for you.

bee pollinating a pink flower

The Difference Between Bees And Other Stinging Insects

At first glance, it may be challenging to distinguish between a bee or other stinging insect, but taking a longer look will reveal just how different they are. While bees and wasps may be similar in color, size, and ability to sting, there are significant differences between the two. Some of those differences include the following:

  • Body shape: Wasps, like yellowjackets, have slender bodies that narrow at the waist area. Bees have a fuller appearance with flatter back legs. Wasps' back legs hang down while flying, while bees tuck theirs close to the body.

  • Color: Yellowjackets and bees are similarly colored. Bees are hairy with a more golden hue and brown bands wrapped around them. Other stinging insects will often have a shinier appearance.

  • Stinger: You are much more likely to be stung by a wasp than a bee. While wasps can sting repeatedly, bees have a barbed stinger that will embed into the skin, rip from the bee's body, and cause it to die.

  • Hive: A beehive and a wasp nest are very different in appearance. Wasps use wood fibers that they scrape and chew to create their paper-like nests. Bees, on the other hand, excrete a waxy substance to build their hives from.

  • Behavior: Bees pay for their choice to sting with their lives. Because of this, bees are much more docile than other stinging insects. Wasps are very protective of their nests and territory. They will sting over and over, relentlessly, to keep their colony safe from any perceived threat.

Knowing how to identify the differences between these stinging insects allows you to manage them properly and keep them from being a nuisance to you and your family, and prevent you from enjoying your property to the fullest.

Are Bees Dangerous?

Yes and no. Bees are extremely beneficial and important because of the role they play in pollination. Without them, over 100 different crops in the U.S. would be devastated. With that being said, bees pose a huge threat to a specific demographic of people. At least 90-100 people in the U.S. die each year due to insect sting anaphylaxis. This allergy to stinging insects affects seven percent of the population in this country. So, while bees aren’t inherently dangerous and are actually very important to humans across the globe, their stings are fatal to many people. Unfortunately, these people oftentimes don’t know they are allergic until they’ve been stung.

How To Keeps Bees Away From My Phoenix Property

There are several ways that you can discourage bees from foraging and nesting near your property. It’s recommended to take these steps, especially if small children or allergic people spend time there. Some discouragement techniques include the following:

  • Remove or prevent access to any food, water, or sugar. Examples include flowers, water dishes, and soda cans.

  • Place flowering plants away from areas frequently visited by people like decks, sidewalks, and mailboxes.

  • Keep your lawn free of flowering seeds and white clover. 

Making your property less enticing to bees reduces the chances of them nesting there. Discouraging them from nesting on your property all but eliminates your risk of being stung. If you do discover a beehive or wasp nest on your property, it is recommended that you do not attempt to remove it yourself. You should contact the professionals at Complete Pest Management for the safe removal of bees and beehives.

How Complete Pest Management Can Help

Complete Pest Management has been in the pest control business for over 40 years, which has allowed us to learn so much about dealing with pests of all kinds. We know how important it is to get to the source of these pest pressures to eliminate them while preventing future problems thoroughly. All of our services are completely customizable to fit your needs. We offer both home and residential plans for properties of all sizes. Delivering quality services and value to our customers allows us to meet our goal to provide Phoenix's best pest control services. Reach out to us today to learn more!

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