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Mr. David Tran

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Bee Myths     


Bees are dying off at alarming rates due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CDC) - False     

Culprits - Pesticide, Cell phones, Greenhouse Gas, malnutrition, viruses - False


One very True reason for empty hives.


A Parasite - called Nosema cerana makes the honey bees sick and gives them very bad diarrhea. Those unfamiliar with the habits of bees might not know that every afternoon they leave there hive on a cleansing flight. Basically they leave the hive to go to the bathroom.. Because the bees are so weakened from the diarrhea, when they left the hive they were not strong enough to return. So all that was observed in the hive were young workers and the queen. The young workers are not old enough to leave and the queen does not participate in the cleansing flight. The workers carry out her defecation.

20 years ago a parasite moved in and killed 50% of the bee population. They treated for the mite and the population rebounded. Unfortunately the media has many people believing that the bees are still dying today. Prior to 1993 you could expect 500-700 calls for bee problems each year. Now the number of calls for  bee problems has risen dramatically; 15,000- 20,000 calls for bee problems are routine now.



Bee control   When you have bees bothering you. Let us here at Gulf Coast Pest Control handle your Houston, Texas, bee, control, removal, services today.  We can offer expert bee control and bee hive removal service of your bee infestation. Same day service in most cases is available. Our technician will remove all accessible hives and treat previous bee activity locations



Then you simply have your handyman or someone fill the area of the old hive with insulation and then completely seal up the area within 7 days and we will provide a 30 day warranty against re-infestation of the area treated.


Honey Bees, Ants, and Termites will swarm in the spring time as the nights begin to warm up. Ants have wings too.


                   Inspection        Removal    Mud dauber  Paper wasp  Yellow jacket


bee hive    Bee hive removal   muddauber   Paper Wasp   yellowjacket



Bee swarms will Attach themselves to tree limbs under eaves of homes or other low areas. If their is no direct potential harm to people or pets you can simply let them alone and let nature take it's course. Usually the queen bee is resting so the other bees will surround her to keep her warm and protect her. When she has rested, in most cases they will simply fly away in a few hours to several days. While resting, forager bees are out scouting for a potential new home. They can find small entry points along the exterior of our homes or business. If you see a bee swarm on or near your property. It may be a good idea to safely inspect your property for any openings, then Caulk and Seal those areas, or at least treat them to help deter them away from your house till they fly away and you can have them sealed up.



 Worker Honey Bees                                                        



The worker bees are sexually underdeveloped females smaller than the queen but capable of laying small numbers of eggs under some conditions. Worker bees that lay eggs are called laying workers. Their eggs, usually placed in worker cells, are underdeveloped but functional drones. Worker-bee larvae hatch from the eggs in 3 days, are fed royal jelly for 2 1/2 days, and then their diet is changed to include pollen and honey for 2 1/2 days. They are sealed in their cells for 12 days, during which period they spin a cocoon and transform from the larvae to the pupae, emerging as adult bees 20 days after the eggs were laid. The difference in the cell and food environment causes the worker bees to require 5 days longer to develop than the queen, yet their life expectancy is only 5 weeks during the summer and a few months during the winter. Any worker larva under 24 to 48 hours old can be developed into a queen under the proper colony conditions that insures the nurse bees will construct a queen cell and feed royal jelly generously to the developing larva.


The rearing of queen bees for market is a highly specialized field of beekeeping. The worker bees differ markedly from the queen in many respects other than function, length of life, and behavior. The main function of the queen bee is to reproduce. She will lay eggs from April - May, day and night. The queen bee only mates once and can hold enough sperm from the male drones to lay her eggs for about 3-5 years.


Structurally they have a longer tongue for gathering nectar, modified mandibles (jaws) especially designed for comb building, special glands for secreting royal jelly, enzymes for the conversion of nectar into honey, and glands that function in communication; highly specialized leg structures for gathering and carrying pollen, four pairs of wax glands on the underside of their abdomen for the secretion of wax, and a straight barbed sting for the defense of the colony. The queen's stinger is smooth and curved and is only used to destroy rival queens. The worker bees exhibit a well-defined division of labor based primarily upon their physiological age but modified to some degree by the needs of the colony. The physiological age of bees is similar to their actual age during the active season when the colony is raising brood and storing food. During dearth periods, especially in winter, a 60-day old bee may be younger physiologically than a 20-day old bee in summer. In a general way, bees under 3 days old clean and polish the cells for the queen to lay in and for food storage; those 3 to 7 days old feed the older larvae; those 7 to 14 days old secrete royal jelly for feeding the queen, younger worker larvae, and queen larvae of any age, and they secrete wax for comb building; those 14 to 21 days old forage primarily for pollen; and those over 21 days old forage for nectar. All the bees in the colony probably contribute to the process of changing nectar into honey and in the air conditioning of the colony to maintain a suitable temperature and humidity. Other labor activities include gathering water and propolis, and defense of the colony.


There is considerable overlapping of the age groups engaged in the various duties. When the age groups are not in normal balance, bees of any age can do the work necessary, but not so efficiently. Bees under 3 days old and the field bees can feed the queen and raise brood or they can secrete wax and build comb even though their glands are not fully developed or they have degenerated from lack of use. Similarly, very young bees can forage for pollen and perhaps nectar when there are no field bees of normal age to do this work. Worker bees inherit many skills man employs that they manifest purely on a behavioral basis whereas man has had to develop these through intellectual inquiry, learning, and experience.


They are very skilled architects and craftsmen, qualified dieticians and nurses, proficient house keepers, experts in heating and air conditioning, and fully qualified to police and defend their colony. Their architectural skill and craftsmanship is exemplified by the beauty of the honey comb, its structural strength, economy of material, and the rapidity with which they construct the uniform hexagonal cells. The building of  a honeycomb is accomplished by first "plastering" the wax into exact position in the form of round cells, and then thinning down the wax walls to a uniform thickness to produce the hexagonal cells for strength and economy of wax. As dietitians they prepare one kind of food for the queen larvae and another for the worker and drone larvae. Each larvae receives approximately 10,000 visits from the nurse bees during development.


The hive is maintained perfectly clean at all times, and the guard bees with their stingers for armor protect the hives against all intruders. Honey bees, like other insects, are cold-blooded and have a body temperature close to that of their environment. However, the honey bee colony functioning as a single organism can maintain uniform hive temperatures under northern winter conditions identical with those in summer or in the tropics. Only recently has man accomplished this by developing elaborate heating and air-conditioning equipment. By clustering together, they generate and conserve heat, or they lower the temperature by evaporating moisture and establishing air currents through the colony to maintain a uniform temperature of 93° F. within the cluster, even though the outside temperature is at -50° F. or 120° F.


Under low temperatures, the cluster temperature ranges from 45° F. on the surface to as high as 93° F. within when brood is being reared. The most conspicuous characteristic prevailing in honey bees is their great industry. Honey bees do not postpone by doing tomorrow what they can do now. They may fly 50,000 miles and visit 5,000,000 blossoms to gather enough nectar to produce one pound of honey, which is stored not for themselves but for the survival of the colony. The bees that gather this food do not live long enough to enjoy it. One bee, of course, cannot fly such a distance, yet the bees of a colony may store 5, 10, or even 20 pounds of honey in a day. They must gather 200 to 300 pounds of honey and 50 pounds of pollen (10 gallons) to meet the colony's needs each year. The beekeeper also expects to harvest a surplus of 100 or more pounds of honey for his efforts. The bees have to be industrious to gather so much food, rear so many young, build comb, air-condition the hive, and perform all the other duties peculiar to the colony.



 Africanized (Killer) Honey Bees                                     




MYTH or FACT? Africanized honey bees are larger than domestic bees and therefore easy to identify.


Africanized bees look like any other honey bee to the naked eye. Though they are slightly smaller than domestic bees, only scientists in specially equipped labs can identify the bees.


MYTH or FACT? Africanized honey bees are a purebred race of bees from Africa.


Africanized bees are actually crosses between African bees and European (domestic) bees.
Unfortunately, the aggressiveness of the African ancestors is a dominant trait in the offspring.


A New Public Nuisance


Africanized Bee swarm



Because the Africanized honey bee, or so-called "killer" bee, now lives in parts of Texas, it is important to be able to distinguish among various similar insects. Bees are robust bodied, hairy insects with four wings. They usually are dark with some coloring such as yellow. Their hind legs are used to carry pollen. Bees feed on nectar and pollen from flowers. Worker honey bees are about five-eighths of an inch long and are brown or black with yellow-striped abdomens. Africanized honey bees are slightly smaller than the regular honey bee, but the bees look so much alike that only lab analysis can tell them apart.


Wasps are slender with a thick waist. Their skin is generally smooth and somewhat shiny, often with sharply distinct black and yellow patterns. Their hind legs are narrow.


Yellow jackets are marked with black and yellow. They prefer to nest in the ground but can be found in wall voids and similar places. Their bodies are wider than those of the wasps.



 Signs of Carpenter Bee Infestation                               



                                      Carpenter bee         Carpenter  bee  damage


carpenter bee                       Carpenter bee damage



Half-inch, round holes become visible, and piles of sawdust are found underneath. Along with the coarse frass (sawdust) found underneath the nest entrance, there are usually dirty-yellow streaks of fecal matter staining the wood below the hole. If you are near a nest, you will likely be buzzed by the male carpenter bee on guard. He is loud and aggressive, but remember that he does not have the ability to sting you.The female can sting but she is normally very docile. A single pair (male and female) occupies each nest.


It is not uncommon to find several pair of carpenter bees nesting in one structure. They frequently nest near each other and often in the same area year after year, causing widespread damage. You may find old holes near newer ones. Sometimes the female will restore an old nest gallery and reuse it.




 Carpenter Bees                                                               




Carpenter bees are large, yellow and black (or blue-black) bees that become active in early spring.  This bee is commonly 2/3 to 1 inch long, usually with a shiny abdomen and a yellow thorax. Its look-alike cousins (bumble bees) have a fuzzy abdomen.  Although it is rare to be stung by one, their sheer size is scary and people generally stay clear of them.  Bumble bees do not bore into wood, as do carpenter bees.




 Carpenter Bee Biology                                                   


Carpenter bees get their name from their ability to drill through wood and nest in the hole. Their drilling creates a near-perfect hole, approximately 1/2 inch in diameter.  The hole is usually located on the underside of the wood surface; including siding, soffits, decks, overhangs, fence posts and window frames.   Although the hole appears to be only an inch or two deep, it rarely ends there.

  • The female carpenter bee will turn 90 degrees and bore a channel from 6 inches to as long as 4 feet.  This channel serves as a main corridor from which she will drill small chambers a few inches deep.  These chambers become egg holders.  She will deposit an egg, bring in a mass of pollen for the newly hatched larvae to feed on, and then seal it all off to ensure it's development before she repeats the process for the next egg.

  • The male spends most of his time flying around the nest playing guard. This is ironic as nature has left him ill prepared: he has no stinger!  Only the female can sting.  Simply killing the male will not solve your problem.  You must treat the nest.



There are ways to avoid a bumble bee problem:

  • Clean up yard of unwanted mulch or other such organic debris.
  • When working in flower beds, gardens, etc. or when cleaning up other such areas around the home, be cautious when dealing with any flat board, stone, bricks, etc. as these are the most likely sites for a nest.
  • Remove flat items that could provide a nesting site for bees: boards, plywood, other loose building materials, tarps or other junk.  (This will not only reduce the chances of bumble bees nesting too close to house, children or pets but will also make your garden look nicer.)
  • Flat rocks, stones or bricks should be removed unless they are part of a pathway or other decoration.  Examine the ground beneath stones or brick for possible mouse holes which need to be filled in.  Check these items to make sure that they are packed down to make good contact with the ground.
  • If you find a nest, it is best to leave it alone and let the drones and workers die off during the winter.  Use this option only when you are positive that children, pets or workers in the area are not at risk of being stung by the bees.
    Foraging bees are extremely beneficial and want nothing to do with people or pets; encounters with bees in and around their nest can be harmful to people and pets.

When people come into contact with an active bee nest there are only two alternatives:

  1. Leave the nest alone and let nature run her course.

  2. Eliminate bumble bees nest when its location is potentially harmful to people or pets.



 Bumble Bee                                                                     





 Bumble bee  The "Bumble Bee" is a big, hairy, black and yellow bee whose size can range from 3/4 inch to 1 1/2 inch. This insect is often mistaken for a carpenter bee, which closely resembles the bumble bee in appearance.  Carpenter bees have a shiny and smooth abdomen as opposed to the fuzzy abdomen seen on a bumble bee.


There are over 200 types of Bumble bees in the world. Fifty different types can be found in North America. Each different species will have its own preference to types of nectar and prefers different flowers.

The bumble bee is an important, beneficial insect. They pollinate plants and flowers as they forage for food.  To gardeners, it is a welcome sight to see these large, flying insects carrying large loads of pollen, flying into and around their flower beds and gardens.  While busy searching for food (and at the same time, pollinating plants) bumble bees are rarely a problem when in close proximity to humans. They will actually (in most cases) go out of their way to avoid human contact.  Bumble bees will, however, defend themselves if they sense that they are cornered and cannot escape.  Most of the time they will fly away from danger but will sting if they are under duress.


Bumble bees have very few predators in nature.  Skunks are their largest and most destructive predator.  Skunks are omnivores that will eat insects, rodents, reptiles, small mammals, worms, eggs, fish, fruit, and plants.  When they locate a bumble bee nest, skunks help themselves to bee larvae and adult insects.  They ignore the pain of bee stings to get to their preferred foods.


The queen bumble bee comes out of hibernation every spring to find a new spot to build her nest and start a new colony. This queen bee was fertilized the previous season and has managed to live through the winter months.

The same nesting spot (from previous seasons) are rarely used. A suitable place for nesting is usually on the ground, beneath a flat object.  An old mouse hole or similar hole in the ground is preferred if it is underneath an old tarp, flat stone or man made objects such as a deck.  The hole chosen by the queen bee is first padded by pieces of vegetation such as dry grass or moss.


It is in this padded underground hole that the fertilized queen bumble bee lays her eggs and begins collecting nectar for her soon to hatch grubs.  On the grubs emerge from their eggs, the queen bumble bee spins a protective silk cocoon for each grub.  It is from this first batch of larvae that 5 to 20 daughters emerge. These daughters of the queen bumble bee are workers who begin immediately start working on building the colony. The queen bee will continue to lay eggs for the remainder of the summer season. The workers work tirelessly to build the colony, collect nectar for the young and also to provide protection for the colony. The first batch (or hatching) of bumble bee workers are smaller than their sisters who will emerge later on when the colony grows larger and healthier. The queen bee uses her energy to begin the nest and this energy (as well as time) is spread thin as she is the sole worker for the new colony.  As the colony grows, the eggs and larvae are given more attention and food simply because there are many workers that share the work load.  It is at this point in time that larger bumble bees are seen.


Bumble bees are often first noticed (in the area of the nest) when this activity of guarding the nest and pollen collecting begins.  The worker bees are focused only on their job and will not go out of their way to sting people.  It is only if people get too close to their nest or threaten them when bumble bees will sting.  Bumble bees do not die after stinging, as do some other stinging insects.


Towards late summer, the queen will start to produce drones and young queens. The young queens are fertilized by the drones, then fly off to hibernate.  Hibernation usually takes place in dry protected areas such as loose bark.  The colony's remaining drones and workers stay in the colony and die during the winter season. The young queens start new colonies in the spring of the year.  As mentioned above, bumble bees do not use the same nest though they may nest in an area close by to the original bee nest.


Bumble bees are very important, beneficial insects that pollinate plants and flowers. Their activity in your gardens are desirable but allowing them to nest in areas where children and pets frequent or where you garden is not desirable. When adults, children or pets frequent an area where bumble bees have made their nests, the beneficial bumble bee can become a pest. A disturbed nest is an unhappy and angry nest! Although skunks can tolerate a bee's sting (or multiple stings) while collecting food, other animals cannot tolerate the sting. Dogs are often on the receiving end of angry bees. A dog's curiosity can get it into trouble with stinging insects. While investigating the activity of a nest, dogs usually get stung on their face and (most of the time) their snout and nose are easy targets for the bees. When the dog investigates the sounds and activities of a bumble bee nest they are usually attacked on facial areas, resulting in painful stings accompanied by large swelling at the site of the sting.The size of the swelling can be alarming, simply because there is very little muscle or fat on most dogs' face and muzzle area. To prevent bees from becoming a stinging pest, take action to remove possible nesting sites that would put a new colony in close proximity with children and adults that frequent certain parts of the property.


As beneficial as bumble bees are, they are indeed a pest when the location of their nest causes stings to people.




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