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Bee Control

Bee-Control“Regular” honeybees were brought to the United States from parts of Europe. These European bees are adapted to a temperate climate with cold winters. Africanized bees are adapted to tropical climate and will only live in warm areas of the United States. The sting from one Africanized bee is no different than one from a normal honeybee. The biggest difference between the two bee types is behavior. Africanized bee nests are easily provoked into stinging attacks involving a large numbers of bees.

Africanized bees are physically similar to regular honeybees. It takes an expert 4 to 6 hours using a microscope and computer to identify whether a bee is Africanized or not. You cannot distinguish between the two types of bees by simply looking at them. Honeybees are usually seen in four situations; foraging on flowers, collecting water, traveling in swarms, and nesting in established hives or colonies.

Honeybees visiting flowers are not dangerous. If you disturb a forging bee, it will usually move on to a different flower. A foraging bee will sting only in self-defense, such as when it is stepped on, pinched, or entangled in hair.

A swarm of honeybees occurs when an existing colony becomes overcrowded and half of the bees leave the queen. A typical swarm contains between 5 and 10 thousand bees. A swarm is usually seen hanging in a cluster on a tree branch. Both Africanized and European swarms look for cavities to move into and build a new nest.

Swarms of honeybees are rarely dangerous because they have no nest to defend. If disturbed, a swarm will usually relocate to a different area. Once a swarm has moved into a cavity, the bees rapidly build their nest. A nest is made up of the adult bees and beeswax combs, which contain stored food and developing young.


Trapping Strategy

In the late 1980’s several USDA scientists invented a trap to catch swarms of honeybees. The basic concept of these traps was to provide the bees with a man-made cavity containing attractive bait. Any swarm coming within range of the bait could choose the trap as a new nest site.

ISOTECH’s preventative “Bee Program” utilizes the same swarm traps that were developed by the USDA. However, the focus of the swarm trap has been changed from a monitoring tool into a control device. This system is designed to provide sufficient swarm traps placed in strategic locations to ensure that any swarm that approaches a protected area will be caught. A licensed technician will service the traps and promptly remove any captured swarms so that people are not disturbed or frightened.



If the traps attract bee swarms, would this not create a problem? No, the traps only catch swarms that are looking for a new home in that area. The traps do not draw swarms from long distances away.

If the trap catches Africanized bees, aren’t they dangerous? No, the process of establishing a new nest takes several weeks and occupied traps are removed by an ISOTECH technician, before they become dangerous.

Do I need this type of honeybee protection? Yes, if you are concerned about the possibility of Honey Bees and/or Africanized bees invading your property. Any property frequented by many people need to ensure that their public users are safe from stinging attacks. Certainly any area that has been regularly invaded by swarms in the past now needs trap protection to control swarm movement.

What time of year is the trap protection needed? European bees primarily swarm in the spring, but because of their tropical nature Africanized bees swarm and move their nests year-round. So once this system is installed throughout the property it should be left in place throughout the year.

ISOTECH is committed to providing you with the most effective Bee Program the industry has to offer. Call 1.888.9.ISOTECH and start experiencing how pest management was really designed to protect!

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