Bees of all kinds are a great benefit to humanity as they pollinate flowers and help agriculture, but in urban areas like Melbourne, they can be a significant pest. Bee stings are painful and trigger fatal allergies. Beehives can also leave behind structural damages and an expensive mess to clean up.
Here are some of the commonest questions we get asked.
BEE STING FAQs
Q. What should I do if I am stung?
- Remove the stinger immediately. Scrape it out with a credit card or dull knife gently so that the venom sack doesn't burst (and inject more venom).
- Wash the area with soap and water Do this through the day from time to time.
- Apply an ice pack wrapped in cloth for a few minutes.
- Apply a paste of baking soda and water and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Take a pain killer if it is severe. Acetaminophen usually works.
- Get to a doctor.
Q. Should I call emergency?
Yes, if stung in the mouth or nose. The swelling may block airways and choke you.
Q. What allergies can I get?
- Large areas of swelling
- Hives (pun unintended)
- Abnormal breathing
- Tightness in throat or chest
- Nausea or vomiting
- Persistent pain or swelling
Q. Bees are building a nest near our home. Are they dangerous?
Bees will leave you alone if you leave them alone. However, if the nest is in the way of your daily activities - parking the car, mowing the lawn etc, then it is better to have the hive removed before it becomes dangerous.
Q. There's a hive coming up by the wall of our house. Should we remove it?
Yes. Not only do they pose a danger of stinging, the hive (and the honey in it) can leave structural damage to your wall, if it gets too big. Remove the hive when you see it, however small it is; trying to remove it when it gets bigger might force your pest control guy to break down the wall.
Q. We found a beehive in a cavity in the house. Is it enough to spray them or block the cavity?
No, it won't kill them all, and the rotting honey can attract other pests and disease-causing germs. Call pest control for effective removal.
Q. Bees are swarming near my house. What do we do?
Unless they are too near your house, they can be left alone. Swarming bees are looking for a home and don't sting. But do ensure they aren't selecting a nesting site inside your home or yard.
BEE CONTROL FAQs
Q. Would spraying diesel in my yard keep bees away?
No. Diesel won't keep them away and can cause a fire in your home.
Q. Can I hose down a beehive?
Unnecessary bravado. It will only provoke dangerous behaviour from the bees, and put you at risk of being mass stung.
Q. Can we kill bees using soap water?
Yes. Soap destroys the waxy protective cover of the bees. But it works only if you can drench all the bees at once, without provoking them to swarm out... and sting you.
Q. Do you remove or destroy beehives and nests?
We kill off the active bees, and then remove the honeycomb/s to stop them coming back.
Q. Will the bees come back?
Usually not, but a new colony might come in if the place remains unsecured.
Q. How do I stop them coming back?
After removing the nest, ensure that the cavity is filled up, or at the least blocked, so no new swarms can find it. Old nest sites have odors that attract new bees as they signal safety; bees will not create cavities anew. Ensure any cracks in the walls, eaves are sealed.
Q. Is your bee treatment safe for my family, pets, employees and customers?
Absolutely. We only use environmentally sustainable and Govt. of Victoria approved treatments.
Give us a Call
If you have a question we haven't answered, please call Protech Pest Control and we'll be happy to answer it as best as we can.
Call us from anywhere in Melbourne on 1300 780 980