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Carpenter Bees

Don’t Let Carpenter Bees Destroy Your Home. Call or email the professionals at Slug-A-Bug today and we’ll remove these pesky pests… in a safe, environmentally responsible, timely and cost effective manner.

The Culprit: The Southeast Florida area is home to a wood destroying pest that causes millions of dollars, per year, in damage to the exteriors of homes, commercial properties and industrial buildings. This voracious “wood-destroyer” is known as the Carpenter Bee.

The Dangers: Although the Carpenter Bee doesn’t actually consume the wood, it can literally “drill you” out of house and home; by making Swiss cheese out of a building’s exterior (while tunneling and destroying the structural integrity of the wood; that lies just beneath the surface and out of plain view). Additionally, while the male is large and aggressive, often hovering in front of people who are around the nests; it is the female that can cause the pain. Female carpenter bees, if AGITATED, may inflict a painful sting.

How to Tell If You Have A Problem: In the late-spring and early summer, property-owners often notice large, black bees, hovering around the outside of their homes. These are carpenter bees searching for mates and favorable sites to construct their nests. Carpenter Bees prefer to drill their holes into soft, unpainted or untreated wood. They overwinter as adults in wood within abandoned nest tunnels and emerge in the spring, usually in April or May. After mating, the fertilized females excavate tunnels in wood and lay their eggs within a series of small cells. The cells are provisioned with a ball of pollen on which the larvae feed, emerging as adults in late summer. The entrance hole and tunnels are perfectly round and about the diameter of your finger. Coarse sawdust the color of fresh cut wood will often be present beneath the entry hole, and burrowing sounds may be heard from within the wood. The extent of damage to wood which has been utilized for nesting year after year may be considerable.

The Solution: Slug-A-Bug will solve your problem safely, quickly and affordably!  This will be done in conjunction with our Integrated Pest Management, Carpenter Bee elimination program. This environmentally responsible program utilizes the latest strategies, technologies, equipment and materials to eradicate your problem and to help keep it from returning.

For treatment of these bees, we will use a specially formulated insecticidal dust along with a special piece of equipment for dusting the trim in those high, inaccessible places that are difficult to get reach. This equipment allows us to inject the dust into areas we can’t get to easily. Once the holes have been treated, Bees inside will be eliminated and “new occupants will not “re-inhabit,” as long as the treated holes are sealed and painted.

Safety is our #1 Priority As proud stewards of the environment, a designation we are very proud of and bestowed on us by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), Slug-A-Bug employees are committed to protecting you and your family from harmful stings as well as reducing the impact of pesticides on the environment.

Call or email the professionals at Slug-A-Bug today and we’ll remove these pesky pests… in a safe, environmentally responsible, timely and cost effective manner.

 

Africanized Honey Bees

There have been many confirmed reports of African bees in all Central Florida Counties — including Brevard. These bees are reproducing rapidly, adapting and migrating faster than expected. The overwhelming majority of colony removals are inside homes and buildings. African or killer bees are practically indistinguishable from the typical honey bee — except in behavior. Commercial honey bees are more docile and tamed easily by beekeepers. Unlike the Africanized Bees that prefer tight compact places, these non-Africanized bees construct their hives high above the ground in trees and open spaces. Non-Africanized Honey Bee queens are choosing to mate with male African bees — that fly faster and are resistant to pests killing other bees —creating hybrid populations of highly-defensive bees. Entomologists noticed the bee behavior change in Central Florida in the last two years. Killer bees received their name because of the relentless way they attack invaders. If a threat approaches, thousands of bees will descend and chase them for more than a mile. They aim their stingers at the neck, head, and face to stop you from breathing.

How to Distinguish Honey Bees from Africanized Bees

Too Close For Comfort  Because of the still expanding presence of Africanized honey bees in Florida, it is a State recommendation that all feral honey bee colonies (not managed by beekeepers) nesting in close proximity to areas frequented by people or domestic animals be eradicated by a licensed and insured Pest Control Operator (PCO) or removed by a registered beekeeper for purposes of public safety.

University of Florida Weighs In The Africanized bee issue and the disappearance of managed honey bees are unrelated as far as most experts are concerned. This means that eradicating one feral honey bee nest in Florida does little, if anything, to honey bee populations in general. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is NOT searching for feral colonies in an effort to destroy them all. However, they are recommending that honey bees found nesting in proximity to areas where people and domestic animals frequent be eradicated by licensed, insured, and trained Pest Control Operators or removed by registered beekeepers.

Bumble Bees Bumble Bees are large, social Bees. They produce annual colonies. They can be identified by the pattern of black and yellow pubescence. They are beneficial insects which pollinate many plants, however; they can sting severely, and so problem nests near human dwellings should be eliminated by an experienced pest management professional. They are significantly larger than Honey Bees and build nests in the ground.

Safety is our #1 Priority

As proud stewards of the environment, a designation we are very proud of and bestowed on us by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), Slug-A-Bug employees are committed to protecting you and your family from harmful stings as well as reducing the impact of pesticides on the environment.

The Risk – Benefit Ratio

While Slug-A-Bug is committed to limiting the impact of pesticides on the environment, sometimes it becomes necessary to use low-impact materials to protect our valued customers from the danger of painful stings, allergic reactions and in some instances even death.

Control can often be a hazardous undertaking for the novice. That’s why it’s important to Contactor call the professionals at Slug-A-Bug; when you want the threat removed in a safe, environmentally responsible, timely and cost effective manner.

Call or email the professionals at Slug-A-Bug today and we’ll remove the threat of being stung… in a safe, environmentally responsible, timely and cost effective manner.