Bee Control Services in San Deigo and Southern California

Agricultural Pest Control Services specializes in bee, wasp and hornet control in San Deigo and all of southern California. We are KILLER BEE CERTIFIED! We provide treatments, removals and construction repairs associated with this service.

Our San Deigo Bee control technicians have performed bee removal for local residents, businesses, property managers and municipalities for over 30 years in the San Deigo and Souther California area.

There are several types of bee situations that you may encounter. No matter what your situation, we are ready to help and will always give you honest answers. There are several terms that we use to differentiate between situations.

Scouts – The survival of a bee hive often times depends on the scouting bee. Bees need a constant supply of nectar and have to find a new place to go once their source is low. Scouting bees are sent out to look for a new home for their hive. Once they find a suitable location they will return to tell the others and then they will all relocate to the new location to build a new hive.

Swarms – A swarm happens when bees are moving from one location to another. This generally happens in spring time. The swarm could have as many as a few hundred to a few thousand bees following the queen.

Colonies – Once the bees settle into their new home they start organizing choosing hollow cavity spaces where they will be protected from predators and the elements. They build honeycombs, breed more bees, and store food. Colonies of bees can become defensive of their space if threatened.

Foraging Bees – Bees forage for nectar, pollen and water. Foraging bees tend to limit their visits to a single species of plant during each trip. The behavioural adaptation is critically important for plants since it assures the transfer of pollen from one plant to another plant of the same species. In commercial crops, foraging constancy is essential for optimizing seed set and fruit development.

If you have noticed bees in a particular location (other than around flowers or water) for several days it usually means they are there to stay. This normally occurs in a hollow void such as a roof, wall, chimney, or other cavity space. When a swarm shows up they will typically move into a void space fairly quickly. This can happen in just a few hours. Many times they go completely unnoticed until a colony has formed. A colony will almost never leave once established. Give us a call and we can help. AGPEST is highly equipped to deal with any bee situation you may have. It is definitely less invasive to remove a problem in the early stages such as scouts or a swarm, but in cases where a colony has formed we have the best qualified technicians to resolve your problem. Once honeycombs have been built, it is best to remove them to prevent future problems. We call this a full removal. Structural removals frequently involve opening part of a structure to remove bees as well as honeycombs. The removal is local to the area where the bees are living and usually requires some patchwork afterwards.

Repairing an area after a full removal is crucial. There is no secret to this procedure as some may lead you to believe. We will tell you everything there is to know. Since bees look for hollow spaces it is important to fill up that space so there is nowhere for them to live in the future. The easiest way to do this in most cases is to pack the void with insulation. All gaps and cracks need to be sealed up tight. If an area is repaired improperly bees could infest the area again later. The pheromones left behind by a bee colony (even after a removal) never completely go away. This means the area is more likely to be investigated by scouts from other swarms in the future. Our technicians will be happy to give take a look around your property to give recommendations for prevention in other areas as well.

Honey Bees

bee control in San Deigo and southern California Honey bees are social insects, which means that they live together in large, well-organized family groups. Social insects are highly evolved insects that engage in a variety of complex tasks not practiced by the multitude of solitary insects. Communication, complex nest construction, environmental control, defense, and division of the labor are just some of the behaviors that honey bees have devel-oped to exist successfully in social colonies. These fascinating behaviors make social insects in general, and honey bees in particular, among the most fascinating creatures on earth. Honey bees are on of the world's most important pollinators. A large portion of our diet depends on honey bee pollination. There are many insects and creatures that pollinate our crops and flowers.

Killer Bees

killer bee control in San Deigo and southern California The Africanized honey bee, also known as the "killer bee" lives in south America and the Western and Southern United States. A one sentence explanation of the difference between Africanized and European honey bees. The European honey bee is a domesticated species, the Africanized honey bee is simply the "wild" form of the same animal.

The Africanized honey bee is more defensive, and therefore poses a much greater risk to the public. They have been known to chase people for over a quarter of a mile once they get excited. Although they are called "killer" bees, their venom is no more dangerous than regular honey bees. Their attacks are more harmful because they tend to attack in greater numbers, increasing your chance of having a sever allergic reaction. Killer bees can only sting once, because their stingers are barbed and tear off when they try to get away.

Bumble Bees

Large and lumbering, black and yellow bumble bee adults are important pollinators for a variety of plants. Measuring from 3/4 inch up to 1 inch in length, these fuzzy insects make a loud droning buzz as they fly somewhat awkwardly from flower to flower.

Unlike the honey bee, the humble bumble is gentle and slow as she trundles around the garden collecting pollen and nectar. They are increasingly cultured for agricultural use as pollinators because they can pollinate plant species that other pollinators cannot by using a technique known as buzz pollination. Often they are place in greenhouse tomato production, because the frequency of buzzing effectively releases tomato pollen.

bumble bee control in San Deigo and southern California

They do not produce enough honey for commercial use, just a few grams at a time to feed their young. Like honey bees, they are unlikely to sting while foraging and will only do so if provoked. They will always defend their nest. A bumble bee can sting repeatedly and their stings a very painful.

Bumble bees leave a scent marker on various flowers to indicate if they are unproductive, productive, take a while before they can be revisited, or are hard to get pollen out of. Encourage the bumble bee in your garden or farm and she will repay your kindness by pollinating your flowers, fruit and vegetables and will yield a beautiful garden. However, if their hives become a problem and they are over running your yard, give AGPEST a call, we'll take care of it for you.

Carpenter Bees

carpenter bee control in San Deigo and southern California Carpenter bees build nests in wood, creating galleries that can weaken structures. They burrow into timbers and siding to prepare nests. The nests weaken structural wood and leave unsightly holes and stains on building surfaces. They are often mistaken for a bumble bee as they are the same size and shape. The distinct difference is their color. Metallic blue-black with green or purplish reflections. As the bumble bee, they rarely sting unless provoked. They buzz around like bumble bees as well, their buzz is much louder and intimidating.

Carpenter bees are generally considered beneficial insects because they help pollinate various crop and noncrop plants.

Wasps

There are several types of wasps here on the West Coast. Wasps include Paper Wasps, Mud Daubers, and Yellowjackets. Hornets are a type of wasp, but there are no hornets on the West Coast.

Some wasps are predators for most or all year round and provide a great benefit by killing large numbers of plant-feeding insects and nuisance flies; others are exclusively scavengers.


Yellowjackets

wasps and yellow jackets control in San Deigo and southern California There are 17 different yellow jacket species in North America, the western yellow jacket is the most common in the western United States. They are easily identified by their black and yellow stripes, defined waist and long wings.

They are considered ecologically beneficial, as they pollinate flora and feed on insects and nuisance flies.

Western yellow jackets are ground-nesters and are likely to build their colonies beneath porches or in cracks in sidewalks or steps. They may also construct nests in wall cavities or other structural cavities. A colony may contain thousands of insects, but in the winter, worker yellow jackets perish while fertilized queens hibernate. The queens establish new nests in the spring, laying eggs to start new colonies. When the first generation of wasps reaches maturity, they become the first workers. They begin nest building and tend to the queen and subsequent eggs and larvae.

The sting of the western yellow jacket is very painful and may cause severe allergic reactions in some individuals. If you encounter a yellow jacket, don’t swat at it as that will aggravate them and may encourage aggressive attacks. If attacked, quickly exit the area with the least amount of movement.

Paper Wasps

paper wasps control in San Deigo and southern California There are 22 species of paper wasps in North America alone. Their narrow bodies are most commonly dark brown in color, with black wings and yellow or orange markings. Their body shape is similar to the yellow jacket.

They are called paper wasps due to the construction of their nests. Paper wasp nests are made from plant material combined with saliva and appear to be made from paper. The nests typically do not have an outer shell with the cells of the nest visible. Their nest are most frequently found in sheltered areas, such as door frames, widow sill and the eaves of houses.

They are considered beneficial because they assist in pollination by feeding on nectar, and they control pest insect populations by feeding them to their larvae. Despite their ecological benefits, paper wasp nests should not be permitted to develop in or near the home. Their stings are extremely painful and may produce serious reactions to people who are allergic to the venom.

Removing a paper wasp nest may be dangerous. It is advised that pest control professional be contacted to remove it.

Mud Daubers

mud daubers control in San Deigo and southern California This group of wasps gets its common name because they construct their nest out of mud. Mud daubers are found throughout the United States. They are a solitary wasp, they do not fly in a swarm of wasps or live in large colonies.

Mud Daubers are more active in the warmer months, that is when they search for a suitable place to build their nest. They typically select a sheltered site to build their mud tubes. Favorite sites include under eaves, porch ceilings, in garages and sheds left open, in barns, protected building walls and attics. Locations where it is warm and dry.

After the spot a location they then go in search of mud. Clay works best, but if they do not find clay they will use whatever is available. The success of their nesting project often depends upon finding the right building material. They gather soft mud with their jaws and front legs, forming it into a ball that can be carried in flight. If you are close enough, you may hear the wasp making a low humming sound as she gathers mud. When she arrives at the nesting site and begins to shape the mud with her mouthparts and feet, she makes a high pitched singing sound.

It takes many trips to gather enough mud to form a tube about one inch long and 1/4 inch in diameter, plastered to a flat surface. When the mud tube is finished, she goes in search of a food supply for the mud dauber larva that will live and grow in the tube. She will search for small spiders and once she has found enough food supply she seals up the tube and starts another alongside it. Mud Daubers do not defend the nest and they rarely sting.


People Who Are Allergic to the Venom
Wasp, horney and yellowjacket stings can be life-threatening to persons who are allergic to the venom. People who develop hives, difficulty breathing or swallowing, wheezing or similar symptoms of allergic reaction should seek medical attention immediately. Itching pain, and localized swelling can be somewhat reduced with antihistamines and a cold compress.

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