Its time to talk about bees. Generally, bees are very harmless and actually extremely beneficial to the local environment and economy. They help pollinate all of the flowers, fruits, trees, crops, and plants that we see and eat. Think about it, they do all this hard work, and they just want to be left alone. But, they do attack when provoked. So it is in your best interest to leave all bees alone.
Bee Season Is Upon Us
But bees are everywhere, and we sometimes encounter them at inopportune moments. If that is the case, be sure to back away slowly, avoid making loud noises and excessive breathing as both of those help agitate the bees. They only want to protect all of their hard work, and sometimes that means stinging the uninvited guests.
We should all strive to keep as many bees alive for as long as possible. If a beehive is in an area that could negatively affect you or your family; try contacting a bee removal specialist. They will safely relocate the hive to another location away from people. This will help keep the local flora and fauna happy and healthy. Many experts have concluded that the rapid extermination of the local bee population will affect the local economy in as little as 2 years and a world-wide extermination (or colony collapse) of bees (from pesticides and other human interventions) could lead to a world-wide economic disaster in as little as 5 years.
No bees= no pollination= no plants= no food for animals= no food for humans to consume.
What Will The Fire Department Do?
Many, many, many people call the fire department at the first sight of bees. All that does is waste fuel and take us away from a potential emergency elsewhere. Be sure to read the attached graphic to help distinguish between a swarm and a hive. Generally, swarms are openly visible and only stay in place for 24 to 48 hours before moving on.
Most fire departments WILL NOT destroy bee hives unless there is an immediate life threat. In fact, we rarely destroy them even when we try to. What ends up happening is that we take a small and relatively controlled amount of bees and we supercharge them with anger when we try to kill them. Firefighters use a special foam to try and destroy hives, but usually this only kills about 20% of the bees. And again, we only use this as a last resort when humans are being attacked. The rest are scattered around a large area and looking to make everyone in their path pay for the destruction of their home and their honey.
So take a minute and call a bee removal specialist to relocate the hive. We all win in the end. But if bees are attacking, run at least 150 feet away and call 9-1-1 right away. Bee stings could (rarely) become life threatening.
Be sure to reach out to Home Hazard Prevention with any safety questions or concerns that you may have. As your local Fire and Life Safety Experts, we are honored and privileged to serve you and your family.
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