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Bee & Bee Hive Removal

africanized_honeybee_01 Unlike it’s lethal counterpart the European honey bee is for the most part non threatening unless aggravated. Aggressive behavior will occur if they feel the hive or their life is in danger. Unlike the European honey bee, the Africanized honey bee or “Killer bee” is much more easily provoked. Something as simple as the sight of dark colored clothing can set the entire colony into attack formation. They will protect their hive and queen at a much larger radius, unlike the European honey bee, the Africanized bee will continue pursuit for up to a mile and may remain aggravated for up to 24 hours. The Africanized bee has been slowly making its way to North America since the late 1950’s when they were first introduce into South America by a Brazilian geneticist. The first reported case of Killer bees in the United States was made in October of 1990 in Hidalgo, Texas, by 1994 natural occurring swarms were discovered throughout Nevada. Their expansion rate, almost 200 miles per year, has been drastically reduced thanks to professional pest control companies such as Progressive Pest Control that have highly trained technicians specializing in bee control.

Most bees found in Nevada are the hard working types who much prefer the tasks of their simple labor than flying around looking for people to intimidate. Having their work interrupted or their flight path blocked by a hysterical human swatting away like a crazy person is not their idea of a good time, and may frighten or irritate them into stinging whoever is doing the swatting. The most common stinging bee in Nevada is the honey bee, introduced into this country from Europe in the 17th century. Its stinger, which resembles a hypodermic needle with barbs, is used to inject a mixture of alkali venom and acid into the skin. The alkali venom contains several kinds of proteins and enzymes which are believed to cause allergic reactions of varying degrees in humans.

Sting reactions, which may increase with succeeding stings, include :

  • Choking sensation or difficulty in breathing.
  • Skin rash similar to hives (human hives, not bee hives).
  • Dry cough, sneezing or asthma.
  • Lips turning blue.
  • Rapid pulse and a drop in blood pressure

africanized_honeybee_02More severe reactions may include cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, shock or loss of consciousness. Symptoms usually appear within a few minutes after a sting, but could be delayed up to 24 hours. Stings near the eyes, nose and throat are the most dangerous. For severe reactions, medical assistance should be sought immediately.

When stung by a bee, the stinger should be removed as quickly as possible, but removing it improperly will make the sting worse, The proper way is to scrape the stinger out with a clean fingernail or knife. Pulling or squeezing the stinger will only pump more venom into the wound, as the bee parts containing the venom are left attached to the stinger after the bee tears itself free. The sting area should be cleaned with soap and water, or with an antiseptic. For people known to have severe reactions who are stung on the arms or legs, consult a medical professional immediately.

In the past few years, a small number of Africanized “killer bees” have been found in the southern Nevada, having migrated from Brazil. Because of cross-breeding in South America, they are now known as Brazilian honey bees. Killer bees are still dangerous despite the new name, They will attack anything moving within 100 yards of their nest without provocation, and will chase a running target much farther than less excitable varieties of bees. In appearance, killer bees resemble any other honey bee. It’s their attitude that sets them apart. They are now a major problem in Nevada. Bees are affected by the type of clothing people wear. for some reason, rough and dark clothing of wool or leather irritates them, which is why professional bee keepers wear light colored, smooth textured clothes when tending their hives. Some perfumes and colognes also aggravate bees, which will attack a moving target faster than they will an immobile one. Running or swatting at them only increases the chances of a sting. So when a bee draws near, try to relax. It will probably lose interest in you once it finds out you are not a gladiola or an enemy.

If you should discover a swarm of bees or a bee hive.

  • AVOID THE AREA! – Keep children and pets away from the swarm or colony.
  • NOTIFY Progressive Pest Control by calling (702) 438-9708 to have a technician dispatched ASAP.

If you are attacked by bees.

  • RUN! Try to outrun them and get to some sort of shelter be it inside a home or car.
  • DO NOT JUMP INTO A POOL! Africanized bee will wait up to an hour for you to resurface and continue their attach.
  • If you stung ten or more times, or notice any symptoms other than localized pain, itching or minor swelling, seek immediate medical attention.
  • If the stingers are still in the skin, gently remove them with your fingernail, a credit card or blunt knife by scraping.
  • DO NOT SQUEEZE THE STINGER with your fingers or tweezers. The venom sac is still attached and if you squeeze it more venom will be injected into your body.
  • Apply cold compresses to relieve pain and swelling. Do not apply ice directly.
  • Itching usually subsides within a few hours. If itching persists beyond a few days, or if you appear to be having some sort of allergic reaction, seek medical attention.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include burning and itching, body swelling, body rash, difficulty breathing, weakness, nausea, shock or unconsciousness.
  • If you know that you are allergic to bee stings, consult your doctor about a preventative anti-venom first-aid kit.
  • If you should see someone else being stung, call 9-1-1 immediately.

As with any pest problem Progressive makes it a point to respond in a timely fashion, but should the swarm or hive be located in a high traffic area or attached to a residence please inform us and we will dispatch an emergency bee removal technician immediately.

*Please note Wasps are also covered under the Bee & Hive Removal Service.

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