Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Daytona Beach Yellow Jacket Nest Removal with Queen and Eggs!

Got lucky on this photo. I had just removed a Southern Yellow Jacket (Vespula squamosa), from an apartment hedge, and was taking some pics. The Queen was positioned on the outside of the nest material, and just above her are 2 eggs freshly laid in cells!  I shot this with my Iphone camera, using available light.

Rarely can I see Yellowjacket eggs laid in the cells. And to get this with my Iphone, well, just wow!!

Anyway, this nest was threatening Apartment residents, so we were called to remove it properly, meaning we minimize the flight activity of these very defensive wasps, during and after our treatment and removals.

Remember, all it takes is ONE sting to cause a fatality. Bee Safe, contact ALLFloridaBeeRemoval.com at 800-343-5317.

Richard Martyniak, M.Sc., Entomologist

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Villages Irrigation box bee removal

Wow, were these some mean bees!
African Killer Bees really prefer to build nests near or in the ground and we are now seeing loads of these defensive insects around The Villages.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Starke Free Hornet Nest Removal

Mrs. Ginger Parker, of Starke Fla., is the latest recipient of our ongoing Free Hornet Nest Removal program!

She noticed the nest this past weekend in one of her pastures, and was (rightfully so) concerned about her goats and the horses next door.

She called us and we came out same day to perform the free hornet removal. See our blog post that describes the program. I'll post the link in a couple hours.

Richard Martyniak, M.Sc., Entomologist

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Maitland: Mean Bees in Tree forces road closure

We perform bee and other stinging insect removals for most of the counties and cities in the State of Florida, as our protocol minimizes sting risk and liability for these municipalities and for their citizens. One sting is sufficient to kill a person, if they are allergic.

Sometimes, we encounter Honey Bees that are extremely MEAN, so defensive, that they will sting any human or animal within hundreds of feet. When this happens we have to take extraordinary measures, often working with LEO (Law Enforcement), to close down streets, warn neighbors, which requires us to stay on location for hours. We can't be too careful.

This photo shows our Technician, Jason, working a Maitland Bee Removal, where the bees were so defensive, we had to have the street closed down for 3 hours until the returning foragers suffered sufficient mortality to lessen their defensive posture.

The Law requires bee removal firms to be State Licensed Pest Control Operators, NOT beekeepers. Common sense should dictate that one hires a true bee removal professional, such as us here at ALLFloridaBeeRemoval.com. Call us at 800-343-5317 for the Stinging Insect Experts!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Villages Honey Bees in Water Meter

Bee Nest in Water Meter
One of the ways we can track the movement of African Honey Bees (AHB), aka Killer Bees, is by the nesting locations of service calls we receive. When we get a call where bees are nesting in a water meter, the probability if very high that these bees are AHB, and appropriate caution is advised, as this subspecies of Honey Bee can get very defensive, threatening people and pets.

What's really concerning me is the frequency of UNLICENSED operators attempting removal of these bee colonies. This photo shows a Honey Bee nest in a Villages water meter that a lawn care operator attempted to remove. He tried spraying alcohol on the bees, and when that didn't work, just left, leaving the lid open to robber bees from other bee colonies, which can make bees very, very defensive, leading to mass stinging events.

To top it off, he wanted to charge the client $100 for the removal. He's not licensed as a pest control operator, doesn't carry insurance, and put the homeowner at risk for a death or injury from a bee sting. Remember, many people are so allergic, that one sting can kill.

Please, contact us at 800.343.5317 for proper bee removal in the Villages, Lady Lake,  or anywhere in Florida.

Richard Martyniak, M.Sc., Entomologist

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Monteocha FREE Hornet Nest Removal

Photo of a lovely Hornet Nest we removed for Dr. Cindy, DVM in Monteocha. The nest was located in a yard that her goats frequent, and the risk was just too high to leave them there.
We still have slots available for FREE Hornet nest removals. Call us at 800.343.5317 to see if Your hornet nest qualifies!