Of all the pests I’ve worked with, bees, if you can call them a pest in some situations, were my greatest fascination when I started my pest control company. There is a certain biological thrill mechanism that goes into high gear when you work with bees. One bee pollinating a flower is a beautiful sight to behold, but experiencing large bee hives in dark, enclosed quarters makes my heart pound. There is so much I’ve learned about bees, but I have so much yet to learn. The first and most important thing to know when working with bees is to respect their place and their power.
Pest technicians often ignore serious life threatening risks by not coming properly prepared to the job site. Special gear exists for work with bees for a reason. I know of at least one situation where a worker came within a minute of dying because of an inspection that was done without proper protection. We all have heard stories of people and pets that have died from bee swarms. …and they are not just AHB (Africanized honey bees). But we can become alarmists, looking to kill bees at the slightest sign of danger. As pest control professionals, we shouldn’t just be looking for the quick kill money. We need to take our responsibility for the environment seriously, our responsibility to balance nature and human life, not suppress nature in the guise of protecting human life.
This month you can read a new article of mine published as a web exclusive with Pest Management Professional Magazine, on the subject of the ethical treatment of bees. I hope you enjoy it and return here to comment.
Hearts Pest Management offers full service bee removal (bee eradication), bee exclusion, sanitation and cleanup. We suggest going to a company that specializes in carpentry for refinishing in cases where exterior or interior walls are opened for bee work.