Bees and Wasps

Bess and waspsWhat is a Swarm?

Honey bee colonies reproduce by a natural means referred to as swarming. During the swarming process, the queen bee departs from the colony taking with her a group of worker bees. A new bee colony is created. Approximately 60% of the worker bees in the prime swarm leave the hive with the queen. This translates to thousands of bees accompanying the queen to the new colony location. Swarming usually takes place within a three week period during the spring; however, it can also happen occasionally throughout the producing season. Although they may be frightening, at this particular stage of the life cycle bees are not aggressive. This lack of aggression may be because they don't have any developing bees to protect, and they are on a mission to find a new location for the queen. A swarm of bees may still attack if they feel threatened.

Are they Africanized bees?

It may be hard to tell the difference between the Africanized and the European bee from the naked eye. You may notice, however, that the Africanized bee has a smaller build. The bee's behavior may also give some indication as to the type of bee. When someone gets too close to a honey bee nest, the bees will immediately defend their nest. Upon attack, European bees will send out upwards of 10 bees in defense. Africanized bees, on the other hand, will release upwards of a thousand bees to fight the intruder. Not only do Africanized bees require smaller stimuli to begin an attack, their defense area includes up to a mile wide radius encircling the nest. Once they are agitated, Africanized bees are known to attack at almost any sign of movement, and can remain in an agitated state for hours. Within a few years of moving into an area, the Africanized bee colony dominates all other species of honey bees. This is due to the fact that they can produce up to ten times more swarms than European bees. Since bee's nests pose a threat to pets, family, and property, people are often anxious and afraid when discovering a bee nest. The compassionate professionals at Mathis Exterminating understand your concerns. Their trustworthy technicians are ready to help you any time of day.

Reactive Treatment Program

Our certified technician will perform an on-site interview in order to gather critical information regarding the infestation. While the evaluation is taking place, the family and pets should remain indoors out of harm's way.

Identification & Inspection

After identifying the species of bee and the nature of the infestation, our highly trained technicians will evaluate the nest.


Once the inspection has been completed, the technician will customize a plan of action to rid your property of the bees. Remember, do not approach the nest until the certified technician has determined which type of bee you have. The professionals at Mathis have a priority of keeping you and your pets safe.

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