Stingless Bees: Tetragonula and Austroplebeia

Australia is home to over 1500 species of bees. 10 of these are stingless, honey-producing bees such as Tetragonula (formerly known as Trigona) and Austroplebeia.

There are a variety of names given to these bees such as native bees, native honey bees and a peculiar one called sweat bees which was named such because it tends to land on sweaty person just to quench its thirst. These bees are generally hairy, small and dark in colour. They carry nectar and pollen through their hind legs which are purposely hairy to be able to hold pollen and nectar. These bees, especially Tetragonula and Austroplebeia, are both very common in the Brisbane area. Read more

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What To Do When You Get Stung By Bees

If you own a garden, or if your property is surrounded with woody areas and greenery, there is a possibility that bees are a part of your neighbourhood. While bees play an important role in the environment, we’ve encountered many clients at Defence Pest Management complaining about how bees have become a nuisance to them, especially as the bees continue to multiply in huge numbers.

The Risk of Getting Stung by Bees

Bees do not usually just sting if left on their own; however, if their activity is disturbed, they can become defensive. For instance, if you come close to their colony, they can mistake you for an intruder and put up the defensive stance. They can then start attacking you with stings, although this will also result in their death afterwards.

But even when not near a colony, bees can sting if they find your movements to be threatening. If bees come near you and you start panicking and moving around, this will appear strange to them and identify you as a threat. Eventually, they will sting when they get the chance.

Normal Sting Reaction

The most common effect of bee stings is the swelling and redness of the affected area, which is usually painful. This swelling can be contained on the site that has been stung or extended to other body parts. In most cases, this is a normal reaction and should not be cause for alarm. However, the stinger, which is usually left by the bee after stinging, should be immediately removed through scraping (not pulling, as this can result in more allergens being released).

The affected area must then be thoroughly washed with soap and water, and antiseptic should be applied. If itching begins, antihistamines can be taken.

Allergic Sting Reaction

For some people, they may be allergic to insect stings, including those of bees. Aside from swelling, pain and redness of the area that has been stung, allergic reactions also include difficulty in breathing, swelling of the face, rapid change in pulse and drop in blood pressure.

Allergic reactions usually require medical attention, where you will receive medication typically administered by a healthcare provider.

Avoiding Bee Stings

Avoiding being near bees or disturbing their activity will definitely keep you from being stung. But there are instances where bees have already built a huge colony, in several areas near your home that avoiding them won’t be enough.

If you have noticed that beehives and colonies continue to multiply and that they have become a nuisance, you can ask for our team’s assistance at Defence Pest Management and we will help you with keeping the bees under control.

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Avoid Getting Stung By Bees

How lovely it is walking around your garden, gazing at the blooming flowers and observing the butterflies as they come by. Well, not until you hear some buzzing sound coming your way and realising that a bee (or a group of them) is seemingly headed into your direction. The classic reaction we often hear from many individuals we’ve worked with at Defence Pest Management is that they scamper away in fear of getting stung by the bees.

However, did you know that panicking and running away is most likely going to get you stung than if you just stood there and stayed calm? That’s because moving around may seem strange to bees and you may actually appear as a threat to them. In turn, they will have to defend themselves. This is especially true if you are in a nearby colony of bees and your presence become a threat. They only really sting as a defence to attackers and they eventually die after they sting you.

Preventing the Stings

Although, at one point or another, you will inevitably encounter bees, here are ways to avoid getting stung.

Don’t attract bees

There are two points to this. First, keep a neutral scent. Wearing perfume or cologne with a strong or flowery scent is simply inviting them. Bees are hunting for nectar and one of their ways for detection is through the scent.

Second, avoid wearing bright coloured clothing – and especially those with floral designs. If you do, you’re really just asking for it. While you’d think they’re spending most of the time on flowers, it doesn’t mean they won’t get curious about you. This is because of your smell, as well as what you are wearing.

And you know what the chances are if you suddenly find a bee stalking you; you may end up in panic and then get stung.

Don’t come to them

You may love the flowers in the garden, but the bees love them even more. If you are sensing that there are bees visiting as much as you do, it’s best to avoid the area. This doesn’t mean though that there is a higher chance that you will get stung; however, it’s better that you don’t disturb their activity or they may end up becoming defensive. If you are going to stay in the area, you should watch out for them as they could suddenly pop out.

The same thing is true with their colony or hive. Never try to disturb a beehive or you’ll pay the price. Worse, there isn’t just one worker bee that will defend its territory – there could be hundreds of them!

Take Unwanted Bees Out of Your Property

Some residents just can’t live with bees and beehives nearby because of the danger of unintentionally disturbing the colony and having the bees attack them. If you need to have any bees removed from your property, Defence Pest Management can help you with this. You then won’t have to worry about the possibility of suffering from the stings if you do it yourself.

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How to Get Rid of Wasps

Wasps are commonly feared for their vicious sting. Homeowners are always concerned for the removal of these creatures for more safety especially for young children in the house. Different types of wasps have different types of stings and therefore, different methods are required to control them. Brisbane termite control services are extremely efficient in this regard. The various types of wasps include solitary wasp, paper wasp, bald-faced hornet and yellow jacket wasp. There are effective methods to get rid of the different types of wasps as well as their nests. The type of wasp killer used usually depends upon where the nest is.

If it is a solitary wasp that needs to be dealt with, it requires citrus oil extracts. These extracts kill solitary wasps quickly and get the premises free of such problems. Paper wasps are generally classified as pests only when they create a nest in an area which is densely populated by humans. The best way to get rid of paper wasps is to use pressurized spraying of wasp killer on the nest to kill the entire bulk in one time. Their nests are very much in the same structure as that of a honeycomb nest. It is best if the treatment is done at night and the nest is left overnight to enhance the complete effect of the treatment. The bald faced hornets are the most fearsome looking wasps that live in large aerial nests. One is most susceptible to an encounter with a bald faced hornet between dusk and dawn. A pressurized wasp killer is the most effective method to deal with bald faced hornets. However, a certain distance needs to be maintained when dealing with them to avoid any mishaps. When the wasp killer is sprayed, it must be insured that it is done directly inside the entrance of the nest. Another type of wasp is the yellow jacket wasp. These wasps are quite territorial and aggressive and can be easily identified by their thick waists and bright yellow patterns. They are known to protect their nests with their lives and do not hesitate to bite and sting their way to ensuring complete safety. Their sting is mildly poisonous and burns a lot. The way to get rid of yellow jacket wasps primarily requires enough poison to be pumped into the nest to counter the wasps’ poison.

Wasp stings can be highly dangerous if not only uncomfortable. Hence, it is important to ensure that all premises are checked for such dangers. Pest inspections in Brisbane are well equipped to detect any traces of wasps and to deal with them accordingly.

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The Bee’s Knees

Pest control is not as simple as it sounds at times – especially when it comes to insects that swarm such as wasps and bees. Although wasps and bees tend to be more of a nuisance than a danger, it is still vital for them to be eradicated. Wasp stings can be pretty painful and there are people who are very badly allergic to bees – they could even die if stung.

Colonies of wasps or bees can also build their hives in a number of different places and they don’t need a lot of room to be able to do so. They tend to nest in trees or rafters but can also find ways to settle into nooks and crannies where you cannot find the nest. Whether or not you are allergic to bees and wasps, you need to have them gotten rid of for your family and friends sake.

If you simply ignore the problem, they will just keep growing and multiplying and become more of a nuisance and a danger. A lot of people think that they can deal with the problem on their own – after all, most people think it is simply a matter of getting rid of the nest. It really isn’t that simple. Not only do you run the risk of getting yourself badly stung, if you do not eliminate the nest completely, they will simply start up again somewhere nearby and the problem will be worse than ever. The doctor’s bills and fixing the resultant damage to your home will cost a lot more than calling in a professional pest exterminators.

It is a lot more cost effective to call in a professional from the beginning – they will get rid of the problem quickly and effectively with minimal damage to your property and minimal disruption to your life. Not only will they remove existing colonies, but they will also give you advice on why you have the problem in the first place. You may find that you have plants in your garden that are attracting them. By following their advice, you will be able to avoid future problems.

The first thing professional pest control exterminators will do is to do a walk around of your property to see exactly how extensive the problem is. They will choose the least invasive way to eradicate the problem. If chemicals are required, they are experts at using the lowest effective dose in order to minimise the impact on your home and environment. Getting in a professional is simply the most simple and effective way to solve the problem.

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Getting Rid of a Hive

We all know that bees are an important part of the pollination chain but that doesn’t mean that we want them setting up homes in our gardens. You need to deal with them in a safe and environmentally-friendly way.

What Kind of Nest is It?

The first step is to identify what types of pests have set up in the nest – a wasp nest can look quite similar to a bee’s nest. If you are unsure, take a photo and send it to your local pest control company – they can advise you how to continue.

If They are Honey Bees

Obviously if these are honey bees, you want to get them moved with as little damage to the nest as possible. You will need proper protective equipment, a smoker, gloves, and a transfer box so that this is accomplished with no danger to you personally. In nine out of ten cases, it is simpler to call in a professional.

Get Some Details Before Deciding on Which Company

1) For starters, what do they actually do with the bees – do they make an attempt to save them?

2) Do they make sure all traces of the old hive are eliminated to prevent other pests from moving in?

3) Do they have the necessary licences and insurance?

If They are Hornets or Wasps

You will first need to decide what your feelings on toxic chemicals around the home are. The only effective non-toxic solution is the complete removal of the nest and as many of the wasps as possible.

Should you want to go the non-toxic route, you have to ask the following:

First and foremost, do they remove the nest?

Secondly will they try to minimise the number of insects that get away?

Should chemicals not be an issue for you, the question becomes where the nest actually is. Can you get to it? If so, you could douse the nest and then leave it until the poison takes effect before getting rid of the hive.

From an environmental point of view, most people will try to avoid using harsh chemicals but it does really depend on what works for you personally. You also need to take your family’s safety into consideration, especially when it comes to hornets or wasps.

The most important consideration is whether or not you can deal with the problem yourself effectively and safely. If not, you will need to bring in a professional.