Bee Removal of Brevard & Indian River Counties 24/7
Florida Nuisance Trappers
is a full-service wildlife control company serving Brevard and Indian River and the surrounding area. We specialize in urban and suburban wildlife damage management for both residential and commercial customers. We handle nearly all aspects of wildlife control, and resolve conflicts between people and wildlife in a humane and professional manner. For Brevard and Indian River pest control of wildlife, just give us a call at 321-652-7238 and we will discuss your wildlife problem and schedule an appointment to solve it. We look forward to hearing from you.
All animals are trapped and removed in a humane manner, which is what you should expect from a reputable and humane wildlife removal service. The most common wildlife removal, pest control, and animal trapping services needed are the removal of bats, removal of bees, birds, mice, raccoons, removal of squirrels, rats, removal of snakes, and geese which we expertly and professionally perform in a timely and quality manner. Whatever your needs, Florida Nuisance Trappers will consult with you and provide solutions to remove any wildlife or nuisance animal, repair the damage they may have caused, and take steps to prevent the wildlife from returning and reentering your home or property.
also known as the Africanised honey bee and known colloquially as "killer bee", is a hybrid of the Western honey bee species (Apis mellifera), produced originally by cross-breeding of the African honey bee (A. m. scutellata), with various European honey bees such as the Italian bee A. m. ligustica and the Iberian bee A. m. iberiensis.
The Africanized honey bee was first introduced to Brazil in the 1950s, in an effort to increase honey production; but, in 1957, 26 swarms accidentally escaped quarantine. Since then, the species has spread throughout South America, and arrived in North America in 1985. Hives were found in south Texas of the United States in 1990.
Africanized bees are typically much more defensive than other races of bees, and react to disturbances faster than European honey bees. They can chase a person a quarter of a mile (400 m); they have killed some 1,000 humans, with victims receiving ten times more stings than from European honey bees. They have also killed horses and other animals.[3
Nuisance Wildlife is defined as one of the following:
- Causes, or is about to cause, property damage,
- Presents a threat to public safety
- Causes an annoyance within, under or upon a building.
Any animal may become a nuisance if any one of the above criteria is met. Some of the most common nuisance animals are listed below.
Bee Control & Removal:
While bees can benefit the environment in many ways, it is inconvenient and possibly dangerous to let a bee hive thrive near your home.
It is important to properly identify the particular species living near your home, as bees are often mistaken for wasps due to their similar physical characteristics. There are different elimination processes for wasps and bees, so effective treatment relies upon proper identification. When using any method of bee control, it is also necessary to know effective application strategies, as well as the limitations and dangers associated with each method. In many regions, special licenses are required to treat infestations.
The only way to rid your home of bees is to remove the hive entirely. This precarious task requires the correct tools and strategy. For safety and efficiency purposes, a pest control expert should be consulted before any bee control technique is attempted.
General Sting Symptoms:
Unlike wasps, yellow jackets and hornets, honey bees, Africanized honey bees and bumble bees sting and inject venom only once and usually die within minutes after delivering their sting. But when they sting, an attractant pheromone (chemical trigger) “marks” the victim and this pheromone attracts more bees to attack and sting. Honey bees may sting a victim several dozens of times within a short time period, while an attack from Africanized honey bees may involve a mass-stinging attack of hundreds or even thousands of bees.
Bees, except for the bumble bees, leave the stinger and attached venom gland where the stinger is imbedded into the skin. Once the person or pet is removed to a safe location, remove the stingers by scraping off the imbedded stingers rather than squeezing to remove the stinger. Squeezing with tweezers tends to force more venom into the skin. The usual symptoms and physical appearance of bee stings include:
- Stinger left behind – except for bumble bees
- Localized welt or elevation of the skin surface around the sting site
- Central white spot where the stinger punctured the skin
- Potential for serious allergic reactions – nausea, vomiting, chest pain, swelling of the face or mouth, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, convulsions. In general, a person stung by a bee is more likely to develop subsequent serious reactions if they had a prior allergic reaction.
All bee families have species that take care of their young, by building nests
and providing food for them. But several families, Apidae, Halictidae, and
Megachilidae, have some species that take advantage of their relatives. They
have become “cuckoos,” just like there are cuckoos among birds. As with
cuckoo birds (like cowbirds), cuckoo bees lay their eggs in the nests of others.
Most species of cuckoo bees only lay their eggs in the nests of a few bee species.
There are cuckoo bee species that only parasitize the nests of a single species.
In some species of cuckoo bees, the female kills the host’s larva before laying
her egg. However, the majority of cuckoo bee larvae feed on the stored food
and the larvae of the unfortunate hosts. Cuckoo bees do not gather pollen and
have lost their pollen baskets and much of their hair. In fact, at first glance
some cuckoo bees are often mistaken for wasps. Cuckoo bees do visit flowers
to feed on the flower’s nectar.
Aside from cuckoo bees, all bees build nests, stocking them with a nutritious
mixture of pollen, nectar, and saliva before laying their eggs, and sealing them
so the larvae remain safe. They generally mix the dry pollen with some nectar,
kneading it into a pollen loaf used to feed their young. They add their own
saliva to this mixture. The saliva is thought to be an important ingredient that
provides protection against bacterial and fungal infections.
Some native bees build their nests underground; others use hollow stems or
holes in trees, usually left by beetles; and some use their powerful jaws to make
holes in wood. Whatever their method, they start the job of nest building by
carefully choosing the best real estate; if conditions are not right, they continue
their search. It would not do to have their homes flooded or lacking enough
sunshine, or being too large or too small for their needs. Except for honey
bees and bumble bees, females of solitary bees provide in one cell all the food
required by their larvae to become an adult. This is called mass provisioning.
From Whence They Came: Bees are descended from wasps. Most wasps are carnivores; they either prey
upon or parasitize other insects or spiders, and use this rich protein source to
feed their young. About 125 million years ago, when the first flowering plants
evolved, some wasps made a switch from hunting prey to gathering pollen
for their brood. Perhaps they were hunting for insects that visited flowers and
ate some of the pollen or drank the nectar along with their prey. It didn’t take
much to find the advantages of consuming pollen over hunting. Pollen is rich
in proteins and doesn’t fight back, so it is easy to imagine why the bees became
vegetarians. Gathering pollen and nectar requires certain adaptations different
from those of hunters, so they started to change, to evolve to meet these
requirements and consequently became bees.
Even today, there are bees that appear very similar to wasps. Like wasps,
some bees are also nearly hairless; and like female wasps, only female bees have
The similarities do not stop with physical appearance. Both bees and wasps
have species that are solitary (living and raising their brood alone) or social
(living together and sharing the rearing and provisioning). For example,
bumble bees and yellow jacket wasps are social and have an annual colony. In
both, an over-wintering queen emerges in the spring. The queen builds a nest,
collects food, and lays eggs. The female workers hatch and work together to
feed and care for the colony until fall when new queens emerge, mate, and
hibernate until the following spring when the cycle begins anew
The key to resolving most nuisance wildlife issues is to secure attractants that initially bring animals into neighborhoods. Wildlife that finds a free and easy meal in the form of garbage cans, bird feeders, pet food, or uncleaned grills will continue to return as long as food is available.