Wacky Pest Wednesday: Bees

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Happy Wednesday to all you Tri-County Pest Control fans out there, and welcome to our latest edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday!  With the clock change and the spring equinox being next Tuesday, we decided that we should focus on a famous springtime pest this week.  Keep on reading to see what you need to know about the bee!

Bees are without a doubt one of the most fascinating critters out there.  They have certainly earned the moniker “nature’s pollinator” throughout their existence, as many of the flora that you see around you today can be directly attributed to the bee.  However, just like cockroaches, there are good bees and bad bees—some are great to have around your home, and others are not.

For example, the honeybee is certainly a bee that you want to have flying around your home, especially if you have a garden.  Honeybees do a great job at helping flowers grow, as they are an integral part of your local ecosystem, no matter where you live.  On the other hand, a honeybee’s larger and clunkier cousin, the carpenter bee, may not be good to keep around, since they will drill holes in essentially everything made of wood that you have around your home.  Decks, decor, logs, and everything in between will make for a perfect nesting place for the carpenter bee, which is why it is considered one of the more “pestier” bees.

While we don’t recommend dealing with bees on your own, you can try to make some of your own traps to deal with a carpenter bee problem—there are plenty of good DIY guides that you can find online.  However, if you see a beehive on your property that you want to get rid of, we highly recommend going against it with a baseball bat. Bees will only sting as a last resort, but keep in mind that every hive has its own division of “soldier bees” that will attack if provoked.  For situations like those, take the safer, easier route and call in the professionals.

Did you know that in addition to pollinating and making honey, bees help society catch serial killers?  Bees have a tendency to gather pollen from sources that are far enough from the hive to where predators cannot follow them back, but close enough to make a quick return if need be.  Turns out, serial killers have the same tendency, and through rigorous studies and a few algorithms, data scientists have improved the computer model that police use to track down suspects, and it has worked with great accuracy.  You can read more about this fascinating concept here!

Enjoy your Wednesday!

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