Has your child been coming back with a swollen face every time they visit the garden? Chances are, it could be because of a bee sting. You may even have a pet stung multiple times and come back with an allergic reaction.
Houses located in the suburbs with a variety-filled garden with sweet nectar-producing plants are more vulnerable to beehives. The same is the case with bungalows because of the enormous empty rooms whose corners are mostly favoured by bees to set up their homes.
Bees like to nest their hives in tropical places that are neither too cold nor hot.
It is crucial to note that most of the symptoms that show for bee stings can also be passed off as an allergy or a bug bite. Local bee stings require treatment similar to a common allergic reaction or a bug bite, except for the part where you have to remove the stinger.
So, when can you be sure that it is a bee sting?
The victim develops severe symptoms of anaphylaxis.
Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that can stem from a bee sting. Yikes!
If you want a detailed analysis of anaphylaxis, its symptoms, and the treatment required to cure it, check out our write-up on this. Click here.
Here, we will provide you with information on how you can determine whether there is a beehive around you.
Signs that there is a beehive around you
1. Buzzy bees in the garden
Undoubtedly, the first thing that you will notice if a beehive is near you are the bees.
This can happen as soon as you step out of your house for a walk or work, and you find bees following you around.
You may also spot bees in and around your residence daily.
If the bee visits around your place are becoming excessive, you can be certain that there is a hive lodged somewhere around your residence.
In such a situation, identifying the hive to get rid of it becomes a tough job.
What helps in this situation is to follow the bees to their hives wherever they are situated. This will allow you to locate the beehive to remove it.
2. Aggressive pets
In case your dog has been behaving aggressively and is coming home from the garden with swollen feet or a swollen nose, it may be because of a bee sting.
Bees are harmless until someone tries to disrupt their home or their lunch.
As humans, we have the common sense to not knock at the hive’s door, but when it comes to animals, they lack the knowledge for such implications.
Thus, they might end up disturbing the bees by trying to catch them or eat them.
The bees take it as a direct signal of danger and sting them.
If your dog has been coming home injured after visiting the garden, a bee must have stung it.
3. Crying toddlers
Toddlers are impulsive and do not understand what danger is until you teach them.
Naturally, you may be unaware of bees that are lurking in your garden, and your toddler has managed to wander off and get stung.
They will instantly start wailing because of the pain. Check for swelling or redness, and surely you will find the stinger.
However, suppose such an incident has already taken place. In that case, you need to locate the beehive and remove it through professional assistance.
4. Instant buzzing
When bees move about, they make a distinctive buzzing sound. Through this, you will be able to definitely determine that it is a bee.
If you notice a constant buzzing sound around the house, it must be bees,
It is usual for one or two bees to buzz around a garden outside your house with lots of flowers.
But, if the buzzing becomes insistent and really loud, it only means that there are beehives nearby. This may pose a significant threat to your pets and babies.
5. Bees trying to enter your house
It is okay to have bees buzzing around your garden for a positive pollination process. The situation becomes concerning once they start trying to enter your residence.
Well, I wouldn’t want to hang around with a bunch of bees hovering around my head! (They sometimes sting, you know!). Bees only sting when they feel threatened, so don’t go around annoying them unless you want a stinger for breakfast!
The bees are trying to find a cozy little home for themselves inside your house and expand their empire.
This means that they will continuously be buzzing around your food (anything sweet), and if you try to shoo them away, they WILL STING YOU! HARD!
If you are coming across these five signs daily around your residence, it might mean there are beehives around your house.
Time for some bee facts!
- Honey bees are not the only kind of bees that might be found in your garden.
- Wasps are very different from bees.
- Bees are harmless unless they sense a threat to their hive.
- They place their hives and bee family over everything else.
- Once a female bee stings you, it will die, leaving a stinger behind.
- Except for honey bees, all other kinds of bees do not die after they sting.
If this interests you, you’d be more interested in what is to follow! How well do you know your bees?
Carpenter, Honey, Bumble
To identify which bees have infested your home, read on!
Yes! This is where the name ‘carpenter’ stems from. These bees are incredibly hardworking and dedicate hours a day to look after their hives and their bee family.
Carpenter bees look similar to bumblebees, but they have a smooth belly (no hair on the belly region, unlike bumblebees).
They come in various hues, like metallic blue, purplish blue, greenish-black, and black. How lovely they must look buzzing around the garden!
The male carpenter bees have yellow sections or spots on the face and are about 12-25 mm long.
Carpenter bees are pretty harmless, but they get aggressive if perturbed like every other wild species.
With these characteristics in mind, you can quickly locate carpenter bees (if there are any) that are flying around in your garden.
How did Carpenter bees end up coming to my house?
Carpenter bees are wildly attracted to unfinished or withering woods. And no, they don’t eat away at the wood, but they clear out tunnels to build their homes in.
To prevent carpenter bees to build their nest in your house, you should get rid of any areas with unwithered or damaged wood that might be lying around.
That should keep them away from inside your house!
How harmful are Carpenter bees?
Carpenter bees are not more harmful than your regular bees.
They will not sting you if you do not provoke them. If you keep your distance and let them be, they will do the same.
It is interesting to note that male bees do not have a stinger, so they cannot sting. When disturbed, they just swarm about frantically, without actually stinging anyone.
The ones that do sting are the queens, since they have a stinger.
What differentiates them from honey bees is that their stingers do not detach from their bodies after they sting.
These are probably the most common type of bees that you might have come across.
Honey bees are social creatures and always choose to live in colonies.
They are not solitary, and they collect, produce, and pollinate in a group.
Honey bees always put the safety of their hives over everything else. They are most active during springtime and do not need a hibernation period. They do most of the work during the day and work in their hives at night.
Their social arrangement, along with their assigned roles, is peculiar. A Queen Bee, multiple workers, and a few male drones are a part of the social agreement in a honey-bee hive.
Like every other bee species, honey bees are calm until they are provoked, or their work is disrupted.
It is actually quite convenient for people to keep honey-bee hives in their homes for pollination purposes and maintain their colourful gardens.
So, they are not exactly a threat to you unless their work is cut off or someone walks right into their hives.
However, if you have a house full of children and pets, it is probably wise not to keep one in or around your residence. This is because they might be unaware of the complications of disturbing a bee.
Interesting facts about honey bees
- Bees will attack anything that disrupts their workflow.
- The male drones are kicked off of the hives during mid-autumn after they complete their job, that is, mating with the Queen.
- Female honey bees die after they sting you and leave their stinger behind in your body. They have a barbed stinger which gets lodged in the body, and rips their own abdomen, muscles and tissue, when they attempt to fly away after stinging you.
Aren’t bumblebees the cutest?
How do you recognize a bumblebee? Well they are as fluffy as the pom-pom above!
They look similar to carpenter bees with the distinction of having hair on their abdomen, while the carpenter bees don’t. Their hairy body adheres to pollen, which the bees feed on.
They are large yellow and black flying insects with a distinct buzz. There is variation in coloration among bumblebees and some species have bands of red, yellow and black.
Appearance of hives
Bumble bee hives are found under the ground or near the ground’s surface, usually on dry surfaces and around the corners.
They require an open space so that they can carry out their duties effectively.
Are they harmful?
Nothing is threatening about bumblebees as long as you don’t disrupt their daily flow of work.
You keep out of their way, and they surely will not sting you.
To round it up, we can say that if you manage to maintain a healthy relationship with your hive, having bees around your house is not a big deal.
However, if you have kids and pets at home, it is advisable to not have beehives around you.