Spring is when you will generally find bees come out. As it gets warmer bees to start to build a new hive or grow theirs. And if their home is overpopulated or another queen has come along, then they tend to find a new home with their new queen.

How to spot a bee nest?

Follow the bees… or just watch (from a distance) where they head to. They never travel too far from their queen, and always return home. If you find that there are a few lingering in one spot chances are a hive/nest is close by. They’re usually found along fences, corners of walls, under decks/tables or between walls if a crack allows them in. You will either see it clearly but most likely you will see bees hovering in an area before you spot the nest.

Can my maintenance team remove the beehive?

The short answer is no! Though they probably want to, they don’t have the correct equipment or PPE protection ware to safely remove this. Sadly, you can’t nor should you remove a hive/nest with a stick, or hose which is most peoples instinctual next step. By doing this the bees will get aggressive towards anyone around it. Your best bet is to phone your local pest control service or a bee collector. Or if it’s a company like Mathiou Services, which offer an all-in-one service lodge a job through your normal property maintenance process, so that a professional pest controller can take care of it. They will usually use a smoker to put the bees asleep before removing the hive. Most importantly they would have the correct protection ware to do this.

What should I do if a child/adult is stung by a bee?

  1. Carefully but quickly remove the stinger, the quicker you get it out the less chance it has for the toxins to be released. If the sting is in the eyes, nose or mouth, go straight to emergency services
  2. Honey bees are the only bees that leave a stinger behind (yellow jackets), wasps & hornets will keep their stinger
  3. Disinfect the area, either with soap and water or with disinfectant (if you have it).
  4. Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling
  5. Apply Calamine lotion, if the area is itchy (there are over the counter antihistamines as well)

Signs of bee sting allergies

Insect stings infographic

Infographic courtesy of Healthdirect Australia.

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