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SEEMS LIKE THERE IS MORE BEE ACTIVITY IN THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY

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SEEMS LIKE THERE IS MORE BEE ACTIVITY IN THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY

Warmer weather and increased outdoor activity leads to the increased possibility of bee encounters. The Las Vegas Valley had a lot of rain this winter and experts feel that the more rain –the more bees.

What kind of bees are we seeing?  All types of bees in the valley are referred to as "bees." It doesn't matter if they are European or Africanized. They both act in the same way - they sting and both produce honey. The only trait that is different is the sting potential, but even European bees can produce enough stings to severely injure someone or cause death. All bees should be handled in the same manner regardless of what type they are – very carefully.

Swarms of bees move from one place to another. When swarming they get tired or it gets too hot for them to fly, so the bees will find a place to rest and get out of the sun. Many times they will hang from tree branches, street signs, fences, sides of buildings or on an object like a fire hydrant. They just want to be left alone and to rest. Because the swarm is not producing honey or caring for young bees – typically they are not aggressive when they are swarming however they still can sting you.

Bee hives, especially those that are wild, are where the danger lies. Bees will build their hives in places where predators cannot get to them such as inside sprinkler control boxes, street light poles, utility boxes in sidewalks, inside walls of buildings, inside concrete block walls and inside old hollow trees and desert plants. When the bees begin to produce honey and lay eggs for new bees, they will defend their home. When they believe that either their food supply is threatened or someone will kill their young, they will defend their home by stinging. In many cases this may lead to hundreds of stings.

If you have a bee hive on your property call in a professional – do not try to destroy the hive by yourself.

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