Bees and Wasps

Bees and Wasps


What is a Swarm?

Honey bee colonies reproduce by a natural means referred to as swarming. During the swarming process, the queen bee departs from the colony taking with her a group of worker bees. A new bee colony is created. Approximately 60% of the worker bees in the prime swarm leave the hive with the queen. This translates to thousands of bees accompanying the queen to the new colony location. Swarming usually takes place within a three week period during the spring; however, it can also happen occasionally throughout the producing season. Although they may be frightening, at this particular stage of the life cycle bees are not aggressive. This lack of aggression may be because they don’t have any developing bees to protect, and they are on a mission to find a new location for the queen. A swarm of bees may still attack if they feel threatened.

Types of Bees and Wasps

It can sometimes be difficult to determine what type of bee or wasp you have on your property. Wasps that are dangerous are typically colored brightly to warn off potential threats. Wasps are different in appearance to bees by having lower pointed abdomens and a narrow waist. They come in many different colors and will build papery nests from wood fibers that they have chewed into a pulp. These nests can be located on your house, in trees, or in shrubs. Despite the fears of a lot of people, wasps can be beneficial to humans, in that they prey on many different pest varieties. However, they can also be a threat, and the experienced staff at Mathis Exterminating can help you deal with these insects at your convenience.

Honeybees are another type that may be located around your home. They are very beneficial to the environment and humans in general, and have long provided beeswax and honey to human populations. You will most likely notice the worker drones if you notice any at all, as they are the ones who seek out pollen. If you suspect you have honeybees on your property, contact a bee keeper to have them moved to a safer environment where they can thrive.

Reactive Treatment Program

Our certified technician will perform an on-site interview in order to gather critical information regarding the infestation. While the evaluation is taking place, the family and pets should remain indoors out of harm’s way.

Identification & Inspection

After identifying the species of bee and the nature of the infestation, our highly trained technicians will evaluate the nest.


Once the inspection has been completed, the technician will customize a plan of action to rid your property of the bees. Remember, do not approach the nest until the certified technician has determined which type of bee you have. The professionals at Mathis have a priority of keeping you and your pets safe.