Have you ever noticed that after killing one bee, several more seemingly appear out of nowhere? Chances are it is no coincidence. Our bee and wasp control professionals attribute the behavior to alarm pheromones. Just like humans, the majority of healthy bees and wasps inherently produce a variety of pheromones that they use to communicate with each other. The alarm pheromones are just two of them.
Case in point, in May 2015 the Journal of Emerging Investigators published a paper on colony collapse disorder and its potential causes. An inability to use their natural modes of communication, pheromones included, was cited as one of the potential suspects. So what does any of this have to do with bee and wasp control? Simply put, the insects use their pheromones to let others know that bee and wasp control professionals, or other enemies, may be about to attack the hive.
Therefore, bee and wasp control professionals try to keep the insects calm before going in to destroy nests. By keeping the insects calm, they do not release scents from their mandibular or Koschevnikov glands. By the way, each gland mentioned produces a different type of alarm pheromone. The first one is believed to send a message to the intruders whereas the second scent warns other members of the community about the potential attack.
With that said, our bee and wasp control experts would like to encourage other Americans to do the same. Why? For the most part, stinging insects that do not feel threatened have very little reason to attack people and pets that may be in the general area of a hive. So the best thing to do is leave the hive alone and contact our team. Once we’re on the scene, we can use a variety of techniques to remove the nest without creating a stinging frenzy. To learn more about our alarm pheromone suppression methods, please contact us today.