Honey Bee

Honey Bee Identification and Control

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

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Apis mellifera
How to Identify a Honey Bee

The honey bee is 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch in length are yellow and black in color, and are hairy. 

Why Are They A Health Risk

Nests and individual bees pose a health risk to humans, especially allergic individuals. Swarms can alarm people, but typically aren’t dangerous.

Africanized honey bees do exist in Washington, Iron and San Juan counties in Utah and are more dangerous than European honey bees. Click here to learn more about Africanized honey bees. 

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Where Do They Come From

Honey bee’s are social, have perennial colony that survive the winter and can occasional swarm.

Learn more by reading our blog post: Stinging Insect Guide: Bees, Hornets, & Wasps in Utah. 


Apis mellifera


Pollen, nectar and honey


Health Risk

Tips & Tricks

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Honey Bees Are Pollinator Protected

  • Honey bees are important pollinators and are protected under the Pollinator Protection Act.
  • Bees are a valuable resource; consider contacting your local beekeepers association for hive or swarm extraction.

Click here to learn more about why we protect pollinators. 

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How To Minimize Bees Around Your Home

  • Monitor for bees throughout the season.
  • Purchase and use a bee veil, suit and gloves.
  • Minimize nesting habitat around property.
  • Install tight-fitting screens in windows.
  • Never plug entrance holes to nests!

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How To Control

Pests can be difficult to control, but that’s what we are here for. We create a strategic plan to gain control of your problem and make sure we get results.

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Thorn's Approach

We take a scientific approach to pest control. We start with an inspection and assessment to help us identify the pest, locate where they are, and create a specific plan for your property. Every home and business is different and requires a unique strategy.


Our Approach to Pest Control

Proper pest management starts with a detailed inspection and assessment from an expert pest professional before treatment. Thorn Pest Solutions uses a three-step process rooted in science to eliminate pests with long-term results.

Driven By Science. Lead By Service.

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Assess Situation

First, we identify the root problem(s) with a site assessment. Pests are almost always an indicator of an environmental condition. This will determine the best actions to provide short and your long-term results against pests.

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Execute Action Plan

Next, we develop a plan to fix the problems we discovered. This includes solving current pest issues, eliminating conducive conditions, and monitoring for future pest activity. Good pest management starts with a good plan.

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Track Success

Lastly, we implement the solutions we developed including inspection, monitoring, and preventing future pest infestations. Good pest control requires a good offense and not just defense. Prevention is key.

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