BEES

Honey Bees Are Beautiful And Necessary

 

 

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Bees Are Beautiful!

Until You're Stung

OUCH! What was that!? You were just out walking your dog in your backyard and WHAM! Out of nowhere, something stung you right on your elbow. Before you can even turn around, you hear the telltale buzzing. A BEE! You have just been stung by a bee! If this has ever been you, just hearing that buzzing sound will immediately get your adrenaline pumping. Where is the bee? You hear buzzing so you know it is a bee. First, you scream! As you scream, you turn, you jump, you stomp and flail your arms because surely the erratic movements and banshee screaming will scare off that tiny little bee. Right?  You need to arm yourself with some facts before you plunge into a full on panic attack. Let us look at some bee information.

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Appearance

What do bees look like?

Did you know that a bee is really an insect? Yep! And just like an insect, a bee’s body has three parts. The three parts of a bee’s body are the head, thorax, and abdomen. Bees also have:

  • Two antennae
  • Six legs
  • Two pairs of wings
  • Stingers (only the female's sting)

Bees come in many sizes and colors. The most common bees that you will come across in America are the honey bee, bumblebee, and the carpenter bee.

Let us look at the honey bee more closely.

Habitat

Where Can You Find Honey Bees?

Honey bees are usually found wherever there are flowering plants nearby. Honey bees are oval-shaped and golden-yellow with brown stripes. Honeybees are about 1/2 inch in length. You can hear the buzz of a honeybee because a honey bee's wings flap 11,000 times per minute. 

Honey bees are capable of building very large and complex hives. This is because the honey bee is a social bee that does not live in solitary. Honey bees live in families or colonies.  

Did you know the honey bee is the only social insect that can live throughout the winter?  The honey bees stay inside their hive all huddled together, living off the sweetness of their work. The honey bees shiver inside the hive, which raises the temperature, keeping them warm.  Honey bees feed honey to their larva as they grow to become adults. Honey bee hives come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

 Here are some places you might find a honey bee hive:

  • Orchards
  • Meadows
  • Gardens
  • Woodlands
  • Tree crevices
  • Attics
  • Chimneys
  • Inside walls
  • In abandoned cars, lawnmowers, wheelbarrows, etc.

Entry into your home or business

How Bees Find Entry Into Homes And Businesses

Honey bees collect pollen and nectar from flowering plants so when you see a honey bee, she is just doing her job. The female honey bees forage for food while the male drones work inside the hive. The only honey bee you will see flying around are the female honey bees. You will undoubtedly come across many honey bees during the summer months as they buzz from one beautiful flower to the next. A honey bee, in general, will travel around two miles from its hive to search for delicious flowering plants. Honey bees have been known to travel up to eight miles from its hive. Just because you see a random bee on your patio or in your garden doesn’t mean you have a hive nearby. Honey bees can also get into your house through an open door, just as a fly might enter. Again, this does not mean that you have a hive growing in your attic. On the flip side, if you begin seeing a lot of bees in and around your home and they seem to be there day after day, you could have a hive nearby.  Watch the flight of the bees and you will notice which way they are heading. If you do find that you have a hive on your property and want it gone, do not try to treat it yourself. There are bee removal professionals who will collect your bees, hive and all, and relocate it to a safe place for them to continue on with their lives. Honey bees are important to our ecosystem because they are responsible for most of the pollination of the crops across the country. Parasites, disease and now, more than ever, the use of certain pesticides are threatening honey bee hives. So, please do not try to kill a hive of honey bees. 

 

Damage

Can Honey Bees Cause Damage?

A honey bee is easily recognized by most people as the small little black and yellow striped, fuzzy-looking bee that buzzes around flowers. Occasionally, you might have a honey bee buzzing around an open coke you have left on a table by the pool. You try to shoo the honey bee away because you are afraid of its sting. Yes, a honey bee is capable of stinging you, and she will if she feels threatened. The honey bee can only sting you once, though, because her stinger is barbed. Once the stinger enters your skin, it sticks. The honey bee will pull away, leaving her stinger and part of her abdomen with it. The act of stinging you will actually kill her so a honey bee only stings as a last resort. The sting of a honey bee hurts. There is also the possibility of an allergic reaction to the honey bee sting. If you get stung and feel your throat start to swell (anaphylaxis), get help immediately. 

 

There is another type of damage to beware of with honey bees. Though not a common occurrence, honey bees have been known to grow their hives in places that can cause damage to your property or home. Damage to your home can cost thousands, if not tens of thousands, of dollars to repair. It is important that you keep a check on your property.  Here are some places to look for a honey bee hive if you notice a lot of honey bees around and they never seem to go away.

 

  • In your attic
  • Between the exterior siding and the sheetrock inside your home
  • Inside a boat that has been covered for awhile
  • Inside an RV that has not been used in awhile
  • Inside a car that has not been used in awhile
  • In a tree growing near your home

Control and Safety

Bee Control and Safety

Your home, your yard, your garden, your boats, and all of your property are very important to you. It is important to you that all of these be safe and not a home to a honey bee hive. You can make sure your home is honey bee hive free by keeping an eye out for above normal honey bee activity. Watch for honey bees entering or leaving holes vents in your home. Watch for honey bees entering or leaving your boat you have stored beside your home. If you keep a close eye on your property, you can stop a hive from developing by disrupting it. Of course, once a honey bee hive has developed, you will need to contact a bee removal professional.

Prevention and Removal

Prevention And Removal Of Bees

The prevention of a honey bee hive can be assured by regular pest control treatments by a pest control professional. Pest control professionals are trained to look for signs of all insects, and this includes honey bees. Often, the pest control professional is the first to find a honey beehive. Obviously, you do not want a honey bee hive in your home or property. If you do not have regular pest control treatments by a pest control professional, it is possible for a honey bee hive to be established right under your nose.  You may not have seen that the honey bees have been coming into and going out of your house through the attic vent and set up quite the complex hive in the far corner opposite of where the air conditioner filter you change monthly is located. In this instance, a honey bee removal professional should be contacted immediately to safely and correctly remove and relocate the hive for it to continue to thrive in a safe environment. If you try to treat a honey bee hive yourself, you risk an attack by the hive as well as killing the hive. You do not want to risk harm to yourself and you do not want to kill a honey bee hive because of the importance of the honey bee to the pollination of most of our fruits and vegetables. A honey bee removal professional will keep you and the honey bee hive safe. The best option, though, is for you to have regular pest control treatments by a pest control professional to prevent a honey bee hive from moving into your home or on to your property.

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Bees are found all around the world. The honey bee is one of the most common bees found in America. The honey bee is important to our agriculture because of their ability to pollinate crops. Most of our fruits and vegetables are pollinated by honey bees. Honey bees are social insects and live in hives near flowering plants although they will regularly travel two and sometimes up to eight miles from their hive to collect pollen and nectar from flowers. Honey bees have been known to build their hives in places that cause damage to our home or property and they will sting you if they feel threatened. It is important for you to contact a bee removal professional if you find a hive on your property or in your home. Do not try to destroy a honey bee hive, as they are a vital part of the development of the fruits and vegetables that you and I eat. You risk a honey bee attack if you try to remove a hive yourself. A honey bee removal professional will safely and completely remove and relocate your honey bee hive so the honey bees can continue to thrive.