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Honey Bees

What do honey bees look like?

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Honey bees have an oval shaped body and are typically golden-yellow in color and have brown bands, although the exact color pattern will vary depending on the specific species. They have small hairs on their head and around their eyes. Adults grow to between ½ and 5/8th of an inch in length; the queens are larger in size than the workers.  Honey bees have pollen pouches on their legs that they use to collect pollen from flowering plants.

Honey bee behaviors

Honey bees are very social and live in large colonies. They are not a super aggressive species but will quickly defend themselves and their colony by stinging any perceived threat.  Each honey bee colony contains 1 egg laying female, male drones (who the queens mate with), and thousands of infertile worker females. The worker bees are responsible for gathering pollen and nectar, building the nest, and taking care of the hatched larvae.

Honey bees usually create their nests up off the ground in tree cavities, under decks or other structures, and in the crevices of large rocks.  They will also, unfortunately, build their nests in the chimneys, attics, and spaces behind walls in homes, garages, and sheds.

These bees produce honey to feed their colony; they will also use the pollen that they collect as a food source. Honey produced by bees is also consumed by people and is often produced in big quantities by farmers and other people who place beekeeping boxes on their properties.

Are honey bees dangerous?

Honey bees are considered to be a dangerous species because they do have the ability to inflict painful stings and inject people with their venom.  The venom in a honey bee sting is strong enough to cause severe allergic reactions in some individuals that can require immediate medical attention.

Can Suburban help with a honey bee problem?

Yes, Suburban can help control honey bees on your property.  It is very important to remember that honey bees play a very significant role in the pollination of many flowers and crops.  Although honey bees are very ecologically important, if their nests are built in or near your home they may become a danger to you and your family.  Since that is the case, their nests may need to be handled and relocated by trained professionals.  For more information on how Suburban Exterminating can help you resolve a stinging insect problem, please contact us today.

Honey bee prevention tips

Stopping stinging insects like honey bees from choosing your property to nest on is a very difficult, if not impossible task.  If honey bees have decided to nest on your property or in your home the best thing you can do is contact a professional.  Suburban Exterminating never suggests DIY control for stinging insects; instead call us at the first sign of a nuisance honey bee problem on your property.

 

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