Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps, and are known for their role in pollination and for producing honey and beeswax. Like wasps there are both solitary bees and social bees. Species such as honey bees and bumble bees are most common in our area and are considered social bees.
Social bees live in colonies and consist of the queen bee, infertile female worker bees and male drones. The queen lays eggs for the span of her life which averages two to three years. Male drones exist only to fertilize the queen and die soon after. Female worker bees perform a much of the work necessary for the survival of the hive. Female worker bees’ average life span is usually only six weeks.
All bees are hairy which is important for pollen collection. Many female bee species have bristles on their hind legs which form a basket. When the bee lands on a flower, pollen grains are collected into the basket and bristles. Although only females are able to transfer pollen, all bees are able to sip the nectar from flowers. This nectar is their primary source of energy. Bees possess an organ that converts nectar into honey, which is collected inside the hive.
Honey bees can produce large amounts of honey. Honey bees are critical to the environment and our food supply therefore they are protected in many states. If an infestation should occur in or near a dwelling, consumers should consider contacting a local beekeeper to relocate the nest. A beekeeper can assess the situation and determine if it is feasible to remove the nest.
Bumblebees are also beneficial insects because they also pollinate crops and plants. They are very social bees and live in large colonies.
Unlike honeybees, bumblebees can sting more than once because their stingers are smooth and do not get caught in the skin. Bumblebees can be aggressive and will chase nest invaders for long distances. The bumblebee sting is one of the most painful stings, swelling and irritation can last for days after you are stung.
Bumblebees often nest in the ground, but can also be found above ground around patio areas or decks. They occasionally will build their nests in attics or under roof beams. If disturbed, bumblebees will become aggressive and buzz in a loud volume and defend their nests.
If you find a bee nest in or around your home, Werner Pest & Odor Control offers treatment and removal of these nests (excluding honey bee nests) to eliminate them from your home. Often times one simple treatment can eliminate the problem.
Werner Pest & Odor Control also offers a protection service that can prevent nests from becoming big and preventing future nests from being built.