Bees, Wasps & Hornets

Honey Bee

honey bee

Size: 1/2-inch in length.

Color: Yellow with dark bands of brown. Most everyone recognizes the honeybee common to any flowering garden.

Health Risk: Although the common Honey Bee is not especially aggressive when left alone, they will defend their nests en masse. Many humans are dangerously allergic to bee venom.

Behavior – These bees may be seen clustered on a fence, tree limb, or a building, during a rest before flying off to find a nesting site. Because several hundred bees are usually part of this type of swarm, people are often concerned about the chance of the bees attacking. Normally, the bees in these swarms are nonaggressive unless disturbed.

Habitat – Honeybees usually nest inside voids within trees, they will also nest within caves and cracks in rocks. It is possible to find a nest in an attic or similar residential location.

Control – Because the Africanized honeybee (Killer Bee) cannot be distinguished from the standard Honeybee without detailed scientific inspection, removal should be performed by experts such as Select Pest Control.

Tips: All honeybee nests or swarms found should be respected at a safe distance. Never attempt to treat a nest of Honeybee's without the proper training and equipment. If a nest has been removed from within a residence, or outbuilding, the honeycomb will need to be removed. If not, the honey will rot, producing a strong odor.


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