Bees are yellow, black and often induce more fear into people than the situation warrants. Bees do sting, and people with allergies can be seriously affected.
If you’ve spent any time outdoors during the summer months, then you know all about bees. Bees are an important part of our ecosystem and contribute substantially to our economy. It is perfectly normal to see bees buzzing from bush to flower doing their job of pollination. These bees should be left alone to complete their tasks. If a colony of bees builds a hive around your property, or any outdoor activities such as children playing in the yard, it is important to stay away from those hives or nests and let the experts handle them. Bees are responsible for more deaths in the United States than any other insect, due to allergic reactions.
Beehives should not be touched without the right equipment and safety measures. We On the Fly are bee control and bee removal experts and we safely remove hives, prevent their return, and use environmentally sound methods that will not interfere with commercial hives and pollinators.
The largest of the bees in a colony , she may lay 1,000 eggs per day – one egg every 20 seconds - and more than her own body weight in eggs! If a queen is not performing very well, the colony may decide to replace her with a new queen. The average lifespan of a honey bee queen is two to three years – considerably longer than the six weeks of a female worker bee
These bees perform many jobs necessary for the survival of the hive and live up 6 weeks. They determine who the next queen will be and will produce 1/12th a teaspoon of honey in their lifetime. They visit between 50 and 100 flowers a day and will collect 1/2 of their body weight in pollen each trip out. Here’s something good to know, only the females sting. The drones (male bees), do not have stingers. Worker bees are sterile females. They clean the hive, collect pollen and nectar to feed the colony, they take care of the offspring. Their wax hives are perennial and can harbor up to 80,000 bees at once
Drones have eyes twice the size of worker bees and queens, making it better to find the queen in flight. The life expectancy of a drone is about 90 days. In areas with cold winters, drones are driven out of the hive in autumn. A colony will begin to rear drones again in the spring and early summer. The drone population peaks at the same time swarm season occurs. Drones don’t exhibit typical worker bee behaviors such as nectar and pollen gathering, nursing, or hive construction.
• This type of bee is smaller in size
• More likely to build hives in the ground than European bees
• Defends hives more aggressively and in larger numbers than average honey bees
• More guard bees around their hive to look for threats
• Threat radius is much larger than those of European honey bees
• They will chase after threats much farther than European bees, up to thousands of feet in some cases
There are over 4,000 species of bees in North America alone! But here are four main ones that you are most likely to come across:
European Honey Bee – When you think of a bee, you’re probably thinking about a big, buzzing bug that has yellow and black stripes and can appear scary as these can sting humans. Honey bees are not usually aggressive.
Honey bees are found living in nests of 5,000 to 15,000 members per hive. Honey bees live year around and stay dormant in the winter. You may see a giant swarm migrating or 5 to 20 bees buzzing around a structural opening.
The Africanized honey bee looks like the European honey bee. Though un-noticeably smaller in size, the Africanized honey bees are very protective of their home and can attack to defend it in great numbers. They may stay aggressive for days after being disturbed. They become aggravated by loud noises, and vibrations and are provoked by certain smells such as fresh cut grass, bananas and the breath of mammals.
Carpenter bees are large, hairy bees usually seen flying around on their own rather than in large colonies. Unlike bumble bees, these do not have stingers, therefore cannot sting humans.
What these can do however, is cause damage to wooden structures around your property by boring into the wood to lay eggs and leaving large oval-shaped holes.
Be Careful I of a swarm of bees spotted in a bush, tree or on the side of your house and the hive is visible, keep the area clear and do not approach the swarm. The bees may be Africanized Honey Bees, which are very aggressive and will respond to intrusion or loud noises. Chances are the swarm is just resting and will move on in a matter of hours. Make sure you make your neighbors aware of the bee hive so they will keep children and pets away.