When talking about bees, honey bees and bumble bees both come to mind. It is, however, important to be able to identify and discern the difference in behavior and habits of the stinging insects.
Bumble bees have a thick body and have a furry coat of yellow, orange and black coloring. The bumble bee has a fat, oval-shaped body and can be as much as one inch in length at maturity. Bumble bees, for the most part, are not aggressive, but will defend their nests if they feel threatened. You can expect to be chased and stung by them if you invade their territory and disturb their nest. In fact, the female bumble bee can sting multiple times. The males are not equipped with a stinger. The bumble bee colony is much smaller in population than the honey bee. They do not make up or store an abundance of honey as the queen is the only member of the colony that survives and hibernates through the winter.
Honey bees are much smaller than the bumble bee and only reach about ½ inch in length. The body of the honey bee is a little more elongated than the robust bumblebee. The honey bee is a golden yellow with brown stripes across the body. These social insects are incredible pollinators. The honey bee will protect her nest if she feels threatened but can only sting one time. They live in large colonies comprising of as many as 50,000 to 60,000 workers. They make a large quantity of honey from all the nectar collected and are noted for their honey and honeycomb.
Carpenter bees are another type of bee that resides in our region. Visit our carpenter bee pest identification page for more information on these wood damaging pests.
Dangers Associated With Bees
People often inquire if bees are dangerous and the safe answer is that yes, they are. Any insect capable of stinging should be considered dangerous to the point of using caution around them. Some people have serious allergic reactions to bee stings and depending on their level of sensitivity, may need immediate medical assistance.
If you are wondering why you have so many bees on your property, remember that bees are looking for food, water and nesting locations. If you have an abundance of flowering plants, bushes and flowering trees, you will be sure to attract bees as they are looking for nectar. Readily available water is also an attractant. Bird baths, wading pools, flower pots and other water fixtures are sure to satisfy the bee’s need for water.
There are a few ways to reduce the attraction of bees to your property. One thing to do is limit the amount of flowers in close proximity to the house. Design your landscape in such a way that most of your flowering shrubs and blooming flowers are as far away from entrances and walkways as possible. You may also keep standing water to a minimum and remove any unnecessary sources of water. This includes your rain guttering on the house. Keep it free of debris so water is flowing properly.
The untrained property owner/manager should not attempt to remove bees and their hives from the property. Remember, bees will sting when their nest is bothered and you do not want to be attacked and stung by an entire bee colony. Honey bees are a protected species and should only be handled by professional beekeepers.
ChemTec is prepared to help you get rid of the bees on your property. We will send a trained technician to your home and perform and inspection and locate the hive and identify which species of bee is infesting your property. ChemTec will then schedule a skilled beekeeper to come and remove the bees and hive and relocate them to a more suitable location.