What are bees?
With over 20,000 species of these flying insects (of which we’re aware), bees are found on every continent except Antarctica. While some are just 2mm long, others can reach up to 40mm and so can be mistaken for wasps and flies. While the most common bees are known for working together as a colony to build complex hives, and make honey, there are plenty of other bees that operate solo.
Why are they so important?
Although numerous birds and insects pollinate our food crops, bees play the largest role in this process and, without them, we wouldn’t have one-third of all the food we consume on a daily basis. Many foods require pollination including sunflowers (for oil), asparagus, cherries, broccoli, melons, and even almonds. However, it isn’t just food for our population because they pollinate alfalfa and clover (which is then fed to cattle) in addition to flax and cotton. Of course, we also skim their honey deposits and make use of beeswax for beauty and cleaning products.
What do bees eat?
In order to produce the honey we collect, bees need to consume nectar and pollen from flowers which is why they tend to gather in gardens that offer the best chance of receiving these two substances. For bees, pollen contains everything they need such as protein, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, enzymes, and sugar. Most of us have also witnessed bees landing on and eating meats, although this is not part of their daily diet, they will consume meat if it’s available.
Where do bees live?
While bees thrive in wild areas with an abundance of flowers, they can also live in domesticated environments. The aim for a colony of bees is to choose a spot that keeps them close to food and far away from predators. Normally, this means settling under the edges of certain objects or in the cavities of trees. Bees will nest in trees, under bridges, gutters, and attic spaces.
Having your home properly sealed to prevent bee colonies from migrating into a crawl space or attic will prevent them from making a home inside your home. Nests can be found just about anywhere on a property, under decks, in trees, interior walls, overhangs, and among clutter and accumulated junk in the yard.
If you notice a nest it’s best to contact a bee control specialist immediately, however, if you feel you need to take a closer look to try and identify the species yourself you can follow this guide on how to approach a nest safely to avoid being stung.
Signs That Bees Are Nesting in Your Home
Although it sounds obvious, the biggest sign of nesting bees would be a large population of the insects around your home. They might start to come inside or they may stay outside, but they never really vacate the premises. If left alone, bees are generally harmless but action will be required if they get aggressive defending the colony or if you’re worried about children/pets.
There we have it, an ultimate guide to bees. Despite common belief, they generally like to keep themselves to themselves and pollinate our crops so we can eat healthily and enjoy the fruits of their labor! Honey has many health benefits and it’s a natural sweetener. Honey is one of my favorite things to eat, watch the video below to learn more about honey bees and how they make the honey we eat.
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How To Get Rid
Beehives can be extremely dangerous, do not try to remove a beehive yourself. During Killer bee season it’s extremely important that you remain cautious and aware of bee swarms, they can become very aggressive around their hives. If you stumble across a hive on your property, safely return indoors and call us immediately. These bees are important to our environment, so a hive relocation effort should be considered before anything else. Having a professional come out to your property to identify the type of bees that have infested the property is the first step in the removal process. The sooner we can identify the bee species, the sooner we can relocate the hive and your property can return to a safe environment for you and your family. Never try to move the hive yourself, agitating the bees could create an aggressive environment that is harmful to you and your family.
During the removal process, one of the key aspects to properly relocating the colony is to remove the queen bee from the hive. The bees of the colony will continue to return if the queen is still located inside the hive. For agricultural reasons, the hive will need to be removed and relocated strategically to prevent the collapse of the colony. If relocation is not an option, treatments will be applied to the hive that will work to kill off the bees and allow for your bee control specialist to properly dispose of the threat.