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Description

Honey bees are extremely beneficial social insects because of the crucial role they play in pollination, but they can be serious pests at times. Honey bees are responsible for pollinating more than 100 crops in the United States. Because they are social insects, honey bees live in colonies where all the bees are of the same family with one queen bee. A queen bee can lay up to 1,500 eggs per day. In late spring or summer, the queen and many worker bees will leave the hive in a swarm to form a new colony. A single colony can survive for many years.

Biology and Behavior

honey bee pollinating a flower

  • Adults are approximately 1/2 an inch in length. Queens are identifiable by their large abdomen.

  • They often build nests in tree crevices but will occasionally build nests in attics or chimneys.

  • Honey bees produce honey which feeds their young in colder months.

  • Honey bees can deliver a painful sting if threatened, but can only sting once.

Honey Bee Prevention Tips

  • Store trash and recyclables in tightly sealed containers.

  • Limit the amount of flowering plants used in your landscaping.

  • Cover food and drinks during outdoor gatherings.

  • Wear light colored clothing.

  • Do not use perfumes, soaps and shampoos that have a fragrance if spending time in an area where you may run into bees.

Action's Honey Bee Control Services

Control should only be administered by an experienced pest professional equipped with proper safety equipment.  Contact Action to discuss your honey bee problem.  

 

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