Honey bees are close relatives of ants and wasps. Unlike termites and ants, bees are less destructive, but they can also become hostile and dangerous if you mishandle them. Good news is bees are vital to our ecosystem and protecting them is your duty. As a matter of fact, all variety of bees depends on nectar and pollen for survival. Human food supply greatly depends on bee’s pollination. They are found on every continent on the planet, except for Antarctica.
However, if you find yourself having a bee problem our specialist here at Freedom Pest Control can help you combat, control and maintain the infestation to provide you year-long relief. In many instances, we can even look at relocated the hives so that the bees can continue to thrive in controlled habitats.
All bees sting!
Not all bees sting. As a matter of fact, male bees cannot sting. The females are the ones that sting. They have a modified egg-laying device called a stinger. Therefore, it’s only female bees that are dangerous. However, many female bee species rarely sting unless they feel threatened or provoked.
Wasps are bees too!
In the first place, wasps are not bees. Although they belong to the same order of insects, they are entirely different. Wasps are carnivores and very aggressive, especially when provoked or you disrupt their nests. While bees are vegetarians; feeding on pollen and nectar to survive. Also, apart from the Africanized bees, most of the other species are non-aggressive.
The Truth About Bees
It’s estimated that there are 25,000 species of bees worldwide, with 4,000 species residing in the United States. In fact, some bees such as bumble bees and honey bees live in social colonies. With their long, straw-like tongue called a proboscis, they can draw the nectar from deep within blossoms of flowers. Although males don’t do any work in the nest, female bumble bee, honey bee, and stingless bee are hard workers. In addition to this, Bumble bees and honey bees can live up to six weeks. The workers spend their time seeking pollen and nectar and working on their hive.
Potential Problems Associated with Bees
- Bee Stings are painful and cause itching and swelling in the particular area of the sting
- For people those who are allergic to bees, their stings if not immediately taken care of can be fatal
- Getting rid of the bees in fallen tree trunk yourself may be challenging and dangerous
- There can be a foul smell coming from the direction where bees have taken residence
Minimize potential outbreaks
Severe bee stings are common. The average person can survive 10,000 stings (if you are not allergic) Although that amount of sting can be fatal for children. Consult your doctor if you get stung or have concerns or questions about bee stings.
Other proactive steps you can take to reduce outbreak.
- Block all cracks and seal all small holes in, eaves, siding, and corners
- Clean and get rid of all abandoned equipment and debris in your yard
- Teach children to be aware of their surroundings
- Bee’s depend on water; hence temporarily drain the water source such as pools, driving the bees away
- If you are ambushed by a swarm of bees, cover the face, and head, do not block your sight
- Monitor overall chimneys, large opening, and vents in your home