How Bees Work

Bee RemovalThere are about 20,000 different species of Bees in the world. Bees live in colonies and there are three types of Bees in each colony.  The Queen Bee, Worker Bees, and Drone Bees.  Each type of Bee has a job to support the colony.

Queen Bee: The only job the Queen has is to lay eggs.

Worker Bees: These are female Bees.  They collect pollen and nectar to feed the colony, and take care of offspring.

Drone Bees: These are males Bees.  They mate with the Queen of the colony.

When Bees of the colony feel threatened or believe there is a threat to their colony, the worker Bees attack.  Africanized Honey Bees are provoked when they hear loud noises, vibrations, and dark-colored moving objects that occur within 50 to 150 feet.  Bees store their venom in a sac attached to their stinger.  When a female Bee stings their victim, the stinger then becomes detached.

Only specific types of Bees die after stinging.  This is caused by barbs hooked onto their abdomen.  After stinging a victim, if the Bee tries to fly away, part of the abdomen is ripped from their body.

Bees can see every color except red.  Their eye sight and sense of smell are used to help them find flowers to pollinate.  The honey produced from pollinating is stored within their honeycomb of their nests.

Honeycomb Removal

Honeycomb within Walls of a Home

The photo on the right represents honeycomb within the walls of a home.

If honeycomb is formed within the walls of a home, it must be removed for Bee activity to stop.

The honey within the honeycomb puts out a pheromone.  This pheromone attracts other Bees.  Therefore, even if you kill the current Bee colony and leave the honeycomb, another colony of Bees is guaranteed to take over the nest.

Learning how Bees work is just the first step!  If you are experiencing a Bee problem or think you may have honeycomb, call Essential today.

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