Honey Bees – The Good and The Bad

From schoolyards to gardens, wherever there are flowers, you're likely to find honey bees close by. These black and yellow insects first came to America with the European settlers, and helped make the land suitable by pollinating the seeds and saplings they brought with them, while providing ample quantities of beeswax and honey for human consumption.

honey bee near a flowerHoney bees are social creatures, and have their own little organized society of drones, workers, and queens, all working in unison to maintain the hives they live in. They are active all year round, producing honey in the warmer seasons and consuming it for survival during the winter seasons. They are often kept in captivity and bred by humans because the honey and wax that they produce are valuable and can be used in a variety of commercial products like food and cosmetics.

bee hiveFor the most part honey bees aren't aggressive, preferring to fly from flower to flower, and they will only sting if you provoke them directly or harm the nest. They are capable of rallying the entire hive to attack an intruder by releasing a special pheromone that alerts other bees in the area. Their stings extremely painful, but ultimately harmless for most people, but there is a small subset of people who are allergic to bee stings, and may exhibit severe reactions to them without proper medical attention.

This is why it is best to call a professional pest control company if you are having a problem with bees on or around your property. Pest Control companies possess the equipment and knowledge necessary to control the presence of bees around your property, and can even relocate the nest so that the environment is not disturbed. To set an appointment with us, call us or go to our Residential Pest Control page.